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Year Five 2020-21

Class Teacher- Mr Richards

Teaching Assistant- Mrs Murphy





Year 5 Parent information September 2020

Welcome to Year 5.  


Make sure you keep checking the website and make sure you’re signed up to Class Dojo for more class updates. 


Things are a little odd right now, not having you all in school, but I'm so proud of how hard you're all working Year 5 and I always look forward to our weekly zoom meetings.




In English this half term we will be reading Holes by Louis Sachar. We will be using this book to explore lots of different ideas and themes such as love, difference, truth, and of course digging holes! You'll get to chance to write lots of different types of texts this term including narratives, reports, letters and persuasive writing.


While I know you don't have access to the school library right now, please do keep reading at home! There are books you can read on Reading Eggs if you're short on actual books at home!


In grammar we’re going to keep revising the role of the different word types we use in our writing - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, articles and so on.  We’ll have a word of the day and a sentence of the day every morning and by the end of the year you’ll have a huge vocabulary without realising it. 


English this year will hopefully give you a chance to be really creative and have a lot of fun, and I am going to really focus on trying to build up your confidence so you feel ready for Year 6. 




In Maths this half term we will be looking at our understanding of multiplication and division and how we can use them to solve different types of problem. We will also be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages and how to convert between them. We will be covering the Year 5 curriculum but I will also be recapping and reminding you of the basics and earlier years’ work so please don’t be worried if you’ve struggled over lockdown or even before! 



In RE, we are going to be looking at Baptism, Parables and Lent. We will also be looking at our virtues for this half term: generous and grateful.



In PSHE this term, we're going to be thinking about the future as we look at dreams and goals - I know you all have lots of those!



This term we're going to looking at different types of art from different parts of the world such as Islamic Art and African Art. Don’t worry if you struggle with Art – I do too! Vincent van Gogh was told that he wasn’t any good and now he’s remembered as one of the greatest painters ever so maybe you will be too! 



We will have PE sessions on Thursdays with Mr McKeever, so please come in your PE kit for the whole day!



In Music this term you're going to be looking at 'elements of music' and how to read and write it!



In History this term we're going to be looking at the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars and then at the Abolition of Slavery.



In Geography this term, we're going to be looking at Mountains and different mountain ranges across the world.



In Science this term, we're going to be looking at Studying Living Things, using the brilliant Developing Experts website to help boost our learning!


Please look after yourselves and be happy when you can. I’m here to help in any way I can. 


If you have any queries, please email or call school and this will be forwarded on to me.


Well done for all your hard work so far this year - I'm very very proud of you all!


Mr Richards.

Year 5 termly overview

Year 5 Reading List