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Welcome to Year 5

Summer Term 2 2018

Our ongoing topic for Summer 2 is North America.

This includes comparing regions in the UK with regions in North America, researching physical and human geography, exploring time zones and key festivals. On 4th July – the USA’s Independence Day – we will visit the Horniman Museum for a workshop on different environments and traditional lifestyles across the continent.

In our English learning we will study the book Varmints by Helen Ward, illustrated by Marc Craste.  This contemporary picture book has a sci-fi feel and an environmental message. We will use it as a stimulus for journalistic (newspaper) writing and for telling a story from another character’s perspective.

Our Maths learning will focus on properties of shape, position and direction, converting units of measure, volume and capacity. Don’t forget how important it is to learn your times tables facts – this is vital in all areas of Maths and can really slow you down if you don’t know them! Try HIT THE BUTTON for some quick-fire practice – and if you are really fluent, can you memorise your division facts just as well?

In Art, we will be participating in the Take One Picture project. Of course, we can’t tell you too much about it yet, but do come to the exhibition on Monday 16th July to see our hard work in all its glory.

Our Science topic is Living Things and their Habitats – this half-term with a focus on plants. We will create scientific drawings, think about different types of reproduction and how to grow new plants.

Our PE sessions this half-term will differ between classes. All 3 classes will have Athletics for outdoor PE; however, for indoor PE, while Alice and Shona’s classes will be doing Pilates, Nora’s class will have a specialist teacher for Dance.

Our PSHE lessons will be focusing on our community, economics and enterprise. In French we will be learning about times, dates, days of the week and weather conditions. In RE this half term we will continue learning about Sikhism. And last but not least, we will be designing and programming our own simple games, using Scratch, as part of the Computing curriculum.

Links to web sites to support your learning at home

For a Maths challenge:  http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

To test your tables: http://tablestest.com/

Lots of grammar games: http://igamemom.com/2014/11/29/best-grammar-learning-tools-for-kids-on-ipad-and-other-tablets/

Read all about journalistic writing: 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-journalistic-writing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/newspapers/read/1/

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

A starting point for learning about North America: 

https://www.ducksters.com/geography/northamerica.php

Please click BUG CLUB to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins and passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a troubleshooting guide held by the School office – please ask at the Reception desk.

Spring Term 2 2018

Our new topic for Spring 2 is A River Runs Through It. We will be learning all about the geography of rivers – how they are formed, why they are important, what creatures live in them, and more. In March we will visit Deptford Creek to take part in a real river walk – prepare to get wet!

Our English will link to the Rivers topic too. We will study the book River Story by Meredith Hooper, winner of the English Association’s Non-Fiction Award, a beautifully illustrated account of a river’s journey (although don’t worry – we will finish reading the fabulous Cosmic too). We will start by writing free verse poetry about the journey of a river, and later will write our own autobiographies to tell the journey of our lives so far.

Our Maths learning will focus on multiplication and division, measure and fractions. Don’t forget how important it is to learn your times tables facts – this is vital in all areas of Maths and can really slow you down if you don’t know them!

Try HIT THE BUTTON for some quick-fire practice – and if you are really fluent, can you memorise your division facts just as well?

In Art, we will be studying the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Most famous for his woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai also produced prints of various other natural scenes including waterfalls, flowers and birds. We will be looking closely at the use of texture in his work and creating our own waterfall pictures.

Our new Science topic is Properties and Changes of Materials. We are bursting with ideas for hands-on investigations exploring dissolving, filtering, evaporating, melting, burning and even creating new materials. We hope you are ready to bring your best scientific thinking for these challenges!

We have one more week of Premier League coaching on Health and Sport, before beginning Hockey for our outdoor PE. Indoor PE will be Gymnastics, using apparatus.

Our PSHE lessons will be focusing on health and wellbeing and how to look after our bodies. In French we will be learning more about hobbies, talking about likes and dislikes, and learning new vocabulary related to clothing and transport. RE this half term will continue learning about Buddhism. And last but not least, we will be blogging about various aspects of our learning using Edublogs as part of the Computing curriculum.

Links to web sites to support your learning at home

MATHS CHALLENGE TEST YOUR TABLES GRAMMAR GAMES

EXTEND YOUR FRENCH LEARNING

Read all about different types of poetry and poetic techniques:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/reading/poetry/read/1/

Information about rivers:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/rivers

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/rivers.html

 

Spring Term 1 2018

Welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday and are ready for all the new learning in the Spring Term.  Our topic for this half term is Space: The Final Frontier.  We will be exploring day and night, how shadows change, and how ideas about our solar system have developed over time. What do you know about space?  Perhaps you could come into school with some facts you can share with the class!

Our class text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve year old Liam Digby, a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years. Follow Liam and his friend Florida Kirby on this humorous, action packed adventure exploring the ups and downs of being a parent and the consequences of a ‘little white lie’. We will be writing persuasive texts and playscripts this half term.

In Science we will be learning to understand and describe how the Earth, the moon and the other planets move relative to the Sun in our solar system. We will think about how day and night occur and how the sun appears to move across the sky. (Does it really? Can you find out?)

In art, we will be studying the American graphic artist Peter Thorpe. Take a look at his rocket paintings here http://www.peterthorpe.net/rockets.html

We will be perfecting our multiplication and division skills in Maths, and exploring different methods for these operations. We will then apply this learning in area, perimeter, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Our Geography learning will be linked to the book Cosmic – we will compare the two main settings of the book, Liverpool and the Gobi desert to find out about the climate, human and physical geography. Our RE learning will be about understanding Buddhist worship and beliefs, and in Computing we will use Edublogs to blog about our learning across the curriculum – so watch this space for links.

Et enfin…

In French this term we will be learning to talk about our likes and dislikes, clothing, modes of transport and numbers up to 31.

J’aime découvrir de nouvelles choses!

Links to web sites to support your learning at home:

http://www.spellingcity.com/mrbarberturnham/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar04

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

http://tablestest.com/

http://www.mad4maths.com

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

 

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome back!  We hope you are ready for the rest of the autumn term!  We have an exciting half term with lots of learning! Our topic for this half term is Arabian Nights.  We will be exploring Early Islam civilisation and examining how and why it developed into such a major world power.

 What do you know about Islam?  Perhaps you could come into school with some facts you can share with the class!

Our class text is Arabian Nights by Wafa Tarnowska.  The book holds eight stories from A Thousand and One Nights, including Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.  The book is framed around the stories told by Shahrazade to Shahriyar.

 

 

 

In Science we will be continuing our investigation into forces, including air and water resistance, pulleys, gears and levers.  Find some everyday objects in your home or classroom which use gears, pulleys or levers.  You might be surprised.

 

 

 

In art, we will be exploring Islamic art and the geometric designs which are a common feature.  We will also be using our computing skills to create our designs.

 

 

 

We will be moving on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in our maths.  We will explore different methods to help consolidate our use of the four operations.  Reasoning and problem solving will help us along our way!

 

 

 

 

Et enfin…

This term we will be learning to introduce ourselves and talk about our interests.

J’aime découvrir de nouvelles choses!

 

 

Links to web sites to support your learning at home:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/Islam.htm

http://www.spellingcity.com/mrbarberturnham/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar04

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

http://tablestest.com/

http://www.mad4maths.com

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held by Jennie on the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

 

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