Welcome to Year 5
Class teacher: Miss Evans and Miss Murphy
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark
Values driven learning
Year Five’s curriculum for 2021/22: Year 5 curriculum 2021
At Litherland Moss we have a values driven approach to learning. Below is the ‘Rainbow Pathway’ for our current curriculum focus:
Properties and changes of materials
Trade aross the globe
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 Holes by Louis Sacha
Synopsis: Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.