Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer holiday and are refreshed and ready for an exciting first term in Year 5. Miss George is the class teacher and she is very much looking forward to getting to know the team of 29 Falcons!
What a year we have planned! Lots of learning to be done and memories to be made. This will be a very enjoyable year for the Falcons and you can follow our journey on Class Dojo where you can see daily pictures and updates of our EPIC learning – more information on accessing Dojo for the Falcons will be sent out shortly.
The first term as a Falcon looks great! We will be starting the year by becoming historical detectives in our first topic exploring the Battle of Britain from World War 2. The Falcons will be delving deep into a historical enquiry to find out ‘Why was the Battle of Britain a significant turning point in British History?’. We will be investigating what made the Armed Forces so powerful, why Germany lost the battle, how it changed the lives of women and much much more.
Lots of our learning will link to our ‘Battle of Britain’ topic. In D&T, we will be designing and making our own Anderson shelters. The Falcons will research and develop a design criteria before constructing and assembling their shelters using products and materials that are fit for purpose. The work carried out in our Computing lessons will support the Falcons in carrying out the appropriate research on how Anderson shelters were built and how best to construct their own.
We are going to be reading a fantastic book called Letters from the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll which is an adventure mystery book set in World War Two. This book is going to be the basis for some fantastic pieces of writing in English.
In Science, we will be looking at Forces. The Falcons will explore gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. They will develop their understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces and their effects and have the opportunity to investigate how mechanisms, like levers, pulleys and gears help us to use smaller forces. We will engage in some super exciting scientific experiments such as testing air resistance by creating our own parachutes and designing boats to test water resistance.
PE in Term 1 will be on a Wednesday. On a Wednesday, 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.
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.