Perfect Pandas.

Summer 1 Newsletter

 Welcome back!

 We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter holiday and are looking forward to the exciting learning that we have to look forward to in the summer term.

 

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children: Blue Planet. We will start by naming and labelling the continents and oceans (learn through song) and look at how much of the world’s surface is covered by water. We will learn about how ocean currents affect the UK’s climate and take a dive into the Mariana Trench (the deepest place on earth) where we will study its physical features.  To end this unit, we will take a look at environmental issues which threaten our oceans in terms of global warming and plastic pollution.  The children will all be provided with a knowledge organiser at the beginning of this topic.  This summarises all of the facts that the children should be able to recall at the end of the unit of work.  A copy of this has already been posted on Class Dojo.

 

Reading

 Several children in the Perfect Pandas have achieved their Bronze Reading Band and have also achieved their Silver Reading Band-well done children! We would appreciate your continued support with this reading challenge as we move into the summer term too.  Remember, four signatures from an adult during the week will result in the children being rewarded with one sticker.  Once they have earnt 12 stickers, they will achieve their next reading band. You can do it Perfect Pandas!

 

Targets

 READING

I can make comparisons within a text e.g. characters’ viewpoints of same events.

I can explain and discuss my understanding of what I have read through formal presentations (individually or in groups).

I can demonstrate active reading strategies e.g. generating questions to refine thinking, noting thoughts in a reading journal.

 

SCIENCE

 

I can classify living things into broad groups according to observable characteristics and based on similarities & differences.

I can describe how living things have been classified.

I can give reasons for classifying plants and animals in a specific way.

 

Homework

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

 Weekly homework will be as follows:

Week beginning

 

25.4

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

2.5

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

9.5

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

16.5

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

23.5

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be uploaded onto TEAMS on a Friday and be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  Children who do not achieve 5/6 correct practise on a Monday breaktime and are retested on the Wednesday.

 

Water Bottles & PE Kit

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

 A reminder that children should come in their House PE t-shirt or a similar plain T-shirt (no football kits), trainers and either suitable length shorts or joggies depending upon the weather.

 This half term, outdoor PE continues to be on Monday afternoon and indoor PE continues to be on a Friday afternoon.  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.

 

Diary Dates

 29th April – Non-uniform day to raise money for Pathways (£1)

 12th May (5.45pm) – Dearne Valley meeting via Teams

 26th May – Queen’s Jubilee celebration day (come dressed in the style of clothes from 2000 – 2010 or as someone famous from this time period)

 Further dates and events may be announced via Dojo throughout the term.

 Miss Ireland and Miss Stewart

Spring 2 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

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

 This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children: Tour De Yorkshire. We will start by learning where Yorkshire is and how to locate Yorkshire. We will learn about the difference between a village, town, city, county, country and region. Moving onto labelling human and physical features of a region or country.

 

Reading

 Several children in the Perfect Pandas have achieved their Bronze Reading Band and are on their way to gaining their silver band!  We would appreciate your continued support with this reading challenge as we move into this half term too.  Remember, four signatures from an adult during the week will result in the children being rewarded with one sticker.  Once they have earnt 12 stickers, they will achieve their next reading band.

 

Targets

 READING

 I can justify opinions and elaborate by referring to the text - Point + Evidence + Explanation

I can make comparison within a text .g. characters’ viewpoints of the same event.

I can analyse the conventions of different types of writing e.g. use of first person in autobiographies and diaries

 

SCIENCE

I can create a timeline to indicate stages of growth in humans.

I can record data and results using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.

I can report findings from enquiries in a range of ways.

 

Homework

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

 Weekly homework will be as follows:

Week beginning

 

28.2

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

7.3

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

14.3

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

21.3

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

28.3

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

4.4

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be uploaded onto TEAMS on a Friday and be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  Children who do not achieve 5/6 correct practise on a Monday break time and are retested on the Wednesday.

 Water Bottles & PE Kit

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class. A reminder that children should come in their House PE t-shirt or a similar plain T-shirt (no football kits), trainers and either suitable length shorts or joggies depending upon the weather.

 This half term, outdoor PE continues to be on Monday afternoon and indoor PE continues to be on a Friday afternoon.  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.

 

Diary Date

Information about each diary date will be posted on DoJo closer to the event:

 

  • Anti-Bullying Day – Monday 28th February
  • World book Day – Thursday 3rd March
  • Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March

Miss Ireland and Miss Stewart

 

 

 

Spring 1 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

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

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  Made in China.  We will start by learning all about trade between the UK and China. How goods travel between the UK and China before discussing the advantages and disadvantages of trading between the two countries.

