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Welcome to Year 5 Summer 1 term everyone!
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to Summer 1. I hope that you have all had an enjoyable and restful break and that the children are refreshed and ready for our exciting new topic this half term. Our topic this term is ‘Time travellers,’ where the children will be transported back to the Victorian era to find out more about life in the 1800s. They will use this knowledge to enhance their understanding in both the reading and English. This newsletter will provide you with all the information that you need regarding our expectations, trips and class topics. Please do come to us with any questions that you may have.
This term in English we are retelling the story of the classic Oliver Twist. We are using a range of AP sentences and descriptive language to describe the treacherous conditions of the work house and the malicious treatment the orphans endured. After we have retold this classic tale we will be innovating parts of it ourselves to make this story our own. In the coming weeks, we will be using our scientific knowledge to write an explanation text on forces and will also be expanding our knowledge on comparing two viewpoints, when creating a balanced argument.
Our school theme this half term is time travellers. We will be transporting ourselves back to the Victorian era to find out more about life in the 1800s. In history , we’ll be building on our knowledge of the Victorian era, in particular the ground breaking inventions, architecture and discoveries made during this period. We will also be uncovering some of the impacts of these inventions, as well as making inferences based on historical architecture.
In geography, we are learning about different natural resources and their trade value. We will also assess how exporting these resources impacts the wealth of nations. We will also be exploring why natural resources are becoming a limited commodity.
In science we are learning about forces and their impact on everyday life. We will be looking at gravitational pull, friction and air resistance. We will be exploring this through a range of experiments and research to deepen our understanding of the scientific explanation behind forces.
In maths this term we are developing our understanding of place value looking at tenths hundredths and thousands. We will then be using this knowledge to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. To support your children at home, please ensure they do the weekly Mathletics homework that is set, which consolidates the learning in class.
Reading In reading we will be looking at Oliver Twist. We will be using a range of reading strategies to enable to us to delve deeper into the text and answer a range of questions, linked to retrieve interpret and choice. Reading this during our reading lessons, will enable us to use this in our writing. This text will also allow the children to deepen their knowledge of the Victorian era and look at themes such as poverty, desperation and triumph over good. We will then move onto a magical tale of this scintillating story of clockworks, mechanimals, hybrids and humans is a novel that will continue to lure the children into a land of mystery and excitement through reading.
In RE this term we will be building on our previous knowledge of Hinduism, in particular, we will be focusing on Hindu forms of worship including the Puja. We will also be looking at how Hindus worship in a temple in comparison to their own home. We will complete the topic by comparing the similarities and differences between Hinduism and Christianity
Homework includes: Spelling, reading comprehension and maths, which is set on Mathletics and Purple Mash weekly.
Please ensure your child is completing this as it will consolidate and further their learning. It is also vital that your child is reading their reading challenge book every night for at least twenty minutes.
Children have P.E every Tuesday and Friday, please ensure they have their full P.E kit for these lessons.
We look forward to a fantastic term ahead!