Year 5 welcome you to the Spring Term 2016! Happy New Year! Welcome back to school. We have an exciting term planned in Year 5: looking at the ‘Earth’s Extremes’, carrying out lots of exciting experiments and studying a different culture. We are always keen to welcome experts on different topics to work with the children so let us know if you would like to help. If you have any concerns do come in and see us. We will be continuing to have value weeks based on the schools values. This term’s value week will be ‘Responsibility’ Many thanks for your continued support. Yew Class - Tracey Fletcher & Alex Nicholls Olive Class – Al Briggs English An exciting term ahead in English! This term Year 5 will start by investigating China, which links to our topic theme of Extreme Earth. The children will practise their research skills by: formulating questions they would like to answer in order to find out more about something that inspires their interest; locating information by scanning and skimming; making notes and recording sources; finally preparing and presenting what they have learned. We will also look at Chinese stories and find out what these tell us about Chinese values and customs. In Term 4, the children will look at books written by Michael Morpurgo. Our first book will be Kensuke’s Kingdom: where they will read, predict and infer. For this term the children will be writing a persuasive text about saving an endangered animal using notes from their research. Our second book in Term 4 will be The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the children explore Michael Morpurgo’s use of language to create an impact on the reader and examine the themes of the book. Philosophy for Children The children will be continuing to take part in weekly P4C sessions. During these sessions children generate questions in response to a stimulus (e.g. a story, object or film clip). The children vote on which question to discuss and then have a class discussion with the teacher acting as a facilitator. Maths This term Year 5 children be working further on all aspects of maths. In particular they will be spending time looking at fractions; focusing on turning fractions to decimals, writing remainders in division as fractions, comparing and ordering fractions. As well as this, they will be revisiting all four mathematical operations, looking at rates and solving problems scaling by fractions. The children will also be looking at converting units of time and calculating areas of scale drawings. In addition to learning about the term diagonal and make conjectures about the angles formed between sides. They will also study co-ordinates and translation of shapes to new positions. Science In Terms 3 and 4 the Year 5 children will be looking at reversible and irreversible changes. They will build their understanding of the differences between a variety of materials and how materials can be mixed and dissolved, and reversibly and irreversibly changed. Big Questions include: Will it dissolve, react, sink or float? Can you change an egg back to its original state once it is cooked? Can you solidify butter once it has melted? Finally the children will create their own investigation enabling them to apply their knowledge of materials to practical questions What’s Happening in the Spring Term? 20th January Mother Tongue Day 1st February Responsibility week 26th February Yew/Olive Sharing Assembly 2nd March World Book Day 8th and 9th March Parent’s evening 14th March Science Week Values In terms 1 and 2 the foci will be Responsibility and Independence. Children will be encouraged to think about and discuss what unity and trust mean to them. This will allow them to take ownership and put their ideas into practise. There will be a values focused weeks in each of the term. Topic The focus for this term will be Geography. Year 5 children will be introduced to the wilder side of the world with the creative Geography topic 'Extreme Earth'. The children will find out all about the Earth's extremes, from raging tropical storms to violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering tsunamis. They will also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. Computing Year 5 will be learning all about statistics and how to use Microsoft Excel to analyse the results from question they will investigate e.g. Does the UK have more hours of sunlight than China? Or Does it rain more in the UK or China? PSHCE/RE In RE this term, the children are learning about Symbols within different religions. They will be encouraged to develop their own questions and thoughts on the way symbols are used. Art/D&T In Art this term the children will be learning how to mix colours and will make a colour wheel to show what they’ve learnt about colour. As our topic is Extreme Earth, they will be looking at how they can paint wild weather. To achieve this the children will be looking at how we sketch and look at landscapes, mark making and painting using watercolours. They will be focusing on the Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson, who paints the landscapes around West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales focusing on its weather. PE In term 3 the children will be having Athletics (Thursday) and Hockey (Friday), where the children will be looking at improving their core muscles and balance, hand eye coordination and endurance. In Term 4 they will be doing Football (Thursday) and Basketball (Friday). Homework Children in Year 5 have 3 pieces of homework to complete per week. One piece of English or topic, the new spelling homework and one piece of maths work. These will be given out on a Wednesday and are due in the following Tuesday. In addition to this children are expected to complete their Big Talk once a week. To help us support your child please can you make sure that you discuss the topic and sign your child’s home/school book? Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and we will test them on Friday. Please help your child practise their spelling words during the week. French In French the children will be recapping their conversation skills that focused on where they live, going to different places in town and who their family members are and whether they have any pets. This term they’ll look at how to buy and order things like coffee, cakes, coke and bread as we look forward to our France trip later in the year.