We have had a fantastic start back in Year 5 since October half term, and have been totally immersing ourselves in Science, History and Art. We are loving learning about the Ancient Greeks, and can’t wait to prepare our magnificent pieces for the Art Exhibition.

In science, we have been looking at different materials and changes. Before half term, we investigated how to make ice cream, and we made it in less that 5 minutes! (Without having to use a freezer!) In 5DG, the ice cream was delicious, but in 5MM, the salt that we used to keep the ice cold, accidentally got into the bag of ice cream, and made it really salty! As you can see from the photos, we didn't really enjoy ours!

This week we have planned our own investigations. Some of the questions we have developed include ‘Does the amount of caffeine affect the rate of evaporation?’, ‘What happens when we boil different liquids?’ and ‘Do fizzy or still drinks evaporate first?’. We will fill you in on what happens during our investigations when we have conducted our experiments!

Just a quick reminder-It is SO important that the children are coming in every day-especially as neither year 5 class have won the attendance cup yet! Please make sure you are coming into school every day on the lead up to Christmas- You won't want to miss our fun activites! :)

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Year 5

It has been a pleasure to welcome all the children into Year 5! They have made a fantastic start to the year and have really adapted well to some of the new expectations and routines. This blog provides lots of information about the new academic year, and will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

Accelerated Reader

This year, the children will continue to embrace our Accelerated Reader scheme. The children have all completed a Star Assessment to determine their Accelerated Reader Book Level. This allows the children to independently select from a range of books within their level. We greatly appreciate your support in listening to your child read every evening and developing their comprehension and inference skills. Please do record that your child has read to you in their planner. Once they have read their book, the children will then complete a quiz to assess their understanding of the text.

Maths Mastery

In Year Five, we will continue with Maths Mastery. Over the Autumn term, we will be focusing on: addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; reasoning with large numbers; factors and multiples and converting units of measurement. 

English

In English, we are excited to be exploring non-chronological reports about Greece, completing drama based around the Tempest and studying classic poetry in Talk 4 Writing.  If you have any texts at home to support any of the above genres, we would love to see them! 

The Greeks

Over the Autumn term, our Project will be the Ancient Greeks including finding out about the Greek Army, day to day life in Greece, the roles of men and women in Greece as well as finding out about the Ancient Olympics. In addition, we will be creating some fantastic art work; designing and making Greek Pots; sketching Greek Gods and sculpting Greek statues. All of this fantastic work will be presented at our annual Art Exhibition in December. We hope that you can make it! 

PE

Year Five PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct named Place Farm PE kit, in line with our Uniform Policy, which can be found in the children’s planners. The PE kit consists of a white Place Farm polo shirt, blue shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers. In the cooler months, children will wear their school jumpers. 

Spellings

Spellings will be issued on a Thursday in the children’s planners, with the Spelling Test taking place on the following Thursday. All words issued are taken from the National Curriculum word lists. 

Snack Hut

In KS2, children are able to purchase a healthy snack from our Snack Hut, at a cost of 50p. Alternatively, you may wish to send a piece of fruit in with your child.

Homework

The children will be given two pieces of homework every Thursday, which should take approximately thirty minutes to complete. One piece will be Maths based, and the other will have an English/Project/Science focus. This will need to be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday. If you have any questions regarding your child’s homework, please contact your class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Gudgeon and Mrs Mayes