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Year 5 & 6 Class information page 2022 - 2023

Miss Humphreys

Mrs Mitchell

Mrs Ashdown

Mr Dewdney

Welcome to Years 5 and 6!

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It's spring term which means that the weather will begin to improve and we can look forward to longer days! In this term we have got many exciting opportunities for learning and new experiences. You will have a fantastic time in school!

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In our history topic this term we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will discover how and why these people made Great Britain their home. We will learn why the Anglo-Saxons invaded and how Christianity began to be established in Great Britain during their tenure. We will learn why the year 878 was the year things changed. We will decide if Saxon times really were the dark ages and then we will find out why the Vikings began to make their presence known in Great Britain. Why were they so keen to make this country their home? We will discover why the Vikings got such a bad reputation and we will learn if there really is such a thing as an invisible Viking...

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In science this term we will be using our knowledge of light to solve a mystery. We will discover that light only travels in straight lines how this affects how we see things. We will learn how we see things through light being reflected from an object and we will make sure that we understand what a light source is (Tip: not low-fat mayonnaise). We will discover why the properties of light creates shadows and we will learn if there really is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow...

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We will develop our knowledge of grammar and writing this half term by studying and enjoying the book Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton.

We will be using this book to remind us to use a range of punctuation accurately in our writing including full stops, capital letters, commas for lists and to avoid ambiguity, and apostrophes for contraction and possession. We will also be reminding ourselves of noun phrases, adverbial phrases and subordinate clauses and how to use these effectively. Finally, we will be ensuring that we make use of paragraphs where appropriate and organise our writing for clarity, avoiding ambiguity.

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In our reading lessons this term, we will be focusing on the wonderful, award-winning book Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell.

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This is a highly descriptive, imagintative and witty adventure story which should inspire a true love for reading and courage everyone to pursue their dreams by "never ignoring a possible." 

Blurb: "Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible."

During our reading lessons, we will continue to develop our VIPERS skills. Remember that VIPERS stands for vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. We will also be continually discussing our personal responses, comparing themes to other texts in addition to role-playing during certain lessons. 

If your child is really enjoying Rooftoppers, below is a fantastic list of book recommendations that are written in a similar style.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/similar/24065797-rooftoppers 

All children, no matter their age, benefit greatly from sharing a book with an adult (both accedmically and emotionally) and we are keen to encourage this outside of school as much as possible.

For more book ideas for a range of ages / genres please take a look at https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/  where you can sample sizeable extracts. 

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Year 5s will be learning about fractions, decimals and percentages this term. This is some really useful information for when you get to year 6 so try to learn it all. You will then move on to learning about measurement. As usual, good times tables knowledge helps so click the TTRS picture below to take you to the Times Tables Rock Stars website so that you get practising your times tables straight away!

Year 6s will be learning some of the real Year 6 mathematics this term as you will be delving into the murk world of algebra and ratio. You will also learn how to convert between different units of measure. This will be alongside practising the skills and knowledge needed to do arithmetic. Even though you are in Year 6, don't forget to practise your times tables because an excellent knowledge of these facts is a big help when it comes to many different areas of Year 6 maths! Use Times Tables Rock Stars to help you! Click on the picture below to take you to their website.TTRS.jpg

 

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All children in Years 5 and 6 will be working on their fitness and your indoor athletics skills this half term. This will be on Tuesdays and you need to remember to bring in your correct PE kit for this lesson. On Thursdays, Jules will be in to teach dancing and this is when the children who have managed to be accepted for the dance squad will be practising too. Again, please make sure you still have your PE kit ready for this lesson!

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Each week we will have a list of spellings to learn and some maths and English tasks to complete too. Remember homework helps you to practise the skills you learn in school. It does not have to be something to worry about. Be organised with your homework; as soon as you receive it, look at what you have to do and ask your teacher or a friend if you do not understand. Do not leave homework until last minute because that is when it becomes stressful! Your lists of spellings will be attached to this webpage, if you lose them!

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Please remember to bring in a water bottle each day. Staying hydrated is healthy and helps you to learn!

Things you can do at home

Don't forget that we do expect you to spend half an hour or so a week on Times Tables Rockstars. Knowing your times tables is a vital skill so get practising straight away by clicking the link below.

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Here are some other websites you may find useful and informative...Click the pictures to be taken to the sites.

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