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Autumn Term 2020
What a busy half term it has been! After the trials and tribulations of last year, we have settled down to our learning with a renewed enthusiasm. Our routines have been learnt, expectations set and work being enthusiastically approached and neatly presented, we are ready for the year ahead!
English has been a particularly exciting subject with two books being studied that link to our Space topic. Our first book was the fantastic The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Reading through the text and imagery and identifying figurative language, we planned and wrote poems based on this classic. We were also inspired by the text Space Bat Angel Dragon. This gave us lots of scope to be creative and explore powerful vocabulary and language choices.
Another text we focused on was the less well known but visually stunning book, Where Once We Stood by Christopher Riley and Martin Impey. Written to compliment Christopher Riley’s ink drawings of the Moon Landings from 1969-1973, the book is a recount as told by astronauts landing on the Moon. We used the book as a basis to write our own first-person narratives from the perspective of an astronaut. Our efforts were collated to make class books of our work.
Of course reading has also been a focus during this half term and with guided reading sessions, daily reads and class readers (as well as reading 5 times a week at home!) we have all benefited from regular reading to develop our comprehension and reading skills.
During our Maths learning we have been revising and consolidating key concepts from Year 4 to ensure that every pupil has a strong foundation for the Year 5 curriculum which has just started after half term. With a revision of number, place value, decimals, addition and subtraction strategies, multiplication and related division facts, time, shapes, angles and symmetry it is a wonder that we have managed to fit it all in, but we have!
We have also blasted off with our Science topic of Space! Starting with what we already know, we have enquired about how the rotation and revolution of the Earth creates day and night, seasons and yearly changes. Moving away from the Earth the pupils discussed and explored and modelled the different phases of the Moon and researched different planets’ properties and their position in order from the Sun. The half term was finished off with independent research to answer the big scientific theories of blackholes and the expansion of the universe exoplanets and galaxy forms – wonderous stuff!
Our other topics of Belonging in RE, Where in the World in Geography, Relationships in PSHE and Orienteering and Rugby in PE have all been enjoyed by the children and much fun (and learning) has been had this term so far.
Spring Term 2020
During a rather wet and windy half term, Year 5 have travelled into the past to learn about life in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era of British History. Existing was hard back then and our study of the life of children in Viking Britain showed how children lived a very different life to our lives today. Our English topics have enhanced our understanding of this time with a study of: Macbeth (who thought the Norwegians); the mighty Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon monster slayer; and the Trickster God Loki whose shape changing led to many a tale!
In Maths we have focussed much of our learning on fractions (we don’t do things by halves in Year 5!)
We have also started our bread topic by investigating the different types of breads around the world and we are looking forward to our tasting session! Our Apps For Good project is underway, with children working on ways that apps can help to solve difficult life situations. We are looking forward to our creative day with more activities linked to Anglo-Saxon life.
Autumn Term 2019
Our Autumn Term topic is, “Space, the Final Frontier”. Year 5 have had a fantastic term learning all about the Earth in Space. Our areas of study have explored why we have seasons, the order of the planets and many planetary facts. Capping it off with a fantastic trip to the Winchester Science Centre, our knowledge of the Universe has expanded. In writing we have looked at the genres of recounts, sci-fi stories, Iron Man poetry, UFO newspaper reports and so much more. In our Maths lessons we have consolidated and extended our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction methods, multiples, factors and squares as well as the area and perimeter of a range of shapes. Our exciting DT topic of moving toys took us up to Christmas and after completing focused practical tasks to develop our skills we thoroughly enjoyed designing, making and finally evaluating our finished products.
Summer Term 2019
In the Summer Term we focused on Animal Magic. To start off the term, Year 5 went wild at Marwell Zoo. As part of our Science lifecycles topic, Year 5 learnt all about the development of different animal species in a zoo environment. They got up close to many cute and cuddly animals, (and some not so cute!) during the day as the children learnt about conservation and how we can care for animal wildlife for future generations.
Spring Term 2019
During the Spring Term Year 5 went time travelling! Dressed in Anglo-Saxon or Viking costumes (no fighting between the tribes) we had an excellent Creative Day based around the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The day held a plethora of activities including baking authentic oat cakes(yum), making card warrior helmets and crafting jewellery fit for a king (or Thane). The day was rounded off with a story telling saga session on the field around the campfire- just as the Danes would do. The pupils learnt about the mighty god Thor and his antics with the ice giants, whilst eating their delicious oatcakes!
