Pine Tree - Year 5 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Pine Tree Class
Happy New Year!
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready for an exciting term ahead.
On this page, you will find some useful information about the term ahead and any key messages that you need to be aware of. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see our class Twitter feed and instructions for Google Classroom. We love to use Twitter to share some of the excellent things going on in class and will use Google Classroom to support learning at home - spellings, homework and useful documents will be uploaded and made available on there. If you are on Twitter, please follow @pinetreeclass to see regular updates.
We are set to have a great term and have some really exciting things planned and lots of new things to learn about. If there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by popping in or telephoning. The support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them.
This term, we will continue to develop our knowledge of fractions and then, move on to extending our knowledge of multiplication and division. Following this, we will explore decimals and percentages along with retrieving our knowledge of what we have learnt so far, such as place value and addition and subtraction. Throughout our maths lessons, the children will focus on developing their fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills.
In our English lessons this term, we are continuing to work on our knowledge of punctuation and grammar from across KS2, with a particular focus on being able to extend our sentences through
the use of different clauses and vocabulary. All of our writing across the year will be inspired by high quality texts and children's literature. Therefore, we will start the term with linking our writing to the story ‘The Selfish Giant’. We will also be engaging with daily whole class reading sessions to develop the children’s reading stamina, pace, understanding of vocabulary and comprehension skills, together with individual reading sessions, where each child will be heard to read by an adult weekly. Alongside everything we do in school, it is incredibly important that children are reading a variety of texts, at home and this is recorded in their planners. The planners need to be in school daily and to be signed at by an adult regularly. Finally, the children will need to focus on using spelling strategies and rules consistently to ensure they spell a variety of common and uncommon words accurately. They need to be practising their weekly spellings, regularly at home.
We are scientists!
At the start of the term, we will finish studying the Animals and Humans topic and then, move on to focusing on light, such as how we see, shadows, reflection and refraction. During this, the children will learn how light travels and how this enables us to see objects. Please read through our curriculum overview and knowledge organisers to see some of the exciting things planned.
Our Geography focus for this term is Why Is the Amazon So Important? During this topic, the children will be exploring the direct impact and effects of the Amazon rainforest and river as well as the wider effects on the world.
In History, we will be studying The Ancient Egyptians and looking at what life was like during 3000BC.
Please make sure that you read for at least 10 minutes everyday. This can be your school book, own book, newspapers, comics, shopping list etc and record in your planner.
Spellings will be added to Google Classroom on a Friday afternoon and the children will be tested the following Friday. Spellings will focus on particular spelling rule/pattern each week and we will also be looking at words taken from the statutory word list. These will be taught and practised throughout the week.
The children will have outdoor PE on a Wednesday and indoor PE on a Friday. The children should come to school wearing their PE kits. PE kits should be a house colour t-shirt, plain black shorts/ joggers/leggings and a plain black jacket/jumper. Please remember to tie long hair up and make sure no jewellery is worn.
Homework will be set on a Friday and this should be returned by the following Thursday. Homework will consist of a maths activity and an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class, so they should be able to complete the activity independently.
Some useful websites, resources and links:
https://spellingframe.co.uk - Spelling Frame - A great, interactive website to give you chance to practise your spellings in a variety of different ways.
https://ttrockstars.com/ - Times Table Rockstars. Use this website to practise your times tables, battle with your band mates and keep your arithmetic skills up to scratch!