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Term 1 Newsletter – Class 5

Welcome back to school after the unfortunate extended absence for so many of you! We are delighted to see everybody again, and I know that children will be raring to go with all of the exciting learning that we have ahead of us. It is important to note that we need to spend the first few weeks making sure children are getting back up to speed with their learning after such a long time away from school, but I have no doubt that they will all do a great job and rise to the occasion. Here’s to a more settled year!

Mr Boorman

Term 1/2

Our theme for this term is split into two main areas. Before half term, we will be studying the settlement of Britain by the Anglo Saxons, and how life in Britain changed once the Romans left. After half term, we will look at the Viking invasions and attacks that took place, culminating in the final defeat of the Anglo Saxon era at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This gives us the opportunity to work on both History and Geography skills as the term progresses.

Literacy

Before half term, we will be looking at the famous Old English poem, Beowulf. After half term, we will then be focussing on the text ‘Viking Boy’. It is an adventurous story that touches on lots of different aspects of Viking culture and life. As part of our lessons, we will also be working through the grammar and spelling objectives of the national curriculum.

Spellings

There is a spelling session each day Tuesday – Friday, where children in Key Stage 2 are split into their year groups in order to cover the year group objectives. Children will also be given a list of words each term from their year group’s statutory spelling list. These lists will be need to be learned over the whole term, and we will be doing dictation sentences using the words each Friday. Due to the SATs tests in May, Year 6 children will only have 4 terms to go through these words. Therefore, their lists will be longer than other year groups, who have 6 terms to go through their spellings. Each term’s list will be added to the class page on the school website.

Numeracy

We start the year by learning about place value and number, the building blocks of mathematics. After the disruption last year, we will then move onto looking at fractions, decimals and percentages, before moving onto calculating with the four operations after half term.

Science

In the first half of the term, we will be studying sound. After half term, we will be looking at electrical circuits.

Art

In art we will start by working on our skills in drawing, with a particular focus on the work of Vincent Van Gogh. After half term, we will be working with textiles.

RE

This term, we will be considering the questions, ‘What does it mean if God is holy and loving?’ and ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’

PE

In PE, we will be learning about invasion games with All Star Soccer, and striking and fielding games in our other PE lessons.

PSHE

In term 1, we will be looking at the topic of relationships. After half term our topic will be ‘Celebrating difference.’ These lessons are taught using the Jigsaw scheme of work. For more information, please speak to Mrs Sullivan, our PSHE and RE leader.

ICT

We will start the year by learning about how to save and locate files on the school system, mainly through the use of Microsoft Word. We then move on to learning about search engines, before finally finding out about the history of computers.

Don’t forget, you can do some extra work at home on Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars, and make sure you keep reading – Reading records have been given out, and we are keen for children to earn some certificates!

Homework

Due to the new routines and staff timetabling as part of our Covid risk assessment, we will not be taking in and marking mental maths books at the moment. However, if parents would like to have them, we can give them to children to work on at home.

Homework will be set each week on a Wednesday. A homework menu will be given out which will feature mainly reading and writing tasks. Mathletics tasks will also be set.

Don’t forget, you can do some extra work at home on Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars, and make sure you keep reading – Reading records have been given out, and we are keen for children to earn some certificates!

Monday PE with Mr Boorman. Homework handed in
Tuesday PE with All Star Soccer
Wednesday Homework handed out
Friday Dictation sentences

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