Miss Clarke and Mr Stribling
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Self-Isolating and Home Learning
If your child is displaying symptoms of Covid-19, please inform the school immediately and book a test.
If your child is self-isolating, due to being in contact with anyone who has tested positive to the virus, but is not ill themselves, home learning is encouraged. As soon as you inform the school of the situation, home learning will be facilitated in your child's Google Classroom.
Home learning will consist of a variety of Numeracy, Literacy, Context and Wellbeing activities to be completed throughout the week. All tasks will be shown in a home learning task sheet, that will be in Google Classroom every Monday morning at 9 a.m. This will explain on which days tasks need to be completed. The tasks will then be scheduled to appear on the specific day in Google Classroom.
In the event of the whole of Year 5 needing to self-isolate, due to a positive Covid test result, home learning should be completed by any child not displaying symptoms.
PE and Kit
Our day for PE and Games will be Tuesday. Please could children wear their PE kit into school on this day. A navy T-shirt and navy blue shorts are required and trainers or similar footwear. Navy t-shirts may be purchased from YC Sports. During colder weather, tracksuits or other warm clothing may be worn.
Homework will be set in Google Classroom every Friday, starting on the 18th September.
Homework will consist of either maths, comprehension or a piece of work related to our Stargazers context.
Spellings will be set in Google Classroom every other Friday, starting on the 18th September.
Children will be given a list of words to learn, using a different strategy.
Reading books will be provided on Active Learn, online.
This academic year we will be providing your child with a weekly reading book online using their 'Active Learn' account. The children have been shown how to access the books and how to read it, and answer the comprehension questions that accompany it. Children are welcome to bring in books from home to read in school, but they will need to be kept in their school bag. Please encourage your child to read at home as much as possible whether it be books, comics or even instruction manuals!
Big Maths 'Clic', 'Safe' and 'Learn its' tests will take place weekly online in school. Parents/guardians are able to see progress and support needed from their child's login page.
To increase pupils’ confidence in communicating clearly in Welsh with a variety of audiences including teachers, peers and familiar adults in everyday situations.
Welsh you can use with your child at home
Beth ydy dy enw di? (What is your name?) answer: Tom ydw i (Tom ydy fy enw i)
Sut wyt ti’n teimlo? (How are you feeling?) answer: Dwi'n ____ achos ____
Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw? (what is the weather like today?) answer: Mae hi'n _____ (and extend using achos - because, ond -but, ac- and)
If your child would like to bring in their own snack, please can you ensure it is a healthy snack e.g fruit or vegetables (no crisps, chocolate. biscuits or sweets)
Please provide your child with at least one full drinks bottle each day, this will be brought home for washing at the end of each day.
Context for Learning
Autumn Term 1 - Stargazers
Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We’ll make a Solar System and investigate the cycle of day into night. We’ll learn about Galileo, the ‘father’ of modern astronomy and his famous astronomical discoveries. Taking on the roles of the planets, we’ll use movement to demonstrate the motions of the planets and moons. We’ll investigate lunar myths and write astronaut poetry. Then we’ll make a space shuttle or satellite, testing the materials for durability, and we’ll program toys to explore a lunar landscape. At the end of the project, we’ll look at alien-themed comics, invent our own aliens and consider the big question: why is there life on Earth?
Autumn Term 2 - Pharaohs
Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies.
This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.
Spring Term 1 - Castles and Kingdoms
Who were the notorious Normans and what did their invasion of England in 1066 mean for Wales? Let’s find out about this turbulent time in history! During this half term, we’ll come face-to-face with William of Normandy, the ruthless ruler of the Normans, and find out about his people and his plans to conquer England. Acting as history detectives, we’ll investigate the Bayeux Tapestry. We’ll use art materials and ICT to draw sections of the tapestry and create and decorate Norman helmets. After we’ve explored interactive maps of surviving Norman castles in Wales, we’ll create storyboards and timelines of the Norman invasion and make mini castles and fact files about Norman strongholds. Using computer software, we’ll create a cartoon version of the story of Ifor Bach, Lord of Senghenydd and we’ll invent powerful mottos for Welsh princes from the 12th and 13th centuries. We’ll also write news reports about the spread of the Black Death in Wales and eyewitness reports detailing the Edwardian conquest of Wales.
Spring Term 2 & Summer Term 1- Allotments
Come on, let’s grow! During these two terms, we’ll visit an allotment to see what’s growing and spot the greenhouses and frames that help the plants to grow. Our visit will inspire us to write a report about the allotment and investigate types of compost and biodegradable materials used. We’ll use food from the allotment to make delicious dishes, and plant our own fruits and vegetables. Our art skills will improve as we make detailed observational drawings, using botanical images for inspiration. We’ll write a set of instructions explaining how to plant a tree and learn how to care for plants. The classic children’s book The Secret Garden will inspire us to write our own short stories. We’ll explore germination, learn more about the parts of the plant and find out how they reproduce. Maps will help us to identify the best place for an allotment and where different foods come from.
Once we’ve all got green fingers, we’ll write poems to celebrate the wonder of the garden. We’ll look at how well our plants have grown and make structures to support them. Attending our gardening masterclass will also help you to learn how to grow plants too!
Summer Term 2 - Scream Machine
Roll up, roll up! We’re going on a day trip to a theme park! This half term, we’ll write poems to capture the excitement of riding a roller coaster and investigate the wonders of centripetal force. After carrying out fair tests to investigate the materials used to make roller coasters, we’ll create prototype rides of our own. Let’s hope we choose the right materials! In our computing work, we’ll upload photographs of rides and examine online theme park maps. Then, we’ll use advanced techniques and commands to search for information on the internet. In English, we’ll write stories, signs and emails about theme parks and investigate forces by making a ride. We’ll design a roller coaster using software such as Scratch and look at online advertising.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Tanner & Mrs Vanstone
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