Introduction to Year 5 Oak Class
Dear Parents / Carers,
I am very much looking forward to teaching your child in this exciting first term at East Acton Primary. Below is an outline of what we will be learning about in class this term.
As you know, your child has already been learning using the Mastery Approach which allows children to develop fluency in number skills and confidence in reasoning skills. This term your child will be exploring the following topics in mathematics:
- Number and place value (numbers up to one million)
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Graphs and tables
- Area and perimeter
Please ensure that your child knows all the multiplication tables up to x12 and can make division facts from them.
The English lessons include reading comprehension, spelling, grammar, handwriting and Independent Writing. The texts we will be basing our learning around this term are ‘Greek Myths’ and ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman. Writing Children will be asked to write independently on a range of topics regularly throughout the term. We want children to produce written work that is interesting, grammatically accurate and correctly spelt. Their writing is inspired by texts of different genres which are modelled by the teacher so children know the format and range of vocabulary to use. The children will be adding to their Independent Writing Books focusing on these areas for development:
- Range of sentence type (simple, compound and complex)
- Figurative language (similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia etc.)
- Focusing on different ways to start a story
- incorporating description, dialogue and action
- Varying pace of writing
The National Curriculum has a strong emphasis on spelling and grammar, and the children will be encouraged to focus on these elements of their writing across all curriculum areas.
In Reading lessons, the children are taught strategies to use in written comprehension. Children will be taught to refer to the text to support their opinions and use action, dialogue and description to read between the lines, and to understand characters' points of view. It is a requirement of the National Curriculum that children are able to read fluently and with accuracy; this is something that we would encourage parents to support at home. In all classes we endeavour to encourage children to develop a love of reading. It is essential, if your child is to achieve the expected standard for their year group, that they read on a regular basis at home, both to an adult and independently. Spelling In spelling the children will continue to be taught to understand and apply the concepts of word structure so that they can draw on their phonics knowledge to spell correctly. They will bring home lists of spellings to learn and will have a weekly test.
This term we will be studying Earth and Space, and Properties and Changes of Materials.
This term the children will be studying Ancient Greece and Global Positioning.
Religious Education / PSHE
This term, children will look at Christianity, and Health and Wellbeing.
There is a lesson every week taught by Madame Dedegbe.
Art and DT
The children will be making Ancient Greek masks and cooking fresh produce.
This term the children will be working on choral singing, using rounds and a range of harmonies.
PE for this term will involve and range of invasion games. Correct PE kit must be worn for every session and it is advisable for children to leave this in school at all times. It can be taken home for washing at the end of each half term (or more often if required). For indoor and outdoor PE lessons your child will need: Black slip-on plimsolls or trainers, White t-shirt, black shorts or black track suit bottoms. All clothing and PE bags must be labelled clearly with your child's name. All items of school uniform must be labelled with a name.
PE will be every Monday and Tuesday, so please ensure children are wearing their kits and have their water bottles on those days.
Children will be asked to complete one piece of maths, one piece of English, spellings and Maths Passports. Maths and English tasks will be marked in class. Spellings and Maths Passports will be tested every week. Homework will be given out every Friday and should be completed and returned the following Wednesday. If you or your child need any assistance or have any questions regarding the homework, please see the class teacher.
You will find up-to-date information on events in the school newsletter which is also on the school website. There is also a parent noticeboard as you enter the playground with the current newsletter displayed and notices with additional information. The newsletter is sent out by email every Friday afternoon (or a paper copy is sent to those without email). Letters with parental permission slips will be sent out via the children's book bags prior to trips. Please check book bags daily.
Finally, the support of the family is immensely important where pupil progress is concerned. Here are some key ways you can help at home:
Ensure your child gets enough sleep.
Ensure reading happens for a short period every day. Be a reader yourself. Encourage your child to read quietly; read to your child; have your child read to you or a sibling; talk with enthusiasm to your children about what they are reading; visit and join the local library.
Ensure homework is done and returned on time. Encourage your child to relish challenges.
Talk to your child about their learning. Ask them about the learning skills they use at school and encourage them to use them. Our East Acton learning behaviours include: resilience, perseverance, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, collaboration and knowing when to learn on your own or with others.
Praise your child for the effort they put into their learning.
I hope I have given you an insight into what is happening this term and answered any other queries which you may have had. I look forward to preparing your children for the next steps in their learning journey.