Autumn Term 2018
Our Autumn Term topic is Space, the final Frontier. Year 5 have had a fantastic term learning about the Earth in Space. Our science topic has explored why we have seasons, the order of the planets and many planetary facts. Capping it off with a fantastic trip to the Winchester Science Centre, our knowledge of the Universe has expanded (or inflated!) In writing we have looked at the genres of recounts, warning stories, poetry, flashbacks and more. In our Maths lessons we have consolidated and extended our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction methods, multiples, factors and squares and the area and perimeter of shapes. An exciting DT topic of moving toys has taken us up to Christmas.
For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.
07.09.20 First day of term
14.09.20 Whole School Reading Matters Week
15.09.20 Virtual PAWS Welcome Meeting
17.09.20 Cardwell & Simmons individual pupil photos
18.09.20 Year 5 Virtual ‘Meet the Teacher Meeting’ live on website
01.10.20 Virtual Year 5/6 Parents Maths Workshop live on website
05.10.20 Walktober (Walk to School Week)
06.10.20 Year 5 PAWS Film Night
09.10.20 Cardwell & Simmons (for children absent on 17.09.20)
16.10.20 Christmas Card Order Deadline
23.10.20 PAWS Mufti Day
03.11.20 Whole School Charity Fun Run
03.11.20 Virtual Year 5 & 6 Parent SPaG Workshop – tbc
04.11.20 Whole School Flu Immunisations
11.11.20 PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)
13.11.20 Time to Shine – be bright non-uniform day and road safety
16-20.11.20 Anti-Bullying Week (Theme – United Against Bullying/16th Odd Socks Day)
16-20.11.20 Road Safety Week
25.11.20 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
26.11.20 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
03.12.20 PAWS Christmas Pop-Up Shop
17.12.20 Year 5 & 6 Christmas Lunch
18.12.20 Last day of term
04.01.21 Inset Day
05.01.21 First day of term
1/2/3.02.21 Auditions for Westfields Has Talent
02.02.21 Year 5 PAWS Film Night (3.15-5.00pm)
09.02.21 Safer Internet Day
12.02.21 PAWS Mufti Day
12.02.21 Westfields Has Talent
24.02.21 Year 5 Virtual Parent Meeting regarding Year 6 Residential
04.03.21 World Book Day – dress up
17.03.21 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
18.03.21 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
19.03.21 Whole School Poetry Slam (World Poetry Day – 21st March)
23.03.21 Year 5 Anglo Saxon Viking Creative Day
30.03.21 Potted Sports Afternoon
30.03.21 PAWS Easter Raffle
30.03.21 School Spring Disco (Year 5 and 6 from 6.30 – 7.45pm)
31.03.21 Last day of term
01.04.21 Inset Day
21.04.21 Year 5 Swimming (10-week course)
05.05.21 PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)
14.05.21 Inter-house Debating Challenge
20.05.21 PAWS Film Night
28.05.21 Inset day
06.07.21 Sports Day
07.07.21 Celebration Evening (3.30-5.30pm )
13.07.21 Reserve Sports Day
15.07.21 School Summer Disco (Year 5 and 6 from 6.30 – 7.45pm)
16.07.21 Year 5 Business Fair (3.15-4.15pm) All Welcome
23.07.21 Last day of term
Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)
The National Curriculum set out the spelling rules and patterns as well as spelling lists children in each year group need to learn. To help you spell these words, we set weekly spellings for you to learn and we provide spelling booklets which contains all your weekly spellings for the year.
Each week, you will learn a set number of spellings that follow a spelling rule or pattern and then you will have additional words which are words children in your year group should to be able to spell. To help you with your spellings, your teacher will teach you the rules and patterns and in your booklets, there is space for you to carry out the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy at home. This will help you learn your spellings; you can also practise rainbow writing (writing out your spellings on top of each other in different colours, spell them out to an adult, be tested by an adult, write sentences with the spelling word in and you can also make mnemonics e.g. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits.
You will be tested on a Monday and on Tuesday, after your teacher has checked your spellings, you will tick the words you have spelt correctly in this booklet so you can keep a record of your progress. At the end of each half term, you will have a spelling test of selected words from the previous half term to see what you can remember!
Remember…Practise makes perfect!
Spelling Booklets will be handed out at the beginning of the academic year and need to be in school every Monday and Tuesday. If they are lost, please see your classteacher. You will need to bring 50p in for a replacement booklet.
- Young Voices 2020
- 5DT Class Assembly
- Winchester Science Centre 2019
- Celebration Assemblies 2018-2019
- 5DC Class Assembly
- Apps for Good Awards 2019
- Marwell Zoo 2019
- Anglo Saxon and Viking Creative Day
- 5DT Class Assembly
- 5RM Class Assembly 2018
- Remembrance Poetry Competition
- Winchester Science Centre 2018
- Young Voices 2019
- World Book Day 2018