Welcome to Class Five
The teacher in Class Five is Miss Barrett (who is also the Deputy Head Teacher) and Mrs Wheatley will be the teaching assistant working alongside her some mornings. Usually, on Thursday mornings, Miss Barrett has to carry out Deputy Headship duties and Mrs Williams then teaches the class. In addition, Mrs Wheatley works in Class Five on Thursday afternoons when Miss Barrett has PPA time.
Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines which are explained in the ‘‘Welcome to Year 5 class booklet’. We follow a two-year rolling programme throughout school and we try to plan as much of our learning as possible around our current topics. This creates an immersive and exciting learning experience for your children. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Class 5:
|Term||Topics Covered||Brief Outline|
|Autumn 1 and 2||The Victorians||The children will be studying the novel Street Child by Berlie Doherty. They will be listening and responding to the novel which will be read to them, as well as reading parts of it during guided reading. The children will be learning about the work of Dr Barnardo and Victorian workhouses during this topic and will be writing diaries, stories etc. based on this novel. Just before Christmas, the children will also be studying A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions. Throughout this topic, the children will be learning about Victorian Eaglescliffe and Stockton as well as looking at Victorian artefacts and finding out about a range of famous Victorians. Later in the term, we will also be studying crime and punishment throughout the ages, especially focusing on the Victorian era.|
|Spring 1||Healthy Me||This is a science based topic where the children will be looking at circulation, the impact of diet, exercise and drugs on the human body and how nutrients and water are transported around the human body. In geography, we will be looking at where a range of foods come from, the climates of these countries and why these particular foods are grown there.|
|Spring 2||Greece||This is a history based topic, where we will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks and their achievements and influence on the Western world. We will be looking at modern day Greece in comparison to ancient Greece and researching the legacy the Ancient Greeks left us. In geography, we will be comparing ancient and modern maps, exploring the physical characteristics of Greece, comparing these to the UK.|
|Summer 1||Natural Disasters||During this topic, we will be concentrating on physical geography, for example rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and looking at where natural disasters occur and why. We will also be researching some famous volcanic eruptions of the past, especially Pompeii.|
|Summer 2||The Mayan||This is a history topic about an non-European society that provides contrasts with British history. As well as this, we will be studying South America (where the Mayan originated from), looking at the countries of this continent and studying the geographical similarities and differences between South America and the UK.|
Children will receive new home learning tasks set on SeeSaw every Friday and they will have until the following Thursday to complete this. There will be a range of activities for your child to complete which will either reflect what your child has done previously in class or help them with their future learning. Your child will also be undertaking research projects throughout the year and, if the children are given a project to complete, they are usually given several weeks to do this as it is expected that they will undertake their own research and manage their work themselves, with just a little parental involvement. This will help them to become more independent in their learning.
Class Five will receive weekly spellings on Fridays and they will complete a spelling test on Fridays too. These words are never given out in isolation and will be studied in class so that the children are aware of particular spelling rules/patterns. The children need to practise these spellings AT LEAST TWICE in the week and on different days. They should use the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method to learn these words as well as using other techniques that they have been taught in school e.g. mnemonics.
Although most Year Five pupils are able to read quite fluently, this does not mean that they do not need parental support! Parents are advised to read regularly with their child and at least twice a week. The children would benefit from being asked different types of questions such as retrieval questions (e.g. what did the boy do when he got in from school?), inferential questions (e.g. how is the character feeling? What clues do you have?) and about the language/techniques the author uses (e.g. which words does the author use to build suspense? How effective is the author’s use of simile?).
Weekly Maths Tests:
Each week, on Friday, Class Five have a short maths test. This is based on things that they have been learning during the week and also relates to the maths targets that the children have to achieve. Examples of maths activities are: times tables and related division facts; converting decimals to fractions or percentages; dividing /multiplying by 10, 100, 1000, recalling prime numbers. The children are given examples which they write into their green test maths books so that parents can help them to learn the necessary facts.
Class Five have writing targets which are continuously evaluated and monitored. Once targets are achieved, new ones are given to the children and these are shared with parents. The children are actively involved in setting and achieving their own targets and know what they need to do in order to improve. At the front of their writing and maths books, the children have their year group objectives which they understand and can see being highlighted as they achieve them. These sheets are sent home to parents at different times throughout the year.
Class Five have PE lessons twice a week and this is usually on Thursdays and Fridays; some of the PE lessons will be taught by Mr Sheehan, a PE specialist. The pupils will undertake a range of sporting activities throughout the year, including team games, stamina-building exercises, invasive and defensive games and athletics. They will also be able to take part in gymnastics and dance activities indoors. It is a good idea to have PE kits available throughout the week just in case we need to use a different PE slot. Could I also remind you to make sure that all earrings are removed on PE days and that hair is tied back.