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Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 5

Welcome to 2021! It was a shame to hear the news that we will be returning to lockdown, as I’m sure everyone was looking forward to being back at school. We are moving on to an interesting new topic, and I know that children will truly live up to the school’s value of Being the Best You Can Be. Please remember to send me some of the children’s work by email, and keep an eye on the school website and emails for any new updates.

Mr Boorman

Our overall topic for this term is ‘Rivers’. The main focus of this is developing our skills in geography – we have already begun by getting to grips with atlases, and finding out about key geographical points like countries and continents. We will be learning about the different parts of a river, and about river biomes. As we move through the term towards Easter, we will be looking more closely at the ways in which rivers are used and inhabited, with a particular focus on the ways in which different religions worship and respect rivers. We will be looking in depth at rivers like the Thames, the Amazon and, more locally, the River Uck. These rivers affect their surroundings in different ways, and children will learn about these effects.


We will start this term by looking at some examples of river poems. Then we will move on to reading ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.

As part of our lessons, we will also be working through the grammar and spelling objectives of the national curriculum.


This term, we will be starting by looking at number terminology, specifically multiples, factors, prime, square and cube numbers. Then we will be moving onto working with the 4 main operations in maths, including studying the order of operations. Following that, we will be working on the concepts of ratio and algebra, before moving on to statistics.


In art we will be looking at the concept of Pointillism, with a focus on Georges Seurat


In PE, we will start by learning about gymnastics and dance, before moving on to net games. On Tuesdays, children will be taught by specialist teacher Zara Breeze.


We will be developing our skills in Publisher while also learning more about e-safety.


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.


This term, we will be studying forces, including gravity and magnetism.


This term, we will be considering the questions, ‘What does it mean to be a Hindu?’ and ‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’


In term 3, we will be looking at the topic of ‘Dreams and Goals’. After half term the topic is ‘Healthy Me’. These lessons are taught using the Jigsaw scheme of work. For more information, please speak to Mrs Sullivan, our PSHE and RE leader.


Before half term, we will be continuing our work on towns by learning how to give directions. After half term, we will look at animals and pets.


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!

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