Welcome to Yellow Class!
Yellow Class is a class of ambitious, hardworking year 5 pupils.
Year 5 is jam-packed with lots of learning and exciting lessons. There is so much to learn and we work hard to understand new things, practise our skills and gain a better understanding of the world around us.
We are working on becoming more independent and responsible as well as getting better at working with others and contributing to a team.
Spring Term Learning Journey 2019 : Earth and Space
Yellow Class's learning journey this term is taking them on a trip across the universe to develop their understanding of our planet and its position in space. Our creative learning journey approach means they will be developing skills from subjects across the curriculum as part of their learning about space. Initially, they will be gaining a good understanding of our solar system, widening their vocabulary and learning where we fit in on Earth. They will be learning about our sun and neighbouring planets, from the solar prominences on Sun and flat plains of Mercury, to the largest volcano on Mars and out to the Great Dark Spot on Neptune! They will be considering human space travel, past, present and future, exploring the life of astronauts and debating some of the big questions of space travel.
Their English Curriculum is linked with their learning journey. They will be working on a variety of text types, beginning with narrative writing and moving onto writing non-fiction balanced arguments as well as letters for different purposes (application, thanks, complaint and persuasion). They will be learning new types of punctuation along the way, including dashes, semi-colons and brackets. In addition to this they will be working on using parenthesis to add additional information into their sentences.
In Maths, Yellow Class will begin by getting stuck into fractions, developing their understanding of what they look like and what they really mean. They will be getting confident adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions as well as comparing, converting and finding fractions of amounts.
Please see attachments below for example questions to practise to keep reinforcing the learning from the Autumn term if you want extra questsions at home.
In Science, Yellow Class we will be learning lots about Earth and Space as well as exploring Forces.
Please have a look at Knowledge Organisers below for key information being taught alongside lots of investigation skills.
In Music, Yellow Class will be looking at the composer Gustav Holst working on their musical appraising skills and vocabulary. They will be getting to grips with key terms: dynamics, tempo, pitch, timbre and texture. They will be also learning to play the keyboard which is an exciting new addition in year 5. They will learning how to read musical notation to play both independently and as part of an ensemble. I'm really looking forward to seeing the class enjoying making music together, whether they be playing the keyboard for the first time, or progressing on from the skills they already have.
PE and Games
Yellow Class need their PE kits on Mondays and Thursdays this term (however this may be subject to change due to timetable changes and weather, so please have them in all week).
DT and Art
In Art, they will be studying the artist Peter Thorpe and creating their our art taking into consideration the foreground and background as well as trying to include some abstract elements. In DT, they will be learning how to include electric circuits into their designs and improving their woodworking skills as well as learning how to design nets and use computer software to create parts of a product (CAD).
Spellings will continue to be given out weekly on Fridays, to be learned by the following Thursday.
Please support your child in learning the pattern each week. Encourage them to be ambitious, try finding other words with the same pattern and practise until they are confident with all the words.
They will also be given an additional homework such as Maths, Grammar or Reading on a Friday in addition to this.
Please support your child with their reading at home. Children are expected to read at home at least 5 times a week including at least 2 reads with an adult. Please ensure they are recording their reads in their reading record and that you indicate where you have read with them too.
It is expected that children practise their times tables at home regularly on Timestables Rockstars.
Please get in touch if there is anything you wish to discuss.