It’s been another great week in Year 5. In Maths we have worked through some general questions aimed at improving reasoning skills, as well as calculating percentage profits for our theme park projects. In English, we up-levelled our stories. The majority of the week has been spent on Science. Continuing our topic ‘Earth and Space’ we have discussed theories and evidence about the Earth being spherical, found out about the planets of our solar system, and looked historically about the Science of our solar system (Geocentric model to Heliocentric model), from the early humans who thought the sun orbited the Earth because of it’s path across their skies to Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. We also enjoyed a fantastic Sports Day on Tuesday. We have continued with play rehearsals.
Welcome back to the summer term; I hope you had a great Easter break. This is set to be busy term with lots to look forward to. Coming up this first week back we have a trip to the Fire and Rescue Safety Training Centre, in Bury; as well as a visit from the poet Ian Bland. Also coming up this half term is PGL adventure week, assessment week and the Spring Fair.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see me in the morning before school from around 7.45 (earlier on request) or at home time. You can also contact me via the homework diary, an email to school or leave a message for me to phone you at a time which is convenient. I look forward to speaking with you!
A few friendly reminders…
Reading and Times tables practice continue to be of great importance and I have suggested to the children they should be doing at least 10 minutes of each daily.
PE continues on Thursdays. For PE children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers and pumps.
Early morning work begins at 8.30am each day and is now used for spelling practice and additional maths or grammar activities as needed. Some children might be given specific work if there is a particular requirement. I therefore feel it is beneficial if you are able to get the children here by this time, although I know from experience that the time before school can be quite fraught!
Weekly homework has already begun. The children continue to have verbal/non-verbal reasoning or SPaG work on Mondays, Maths on Wednesdays and English and/or spellings on Fridays. Please could you check and sign your child’s homework diary each weekend.
English – Two weeks of revision focusing on SPaG and reading comprehension. We will have a strong focus on extended writing and a range of genres after assessment week.
Maths – Two weeks of revision mainly focused on maths reasoning across all objectives. Following assessment week we will be concentrating on shape and space, measures, geometry and statistics.
Topic/Art/DT – The Ancient Greeks.
As always, I would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.