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Welcome back! I hope you had a good Easter.

 

Now that Mr Mavin has left school I will be teaching 5T1 very day. Mrs Timney is still in the class and will be able to provide the children the consistency they need. I really enjoyed getting to know the children for the two weeks before Easter having taught them in Year 4, and am keen to continue to build relationships with the children.

 

I have bought over two hundred books for class and as a result of this we will soon start to send reading books home from our Year 5 library. It is expected that children will make the effort to ‘get into’ reading as it is so important to be a fluent reader.  Please encourage your child to read, even for just ten minutes a night. We will reward children every time they have read at home as they will be entered into a daily and weekly draw for prizes!!

 

Our history topic this half term is the Renaissance which is the period of history where Europe rediscovered all the amazing art, architecture, music etc from the Romans and Greek civilisations.  Linked to this in DT we will be making a product with mechanisms.

 

Please ask you child about the ‘stamp’ reward system we have in place in 5T1.

 

A lot of our literacy and Maths work this half term will be preparing us for some exciting visits we have to the Tetley next half term. We will be project managing Year 4’s Junior Masterchef competition inviting local businesses to buy tables for the event. We will be learning customer service skills of preparing and serving food. This half term we will be practising skills in our own coffee shop. I know it’s early but this will be preparing our children for the future and hopefully might help them start to understand the world of work and which direction they would like to take their education.

 

As we are on the first floor it is more difficult to speak me about your child’s learning. However I am keen to make that link with parents so please phone school or catch me in the playground.

Spring 2 Newsletter-The World’s Kitchen

I hope that you all had a terrific half term break. Your children have settled back into their school work so well and are ready for another exciting learning journey with our new topic ‘The World’s Kitchen.’

The children are making a real effort to meet behaviour expectations at all times and are earning lots of house points for their cards. There have been lots of bookings for rewards experiences for them, so I’m sure that your children will tell you all about them.

Topic

Our topic is ‘The World’s Kitchen’ with the focus on rainforests and Brazil. The children have already explored what rainforests are like and where they are located. We have also researched what natural food sources the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has to offer. A very exciting learning experience is approaching in form of a trip (secret at the moment) to support their classroom learning, so more information on this will follow.

 Literacy and Language:

This half term, to link in with our topic content, we are focusing on stories from other cultures.  We will be thinking about the features of this text type, connecting the stories we read with our own experiences and knowledge from previous reading. We will try to understand its cultural and geographical context before finally planning and writing our own stories based on what we have learnt. In addition, we will be reading stories and non-chronological reports in preparation for work on writing them ourselves at the end of the term.

 Science:

We will be looking at the lifecycles of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The planned trip will allow the children to see different animal species which can be found in tropical rainforests. The children will use their knowledge to write non-chronological reports in Literacy. I am looking forward to sharing my  wide range of knowledge of natural history with the children too along the way.

PE:

P.E. this term takes place on a Tuesday and Friday. Children who do enrichment football with me on Wednesday will need their standard football kit with both boots and football trainers due to weather conditions.  Please ensure your child has kit for both these activities in school.  All items should be clearly labelled to avoid confusion and loss. I would recommend an appropriate warmer kit for normal PE lessons such as tracksuits and trainers for outdoor lessons as we still want the children to experience the fresh outdoors. Well done to all of the children who have represented their school in team sport competitions, we are all very proud of you!

 Maths:

Children have their individual passes for mathletics to access the learning platform at home. If your child has lost theirs, please do not hesitate to tell me.

It would also be highly beneficial if you children practise their times tables at home, I know that we have times tables challenges and certificates in both maths groups in Y5. Let’s see who can become the ‘Master of the Times tables!’ Times table homework books have been handed out the first week back, so get practising!

Our focus this term is on addition and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers.

Homework:

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Your children have already been set spellings and have taken their tests on them. This happens weekly, and if you need to be kept up-to date with their scores just let me know.  If your child needs any further support with their homework tasks, please ensure you inform me either face-to-face or via a note. The homework tasks set reinforce the learning children complete each week in school, and will support their progress. Homework for Spring 2 was sent home on Friday 12th February.  There are 12 tasks to choose from.

If your child needs another copy just let me know.

The Peri-ometer suggests the difficulty or challenge the homework may offer. The children should attempt at least one ‘EXTRA HOT’ task! Hand everything in on 1st April. If your child needs any further support with their homework tasks, please ensure you inform me either face-to-face or via a note.

Remember that if you need me please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with me, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

Mr Mavin and Miss Timney

 

 

Spring 1: Colossal Cultures

 

I would like to start off by wishing you all a very happy new year!

 

Topic-Colossal Cultures

 

Our topic is Colossal Cultures with the focus on the Anglo Saxons. For those who do not know anything about this period in history here is an insightful website that can be viewed at home.

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/anglo-saxons

The children have already explored what it was like living in this country at that time. We have also researched why the Anglo Saxons left their native land in order to Invade Britain. There are so many more exciting learning opportunities on the horizon for the children with this fascinatingly ruthless time in history.

