Welcome to Year 5
Class teacher: Mr Baker
Teaching Assistant: Miss Gough
Values driven learning
Please find below an overview of year five’s curriculum for 2019/20:
At Litherland Moss we have a values driven approach to learning. Below is the ‘Rainbow Pathway’ for our current curriculum focus.
This term, our topic is geography based. We will be learning about North America, in particular the USA and New York. We will studying the culture of New York, looking at Key gegraphical feature and identifying similarities and differences between ‘The Big Apple’ and Liverpool, once known as ‘The New York of Europe’. Please find out rainbow of knowledge below to find out more details about this topic.
Our science topic this half term is Forces. We will be looking at the various forces that affect the movement of objects, in particular gravity, air resistance and friction. Please find our Forces Knowldge Organiser below.
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 encourage to take more time over these project and instead read much 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 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 Friday. those that spell ten word correctly will earn 5 Dojos.
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.
Our Class Book
This half term, as part of our North America/USA topic, we are reading Holes by Louis Sachar.
Synopsis: After being blamed for a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake – a juvenile correctional facility situated on the site of a dried up lake town of the same name. He and the other boys at the ‘camp’ are sent to dig holes, all day every day, until their time there comes to an end. During his time there, he gets to know his fellow prisoners and uncovers a few truths – both about the camp and the apparent curse of bad luck that affects Stanley and his family.