Dear Leopards and Tigers, and families,
We hope you are ok and finding a way to adapt to our new situation. All of your teachers are missing you and being together at school.
We will be posting weekly learning challenges here and on the school Facebook page every week. Most of the challenges will not need to be done online and you can use the empty pages in your homework books to complete them. There are also lots of things you can do online - TTRS, weekly Spelling Shed games, playing on Maths Shed like normal. There are also lots of special online activities being released such as #PEwithJoe (a daily exercise video with Joe Wicks on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8o8wMgAT-Y), White Rose Maths daily videos for each year group (https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ ) and lots more.
RJ Palacio is reading from our previous class novel Wonder every day at 4pm (https://twitter.com/rjpalacio) and Cressida Cowell is reading from How to Train Your Dragon every day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyUNZa7_Gjo) . Every day at 11am there is a David Walliams story on https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ . BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach have lots of interesting content too. Illustrators and artists are creating draw along challenges too such as #DrawWithRob http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob .
We have also shared the Pobble Non-Screen activities sheet for ideas.
Above all, we know that this is a worrying and very unusual time for everyone, so please don't worry if you don't manage to get everything done, or if you do something different. There are lots of opportunities for learning at home - measures (cooking, helping with DIY jobs, telling the time), using money, building dens, studying nature in your garden just to name a few. Please try to do a bit of reading, writing and maths every day, do some exercise and get some fresh air (SAFELY and keeping your distance from people outside your family home). We will love to see anything you do - including challenges like building the biggest lego tower, models you have created, pictures you have drawn etc.
If you would like to show us something you are proud of, you could ask a grown up to send us a photo to our our email address:
Every week, Mrs Green and Mrs Vaux will phone to have a chat with our classes because we are missing you and this is strange for us too! We can chat about what you are doing, how you are, tell us some jokes to cheer us up! (Parents - if we are phoning from home, the number will come up on your mobile as 'Private Number' - we will try to phone on a Thursday or Friday using the main contact that you normally get a text message on)
Take care, look after each other, be kind and above all stay safe so we can all be back together again as soon as possible.
Lots of love
Mrs Vaux and Mrs Green
Happy New Year! We have a busy Spring term in Year 5 and can't wait to get stuck in!
Our whole school topic this term is 'Muddy Puddles'. We will be learning about materials in Science including reversible and irreversible changes, dissolving and separating mixtures and carrying out tests on different materials to see if they are fit for purpose. Linking to muddy puddles, we will also be collecting data on the amount of rainfall through January and February using Scientific equipment and using programmes on the iPads to turn our data into graphs.
Also in Geography, we will be learning about the country of Pakistan and comparing the amount of rainfall in the UK to their average rainfall for the same months. We will be looking at the effects of rainfall during their monsoon season and comparing floods to our recent floods in 2019. We will learn what it might be like to live in Pakistan and use maps, atlases, graphs and images to compare the country of Pakistan to the UK.
In History, we will be learning about The Anglo Saxons; homes, settlements, village life and religion. We will be learning about their weapons and in DT making and testing our own trebuchets and catapults! So TAKE COVER!
Our RE topic this term is Islam; we will be exploring how Muslim beliefs impact the way they live their lives. Investigating Muslim celebrations, when communities come together and comparing them to our own Christian celebrations.
PE this term is on a Monday. Leopard class will need their Swimming Kit and Tigers will need their P.E. kit in school.
If you have any questions, please pop in to see us.
Mrs Green, Mrs Vaux and Mrs Anderton
Welcome back to the new school year! We hope you had a great summer but we have missed you and we are so excited to get going with our learning this year!
Our whole school topic this term is 'The Greatest Show' and in year 5, we will be focusing on the greatest show on Earth - our amazing Earth itself! In science, we are learning all about habitats and lifecycles of different animals, whilst in geography we will be finding out about the different climates and biomes around the world. We will be studying art in nature and developing sketching skills through drawing flowers and creating art using other natural materials. In English, we will be writing and narrating our own nature documentaries as well as creating poems based on the world around us. We will also be reading lots of different books - novels, non-fiction and picture books - as well as learning some poems by heart. Remember, we still have our 100 Books To Read Before You Leave St George's Challenge - how many will you read this term?
In maths we will be developing our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division and measures including area and perimeter. Don't forget to keep working on those times tables - a few minutes a night on Times Tables Rockstars can make a huge difference to all areas of maths!
PE will be on a Friday for the first half term, but we would advise children to bring their PE kits in and leave them in their lockers so that they are always in school. PE kits is black shorts, white or house colour t-shirt and trainers. When the weather is colder, children can bring tracksuit bottoms to wear for PE.
Our children always look so smart in their uniform, but please remember to name their uniform, particularly jumpers and coats as it is very difficult to find un-named items. Also, remember that all children should have a pair of plimsolls for inside school. These and all other uniform items can be purchased from the office.
Homework this year will be spellings on a Friday and Maths on a Monday. These will be based on Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars. If you cannot play online at home, please ask for time in school or there are paper versions to practise on at home. We would also like you to read at least 3 times a week at home and record this in your reading diary.
Finally, our most exciting event this term is our residential trip to Butlins in Skegness from 9th October to 11th October! We can't wait! There will be an information meeting very soon - a letter will be coming home with more details.
If parents or carers have any questions or want to talk to us, we are usually available after school or contact the office for an appointment.
Here's to a fantastic year!
Mrs Vaux, Mrs Green and Mrs Anderton