Welcome to Year 5

Values driven learning

2017 – Autumn Term 2

Class teacher: Miss Morgan

Teaching assistant: Mrs Clarke

Our class book this half term is ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan.

Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence. She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear for ever . . .

 

Our  learning challenge this half term in science is:

Can you feel the force?

and our learning challenge in geography/history is:

What was life like for children during the second world war?

 

Timetable and curriculum

This is an example of a typical week’s timetable in year five. Each week we will also take a spelling and times table tests on a Friday.

This is the curriculum map for year five 2014/2015.

Please also find below a list of ‘non-negotiables’. These are the aspects of reading, writing and maths that your child is expected to know by the end of year 5. This is in line with the expectations for their age group.

Below is a list of useful resources you might find helpful when working with your child at home. They include a times table booklet, year 5/6 spelling list, spelling strategies and questions to ask when reading with your child at home. If you would like a hard copy of any of these, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mathematics 2016 2017

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We use a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.

Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.

Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities
pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise

Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

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We use Read Write Inc Spelling in years 2 to 6. The scheme has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum.We run lessons daily for 15 minutes
Spelling rules are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
Every child’s progress is recorded and tracked and intervention given
Parents can help by ensuring that weekly spellings are learnt at home

Grammar
We use ‘Grammar Hammer’ Assertive Mentoring programme for grammar. All pupils take part in weekly activities and progress is carefully tracked.

Reading Books

Please sign your child’s reading record each evening. Regular reading helps children to develop their fluency and comprehension skills, and  in turn helps them to access the rest of the curriculum. Children may change reading books at school when they have finished them.

Spellings 

Children will receive spellings on Fridays. These should be practised in preparation for a spelling test the following Friday.

Homework

At the beginning of every half term your child will have a new homework task sheet glued into their homework book. Each week, children should choose one task from one of the boxes (the teacher will tell children which box we are working on each week). This will be set on a Friday, to be brought back to school by the following Friday at the latest. The new homework is designed to help children to refine a wide range of skills, and all tasks are related to our half termly learning challenge.

Please see the link below for this term’s homework tasks:

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