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Autumn 1 Newsletter

Welcome back Magical Masterminds!  I hope that you have had a lovely Summer holiday and are now refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of Year 5! 

We have had a busy start to the week, learning our new model text – ‘Find Me’, which you can hear by following the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rx3hm

This will give us the techniques, language and grammar skills needed to write our own spooky adventure stories, which we hope to display in our local area (details coming soon!).   To help fuel our imaginations, we are reading ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl – we’re already hooked!

To help us develop our reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for at least 10 minutes, 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.  We appreciate your support with this, we know how busy life can be but those extra reading sessions will help your children to achieve their highest potential.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week that they read 3 times to an adult (not including this week!).  If they get 12 stickers, then they will achieve the Bronze Reading Medal!  You can do it Magical Masterminds!

This year, our class will be taking part in ‘Mindfulness’ training, which aims to help our pupils be more aware of their emotions and reactions.  The lessons should enable our children to improve their decisions when under pressure or angry and to help them to recognise when they are feeling these emotions so that they can begin to regulate them.  Look out for the meditation diary which we will be sending home soon…

Finally, I hope that our children have a wonderful year and it is a pleasure to be working with you all again! 

Targets

Reading

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

I can discuss how authors use figurative language.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

 

Science 

Properties and changes in materials

I can compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets).

I can describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving.

I can describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution.

I can describe how some materials can be separated.

I can demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating).

I know and can demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not.

I can explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material and that this is usually irreversible.

I can discuss reversible and irreversible changes.

I can give evidenced reasons why materials should be used for specific purposes.

Passport 

Understand why we have rules and laws in England and always follow these

Show an understanding and commitment to democracy

Homework 
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Week beginning

 

4.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

11.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

18.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

25.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

2.10

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

9.10

Maths – books

English

Spellings

16.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  As you will have seen from the Spellings letter, children are now having 6 spellings a week with the expectation that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

With this letter, we are sending home 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.
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 Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

Parent Helpers
We now have a volunteer to hear readers on our class however we still need more help to give our children as many opportunities to read as possible.  We would also be grateful if anyone would be able to test pupils on their times tables – we will give you a sheet with the answers on so don’t worry if you’re rusty!  Even 20 minutes would be appreciated so please get in touch. 

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

Mrs Caballero

Autumn 1 Topic Web:

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