Welcome to Year 5
Class teacher: Mrs. Edgar and Miss Watts
Teaching Assistant: Mr Fitzgerald
Values driven learning
Year Five’s curriculum for 2020/21: Year five curriculum 2020
At Litherland Moss we have a values driven approach to learning. Below is the ‘Rainbow Pathway’ for our current curriculum focus.
We use the Talk for Writing approach to teaching writing. Below is the story map for our current class text. We use this to learn the story by heart, which pupils then study in order to improve their own writing.
Home Reading and Homework
This year, we are having a big focus on reading across the school. We are aiming to encourage more home reading by shifting the focus of homework onto reading.
Homework projects will still be set, but there will be a deadline for finished projects to be brought to school. The children are encouraged to take more time over these projects and instead read more frequently at home. Regular reading helps children to develop their fluency and comprehension skills, and in turn helps them to access the rest of the curriculum.
Please sign your child’s reading record every time they read. Children that read 3 or more times over the course of the week will be entered into a weekly raffle for the chance to win a book of their choice! Children that have read the most over the course of the half term will be invited to a special reading breakfast at the end of term.
Spellings and Times Tables
Children will receive spellings on Fridays. These should be practised in preparation for a spelling test the following Thursday. Those that spell all words correctly will earn a Dojo point.
In year 5, we also hold a weekly times table speed test, in which the children aim to beat their score or their time. Please ensure your child practises their times tables regularly – it is a national curriculum objective that children know all their times tables facts up to 12×12 (and the associated division facts) by the end of year 4. All children have a TTRockstars account which they are able to access online at home at any time. Again, children who score 10/10 on their times tables test will earn a Dojo point.
There are an extra 2 Dojo points up for grabs for children who ‘do the double’ by scoring 10/10 on both tests.
Our Class Book
This half term, we are reading There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
Synopsis: “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” That’s Bradley Chalker for you. He is the oldest child in the class. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has “serious behaviour problems.” No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself.