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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 5

Welcome back

I hope you’ve had a fantastic summer holiday and you are ready to learn lots!

Our topics this term are Earth Matters and Who won the battle for our kingdom? In Earth Matters, we will be using two fantastic books – “Th e Great Kapok Tree” and “Varmints”. These books will help us to discuss serious issues about the environment – what can we do about climate change? Is deforestation ever justified? Our forest school sessions with Mrs Owens will support our understanding as we have a closer look at the world around us.

We will be creating our own stories, persuasive letters and pamphlets, poetry, drama, brochures and information pieces as we explore these themes throughout the topic.

In maths, we will be learning about the following topics:

• Place value – reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1 million; understanding and using negative numbers, rounding and Roman numerals.
• Addition – adding numbers with up to 4 digits, using mental strategies and word problems.
• Subtraction – subtracting numbers up to 4 digits, using mental strategies and word problems.
• Statistics – understanding and using tables and graphs, using data to create own graphs.

We will continue to develop our reasoning skills when we complete our black belt challenges and solve more complex problems using our understanding when we complete maths investigations.
In science, we will be learning more about the exciting topic of living things and their habitats. We will be looking at different species of animals and plants both in the UK and the Amazon, comparing and contrasting these and thinking about how we can help conservation efforts.

We will be looking at the Amazon as part of our topic lessons. We will be using maps and globes to understand where the Amazon is and the effect this has on its climate. We will also be learning about latitude, longitude and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Our forest school sessions will support our topic and English sessions.

During transition week, we considered how we can keep safe online and we created our own Pic-collage comic stories about ways to protect ourselves. We also signed a Year 5 contract to make sure we understand the importance of e-safety.
We will learn about British Values, diversity and inclusion throughout the year through topic lessons and PSHE topics.

The children's reading diaries are checked regularly and reading at home will have an impact on the children's understanding during lessons. Asking your child about what they have read, what they think about certain characters or what might happen next is a great way to explore a book together.
Homework will be sent out on Friday. This is to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. This will often link into something that is due to be taught the following week or will consolidate the learning that has taken place. It’s important that homework is completed to the best of the child’s ability and it is a great opportunity to support your child’s learning.

P.E and Forest School
Our PE slot is first lesson Thursday morning. Forest School compliments the learning undertaken in class and our slot is every other Thursday afternoon - dates can be found on the Forest School page of this website. It is important that your child has a fully labeled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing for Forest School.

Drop-in sessions are still available every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have. Your input into your child's education is more than welcome so feel free to pop in. If this time is not convenient, you can also arrange a time to speak to myself on the phone, or I may be able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement.

Please read our Year 5 Autumn Term 2017 Newsletter, attached, for more information about our curriculum and important events.

Don't forget to follow the school on Twitter for updates about the exciting learning happening within our classrooms: @willastonce

Thank you,

Miss Hull :)

Please come back soon!


Autumn Newsletter - Year 5 2017.pdf (PDF 109.4KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 5 and 6, including word lists.pdf (PDF 70.5KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 5.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 5.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)
HFW list. Help your child with spellings.doc (DOC 250KB)