Autumn Term's Parents' Meeting for Class 5 was on Monday 18th September.
Here are the details shared at the meeting.
Welcome to Class Five
We are pleased to welcome you to the Class 5 page. The main need-to-know information can be found here including up to date information about the curriculum your child will be taught, as the year progresses.
If you have a query, you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org where your email will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.
Your teaching team this year will be:
Teacher - Miss Higgins
Teaching Assistant - Miss Furlong (Mon-Thurs)
Autumn Term Learning
During this term, our class topic will be 'Anglo-Saxons and Vikings’ as part of our History curriculum. We will learn to compare sources of information available for the study of this period of history and make comparisons between aspects of history and the present day. As a class, we will learn to understand that the type of information available depends on the period of time and the how we can evaluate the usefulness of a variety of sources. We will develop our ability to organise and communicate our knowledge about how and why the Anglo Saxons and Vikings came to England to settle.
We will begin the school year using the text 'Way Home' by Libby Hathorn for a 2-week study as we consolidate the basic knowledge of grammar. We will explore the viewpoint of a different character within the text and write a descriptive setting from their POV. For the remainder of Autumn 1, we will then use 'Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo which links to the History curriculum with our study of Anglo Saxons. Through the understanding of the text, we will produce several pieces of short writing including poetry, dialogue and a persuasive speech.
As we move into the later part of the Autumn term, the class text we will be using will be ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell at a time when we will be learning more about The Vikings. Our fiction writing focus will include poetry, a narrative and an interview with our main character. As part of our non-fiction writing we will devise a report to inform an audience about a dragon we have created and write a persuasive campaign for our main character.
We will be consolidating our knowledge our place value whilst extending our awareness of the number system up 1 million including ordering and comparing. As a class we will be improving our accuracy of the formal written methods of addition and subtraction, whilst using our knowledge of rounding and estimating to check our answers. In multiplication and division, we will be recalling multiples and factors of numbers and introducing new vocabulary such as prime numbers, composite numbers, square and cube numbers. Within our first fractions unit we will explore the equivalence using tenths and hundredths, and identify and convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions.
We will be building upon our Class 4 work of ‘States of Matter’ with our new unit ‘Properties of materials’. Children will learn how to: compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties; know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated and finally, they learn how to give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests. This will complement the Changes of Materials unit which will be covered in Autumn 2. We will learn how to recover a substance from a solution and demonstrate that there are some changes of state which are reversible (dissolving) and some are irreversible and result in the formation of new materials.
This term, PE will happen twice a week. Children will swim on a Thursday at The Meadows. Children will need to make sure that they a full swimming kit including a swimming costume/tight shorts, a swimming cap, a towel and goggles if required. They will also need be participating in outdoor PE (which requires a school PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear) to develop their Fitness skills on a Friday.
In the first half term, children will develop their understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices in ‘Sharing Information’. In the second half term, our unit will be ‘Video Production’ which will involve the children capturing, editing and manipulating video to create a short video as part of a group.
We will continue to become digitally literate in our knowledge of e-Safety building upon our previous year’s work. Using Project EVOLVE resources we will completing the units ‘Health, Well-Being and Lifestyle’ and ‘Online Relationships’.
Children will continue their musicianship of learning to play the violin by a specialised tutor. They will consolidate their use of accurate music vocabulary whilst appraising many pieces of music from the ABRSM 100 list.
In Art, children will be focusing on 3D art skills involving clay. We will be linking our art to our Viking topic and children will create their own clay dragon eyes based upon the dragon they have created in English. Our Artist Study this term will focus on Banksy and his use of graffiti to get messages across. We will design our own graffiti name tags which could appear in our first English text ‘Way Home’.
Children will be exploring the question 'Why do some people believe in God?' They will learn that people may hold different views about God and give examples of ways in which believing in God is valuable in the lives of Christians and ways in which it can be challenging.
In PSHCE we will cover two units during this term: 'Happy and Healthy Friendships' and 'Similarities and Differences'.
Children will still continue their learning of the foreign language 'Spanish'. In the first half term, children will learn to say what pet they have and do not have. They will work on creating longer and more accurate pieces of spoken and written Spanish using the connectives y (and) and pero.
At the Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks we set as homework.
Obviously the level of engagement will depend on your child's age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.) The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very reading for all concerned. best results are achieved when homework is not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child's established routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.