Mrs Dyde's Class 2022 - 2023
Welcome back to school and your first term as Year 5.
Welcome back everyone. I do hope you all had a lovely summer break and had time to enjoy the brilliant weather we were blessed with. With so many different and exciting learning opportunities, based on our different topics this year, hopefully there will be something for everyone. Through using this page, the aim is to keep you all well informed of all events and provide you with an overview of the year, as you will see from our Year 5 Curriculum Planner which is now available. The page will also be updated weekly so that you can keep you up-to-date with our adventures.
Our class curriculum - Below, or by clicking on the link here, you will be able to see our Annual Curriculum Plan which will highlight for you our learning intentions across the year. As you will see there is an exciting range of learning activities which have been planned across all areas of the curriculum.
English - What is planned?
We begin our English by reading Beowulf, which links with our first History topic - the Anglo Saxons. In Beowulf, we listen to a tale that has been told for a thousand years and more. Long ago there lived a warrior who stood head and shoulders above his comrades. Stronger, bigger and more courageous than any other, Beowulf faced three fearsome creatures, one from the moors, one from the sea and the dragon of the deep, all of whom threatened entire kingdoms. Can he defeat them or will he meet his match?
We will be reading from two versions, one seen below, Beowulf by Rob Lloyd Jones and another version written by Michael Morpurgo.
Later in the term we turn our attention to reading picture books linked to our topic in Geography - Changing Environments.
First we read a beautiful book called The Dam, written by David Almond. This is a true story of how Kielder Water was created, the largest artificial lake in the UK. "Once the dam is finished, the land will be flooded. But before it is lost for ever, Kathryn and her father return to the still and silent valley and fill the empty homes with one final song."
Varmints, written by Helen Ward, is noted as a breath-taking and magical piece of work. Through exploring an overlooked threat to the world, the loss of peace and quiet, the Varmints come and build their city where once there was grass. Before they realise what they have done, there is nothing but a huge, dark city. Can someone find the time and space to stop, think and plant seeds of change?
What else is there?
The aim is to link as many topics together to assist the children in applying their knowledge, skills and understanding. As you will see from our planner, the writing in English links to our History topic and subsequently to our Geography topic, thus reflecting the chosen class books. Our Science, based on Properties and Changes in Materials links to those materials used by the Anglo Saxons, and those taken from our natural environment.
Our Art and Design will also link closely to our topics, where we will be aiming to explore and create our own typography using the Anglo Saxon illustrated lettering as stimulus. For our Design and Technology we investigate food and the flavourings use in different types of food.
Please do take a look at our curriculum planner to see what else is in store for the term.
Keeping you up to date with our Weekly Learning Journey:
Week Beginning 3rd October 2022
English - This week we will begin to explore our book, Beowulf and focus on creating a piece of descriptive piece of writing based on one of the characters from the book. Along the way we will be reviewing and creating different sentence types.
Guided reading continues this week in small groups within the class. Through this we continue to explore and develop all the different reading skills, answering a range of questions to build on our understanding and comprehension. The children still have the opportunity to read at least four times a week in class, having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. To begin with we will complete a Star Reading Test, to check the reading levels for everyone, and in the meantime enjoy our own reading.
Maths - Each day, our Maths lessons begin with a focus on improving our fluency in arithmetic and times tables knowledge.
As we continue our journey using Maths No Problem, we will be exploring differnet methods, both mental and written for addition and subtraction.
Science - We will be conducting a comparative test to discover the hardness of materials and discuss their uses.
History - We have our Anglo Saxon Workshop this week, where we welcome, on Thursday, a visitor who will lead us for a full day, immersing ourselves in Anglo Saxon storytelling, writing runes, illustrating letters, learn about being a warrior and how they lived, including past times.
Art - We will be using the technique of illustrating letters, similar to those found in Anglo-Saxon texts.
ICT - We will explore a range of search engines, making use of a web search to find specific information, refining the search and compare the search engines.
RE - We aim to understand what a 'mantra' is and how this links to Hindu's belief in a universal God called Brahma and prayer.
French - In every lesson we try to use French vocabulary for everyday simple instructions. As well as this we will be looking at how we can use simple, short sentences to introduce and describe ourselves, including our feelings.
PE- Our PE for the week 3rd October will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will have our usual PE session on Tuesday and then we will be going swimming on Wednesday. You will need to come to school on both days in PE kit. Please remember to bring in swimming kit on Wednesday. Also please note that we do not arrive back until 3:15 at the earliest due to the time of our swimming session at the pool. Thank you.
Usually this term our PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday. We will be learning skills for different invasion games including tag rugby and football. Here we will concentrate on our own individual skills, and then how we can use these skills within a team.
Reading Record Diaries
Please continue to encourage your child to read at home at least 4 times a week. In Year 5 we encourage the children to be more independent and record their own reading in their reading diaries wherever possible, however we would like you to sign or comment in your child's diary at the end of the week so we know that this is happening - this is greatly appreciated. Reading diaries will be checked weekly when your child has their Guided Reading Session. Reading so often, every day, should enable your child to take a book quiz within two weeks - sometimes perhaps three. We will continue to encourage the children to ensure that they can take the appropriate number of quizzes. Last year I know so many achieved word millionaire - I am sure that this is something that they can strive towards achieving again this year.
Use the tab at the top or see the file attached below to the class page. 30.9.2022
This will be sent home every week on a Friday but is expected to be completed by the following Thursday. It can be found outlined on our Brain Builder which will be added to the top of our class page weekly. It will consist of spellings and times tables to focus on; Maths, which will be set online using MyMaths; and Grammar skills which can be completed in the book sent home or on sheets sent home that week - these can also be checked and marked at home. If your child is finding it difficult to complete the homework or experiencing difficulty in accessing online homework then please do let me know.
PE and PPA
This term we will have PE on Tuesday and Thursday so please remember to come to school in your correct PE kit. A reminder that our PE kit consists of a t-shirt in their house colour along with the school logo, green shorts or skort and black trainers; if it is cold, green joggers are allowed.
Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school every day and that it is clearly identifiable. The children should bring in sufficient water to ensure that they have access to refreshment during the day which keeps them hydrated.
Please make sure your child only brings in what is necessary for school. The children no longer require pencil cases as equipment will be provided for them in class. However, they will need to bring in their reading diary and reading book daily; lunch boxes if required and water bottles. All of these will return home each day.
If you have any questions relating to any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be contacted through the school office using the email address below or by phone. I will then endeavour to reply within 48 hours.
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