 

Reading

Some children in Perfect Pandas have achieved their Bronze certificate and reading wrist band already and are on their way to gaining their silver medal! Many children are very close to gaining their Bronze Award and only need a few more reads to achieve it. Thank you so much for all of the parents/carers at home who have supported this.  We would appreciate your continued support with this reading challenge as we move into this half term too.  Remember, four signatures from an adult during the week will result in the children being rewarded with one sticker.  Once they have earnt 12 stickers, they will achieve their certificate and wrist band.  Come on Perfect Pandas, you can do it!

Targets

READING

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

I can retrieve and record information from different none fiction sources.

I can distinguish between statements of fact and fiction.

SCIENCE

 

I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents).

I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

I can explain how adaptations can result in both advantages and disadvantages.

I can compare modern humans with members of the same genus and family.

 

Homework

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

Weekly homework will be as follows:

 

Week beginning

 

10.1

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

17.1

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

24.1

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

31.1

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

7.2

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

14.2

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Friday to be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

 

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, outdoor on a Monday afternoon and indoor PE continues to be on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days either wearing their house team t-shirt or a plain t-shirt (no football kits).  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed. Children also need to come to school in trainers or bring a pair or trainers with them-winter boots are not suitable for PE.

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, Mrs Mills and Mr Minton.

 

Autumn 2 Newsletter

 

Welcome to Autumn 2 and the fun run up to Christmas.  We hope that everybody has had a restful half term holiday and are now ready for another great term in Year 5.

Our topic this term opens with a re-enactment of the battle of Edington between King Alfred the Great and the Danes.  After studying just how ‘great’ King Alfred was, we will move into our much anticipated topic of the Vicious Vikings.  During this unit, we will explore whether the Vikings were just vicious raiders and take a peek at their home life and settlements, how they earnt a living and their beliefs.

It has been fantastic to already see how many children are working hard with their reading challenge and we have some children who have read consistently to an adult every week since the beginning of Autumn 1 – Bravo! 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 20 minutes, 4 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, each child will be awarded a sticker each week if they have read 4 times to an adult (reading journals are collected in and checked on a Wednesday).  When the children have achieved 12 stickers, they will be awarded with their Bronze Reading bracelet/band during celebration assembly!  You can do it Perfect Pandas! 

Targets:

Reading

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

I can summarise a text.

I can distinguish between fact and opinion.

 

Science

Properties and Changing Materials (continuing from Autumn 1)

I can sort materials according to their properties.

I can recognise that some materials dissolve to form a solution.

I can separate materials.

I can determine which materials are thermal conductors and insulators.

I can recognise that some changes are reversible and some are irreversible.

I can determine how new materials are made.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further comparative fair test.

I can explain a conclusion from an enquiry.

Homework

 

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  Only the English worksheet activity will be added to TEAMS.  Ideally this sheet should also be returned via TEAMS too. 

 

Week beginning

 

1.11

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

 

8.11

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

15.11

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

22.11

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

29.11

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

6.12

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

13.12

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Half term break

Spellings OPTIONAL HOLIDAY HOMEWORK SET

 

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’.

 

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, outdoor PE will be on a Monday afternoon and indoor on a Friday 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 or covered with tape.

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, Mr Minton and Mrs Mills

 

Perfect Pandas

 Newsletter – Autumn 1

Welcome back to a new academic year!

A warm welcome from the Year 5 team - Miss Ireland, Miss Stewart, Mr Minton and Mrs Mills.  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 Anglo Saxons and the Vikings – Saxon Shores and the Vicious Vikings!  In this topic we will be exploring how places changed after the Saxon invasion, delve into Saxon beliefs and discover what everyday life was like for the Anglo-Saxons.  We will then whizz through history to the Vikings and learn all about Viking raids and settlements.  To kick start this unit of work, the children will be learning the runic alphabet used by the Anglo Saxons to send secret messages and to create their very own wooden bookmarks.

To help us develop the children’s reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for a minimum of 20 minutes, 4 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 as we know how busy life can be, but those extra reading sessions will help your child to achieve their highest potential.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week if they have read 4 times to an adult (not including this week!).  When the children have achieved 48 stickers, then they will be awarded with their 48 reads Reading Band during celebration assembly!  You can do it Perfect Pandas! Children who have earned a reading band are allowed to wear this during school time. We are beginning the Reading Challenge week beginning 13th September.

 

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 Changing Materials

I can sort materials according to their properties.

I can recognise that some materials dissolve to form a solution.

I can separate materials.

I can determine which materials are thermal conductors and insulators.

I can recognise that some changes are reversible and some are irreversible.

I can determine how new materials are made.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further comparative fair test.

I can explain a conclusion from an enquiry.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  All homework will be added to Teams each week and should also be handed into Teams by the Wednesday deadline.

 

Week beginning

 

6.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

13.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

27.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

4.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

11.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

18.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Half term break

OPTIONAL HOLIDAY HOMEWORK SET

 

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday to be tested the following Friday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

 

Coming soon, on TEAMS, will be a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be set 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, outdoor PE will be on a Monday afternoon and indoor on a Friday 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, Mr Minton and Mrs Mills