Classes 2020-2021 -

Year 5 @ West Wick

 


Welcome to  Year 5  @  West Wick

Class Teacher: Mrs Hewitt (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs Manning (Thursday and Friday)

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Term 1

Spellings – Term 1 Spelling Overview

Knowledge Organiser – Year 5 terms 1 and 2 How green is our planet KO

Home learning Offer Weeks 5 – 7

Week 4

Another brilliant week of learning and thinking by the Year 5 crew. They enjoyed completing their mood boards to reflect the question, “What does it mean to be green?” and have started to develop their geographical knowledge of longitude and latitude, biomes and features of tropical rainforests.

In English, the children have continued to work incredibly hard to improve both the quality and presentation of their writing. The next chapters of our book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’ have enthralled us and raised so many questions. The maturity and empathy shown whilst discussing mental health conditions in response to the character of Ade’s mum was incredible. The children represented the problems, symptoms and advice they would offer with great thought.

We have also had lots of fun in P.E. developing our agility, reaction times and ball skills. Our team work and positioning in the game ‘End Ball’ has really improved!

Learning at Home

Reading: Continue to read every day.

TT Rockstars: The children have been asked to spend 3-5 minutes up to 4 times a week on TT Rockstars – please encourage them to do this.

Spelling Shed: A spelling assignment has been set for this week which children need to complete. They now have a small red book with their weekly spelling list stuck in – please remind them to practice at home.

Next week in English we will invent our own suspense story. Our whole class reading book ‘The Boy in the Tower’ will continue for the rest of this term. In maths our focus will be  ‘Addition and Subtraction’. 

Our Learning Theme enquiry question is ‘Where are the greenest places on Earth’? and we will be creating front covers and factfiles about the rainforest inspired by ‘National Geographic’.

Week 3

“It may not be easy but it will be worth it”

This week we have discussed the importance and power of having a ‘growth mindset’ to help us have a positive and determined attitude towards our learning. This short film is a great introduction to growth mindset and well worth another watch at home to talk about with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUJkbWNnNy4

We launched our Learning Theme with the question, ‘What does it mean to be green?’ and exploring a wide range of vocabulary associated with the colour green such as viridescent, glacous, harmony and renewal before creating mood boards in response to the enquiry question. The children were  incredibly thoughtful about what being ‘green’ means to them, with a definite focus on the environment and sustainability. We will share our finished mood boards next week!

In English, ‘The Old Mill’ generated much excitement and some fantastic first pieces of descriptive and suspense filled writing. The launch of our whole class book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’ was met with great excitement and plenty of groans when Mrs Manning wouldn’t read the next chapter ‘yet’! The opening chapter raised plenty of questions and we enjoyed developing both retrieval and interpretation skills through character explorations of Gaia and Ade.

Learning at Home

Reading: Continue to read every day.

TT Rockstars: The children have been asked to spend 3-5 minutes up to 4 times a week on TT Rockstars – please encourage them to do this. Mrs Hewitt will have the iPads available in the Year 5 classroom every Tuesday lunch time for those children who are unable to complete at home.

Spelling Shed: A spelling assignment has been set for this week which children need to complete. Our spelling focus is words ending in –cious and the list has also been sent home. Mrs Manning will have the iPads available in the Year 5 classroom every Thursday lunch time for those children who are unable to complete at home.

Next week in English we will continue with ‘The Old Mill’ suspense story. Our whole class reading book ‘The Boy in the Tower’ will continue for the rest of this term. In maths our focus will be negative numbers before starting our new unit on ‘Addition and Subtraction’.  The next Learning Theme enquiry question is ‘Where are the greenest places on Earth’? If you are able to look at a world map to start thinking about this then that would be fabulous!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

 

Week 2

This week has seen the Year 5 Crew master a whole class performance of the ‘Conker’ poem and explore the language and structure of the poem in greater depth. They have expanded their vocabulary, improved their presentation skills and created their own versions of the poem after much careful thought. Their learning and enthusiasm has been an absolute joy!

In maths the children enjoyed the challenge identifying and ordering numbers up to six digits, and persevering with greater depth activities. They continued to show enthusiasm and interest in our PSHE learning, particularly when discussing what makes a good friend and sharing their experiences of showing gratitude. One of your highlights has been creating messages of appreciation and motivation which can be given to fellow crew members throughout the year.

 

Learning at Home

Reading: Continue to read every day.

TT Rockstars: The children have been set individual challenges to complete over the next week. Please encourage them to spend a short time each day practising.

Spelling Shed: A spelling assignment has been set for this week which children need to complete. Our spelling focus is words ending in –ious and the list has been sent home.

Keeping Children Safe Online

The website National Online Safety publishes a wealth of material aimed at helping parents and carers to keep children safe whilst online as well as producing handy guides to a variety of popular games and apps. We will provide regular links to the guides to enable you to learn about the suitability of such apps for your children. Please note the age restrictions and the content included in deciding whether these are suitable for children. One of the most popular apps at the moment is TikTok.  Read all about it here: What parents need to know about TikTok

Next week in English we will be starting our new writing unit about suspense stories whilst in reading we will begin our whole class text ‘Boy In the Tower’. We will continue with place value in Maths and start our weekly times tables challenge. Our first Learning Theme enquiry question is ‘What does it mean to be green?’ Please discuss this at home ready to share your ideas next week. Have a lovely weekend.

 

Week 1

It’s been absolutely fantastic seeing the Year 5 Crew this week and welcoming them back to school life. They should be incredibly proud of how they have risen to the challenge of new routines and shown such determination to ‘be the best they can’ in all areas of their learning. Some of our highlights include: getting to know 31 fabulous children, fantastic lessons with mature discussion around our safety, well being and the importance of our school rules, and exploring the ‘Conker’ poem which we are studying as part of our whole school ‘Lost Words’ project.

 

 

Learning at Home

All of the children  were shown our fantastic range of upper key stage two books this week. They have each selected a book and signed it out in our class reading log. When complete, they will place the book to a basket in the classroom before it is returned to the shelves by an adult. Please ensure your child continues to read daily at home and encourage them to talk about their chosen book – the characters, plot and any new vocabulary they come across. Reading widely and often will support your child in all areas of their learning.

The children have also been given a ‘Reading Record’ where both they and you are invited to record your comments. Inside the book are their log-ins for TT Rockstars and Bug Club. Bug Club is an online reading service and we will be allocating specific books for everyone to access at home in the next few weeks,

TT Rockstars: By Year 5 children are expected to know all times table and division facts up to the 12 times tables. Rapid recall of these facts helps enormously in the upper key stage 2 maths curriculum so please encourage them to practice daily. Weekly times table challenges will start the end of next week.

Spelling Shed: We will be starting the Year 5 spelling curriculum from the 14th September and the word lists for term one can be found at the top of this page. Children are expected to practice these words at home on a weekly basis.

Next week in English we will be performing the ‘Conker’ poem and writing our own acrostic poem inspired by nature. In maths we will be learning about place value which will include recognising numbers up to ten thousand. We will continue with ‘Return to School PSHE’ activities and will start our first Learning Theme week commencing 14th September.