Miss George is our class teacher and we are very excited about the year ahead as we have a fantastic team of 30 children. What a year we have planned! Lots of learning to be done and memories to be made. Year 5 will be a very exciting year for the Falcons and you can follow our journey on twitter by sending a request to @Falconsketton in order to see daily pictures and updates of our EPIC learning.
Welcome back to Term 2! This term we will be learning about the Amazing Americas as the Falcons become Geographers when we explore the continents of North and South America and the countries that form them. Using a range of physical and human geography skills we will look in detail at some of the contrasting areas that form these two continents and research will be undertaken to explore the landscape, climate and locations in each. The Falcons will use their skills to compare the Americas with Rutland before finishing the topic by becoming the Tour Guide of a North/South American country.
We will also become Natural Scientists this term in our very exciting Science topic of Living Things and their habitats. We will be researching the life cycles of insects, birds, mammals and amphibians and learning about sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and animals – this will involve some very fun experiments such as dissecting plants and watching metamorphosis take place in our classroom!
We will continue with our daily reading, but this term with a fantastic book called The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. This book is based around a group of children who end up stranded in the Amazon Jungle when their plane crashes into the trees. This book will be the basis for an exciting writing opportunity as we take on the role of a character in the book and write a recount of the plane crash we experienced. We will look at another text this term called Looking for Jaguar by Susan Katz which is a book of beautifully illustrated poems related to wild and endangered animals in the rainforest as they exist in their wild habitats. This will be used to teach the elements of poetry and inspire the Falcons to create some imaginative poems which we will perform at the end of term.
PE this term will be on a Wednesday and Friday so please ensure PE kit is in school. We will always try to get outside as much as possible so please ensure appropriate clothing and footwear is in school on these days.
Children will receive 3 pieces of homework every week and a termly topic project.
A list of spelling words will be handed out to children every Monday which will be accompanied by an extension activity to support practice ready for their test the following Monday.
Every Thursday children will receive a piece of English and Maths homework which is to be returned the following Monday – these homework activities will consolidate and reinforce learning done in school and allow children to practice skills taught across lessons.
Reading is a vital part of our learning so daily reading should continue.
All children have access to Times Table Rockstars and should use this fantastic resource to continue practicing their times tables in order to develop an instant recall. Challenge your friends to a times table battle and if you’re feeling brave –challenge Miss George!
If parents have any questions about homework or anything else, please pop in and see me.
What a busy term it promises to be!
Some key dates for your diary for this term:
Deene Park Forest School Afternoon – 7th November
Christmas Fete – 6th December
Children in Need – 15th November
KS2 Christmas Sing a long – 16th/17th December