Welcome to Year 5

Firstly, we would like to welcome you back after the Christmas holidays. Please feel free to pop in and see us at any time during the year if you have any questions.
 
Topic
This term we are focusing on the topic Ancient Culture, with a focus on Ancient China. We will be looking at the Shang Dynasty and what life was like during this time. This will link in with History, looking at China then and now, and what was expected of the people. We will also be exploring the Geography of China, looking at the landscapes and trade within the country.
 
Literacy
We are going to be focusing on myths and legends, linking in with Ancient China and writing our own to publish within school. We will be looking at a film narrative on Mulan, weaving in arguments and debates on topics linking to Mulan.
In Guided Reading lessons, we will be focusing on short texts, which we will be analysing and discussing aspects in small groups.
 
Reading
It is important that the children read a minimum of 3 times a week. Not only does it help with fluency of reading and comprehension, but also in their writing.
In year 5, some of the children are able to pick their own reading books, as we want to promote the children’s love of reading.
As we know that children often read to themselves, we trust them to write in their own reading records. However, if this is the case, please can you ensure that they are actually doing the reading by questioning them on their book when possible.
Questioning is extremely important to develop the children’s comprehension skills. There are example questions in their Reading Record.
 
Homework
Homework will be set on a Wednesday to be handed in the following Monday. Homework for Maths will be a continuation of what has been taught in lessons, this gives the children another opportunity to apply their skills and consolidate their understanding.
 
It would also be valuable for the children to use the Timetable Rock Star app (both can be found on Apple and Android platforms) to help them engage with timetables and improve their recall. Do not forget you can get on Times Table Rock Stars scoreboard! Can you beat your last score?
 
This term the children need to produce a Topic Project exploring Ancient China. In this, the children can explore any aspect they wish detailed in the homework letter. However, the children must produce some written work. Homework will be due in Thursday 7th February 2019.
 
Although at this age we expect the children to be completing their homework themselves, please feel free to assist them in getting resources, ideas etc. It is important that all homework is completed and handed in on time. There will always be spare copies available on the spare copies board inside the classroom.
 
Each week there will be a homework club (during Monday break time) where we will make ourselves available to assist any children who are struggling with their homework. Furthermore, if the children are struggling to find time or resources to complete their homework at home, they are more than welcome to attend the club.
 
P.E
P.E. this term will include PE on a Tuesday and Friday afternoons will be swimming. Please ensure that your children have appropriate kit for indoor and outdoor activities as well as their swimming kit on a Friday.