01 April 2014

Dear Parents

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.

EnglishY5 pupils will conclude reading their class novel and use this as a stimulus for creative writing.  Pupils will also work on letter writing techniques.  The children will be rehearsing for their end of year drama production.  The children will also be preparing their entry for the school handwriting competition.

Maths – This term, year 5 pupils will further extend their number skills exploring negative numbers and rounding decimal values.  Pupils will develop efficient methods to multiply and also add and subtract decimal values. Through the topic of data handling, pupils will investigate probability and draw line graphs.

Science – This term, year 5 pupils will explore the topic of ‘Life Cycles’. In this topic pupils will discover more about the reproductive cycle of flowering plants, about the importance of insects for pollination and also why plants try to disperse their seeds. Scientific skills will be further developed through an investigation related to seed germination.  On 13th June Joanne Newbury from WWT will be coming into school to run a workshop with our pupils to develop their understanding of life cycles and support their learning with this topic.

Art /Design – Pupils will be working on a collaborative project linking their English, art and technology studies.  Pupils will be creating a miniature puppet theatre and producing puppets based on scenes from the Chronicles of Narnia.

French – Pupils will cover the topic of healthy eating with a focus on fruit. During the module they will complete some cross curricular work and research the lives and works of famous French painters.

Games – During the summer term boys will be participating in athletics, tennis & cricket.  The girls will be participating in athletics, tennis and rounders. The pupils will also have the swimming gala to look forward to which will take place on the afternoon of Friday 25th April and sports day which will take place on 17th June.

GeographyIn year 5 pupils are studying climate change in particular looking at the possible causes of global warming and the problems this is likely to cause.

History – Pupils are continuing to work on Ancient Egypt with a focus on hieroglyphs and Egyptian art.

ICT – Y5 pupils will be continuing their study of blogs and also developing their understanding of the Scratch software.

Music – Year 5 will hear a recording of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’ and sing some English folk songs. After further listening to ‘The Viennese Musical Clock’ they will compose music with mechanical patterns. Their understanding of musical notation is developed further using electronic keyboards.

PSHEPupils 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 continue with their Judaism studies with a focus on Jewish life and a visit to a synagogue.

You may be aware that the pupils from years 7 to 9 have a week of exams beginning May 19th.  The children in year 5 will only be completing assessment tests in maths, reading and writing.  The tests take place in the class room during lesson term with the subject teacher.

The pupils in years 4 to 6 will all be starring in the first KS2 production.  In September we introduced drama lessons into the curriculum and to celebrate the children’s work this year they will be entertaining us with a collection of short plays based on fairy tales with a modern twist.  This event will take place on Thursday 3rd July and more details will be sent out nearer the time.

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

Miss T White

Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator





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