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Class Five

Parents' Meeting - September 2022

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 admin.grange@schools.sefton.gov.uk 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)

Teaching Assistant - Miss Faragher (Mon-Weds)

 

Autumn Term Learning

 

During the Autumn term, our class topic will be 'The Class That Biked Around The World' as part of our Geography curriculum. We will be using the like-minded text 'The Boy Who Biked the World' to guide our lessons as we widen our use of geographical vocabulary, increase our locational knowledge including recognising countries of different shapes and their physical and human feature. We will also explore world weather patterns and how these relate to climate zones as well as learning about the changes to the environment around us. 

 

In English, for the first half term we will be using the text 'Way Home' by Libby Hathorn as our stimulus for lots of writing opportunities whilst developing our use of grammar including relative clauses. We will write diary entries, a prequel to our text, descriptive settings from a different character's viewpoint and a newspaper report.

 

In Maths, 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. 

 

In Science, our first unit of work is 'Properties and Changes of Materials'. Children will be taught to compare and group everyday materials based on their properties, recognise that some materials will dissolve in a liquid to form a solution, use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to separate different mixtures whilst leading many different science enquiries such as 'Which is the best thermal conductor?' and 'What happens to the rate of dissolving when you use hot water instead of cold?'

 

PE this half term will happen twice a week. On a Monday, children will have outdoor PE (which they require a school PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear) where they will develop their Fitness skills. 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.

 

In Computing, children will have 2 components to their lessons. A Digital Literacy (e-Safety) starter and a main unit. The e-Safety unit children will learn about this half term is 'Health, Well-being and Lifestyle'. Children will learn to become responsible users of the internet and other online technologies. They will be able to tell you the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle including understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them. They will also develop their understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices in 'Sharing Information'.

 

In Music, children will be taught through the platform 'Charanga'. They will learn to perform parts of songs confidently including the rock song 'Livin on a Prayer'. Children will evaluate using music vocabulary and refine/improve their own work. They will also learn to compose rhythms from an increasing aural memory and be exposed to many pieces from the ABRSM 100 list. 

 

In Art, children will focusing on two skills: drawing and painting. Children will consider areas of light & shade and use learnt techniques to represent objects in 3D considering sources of light and shadow and draw famous buildings from around the world in 3D. Children will recap their knowledge of the colour wheel including the mixing of paints to create secondary colours, and to create exact shades. Our artist study this term will be 'Banksy' which links to our English text 'Way Home'. We will explore the art that Banksy is famous for creating (graffiti) and have a go at creating our own pieces of artwork in this style. 

 

In RE, 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. Children will be able to express thoughtful ideas about the impact of believing or not believing whilst also being able to express their own feelings in a respectful manner. 

 

In DT, children use their research into existing products to make a tent that Tom (from our Geography work) will be able to use on his journey around the world. Children will pull in their wider knowledge about the properties of materials from Science to plan, create and evaluate a working prototype. Children will be expected to measure, cut and make a model of a functioning tent and test it's ability to keep 'Tom' warm and dry. 

 

In PSCHE, our first unit will look at 'Happy and Healthy Friendships'. Children will learn to understand what is meant by 'identity' and how we use it to define us. They will look at what peer pressure is and how to make informed choices to resist such pressure even if it comes from friends. We will finally look at the importance of good emotional health and wellbeing, and where to go for further support if they need help.

 

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.

 

 

Homework

 

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. 

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