Welcome to Year Five and Mrs Clarke!
Welcome back to school everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and a fabulous break.
It's now time to start our new topic for 2018 - Giants. I am very excited about all of the exciting learning opportunities planned for this brand new topic. We all love reading in Year 5 and this Spring we have yet more new and inspiring books to explore, both fiction and non-fiction - there will something for everyone to enjoy!
Below is a flavour of what the children will be learning this term. As always, if you have any questions about what your child is learning, or indeed if there is anything at all that you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me via the school office, the messages book, or catch me at the end of the day at the classroom door.
Please click here for this year's curriculum map!
Giant have been a feature in stories for hundreds of years, you may be familiar with the famous story of Jack and the Beanstalk, James and the Giant Peach, Gulliver's travels, David and Goliath, The Selfish Giant (one of my personal favourites) and many more. We will be looking at some new stories, including The Ice Giants and The Hunter, each of which features giants of some description.
Our first focus text this term will be 'The Hunter' by Paul Geraghty. This book was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal ; it is a beautiful picture book telling the gripping and poignant story about courage and compassion for animals in the world that we live in. We will be looking at the relationship between humans and wild animals, in this case elephants, and at how we can protect these beautiful giants.
Do you know the longest river in the world? The highest mountain? The biggest volcano? Well, we will be investigating these giant features of our planet during our topic this term. We will be extending our knowledge and understanding beyond our local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location ad characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical features using maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping to locate countries and describe the giant features of this wonderful planet.
Our science topic this term is 'All living things and their habitats'. We will be observing and comparing the life cycles of plants and animals in their local environment with other plants and animals around the world (in the giant rainforests, the enormous oceans, in vast desert areas and even in prehistoric times).We will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, and amphibian, an insect and a bird.
Art and Design
Art and design is a passion of mine, and I try to integrate as many creative opportunities for the children as possible. This term, we will focus upon the work of the British contemporary street artist, Banksy.
Over recent years, street grafitti has became more appreciated as public art. As well as being a great platform for discussion (graffiti, art or vandalism?), it is worth exploring the fabulous techniques used to create the eye-acting, socially relevant displays we see in the cities and towns around us. We will create our own 'tags' and create our own giant pieces of art based on this famous artist.
Each week the children take part in a focused guided reading session with the class teacher. We will work together in this session to read extracts of text and develop our deduction and inference skills through specific and targeted questions. A follow-up activity will take place the next day to consolidate the children's learning.
In Key Stage Two, we strongly encourage parents to continue to read with their children regularly (at least 3 times a week) and write comments in the child's reading diary. I will collect the diaries on Thursdays for marking, and hand them back out on Fridays ready for the weekend.
Two P.E. sessions take place throughout the week in Year 5. P.E. lessons usually take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. However, due to timetabling changes these lessons may alter. Therefore, please ensure that your child brings their P.E. kit with them on Monday morning and they will take them home on Friday afternoon.
During the Winter months, it is advisable that children bring with them warmer clothes for outdoor sessions.
Please ensure that all P.E. clothing is labelled clearly, to ensure that all items are returned to the rightful owner!
Homework is set on a regular basis in Year 5. All children will receive spellings and either an English or maths piece of homework each week. The homework will outline clearly when the homework has been set and the homework task. Homework, spellings and times tables are handed out every Friday afternoon and are to be returned the following Friday.
Learning log homework is set on a half termly basis. This homework will pose a question for the children to research and answer. The children can present their answer in any form that they wish. If children do create powerpoint presentation, they can be e-mailed to the office on firstname.lastname@example.org