Dear Year 5 Parents/ Carers,

Year 5 Spring Term Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a restful break with time to recharge your batteries.

Our topic for this term is May the Force be With You and we will be learning lots about Space and Forces. Wherever possible, our topic will be covered through cross- curricular teaching and learning so that we can make meaningful links across the curriculum.

In English, we will be reading the book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is a humorous novel with lots of links to the curriculum. We have a trip to the Guardian’s education space to learn more about newspaper writing. We will also be using a lot of drama, role-play and discussion to explore ideas and support our writing. Our grammar objectives will be embedded within our English lesson whilst spelling strategies and handwriting will be taught in separate lessons each week.

In Maths, we will be extending our understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. We will spend time making connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. We will study area and perimeter. We will be working on ways to reason and problem solve calculations in different contexts.

In Science, we will be exploring Space as well as learning all about forces. We will think about the movement of planets in the solar system and think about night and day. After half term we will focus on gravity, resistance, friction and forces in levers, pulleys and gears. We will develop our scientific skills further by completing exciting investigations and link these to our topic.

In Art and DT, we will be creating a variety of designs. We will develop various artistic techniques connected to the wider project of Space. Our later focus will be on experimenting and designing simple automata and whirligigs based around our theme of Space.

In PSHE, we will use both PSHE lessons and Circle Time to work together to discuss important issues such as drugs and alcohol, budgeting and migration. We will take a closer look at our Hawley Habits of Learning and further embed them into our daily routines at school.

Year 5 will continue to have PE sessions on Thursday afternoons with Coach Charlie.  Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear and a change of clothes on Thursdays. (They will need to change into shorts, leggings and a t-shirt) It is also essential that the children bring a water bottle into school every day.

Rada and Sharlene will be supervising the class for their swimming lessons, starting on Friday 17 Jan. The children need swimming costumes, a towel and a swimming hat in a plastic/ waterproof bag. Please label items to help your child manage their kit successfully.

Brass lessons continue every Tuesday. Please ensure your child remembers to bring their instruments and their music folder each week. The children already sound like confident music makers, please encourage them to practice at home regularly. 

Home Learning

Your child will continue to receive homework every Thursday to allow them to share with you some of his/her school learning. Homework is due back on the following Thursday. The children should be increasingly independent in making sure their homework is completed and handed in on the correct day.

Year 5’s multiplication knowledge is continuing to go from strength to strength. Please continue to encourage your child to practice any multiplication tables that they do not know. As part of our spelling curriculum, the children will also focus on developing spelling lists built around letter strings.

 Visits and workshops this term:

CLC                                         Wed 8January

The Design Museum            Wed 15 January

Swimming                              Every Friday from 17 January

The Science Museum          Mon 20 January

The Guardian                        Fri 24 January

Rochester Sq Pottery           Mon 10 February

Royal Academy of Art          Wed. 12 February

*ROYAL ALBERT HALL*    Tues 10 March

Warmest wishes,

Lucy Sahathevan

Y5 Class Teacher