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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

2019/20

Classroom staff

Mrs Young: 

Monday, Tuesday (pm), Wednesday and Thursday morning (after break)

Mrs Johnson:

Thursday morning (before break), Thursday afternoon and Friday. 

Learning support assistant: Mrs Sunderland

 

On Tuesday mornings, Year 5 will be taught French and Music by Mr A Creegan, a qualified Modern Foreign Languages teacher.

 

Please keep checking the website for important information and updates on all the exciting learning that will be taking place this year.

 

PE

Monday - Indoor

Thursday - Outdoor

Please ensure correct kit is brought into school for PE days.

Swimming lessons for Year 5 start after February half term.

 

Reading books should be brought into school each day and a record of any home reading recorded in the reading diary. This does not need to be restricted to their school reading book and many children will now be moving off the reading scheme onto 'free reading'.  All children are encouraged to read widely and develop a love of reading. Here is a small selection of suggested, age appropriate texts.

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-5

 

Spellings will be sent home every week to practise.  Children will be tested on their spellings on a Thursday afternoon.

 

An overview of the learning which will be taking place this year can be found on the documents below.

 

MEDIUM TERM PLANNING AUTUMN TERM 'HOW CAN WE FIND OUT ABOUT THE PAST'?

CURRICULUM LETTER TO PARENTS: AUTUMN TERM

AUTUMN TERM HOME LEARNING

These are the home learning choices for this half term.  As part of home learning, children are expected to read at home every night.  In addition, spellings will be sent home weekly to practise and to complete additional spelling investigations and activities.  Occasionally, children may be given Maths or home learning linked to other curriculum subjects, to support them further.  If you have any queries about home learning, please speak to Mrs Young or Mrs Johnson.

LETTER FROM AUTHOR ABI ELPHINSTONE 

 

Year 5 were thrilled and delighted this week to receive a beautiful, hand written letter from Abi Elphinstone, author of our current class text ‘Sky Song’.  The letter was in response to character descriptions and artwork of the Ice Queen which we sent to her.  We loved her comments that our descriptions of the Ice Queen were ‘magnificent’, that we ‘invented some brilliant atmospheric phrases’ and that our writing ‘crackled with imagination’! She also have us some top tips for being a writer.  In addition, Abi kindly sent each child in the class a signed bookmark.  We have all become huge fans of Abi Elphinstone and some of us are reading her other stories such as ‘The Dream Snatcher’ and ‘Rumblestar’.  More details can be found on www.abielphinstone.com

 

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EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO DANELAW, YORK

 

On Friday 27th September, Year 5 enjoyed an educational visit to Danelaw, at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming just outside York. This is a recreation of a Dark Age village, which allowed us to become fully immersed in the Viking way of life and learn more about their role as sailors, raiders, traders, settlers, farmers and craftsmen.

We were provided with period costumes and participated in a range of engaging and interactive learning experiences, which helped us to fully understand what life was like in Viking times.  These included farming, pottery, bread making and even defending the village from invading Saxons!

The adults were our slaves…and at lunchtime poor Mrs Young was punished, until she was eventually rescued!

 

 

'SKY SONG' 

 

Our class text this half term is 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone.  We are really enjoying this beautiful story, which is set in an imaginary snowy kingdom at the edge of the Arctic Circle.  It is a story full of magic and adventure! As well as using the story in our reading lessons, we used it as a stimulus for some beautiful descriptive writing.  We used the language from the text to create our own images of the evil Ice Queen.  After practising sentence structure and other writing skills, we wrote our first extended piece this week - a character description of the Ice Queen.  These have been sent to the author to let her know how much we are enjoying her story and how it has inspired our creativity and learning.  Some of our beautiful work is shared below.

 

Lots of children are expressing an interest in reading more Abi Elphinstone stories.  Find out more about her and her work here:

http://www.abielphinstone.com/

 

 

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