Year 5 2021 - 2022
Year 5: Mr Campbell’s Class
Autumn Term 2021
Hello and welcome to our Year 5 class page. I personally cannot wait to get going and know the children will love an action packed first term of the year! On here you will find everything you need to know about what your child is learning at school.
During this term, we will be learning all about the continents and focusing on what makes North America so special. Alongside developing key historical skills such as chronology and source evaluation, we will be enriching our curriculum through preparing and cooking North American food during, visiting Chester Zoo to explore animals native to the Americas, and developing our understanding of the different genres of music that have put this fascinating continent at the forefront of modern music for the last 100 years.
In English, we will be studying how to write a range of different recounts through our class text, Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. The text charts the remarkable life of the Canadian daredevil Annie Edson Taylor and her amazing feat at the Niagara Falls. The children will build on their understanding of varying sentence types through their work on adverbial phrases and perfecting their understanding of 1st and 3rd person. Furthermore, we will be focusing on the basics with a big emphasis on presentation, letter formation and the correct use of full stops and capital letters.
During Autumn term, there will be a big emphasis on the basic skills in mathematics. The children will start the year by developing their knowledge of numbers up to 1,000,000 (both by writing them and reading them aloud) before moving on to ordering, comparing and rounding. It is always a challenge for the children to remember where the comma should go, so any work on consolidation in this area will only support your child at school. The children will then move onto work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These four key focus areas will build on the work the children have done in previous years and will see them develop their skills on larger numbers than previously. It will be vitally important that your child has a good grasp of times tables facts this term in order for them to access the Year 5 curriculum.
As always, we will be focusing on the children securing key fluency skills before challenging themselves with problem solving and reasoning challenges.
In RE this term, we will be learning about the Creation Story and the Ten Commandments. Through the Creation story we will be reflecting on how it shows God’s love for us and having the opportunity to identify ways in which God calls us at different points in our life. We will be spending lots of time planning and leading our own class collective worship sessions and thinking about how unique and gifted we all are.
At home there are many different ways in which you can support your child with their learning this year. Each Friday, homework will be set on Google Classroom for the children to complete at home in their home learning books. Weekly spellings and Maths challenges can be found here alongside additional activities that I feel may help your child’s learning. In addition, school planners will have details of reinforcement activities that can be completed in home learning books. There are also the Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars apps that the children are warmly invited to use as regularly as possible. Children should read every night and to have their reading logged in their reading record each time. Should I find a particular area of weakness in which I feel a child needs more work, I will note this in their planner along with an activity to help support them.
You are always welcome to chat with myself after school, or to make an appointment. Thank you ofor your warm welcome and I look forward to working closely with you all over the next academic year. Together everyone achieves more, so it is much appreciated.
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