Wednesday 8th November 2023
Dear Parent/Carer of Year 5 pupil,
RE: Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview
Welcome to Autumn 2 and thank you for your support since September. We have an interesting term ahead of us, with a lot of work and fun to be had! Our Learning Journey topic this term is titled: ‘Why should we remember?’. Below we have outlined some important information regarding this term.
Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit in school on the following days, including trainers and tracksuit bottoms when the weather turns colder. This should consist of grey or black bottoms, white t-shirt and red school jumper/cardigan. Most children are wearing the correct each week but our expectation is for all children to wear ‘uniform’ kit on PE days.
P.E. lessons are on Monday PPA days (30th October, 13th November, 27th November and 11th December). In addition to this, both classes will continue to do PE every Wednesday.
Reading: Reading with your child and discussing what has been read each day is essential to helping them make progress in all areas of the curriculum. The expectation is that your child reads for at least 15-20 minutes each evening and that they record this in their Reading Record Book. We ask that you support and monitor your child’s reading and check/sign it regularly.
Maths: Maths homework is set each Monday on Mathletics. This is to be completed by the Monday of the following week.
Times Tables: Please practice all times tables and their related division facts frequently.
Spellings: A spelling rule will be introduced on Mondays, and throughout the week lessons and activities will be completed based on this rule. Over the course of the half term, we will send home a spelling homework to consolidate spelling patterns taught in school. When spelling homework is sent out it will have a clear due date for the work to be returned. Typically, this happens once or twice each half term.
Home Learning Project: Your Home Learning Project this term is to carry out your own research about an aspect of Ghana that interests you. Further details of the project are included on page 2 of this letter. Project due date: Wednesday 6th December 2023.
Year 5 pupils can bring into school a healthy snack e.g. a piece of fruit, savoury crackers, nut free cereal bar, etc. If your child brings in what we would consider to be an unhealthy snack, they will not be allowed to eat it, and it will be returned to them for their packed lunch or at the end of the school day if they eat school dinners. Also, please ensure that your child does not bring in food that contains nuts.
As the weather becomes colder, please ensure your child has a warm coat and that all hats, scarves and gloves are named. It is important that your child does not wear jewellery (unless it is for religious reasons) apart from stud earrings.
Thank you, and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Mr Gough & Mrs Cooper
Year 5 Home Learning Project – Celebrating Ghana!
Year 5 pupils,
Your home learning project is linked to your topic learning from last term – ‘Into Africa’. Last term, we found out a lot of interesting facts about the continent of Africa. We focused on the physical and human features of Ghana and compared them to the UK. During our topic, there were so many questions we could have researched but our depth enquiry question was ‘How do human features make life in Ghana different to life in the UK?’
For your home learning project, we would like you to help us celebrate Ghana by researching an aspect of Ghana that interests you. What would you like to know more about? Would you like to focus on the geography of Ghana and build on your learning from last term? Perhaps you could find out about the currency, cuisine, languages, religions, leisure, physical geography, education, a famous person, etc. If you’re feeling a bit stuck for ideas, you could research an environmental issue and create a poster or PowerPoint to inform others.
You are free to choose what interests you and you can choose how to present your work. Here are some presentation ideas:
- Fact file
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Prepare a meal or menu
You have a few weeks to work on your project so you have time to decide what you want to research, then you can carry out your research and finally produce your final piece of work. Your project is due to be brought into school on Wednesday 6th December 2023. We will use time towards the end of term to share your project work with your class mates.
We look forward to seeing your projects. Good luck!