Welcome to 5C 2021-22!

 In 5C, our teacher is Miss Cleary and our learning is supported by our brilliant teaching assistants, Mrs Pizzigoni and Mrs Latimer. There are 25 children in our class: 13 girls and 12 boys. We are a bright, lively and bubbly bunch, who love learning and always strive to do our very best! We celebrate our diversity, differences and uniqueness in our class, and love sharing about our languages, experiences, beliefs and traditions. Did you know we speak 18 different languages in 5C? Amazing, right?!

Curriculum this term

Maths

In maths, we will focus on both place value and calculation skills. We will use the equipment available in our classrooms to help us better understand and represent calculations and build our confidence when using a range of methods.

English

In English this term, we will be taken into outer space and into our past! Our first text will explore the first moon landing and will give us an insight into the experiences of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Our second text is a fictional journey into the times of World War 1, where a young boy explores his father’s dream of being able to fly…but at what cost?

Science

In science, we will be studying earth and space. We will explore our solar system and how our little planet fits in on a much grander scale! We will learn how day and night happen, why we have seasons, and more! We will also study the forces acting around us right now; we will discover how an unbalanced force can be affected by friction, wind resistance and gravity.

Geography

Do you know what makes the earth rattle? This term, we will be exploring how the movement of the tectonic plates beneath our feet can cause huge natural disasters as we learn all about earthquakes, including how, where and when they happen!

 

History

Can you imagine what it would have been like to live in Ancient Greece? This term, we will explore the myths and legends, gods and monsters, culture and influence from Ancient Greece. We will discover what people at this time believed, the effect of war and how Ancient Greece influenced the society we know today.

RE

In RE, we will be exploring the beliefs of a range of different religions throughout the year. This term, we will be investigating why some people believe a God exists and whether we can live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century.

 

Reading Mastery 5

In RM5, we will explore a different text every week. This will include a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. This will allow us to practise a range of reading skills, including summarising, vocabulary, retrieval and inference.

 

Art

This term, we will be exploring how movement can be portrayed through art, especially through sculpture. We will be studying artists including Eadweard Muybridge, Umberto Bocciono and Ju Ming.

 

Music

Throughout this term, we will be studying and performing Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and we will also explore bossa nova and swing. We will use glockenspiels and singing, explore pulse and rhythm and learn about the importance of vocal warm ups.

Design and Technology

We will be using recyclable materials to create our own moving vehicles this term! We will research, plan, make and evaluate our creations. Why do you think it’s importat to use recycled materials?

Reading

Reading is extremely important in Year 5 and throughout the whole school. Reading provides us with so many adventures with just the turn of a page! In 5C, children are given at least 20 minutes of independent reading time each day and we have a class novel that we love to read together. We are currently reading Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston! We encourage the children to read at least 4 nights a week and bring their reading book and record to school every day. We understand that life at home can be very busy, but reading even just a few pages a night can make a huge difference to skills that can help children in all aspects of the curriculum, such as comprehension and vocabulary skills. Please ensure that reading records are signed by an adult to acknowledge that the child has read.

 

 

Homework

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is due back in school by the following Friday. While it is excellent that the children are always eager to get their homework in first thing on a Monday, we encourage them to hang onto their spellings until the Friday so that they can practise for their weekly spelling test. Please note that daily reading is also included in set homework. Children also have access to a range of educational websites that they can use to enhance their learning, including TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Reading Plus. Regularly accessing these tools at home as well as in school is sure to help with the development of those important maths and English skills that pupils use every day!

PE

Year 5’s PE lessons are on Fridays. Children should come to school in their uniform on the Friday morning, bringing their PE gear in a bag. They will change in class prior to the PE lesson. Boys and girls are provided with separate areas to get changed in. Children will change back into school uniforms before leaving school at the end of the day.

After School Clubs

There are several after school clubs available to Year 5 and 6 at present. These include Girls’ Football Club, Mindfulness Club, Film Club, Puzzle Club, Lego Club and Art Club. Girls’ Football Club and Mindfulness Club take place on Tuesdays. Puzzle, Lego and Film Clubs take place on Wednesdays. Art takes place on Thursdays. All clubs end at 4:10pm and children can be collected outside the classroom where the club takes place.