Welcome to Year 5!

Class and Curriculum Information - Spring Term 2017

The Spring term is going to be just as much fun as the Autumn term and we have plenty of things for the children to look forward to.  We are quite literally bursting at the seams with all of our lovely new pupils who are a great addition to the class and school!

This terms cross-curricular topic is history based on The Victorians, the children will be looking at what Britain was like in the Victorian period, in particular the influence of Queen Victorian, what life was like for children in Victorian times, the Workhouses and what life was like in Manchester during that time.  The two trips before Christmas really hooked the children, giving them a greater understanding about what life was like in Manchester then.  We have organised a trip to Manchester Art Gallery, using art work to inform the children about life in Victorian times.  From this trip we hope to inspire the children’s writing and art work.

 The new science topic is forces.  The children will use their space knowledge learning about gravity and how it changes on different planets.  The advantages and disadvantages of forces and how they are all around us.  The children will need to be able to label forces and will complete investigations related to forces and pulleys.  We hope to attend a science workshop at Quarry Bank Mill so that the children can see forces in action studying the forces used to power the mill.

Mrs Seville and Mrs Durkin share the class, we are both in school full time so can always be contacted. Year 5 are fortunate enough to have specialist coaches for PE. They also enjoy music lessons with Sr. Martine and are all learning an instrument of their choice with Trafford Music Service..

Each term we will be sending out a parent letter which will let you know what your child is learning, any specific dates and any changes regarding homework and PE. Should you lose this, you will find all relevant information on the Year 5 page of the website.

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles in to the classroom. This will improve concentration.

The children will have daily numeracy lessons covering the New Curriculum’s Year 5 objectives. These sessions will involve mental arithmetic, times tables, number calculations, geometry, data handling, measures and shape and space.

In English, we follow the school’s scheme Success for All (SFA). Some children will be taught in smaller groups/class sizes. Some may not necessarily be taught by us, although we closely monitor your child’s learning by looking at their books and working with the other teachers. Groups change at least once a term.   

This term's cross-curricular topic is geography based titled ‘Marvellous Maps’ and the children will be introduced to the topic through a fun practical orienteering session around the school in the next week or so.

The science topic of Life cycles will be taught alongside this. To develop their understanding of life cycles the children will visit Chester Zoo on Wednesday 7th September where they will witness firsthand the life cycle of a butterfly.  This is an exciting start to the school year and topic, they will also be developing their map skills through this trip. 

The children also have a broad and balanced curriculum including French, Hymn practice, music, PE, RE, PSHE and art and design.

 PE- This is compulsory

 Children should have their kits in at all times as PE sessions vary each half term and can change due to the weather conditions. Children cannot opt in or out of PE over the year unless they have a medical problem. 

It is really important your child has the correct PE kit for health and safety reasons.

Blue/Black shorts

White t-shirt

Pumps or trainers

Blue/Black jogging pants or leggings as the children will be doing outdoor PE this term.

We encourage a change of socks- white but this is not compulsory.

These can be left in school for the half term. 

 

Homework

This is still sent out on a Monday to be returned by Friday.  Miss Drinkwater runs a homework club on Wednesday’s after school until 4.15 a.m. which we encourage children to attend.  This just takes the pressure off you at home and they can use the school's resources to support their work.

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Friday 13th January – Whole School Mass at 10.30 a.m. – School Hall.

Tuesday 17th January – Year 5 visiting Manchester Art Gallery in the afternoon only.

Tuesday 24th January – Year 5 watching ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ at Ambrose Grammar School – 4 p.m – 6.30 p.m

Friday 3rd March – Whole school watching Allegro Dance at BroadOak in the morning. 

We will be sending out more information about the events nearer the time.

 

If you or your child has any concerns, please feel free to drop us a note or arrange to meet us before or after school.

 

Children read daily in SFA and will be given the opportunity to read for enjoyment in class at least 4 times a week.  We will not send reading books home unless you specifically want your child to have one.  This is due to the poor number of books returned in year 4 with many school books going missing.  If you would like your child to bring a reading book home then please hear them read for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times a week and sign the reading diary.

The children will earn points towards rewards and golden time if they complete their homework on time.

 

Your child will have their own log in and password to complete any online maths homework follow the link below to access the Abacus website.

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk 

The school code is TXMS

 

 

If you or your child has any concerns, please feel free to drop us a note or arrange to meet either of us before or after school.  


  

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