11 April 2016

Dear Parents

Summer Newsletter 2016 – Year 5

I am writing to inform you of some of the events that will be happening during the summer term and to let you know what your child will be studying. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.

English – Pupils will be reading their new class novel, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and use this as a stimulus for creative writing, and make links to other subjects. Pupils will continue working on grammar, punctuation and spelling. They will also reinforce their reading skills of inference and deduction.

Maths – Pupils will rehearse mental addition and subtraction strategies and apply skills to fractions and decimals. Pupils will also consolidate methods of multiplication, identify rules of divisibility and also learn to read and plot coordinates in two quadrants. Pupils will also extend their understanding of 2D and 3D shape by identifying 3D shapes from 2D representations and by creating 3D shapes using 2D nets.

Science – Pupils will be investigating different materials and their properties. They will also be looking at gases around us and changes to solids, liquids and gases, including the water cycle.

Art – Pupils will continue learning about the Victorian artist William Morris. They will practice drawing natural objects, such as leaves, flowers, and birds, and then use these to create a wallpaper design.

French – Pupils will learn to give a simple description of a scene, place or planet; to make statements about seasons and weather and the position of a planet.  They will also learn to use adjectives to add interest to a description; and to describe seasons in the context of a poem, Le Retour du Printemps.  This unit draws upon familiar vocabulary and structures: the months, the weather, animals and their habitats and the alphabet.  Pupils will also learn to classify nouns, adjectives and verbs; use the qualifiers assez and très; and to form compound sentences with parce que.

Games – Pupils will cover a range of physical activities including cricket (for boys), rounders (for girls), tennis and athletics. In games the programme is aimed to develop an increased level of understanding of basic tactics and rules and how to apply these in a competitive environment. In athletics pupils will be given the opportunity to improve in a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored. There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place on the afternoon of Friday 17 June.

Geography – Pupils will study climate change and how this affects the whole world. Through our class novel, children will also learn about different explorers from the past.

History – Pupils will be studying World War Two. They will focus on what it would have been like to be a child living at this time, including being an evacuee from the Blitz. They will enjoy a trip to Eden Camp as part of this topic.

ICT – Pupils will continue with work on their own website using the website Weebly. They will then share and review each other’s’ work. Pupils will also be studying aspects relating to ‘We are photographers’. This will include creating a tourist’s guide to Norton High Street.

Music – Pupils compose melodies harmonised by sustained and repetitive accompaniments. Listening material includes music depicting a musical clock and English folk songs. Pupils continue regular keyboard playing to help develop their note recognition and awareness of rhythmic patterns.

PSHE – Pupils will be considering what it is to be a good citizen. Pupils will be considering the best way to solve a dispute and will discuss what is meant by prejudice.

RS – Pupils will study the religion of Islam.  They will focus on the five pillars of Islam, the typical layout of a mosque and the importance of Muhammad to Muslims.

Technology – Pupils will be creating bridges to see who can make the strongest design using certain materials. They will also be creating some artefacts linked to our history topic of World War Two.

The pupils in Year 5 will be completing assessment tests in maths, reading and writing. The tests take place in the class room during lessons with the subject teacher.

I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their learning. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch tiffany.white@redhouseschool.co.uk.

Yours faithfully

T White

Key Stage Two Coordinator

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