Welcome to the Falcons class page!
Welcome back everyone and a Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and are refreshed and ready for an exciting Term 3. Lots of learning to be done and memories to be made. You can follow our journey on Class Dojo where you can see daily pictures and updates of our EPIC learning.
Term 3 looks epic! We are very excited to announce that Miss George – our class teacher – will be joined by a student teacher, Miss Cramphorn this term.
In our Anglo Saxons vs Vikings topic, we will be going on a fascinating journey of discovery as we explore different enquiries in order for us to have a deepened understanding. The children will learn about what happened in Britain when the Romans left, whether describing the Vikings as vicious raiders portrays them accurately and exploring how the Saxons managed to regain control of England.
In English, the Falcons will explore the book Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman using Jane Considine’s three zones of writing. We will be writing the ‘final chapter’ of this book as we explore what happens to our main character when he returns home from his journey. We will also be writing an Anglo Saxon persuasive battle speech and performing this in front of the green screen.
In Maths, the Falcons will begin to explore multiplication and division which involves formal written methods of long multiplication and short division. We will then move on to fractions – comparing and ordering, identifying and writing equivalent fractions, recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions and finally, adding and subtracting fractions. Wow!
In Science, the Falcons will be investigating properties of materials. We will be having a music festival and the Falcons have been selected to form the ‘materials committee’. They need to carry out an array of tests to identify which materials are up to the job for a variety of festival needs. They will be investigating thermal insulators, strength, absorbency, and conductivity.
We have lots more exciting things planned in D&T, PSHE, RE and more!
PE in Term 3 will be on a Friday. On this day, please come to school wearing your PE kit. We will always try and get outside as much as possible so please ensure appropriate clothing and footwear is worn in school on this day.
If at any point we must move to remote learning, we will be using Microsoft Teams as our platform. The Falcons have all been shown how to use Teams and are familiar with how it works so please ensure you have attempted to access it from home to ensure this will be a smooth transition. All Falcons have their username and password for Teams in the front of their homework book. We will also continue to use Class Dojo for communication purposes.
Homework in Year 5
Homework is a key part of learning in Year 5 and will always be planned to reinforce work in class or as an introduction to new work. I would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete homework tasks as it does develop their independence and self-discipline as they take initiative and responsibility for completing these tasks at home.
Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and will be expected in on the following Monday. This will include up to 3 tasks based around Maths, Reading and Grammar. A list of weekly spelling words will also be included in their homework which children will need to learn ready for their spelling check on the Monday. I will include an extension activity with the spellings which provides an extra opportunity to support practise of the spelling words.
Reading is a vital part of our learning in Year 5. Not only do we have the school library with lots of fantastic books, we also have a Year 5 reading corner with even more books! So, plenty to chose from! I will be encouraging the Falcons to read as often as possible and parental encouragement and monitoring at home will greatly support their reading this year. Please encourage your child to read with expression and to express opinions about the characters in the story, the plot and what might happen next to further develop their inference skills. If you would like a set of questions to ask your child during reading or would like me to recommend books, please just ask.