A warm welcome to Year 5 from
Mrs Brookfield & Miss Taylor.
Over half term...
I have talked to Year 5 about looking for and bringing in a story after half term that fits with the morals of our class saint, Saint Jerome. Over half term, children can choose a story to bring in that can relate to the concept of knowledge or have characters/settings that link well with St Jerome.
After half term, we will be completing an art project to celebrate our class saint!
We spoke to a Space Engineer who worked for NASA!
Our zoom with Space engineer, Steve Ringler was a success today. He worked on the team that designed, built and launched Juno which is currently orbiting Jupiter. The children enjoyed speaking to Steve about his own experiences in engineering, but were also able to find out the answers to the more important questions - how do you go to the toilet in space? What do you eat? Is there an edge to the universe? What happens if you fall into a black hole?
Year 5 will have Maths and English homework weekly.
Homework will either be set through worksheets in the homework book or via Century Tech. Homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Wednesday.
Children have 'mini maths' homework Mon-Thurs. These are short maths activities that allow the children to continually revisit maths concepts and calculations throughout the year.
Children should read daily, with their reading diary signed.
Here is a great link if you are looking for book recommendations:
Year 5 will also have weekly spellings. These will be in their English homework books.
- To support with handwriting, the children will have handwriting guides for the spellings to complete as well as learning their spellings.
- They will bring home spellings with the words to learn for the week, on the back will be the test that the children have completed, so you can see their progress (please ensure that they are brought in the following week so that they can be filed).
- You can access Century Tech through this link: https://www.century.tech/
- The children should have their username and password in their reading diaries. It should be:
The first 3 letters of their first name, full stop, first 3 letters of their surname, day and month of birth @st-josephs-uttoxeter.staffs.sch.uk e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are struggling to log on, do let me know.
There may be additional homework set for RE or another foundation subject, this will be shared in advance with a separate due date if needed.
Throughout the autumn term we are looking at space engineering and exploration. Through this, we will be speaking with professionals within the space industry and the children will team up to design and build a rocket which will be launched on our launch day! All of the subjects throughout the term will be linked to our vehicle e.g. Science fiction is our genre in English and Guided Reading and we will be using Satellite imagery and mapping in Geography.
Through our RE lessons this half term, we will exploring our gifts and talents through our unit on Creation. We will be considering the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator. We will be reflecting on our God-given gifts and talents and considering how we can live our lives in response to the teaching of Christ. Following this, the children will be moving on to study the Miracles & the Sacrament of the Sick where we will be exploring some of the miracles of Jesus and the work of the Church to heal and care for the sick in Christ's name.
Throughout the half term, Year 5 will be exploring an intriguing new sci-fi book: "The Kid Who Came from Space." written by Ross Welford. Using this story, they will be completing writing pieces, developing their ability to write both formally and informally. The children will peruse a crime scene and use clues to write a formal newspaper report about a potential alien abduction. They will then explore the main character, Tammy, who has been abducted, writing a creative piece from her point of view. The children will then use the tools that they have learnt throughout the term, to complete a final piece of science fiction writing.
We will be continuing with the genre of science fiction and fantasy in our guided reading lessons,where we will be studying the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. We will look at the language of the writer and use our comprehension strategies to infer, predict, retrieve, question, clarify, connect and summarise the text.
In the Autumn term, Year 5 will be exploring Place value further, studying numbers of values up to one million, Roman numerals, number sequences and negative numbers. Year 5 will then move on to addition and subtraction of whole numbers of four digits, including learning how to estimate to check their answers and how to work calculations out mentally. Following this, Throughout their lessons, the children will apply what they have learnt to real life contexts and problem solving and reasoning questions.
Given that our vehicle is space exploration, it was natural to begin our Year 5 geography by studying the Earth from Space. Throughout the term, we will be exploring the world from above, using atlases and digital maps as well as the globe to map our world, tropics and time zones. Following this, we will continue to use our satellites in the sky, but we will focus more on navigation and OS Mapping, comparing Uttoxeter to the Lake district and beyond.
Throughout the term, Year 5 will be delving into our Space race history. The children will be enriching their knowledge of local history, by focusing on the design and creation of the Lovell telescope and the impact this has had on space exploration. The children will then move further afield, exploring the infamous space race and human's exploring our solar system. Year 5 will then delve further into the history of human space exploration, looking at Galileo and the legacy he had left behind.
Continuing to link in with our Vehicle for learning, for the first half of the Autumn term we will be focusing on Earth and Space. Our learning will include exploring the solar system in further detail including the nature of the planets and how the solar system is made up. We will be learning about the orbits of planets around the sun, and the orbit of the moon around the Earth. We will take an in depth look at day and night and the phases of the moon. Throughout this half term, the children will be creating their own enquiries and each lesson will be designed around a question including: Is it always day or night on Earth? Are all planets the same? Does the moon really change shape? The children will then answer this question following the lesson, using what they have learnt for support. Following the half term, we will be moving on to forces, to allow the children to consider how forces could impact on their rocket designs.
At the beginning of the Autumn term, the children will be grouped into their very own space companies, where they will be designing their company logo. As a team, they will begin to develop prototype designs for rockets that will be launched using water pressure at the end of term. The class will need to think carefully about the design of their rockets (shape), as well as the materials they use (which will be purposefully limited to allow for creative thinking). The children will have the opportunity to create a prototype, launch and evaluate this, before moving on to designing their final rocket with any amendments, ready for launch. During the first half term, the children will have the opportunity to speak to a space engineer who had worked on the Juno satellite and ask them questions to help their design (alongside any other queries they have about being in space).
Art will be linked to our learning vehicle through history, where the children will be studying Art movements in the 1950's and 1960's - Abstract Expressionism - to gain a better understanding of life for people in that era. The children will be studying artist profile of Jackson Pollock, before practising and applying the techniques of the artist in their own sketch books, testing and experimenting, before creating finished pieces that they will then evaluate.
Year 5 will begin the term by recalling their numbers to 30, before moving on to counting up the 1000. The children will learn that not every number needs to be memorised and will use patterns in the language to help their understanding. Following this, we will be learning the Spanish names for the planets in our Solar System and describing them in further detail.
Year 5 will begin the Autumn term focussing on Lacrosse and Hockey. Not only will they be learning rules and techniques, they will continue to develop their sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.