Welcome to Class Five
We would like to welcome everyone to the Class Five page. The staff in our class are looking forward to the Summer term.
Your teachers are:-
Miss Wright (Class Teacher)
Mr. Evans (Teacher)
Miss Butler (Teaching Assistant)
Our class topic continues to be ‘Anglo-Saxons, Vikings & Normans'. In this history topic we will finish the Viking period and move on to the Norman period. We will be looking at the invasion and settlement of the Normans in Britain. The topic explores the impact this period of history had on Britain. There are also links to many other areas of the curriculum.
In Maths we will be working out calculations based on Norman Castles including: perimeter wall, area of space inside, height of wall in relation to attacks. We will also calculate farming space given to the peasants and the fraction of land given to them. We will solve word problems based on these measurements.
In English we will research this historical period and create reports. We will also be writing diary entries and letters as historical characters. Later on in the term we will be reading and writing about castles.
In History we will be travelling back to the Norman times. We will research and write about the Normans and the changes to Britain and its people.
In Art we will be painting and sketching Norman castles. We will also explore medieval crests in order to design and paint our own. We will be using this to inspire a collage which will incorporate a range of materials.
In Design Technology the children will complete a ‘Dragon’s Den Challenge’ in which they will create a functioning model of a castle with a range of defence mechanisms. The children will then have to present their castle in the ‘Dagon’s Den’ in an oral presentation.
This term P.E. will take place on a Monday and Friday afternoon. Children will need a full PE kit in school. We will be focusing on cricket and athletics. We will also be developing strength and stamina through running.
We will be sending reading books home on a Monday and collecting them in again on a Friday. We expect your child to read every night and record their reading journey in their Reading Record. Over the weekend we would like your child to read the reading comprehension set on Purple Mash, then they can complete the questions. Regular reading is essential to improve fluency and to increase vocabulary skills and written work. Parents are asked to listen to their child read and write comments in their Reading Record. For our weekly spellings, we will be focusing on different spelling rules and strategies.
Children will receive their new spellings on a Monday and be tested on the following Monday. Their spellings will be sent home in a book with a blank page for them to practise next to their spelling list. I will check the spelling homework on a Friday so there is no requirement to return it daily. Please ensure your child is not just copying the word. It is important to practise applying the rule that has been taught on a Monday. Children can be creative when practising by using different colours, writing the word in a sentence, writing it in bubble writing or in rainbow colours .
Children must ensure they are logging into TT Rockstars x 3 times weekly. In addition, the children will be given a certain times table to focus on for that week and this will be tested every Friday.
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.
Monday - Spellings & Reading (Spelling Test)
Tuesday - Spellings & Reading
Wednesday - Spellings & Reading
Thursday - Spellings & Reading
Friday - Purple Mash Reading and comprehension
There is also an expectation that the children will go on TT Rockstars at least 3 times a week.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for your continued support - Year Five Team