 

Literacy and Language:

This half term, to link in with our historical topic content, we are focusing on poetry and persuasive writing.  We will be thinking about the features of poetic writing, developing various devices and then children will be expected to write their own poems by applying what they have learnt.  Reading poems at home would help them to know more about this genre of writingWe will be moving on to persuasive writing towards the end of his half term. We have already looked at the epic Old English Anglo Saxon poem, 'Beowulf.' This is a poetic tale which contains the weird, the wonderful and the ugly side of Anglo Saxon life.

Guided Reading:

We are delving into the dark, fantasy children’s novel ‘Coraline’ by the British author Neil Gaiman this term as our whole class reading. We have got our own class set of books so everybody is really excited. It is a short story, but delightfully creepy, so should keep all hooked until its climax!

 

Science:

In science we are continuing to complete our unit on the mind blowing concepts of Earth and Space and will be linking it to writing diary entries and newspaper articles.

PE:

P.E. this term takes place on a Tuesday and Friday. Children who do enrichment football with me on Wednesday will need their standard football kit with both boots and football trainers due to weather conditions.  Please ensure your child has kit for both these activities in school.  All items should be clearly labelled to avoid confusion and loss. I would recommend an appropriate warmer kit for normal PE lessons such as tracksuits and trainers for outdoor lessons as we still want the children to experience the fresh outdoors even if ‘it’s spitting.’ 

 

 

Maths:

Children have their individual passes for mathletics to access the learning platform at home. If your child has lost theirs, please do not hesitate to tell me.

It would also be highly beneficial if you children practise their times tables at home, I know that we have times tables challenges and certificates in both maths groups in Y5. Let’s see who can become the ‘Master of the Times tables!’ Times table homework books have been handed out the first week back, so get practising!

Our focus this term is on multiplication and division of 2 and 3 digit numbers.

 

Homework:

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Your children have already been set spellings and have taken their tests on them. This happens weekly, and if you need to be kept up-to date with their scores just let me know.  If your child needs any further support with their homework tasks, please ensure you inform me either face-to-face or via a note. The homework tasks set reinforce the learning children complete each week in school, and will support their progress.

 

Remember that if you need me please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with me, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

Mr Mavin

 

Autumn 2: Royals and Rebels

 

A big warm welcome back! We are now moving into a new and exciting term for our magnificent enquiring minds in year 5.

An enormous thank you to all of the parents/carers who came along to the Parent Consultation evening. It was so lovely to meet you all properly and discuss with you how well your child is getting on in their new chapter of school in year 5. We will work together to best support your child’s learning journey both in school and at home so that they can make continued, enjoyable progress throughout the year. Just remember that I am always available for you to come to, and would welcome any questions or conversations any day of the week as normal. Just collar me at the door!

Topic-Royals and Rebels: The English Civil War and King Charles I

 

Our topic focus is Royals and Rebels and we will explore what caused The English Civil War 1642, and what occurred during that very thought provoking and brutal period in history for the normal person living in this country. The children have had an eye opener as to what that time in history was about already when they participated in a dynamic talk and re-enactments using replica artefacts and costume to bring the time and content to life. There were open mouths, hands covering cheeks and above all engaged listeners, thinkers and volunteers for the whole morning. They came across as young historians by the end. We have taken this enthusiasm to the classroom and have started to look at King Charles I as a ruler, and the powers in which he exploited, which acted as a catalyst for fierce conflicts at that time between our own people.

 

Literacy and Language:

 

This half term, to link in with our historical topic content, we have been focusing on diary entries and newspaper articles.  We have already been thinking about the key features that make a good diary entry and will be moving on to newspaper articles towards the end of this half term. We will also look at producing a dynamic newspaper article to advertise our class business during enterprise week (Week beginning 30th November). These skills will be developed throughout, and children will be expected to write their own newspaper articles by applying what they have learnt.  Reading suitable newspaper articles at home would help them to know more about this genre of writing. If your children would like to bring in any articles which have really interested them outside of school they would be gratefully received in class and would help with their writing process too.

 

Science:

In science we are completing our unit on the mind blowing concepts of Earth and Space and will be linking it to writing diary entries and newspaper articles.

PE:

P.E. this term takes place on a Tuesday and Friday. Children who do enrichment football with me on Wednesday will need their standard football kit with both boots and football trainers due to weather conditions.  Please ensure your child has kit for both these activities in school.  All items should be clearly labelled to avoid confusion and loss. I would recommend an appropriate warmer kit for normal PE lessons such as tracksuits and trainers for outdoor lessons as we still want the children to experience the fresh outdoors even if ‘winter is coming.’ 

 

Maths:

Children have their individual passes for mathletics to access the learning platform at home. If your child has lost theirs, please do not hesitate to tell me.

It would also be highly beneficial if you children practise their times tables at home, I know that we have times tables challenges and certificates in both maths groups in Y5. Let’s see who can become the ‘Master of the Times tables!’

 

Homework:

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Your children have already been set spellings and have taken their tests on them. This happens weekly, and if you need to be kept up-to date with their scores just let me know.  If your child needs any further support with their homework tasks, please ensure you inform me either face-to-face or via a note. The homework tasks set reinforce the learning children complete each week in school, and will support their progress.

 

Remember that if you need me please feel free to discuss any questions or queries with me, either at 8:50 or 3:15.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

Mr Mavin

 


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