Year 5 is the lower class of Upper Key Stage 2, where we start preparing children for their transition into secondary school. Children continue to take more responsibility for their own learning, including working independently as well as with others, to pursue their own areas of interest within a topic.
5KFKG: class teachers Kate Foster (Mon, Tues, Wed) and Kate Gulland (Thurs, Fri) supported by Lucy Kihlstrom
5OP: class teacher Oli Palmer supported by Julie McConalogue
Autumn Term – To Infinity and Beyond Through the topic, we study the planets and the solar system, exploring ideas of what is beyond, and how the world began. This gives lots of opportunity for some really in depth fiction and non-fiction writing.
The highlight of the Autumn Term is our residential trip to Carroty Wood. This gives the children the chance to undertake adventurous activities and opportunities to form positive relationships with peers and staff while developing their communication, concentration and cooperation skills.
Spring Term – Ancient Greece In the Ancient Greece topic, we look at the themes of philosophy, democracy, mythology and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks. These give some really fantastic opportunities for whole class debate and higher level thinking and questioning.
Summer Term – River Deep, City High In our final topic, we study the local environment and make some comparisons between cities globally. We look in depth at river systems and tackle current environmental issues. We have a focus on New York and use that as a basis for developing our knowledge and understanding of different cities around the world. There is also a great opportunity for fictional adventure writing.
Home learning details:
Each short term, the children will be given a grid of home learning activities. They will need to complete one activity from the grid each week and hand it in on a Friday. They should alternate maths and topic activities. Each activity should take around 40 minutes to complete though they are welcome to spend more time on these.
See attached grid for Term 1.
The children should read at least three times a week for 20 minutes at home. This could be with an adult/sibling or alone. We will be completing reading tasks at school and will discuss their home reading within these periods.
Spelling expectations and year group list:
In accordance with the national curriculum, we teach and practice the year 5 spelling patterns and rules at school. We will be sending home words from the common exceptions list for the children to learn at home throughout the term.
Children are expected to have a named PE kit (black shorts, dark green t-shirt, tracksuit or warm clothing for outdoors, and trainers/plimsols) in school from Monday to Friday. Outdoor games are on a Monday. Gym or dance is on a Friday.
Uniform – Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled as it helps the children to identify their own belongings. Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months and also please encourage your child to bring a named water bottle to school every day.
Medication – Please let the school and your child’s class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. If your child needs to be on a course of medication then please complete the relevant form which is kept in the school office.