What are we learning this half term?
Theme - In Spring 2 the curriculum is based on the book ‘The Conquerors’. In English, we will be focusing on writing a range of different texts such as diary entries, persuasive letters and stories. In topic, we will be researching Britain’s invaders, using atlases, constructing long boats and even baking cakes!
Maths - In the Spring term, Year 5 will be covering area and perimeter, multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages.
PE kits - This half-term Year 5 will have PE on Tuesdays and Gym on Thursdays. All children will need a full, named PE kit in school these days.
Reading Planners - Planners must be in school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children are encouraged to read at home, either with an adult or on their own. If they have read please leave a small comment and sign. For each ‘read’ they receive a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets are drawn each Friday afternoon and the child receives a small prize, the more times they have read the more likely their name will be pulled out!
Spellings - Spellings are given out on a Friday and children are tested on a Friday.
Dates to remember
Parents Evening - Thursday 2nd April
Easter Service in Church - Friday 3rd April
At St Thomas we pride ourselves on our creative curriculum. Each term or half term each class has a specific curriculum focus which the majority of our lessons link into.
We know that homework is beneficial to both children and parents, but sometimes children find homework ‘boring’, ‘a waste of time’ and ‘pointless’. To ensure work is consolidated and extended at home we are going to think about homework a little more creatively.
Each term or half term, during the first week, your child will be given a homework grid. The grid contains activities linked to all areas of learning (English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Art etc). Each activity has a points value: the values relate to the complexity of the task. Over the course of the term your child must complete a minimum of 10 activities from the grid. The aim of the homework grid is to exceed their points target. We have discussed this in class, and the children understand how to select appropriate activities.
Please find below useful websites for games, practise and revision.
|Website address (links)||Useful for…|
|http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/||Spelling pattern practise, word class, punctuation and grammar.|
|http://100wc.net/||Great examples of children’s writing and short focused challenges to have a go at and submit|
|http://www.piecorbett.com/free-resources.html||Top tips, examples and challenges for young writers|
|Website address (links)||Useful for…|
|http://www.mathletics.com||Sign in, play games, tackle challenges, take on others in competition…|
|http://www.mathopolis.com/||Games, questions, challenges for all levels|
|http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper||Great challenges, games and puzzles to test you, hurt your head and make you think. Good fun too.|
Additional Home Learning
A paper copy of the homework grid has been sent home and an electronic version is available on the school website. There are lots of homework ideas on here based on our Theme to have a go at.
Please listen to your child read each day and share the story together. Children could also write book reviews of their favourite books, create posters about their favourite characters or write their own stories/comics. They don’t have to just read fiction books, it could be newspapers, magazines, fact books or anything similar.
Year 5 and 6 spellings will be available on our website. Children have been using lots of different ways to practice in Year 5, such as ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’, spelling scribbles, drawing pictures that associate with the word, playing hangman. Have a go at the ones we haven’t looked at yet or focus on revising ones we have already tested.
If your child has a particular interest in a subject, place, animal or person they could complete a project about it. They can research on the internet and present what they have learnt in many different ways. They can present on paper, they can create a powerpoint presentation, they could make a model – the possibilities are endless! If your child is stuck for ideas they could do a project about Britains invaders, which is our current theme.
Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary and go to KS2 - all subjects are on here which include lots of puzzles, videos, games and information about different units. For example in maths, have a look at topics that interest your child or something that they might need more confidence in.
Year 5 love YouTube! Below are a list of YouTube channels that are educational and fun.
● National Geographic Kids
● Crash Course Kids
● Science Channel
● GEOgraphy Focus
● Kids Learning Tube
● Free School
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Useful for maths games, mental maths, revision of methods taught.
https://play.ttrockstars.com/ - Useful for times tables - children have their own login.
https://www.coolmath4kids.com/ - Maths games/puzzles