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Dreaming Dragons Autumn 2 Newsletter

 Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a wonderful half term break and are ready for another jam-packed one! 

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  La Dolce Vita.  In this geography topic, we will focus on the Mediterranean region of Italy.  We will start by developing our map skills and understanding the countries which make up Europe.  We then delve into the impact of tourism on Italy (both positive and negative) focussing predominantly on the Alps.  Rather excitingly, we also take a look at how earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur and link this to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii in 79 AD.

To help us to continue to develop the children’s reading skills, we would like to remind you to try and hear your child read for at least 15 -20 minutes, at least 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  As a reward for reading regularly, children can work towards their reading bands (reading journals are collected in and checked on a Wednesday).  When the children have achieved 50 reads, which have been signed by an adult at home, they will be awarded with their Bronze Reading bracelet/band during celebration assembly.  We have many children who have nearly reached their Bronze award, which is fantastic! Keep up the reading Dreaming Dragons!

 

Targets:

Reading

I can scan for key words and text mark to locate key information.

I can discuss the main ideas over several paragraphs.

I can summarise a text.

Science

Light

I can explain how light travels.

I can explain and demonstrate how we see objects.

I can explain why shadows have the same shape as the object that casts them.

I can explain how simple optical instruments work, e.g. periscope, telescope, binoculars, mirrors, magnifying glass etc.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  Only the English worksheet activity and weekly spelling will be added to TEAMS.    

Week beginning

 

31.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

7.11

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

14.11

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

21.11

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

28.11

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

5.12

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

12.12

OPTIONAL HOLIDAY HOMEWORK SET

19.11

OPTIONAL HOLIDAY HOMEWORK SET

 

Spellings 

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday via TEAMS to be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  You can also find Autumn 2 spelling overviews for Group 1 and Group 2 on Teams in ‘files’.

 Each week, children who hand in their spelling sheets by Wednesday will receive a reward. All children who complete this spelling part of their homework to a high standard, will receive five extra minutes of playtime at the end of afternoon break each Friday.

 Spelling club is open every break time for children who wish to complete their spelling homework at school, or children who would like to practise any tricky spellings with a member of staff.

 E-safety

This half term’s E-safety content will focus on Online Reputation. The children will search for information about a specified individual online and summarise the information found. Within this unit, we will discuss that the information found may not be accurate and understand that people may make judgements against others on the information that they find.

 Water Bottles & PE Kit

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

This half term, indoor PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon and outdoor on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Ireland, Miss Stewart and Mr Minton

 
 

 

Dreaming Dragons

 Newsletter – Autumn 1

Welcome back to a new academic year!

A warm welcome from the Year 5 team - Miss Ireland, Miss Stewart and Mr Minton.  We hope that you all had a great summer holiday and the children are raring to go and keen to start Year 5.  We are sure that this year will be a positive one filled with lots of learning and fun.

 We kick start this year with a new topic based on the groovy Greeks!  In this topic, we will be exploring when the ancient Greek civilisation began and ended and look at the main time periods it can be split into.  We will then study the significance of Alexander the Great and how he developed the ancient Greek empire.  To conclude this unit of work, we will learn all about the legacies left behind by the ancient Greeks, for example, democracy and the Olympics to name but a few.

 To help us to continue to develop the children’s reading skills, we would like to remind you to try and hear your child read for at least 15 -20 minutes, at least 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  As a reward for reading regularly, children can work towards their reading bands (reading journals are collected in and checked on a Wednesday).  When the children have achieved 50 reads, which have been signed by an adult at home, they will be awarded with their Bronze Reading bracelet/band during celebration assembly!  You can do it Dreaming Dragons!

 

Targets: Reading

I can actively discuss a wide range of texts, justifying my ideas with evidence.

I can identify the difference between fact and opinion within a text.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

 

Science

Forces

I can explain what gravity is and its impact on our lives.

I can identify and explain the effect of air resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of water resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of friction.

I can explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Homework

 Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  Only the English worksheet activity and weekly spelling will be added to TEAMS.    

Week beginning

 

5.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

12.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

19.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

26.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

3.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

10.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

17.10

OPTIONAL HOLIDAY HOMEWORK SET

 

Spellings

 Spellings will be handed out on a Friday via TEAMS to be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  You can also find spelling overviews for Group 1 and Group 2 on Teams in ‘files’.

 Coming soon, will be a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be sent home for the spelling tests, but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Years 5 and 6.

 E-safety

This half term’s E-safety content will focus on Health, well-being and lifestyle. The children will describe ways in which affect well-being both positively and negatively. Within this unit we will describe tips or advice to promote health and wellbeing with regards to technology.

 Water Bottles & PE Kit

 Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

 This half term, indoor PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon and outdoor on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

 If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Miss Stewart, Miss Ireland and Mr Minton