Welcome to Class 5 ...
Class 5 is made up of pupils in Year 5 and 6 and is the last classroom you reach as you walk down our newly decorated KS2 corridor. Class 5 is taught by Mrs Cadman (Miss Thwaite as old!) who is very lucky to be joined by Miss Tierney and Mrs Barlow during the mornings and Miss Mulligan in an afternoon.
Being some of the oldest children in school, we've taken our return, this September, very seriously, and we have been busy applying for various roles and responsibilities that we would like to take on over the next year. Please keep your eyes peeled to see what we get up to, in our new roles, over the Autumn term.
What will we be learning?
Maths - This half term, our maths work will focus on place value and number. We will be revisiting the four functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and applying these to complex mathematical problems.
English - Our reading and writing (up until half term) will be based on the story 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll. We based some of our English work last year on another Emma Carroll story 'Secrets of the Sun King' and the children loved how her books manage to take you on a journey full of twists and turns. I look forward to posting some pictures of the children's fantastic work in weeks to come.
Science - We will be studying Earth and Space during the first half term and taking an indepth look at our solar system. We will be studying the shape and size of different planets and taking a look at the beliefs of 'The Flat Earth Society'. We will be looking at the movement of the sun across the sky and the different phases of the moon.
Topic - Our topic until Christmas has been entitled 'Raiders and Invaders' as we will be studying the invasion of Britain by the Vikings. We will be looking at how the Vikings came to be, what type of people they were, as well as different aspect of their life. We will explore this throughout our Geography and History lessons and identify the imprint the Vikings left on our history.
Art and D&T - This term, we are going to be using our Science unit as our theme throughout our art work and we have some wonderful and creative work planned. We will be studying the space artist Peter Thorpe and using a range of different resources to create some really vivid and vibrant work. We will also be using clay to create some intricate luminaries and contrast this by making our own paper clay to create space monsters.
PE - For the first ten weeks, we will be venturing to the swimming pool to continue with our excellent swimming lessons, as well as develop our Netball skills whilst the weather hopefully stays dry.
PSHE - We decided that our 'reading for pleasure' class book this term would be 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio and what a wonderful choice we have made! The real-life story is about a young boy named August who struggles to accept himself in a society where he feels he needs to blend in. With this in mind, during our PSHE lessons we are going to be looking at the impact the media has on our lives today with the strapline from the book sat prominently in our minds - 'why blend in when you were born to stand out?'
Important info ...
Spellings - Spellings will continue to go home on a Friday and be tested on a Friday. As independent and responsible pupils, it is important that children make sure they have their spelling books in school on a Friday.
Brain Builders - Our Brain Builder homeworks will also continue to go home on a Friday, and children will be given the opportunity to share these in our Brain Builder Gallery on a Friday morning.
PE - Swimming kits are needed in school every Monday. Please can the normal PE kit stay in school to reduce the amount of absent kits in school. This must include: a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers, black jumper, trainers and black PE pumps.
Water Bottle/Snack - Please could we ensure that all children have a water bottle in school with them on a daily basis which can be refilled from our water fountains. Children are also encouraged to bring a healthy snack with them to enjoy at morning break.
I hope all the above information is useful, however if you have any further questions please feel free to pop in for a chat before or at the end of the school day.
I look forward to a new year with a bunch of wonderful children, and I am excited for the new and exciting opportunties that Year 5 and 6 has in store for us all!