Holmgate Primary School And Nursery

Let your light shine

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

Welcome to Year 5
We are the Mercury Class

Class Teacher - Mr Osborn
Teaching & Learning Assistants - Mrs Cannon and Mrs Henderson


TOPIC

Our topic for the first part of this term is How long will the rainforests survive?  As part of the unit the children will be creating their own adventurous quest using narrative writing, creating persuasive texts to convince others to act ethically and crafting thoughtful and expressive poems about the creatures of the rainforest.  We have also arranged for a mini zoo to visit us so that we can meet some of those animals in person.  In the second part of the term we investigating the extent to which we have conquered space.

NUMERACY

Year 5 are continuing with the mastery approach to mathematics.In each unit, the class will revise the year 4 curriculum before moving on to the year 5 objectives. This will ensure that your child has a good understanding of how to carry out the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

They will be set homework to complete on MyMaths so please encourage them to logon to the website. 

LITERACY

We will continue to reinforce our Rainbow Grammar knowledge and make sure the class applies this to their writing. This term the children can also look forward to writing their own quests, poems and persuasive texts.  Our class text is Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild.

Your child will bring home spellings to learn each week and should record their home reading in their new diaries four times per week.  Reading diaries will be checked every Monday.

ICT

Our bank of Ipads continue to help to enhance lessons across the curriculum.  This half term we are also going to be using the Ipads to make stop frame animations about our topic.  
We will continue to teach the children how to use the Internet safely.  Please be aware of the websites that your children use at home and please come to see us if you have any questions about staying safe online.

SCIENCE

In Science we are learning about how a variety of species reproduce.  After half term we will revisit our study of forces as part of our space topic. 

OTHER SUBJECTS

In PE the Year 5 children will be learning about invasion games.  The children will be doing PE on the field at times so please ensure that they have appropriate PE kit in school all week.

We will continue to hold regular multi-cultural days to give children an understanding of how people live around the world. The children will also have an introduction in to Chinese and will begin to learn how to compose their own pieces of music using a range of instruments. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

* P.E. will normally take place on Tuesday, however we do occasionally have additional lessons so please ensure children have their P.E. kit in school every day.
* Children can bring their own healthy snacks to school for break time.  They are allowed to bring a 'treat' for snack on Fridays.
* Please ensure that your child comes to school with the correct school uniform, including the correct coloured jumpers and black shoes or trainers.
* Please remind your child that we have a NO chewing gum policy in school.  Many think they can pull the wool over our eyes - but we have not been fooled!

CELEBRATION OF LEARNING

Our Topic related open afternoon will be on Wednesday 15th February at 2:00pm.  The children will be displaying their homework projects and you will be invited to join in our exciting rainforest quiz competition.

There are a wide range of useful websites that your child can use to enhance their learning.  Here are just a few that you might find useful:

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/
This is really useful for all round research.  Most areas of the curriculum are covered and you will find information relating to most topics we have been learning about in class.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2
This is a great website to remind you of things you have been learning about in class.  There is a section about English, Maths and Science.

www.mymaths.co.uk
A wonderful website that the children have login details for.  Please encourage them to use the site and complete their homework activities.