Welcome to 5PM’s class page.
The children from 5PM have had a brilliant start to their year and are already working hard. The children show real enthusiasm for their learning and are working hard at achieving their personal bests. I am really looking forward to seeing our learning journey unfold this academic year.
Below is some key information that you may find useful.
We have now set up a new system for our reading books called Accelerated Reader. Once every term, children sit a Star Reader assessment which helps in identifying an appropriate book level for them. Every day, the children are given time to read a book of their choosing (based on their suggested book level). Once the children have read their books, they can sit an AR quiz which, if they get above 80%, means they can go up a book level. We ask that they spend some time reading at home - whether that’s their AR book, or in the form of a comic, magazine or a non-fiction book on cars (anything that sparks their interest in reading). So far in 5PM, many children are making rapid progress through the book levels and one child has gone up a total of 19 levels.
We ask that you ensure you record any reading that takes place at home with a simple comment inside your child’s Reading Record. If the children read certain books from our reading recommendation list, they earn a sticker and 5 house points.
Spellings are handed out and tested once a week. Please make sure the children are practising their spellings every week. Children can practise their spellings in any way they like. Below you can see a selection of suggested techniques to help in learning spellings.
At the start of the year, all children in Year 5 started on their 3 times tables. It is essential the children practise their times tables regularly as they are tested 4 times a week with each test lasting 3 minutes. When the children have answered all 60 times tables questions correctly, they can then move up to the next level. We currently have 6 children on their 6 times tables! I have attached a couple of recommended websites for children to use to help with learning their times tables below.
In English, we are focussing on writing non-chronological reports based on elements of our current science and topic work. The children are enjoying researching animals from the Grand Canyon (desert biome). We are continuing to build on our SPaG knowledge, particularly word classes, modal verbs and subordinate clauses.
The children continue to build on their arithmetic skills, taking an arithmetic paper every Monday to help increase stamina and to address any misconceptions. Many children achieve personal bests each week. We are continuing to work on fractions for most of this half term.
‘Living things and their habitats’ is the current focus in science this half term. The children have learnt about the life cycle of reptiles and mammals, they have learnt about the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction and, more recently, they have learnt about the different parts of both flowering and non-flowering plants.
Topic for this half term is centred around biomes. The children have been given a top secret mission set by scientist, local to the Grand Canyon, in the hope that Year 5 can help prevent an all-important, vulnerable species from becoming extinct through their research.
We have been learning common phrases in French as well as learning vocabulary relating to family, parts of the body and colours.
Focussing on the work by Austrian - New Zealand artist Hundertwasser.
We are focussing on the different celebrations in the Jewish calander; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur as well as the coming of age ritual bar/bat mitzvah. More recently, we have researched synagogues