Class 5 – Pay de la Loire
In Class 5 we will be learning about story writing. We will start by studying short stories by Michael Murpurgo, including exploring the text ‘The Giant’s Necklace.’ Following this, we will then write our own short stories, with cliff-hangers or unpredictable endings.
Later in the term, we will explore persuasive writing and will link this to our science work on health. We will also be composing newspaper articles linked to our History work about the Victorians.
Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. During the term, we will also focus on aspects of sentence punctuation.
We will also develop our knowledge and application of area and perimeter. We will be finding the area and perimeter of a variety of shapes.
Later in the term, we will further improve our knowledge and understanding of shapes- 3-D and 2-D- and the associated vocabulary.
The focus for this term is ‘Health.’ This topic includes balanced diet, exercise and how to look after your heart and mind. It also includes finding out about the effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs on the body.
Our theme this term is ‘The Victorians.’ We will explore what life was like for wealthy and poor Victorians; for Victorian children and how crime and punishment differed in Victorian times.
This term the children will be learning about Christianity. The unit explores Christian ideas about the Messiah and Jesus. It covers the birth and death of Jesus and how the resurrection links to Easter.
PE, this term will be Handball, with a focus on throwing, catching and marking. This is a fast-paced team game. PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Occasionally, PE may have to be on a different day, so I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.
Year 5 - Homework will be set every Friday. I would appreciate it if the homework could be completed and returned to school on Monday. It will consist of Mathematics and English. The Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to a forthcoming topic.
Year 6 - There will be a short piece of maths or grammar homework set every night for Year 6 (Monday- Thursday). This will be collected in and marked every Thursday. An additional piece of reading comprehension homework will be set each Friday, which will need to be completed over the weekend and returned by Monday.