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Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year and welcome to Term 3 and 4, the Spring Term.

The children have settled into their studies well and have certainly embraced our new unit of work, Extreme Earth!  This predominately Geography and Science based topic looks at Natural Disasters. It is an exciting theme where we will be learning more about the wider world around us, giving children the chance to gain a better understanding of how people can be affected by their environment. 

We will be learning all about the different natural disasters that take place around the world, discussing where they can mostly be found and why they happen, including looking at the structure of the Earth and plate tectonics. We will also be studying past disasters throughout history.

Mr Boorman


At the start of term, we will be continuing our learning about fractions before moving on to decimals and percentages. We will also be learning about algebra, before looking at perimeter, area and volume. After half term we will also be learning about units of measurement and statistics.


In RE, we will be focusing on two questions about Christianity – ‘What is the Trinity?’ and ‘Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday?’


We will be improving our painting skills including colour mixing, adding depth and light and painting in the style of famous artists, including Houkasi’s “The Wave.”


Our design and technology project for the term is all about food – creating healthy and nutritious food to give us energy in case of danger.


Our focus before half term is on internet safety. After half term, we will be continuing our learning about programming using Scratch.


French, recorders and singing will continue to take place through the term.


To start the term, we will be studying the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit, which adds an interesting and exciting historical element to our learning. After half term, we will be looking at the book ‘Survivors’ by David Long, which is full of real life stories about people who have survived extreme situations. In whole class reading, we will be reading ‘Skellig’ by David Almond.


There is a spelling session each day Tuesday - Friday. 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.


In term three, we will be finding out about famous scientists who have contributed to the three main areas of science – biology, chemistry and physics. In term four, we will learn about animals, plants and their habitats.


This term we will be discussing children’s dreams and goals, and how they can work towards reaching them.


This term, our Tuesday sessions will be run by Zara Breeze who will be teaching dance. On a Friday, we will also be learning about gymnastics. These lessons will be taught by Mrs Hall and myself.


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


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! Please ensure that children do still get the chance to read at home with an adult – it is important that they get the chance to discuss their reading as much as possible outside of school as well as in class.

Monday: Homework handed in.

Tuesday: PE with Zara.

Wednesday: Homework handed out.

Friday: Spelling dictation sentences. PE with Mr Boorman/Mrs Hall

Key Dates

Tuesday 17th January – Parental English workshop

Monday 6th February – Class 5 Assembly (all parents welcome to attend), Parents Evening

Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 8th February – Parents Evening

Friday 10th February – Last day of term three

Monday 20th February – First day of term four

Friday 24th February – Year 6 Houses of Parliament trip

Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day

Friday 17th March – PTA Quiz Night, Red Nose Day

Monday 20th March – Class 4/5 trip to Natural History Museum, London

Tuesday 28th March – (TBC) Easter Service at Framfield Church

Thursday 30th March – Last day of term 4. Cup Assembly

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