Year 5 - Tigers

Welcome back to the second half of autumn term! I hope you had a good half term break and are ready for some more exciting learning! We had an amazing time on our residential and are carrying on the Alex Rider theme by designing our own spy gadgets in English and writing persuasive texts about them! 


In history we are moving on to look at Gainsborough and Lincolnshire during the British Civil Wars so we can compare how these battles were fought and impacted on local people with how things were in WWII.  We are looking forward to our trip to the Civil War Centre in Newark very soon to find out more about this period in history! In DT we are investigating structures and building bridges - very important for river town like Gainsborough!


Our PE days this term will be MONDAY and WEDNESDAY so please come in kit on those days.  


As ever, any questions please let me know.


Mrs Vaux smiley


Welcome back! We hope you had a good summer holiday and are all ready for the challenge of being Terrific Tigers this year! 


This year there are a few changes - we are back to our old school uniform, but with smart new PE kits including some great looking hoodies!  It is normal school uniform every day, except for PE days where you should come in your school PE kit with your house colour t-shirt - I can't wait to see how smart you look! PE will be on TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS to start with so you should come in PE kit those days each week. We will be learning tag rugby skills to start with, so you should bring trainers for outside PE.


Don't forget you will need a pair of plimsolls to change into inside - remember this means that we can use our field and Basecamp right into winter because we can change out of muddy shoes when playtime and lunchtime are over.


Our Alex Rider themed residential is just over a month away - Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th October.  There are still places available so collect a letter from the office and get your money in asap to guarantee your place! It will be a fantastic experience!


We have lots of exciting learning planned for this term.  


In English, we will be writing portal stories based on The Tunnel by Anthony Browne, explanation texts on how to survive a secret agent camp, persuasive texts on our own spy gadgets, and a suspense story.  We will also be reading lots of great class novels starting with Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll, linked to our history topic.  


In history, we will be learning about Britain at War through history, starting with WWII in the first half term, then a really exciting local history project after half term learning about the Battle of Gainsborough during the English Civil War.


In science, we are learning about different types of materials then different forces.  We will learn all about the different properties of materials and how we can use these properties to separate different mixtures and solutions, as well as planning fair tests as our investigations.  When learning about forces, we will revisit the different types of forces and how objects can use these forces effectively.


Our music focus this term is based around rock music and we will learn to sing Livin' On a Prayer as a group.  In French, we will revise the different elements of the French alphabet, then our unit will be learning vocabulary around plants and vegetables.


Our computing lessons will focus on computing systems and networks, as well as lots of opportunities to use our new Tigers Google Classroom and we will regularly revisit elements of online safety.  


In RE our focus is on Christianity and the ways in which beliefs impact on action: expectations of behaviour, ways in which people act with examples of contemporary individuals.  We will also be celebrating different faiths over the term in our Faith Days.  

In PSHE/RHE we will be focusing on Happy and Healthy Friendships, and Similarities and Differences.  During our Cultural Day this term, we will be learning all about Greece, which has strong links to one of our British Values of Democracy.


On a Friday, Mrs Green will be teaching the class and will be focusing on Art and DT.  In Art, we will be learning pencil and drawing skills, as well as studying the work of the artist, Mary Cassat.  In DT, we will be looking at creating structures and building bridges.  


For maths, we continue to follow the White Rose maths scheme, and will be learning abut place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and fractions this term.


We have so much exciting learning planned, it is really important that everyone works as hard as they can to have 100% attendance - if you aren't here, you can't learn!


For homework this term, we are going to focus on reading and developing our fluency as well as a love of reading.  There will be weekly spellings on Spelling Shed, and times tables practice on TTRS.  Children will bring their logins home.  If children can log in to Google Classroom on a device at home, that will also give them the opportunity to revisit and build on the learning we are doing at school.


Finally, as ever, if you have any questions or would like to offer any help, please do get in touch, either at the school gate at the end of the day or through the office.


Here's to a great year!


Love Mrs Vaux, Mrs McBroom and Miss Smithsmiley