January 11th 2019
Dear Parents and Carers of children in Eagles Class,
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful gifts I received. I hope that Christmas was a good break for you all, and gave everyone a chance to spend time with family and friends. Welcome back to a new term and a new topic which is about Space. Below is an outline of the teaching and learning we are doing up to half-term.
Science, English, Art and D.T. lessons will be based around our topic.
In Science we will be learning about the shapes and positions of the planets in our solar system. Also the difference between the geocentric and the heliocentric model.
In English the first genre is fiction writing about a space adventure and then a biography about a famous scientist. Guided reading and comprehensions will be topic linked in learning about Tim Peakes and a renowned physicist which will aid the children in writing their biography genre.The texts will help to broaden the children’s understanding of the topic and share their knowledge. GPS is taught through these texts, as well as a weekly lesson and homework. If you are happy for your child to bring in a book about space, we will be glad to share the resource and return it soon after.
Art and D.T. involve making a 3-d model of a planet in pairs, using mod-rock, wire, paint and plenty of imagination.
This term’s Maths teaching and learning is based on the new Power Maths scheme. Also, the on-going regular reasoning and problem solving tasks provide challenge, application and breadth to the children’s learning. The topics include: multiplication, division and fractions.
In R.E. we have one final week of the Epiphany before studying Revelation and another faith, which is Sikhism.
Please continue to share and discuss your child’s reading book or other reading material with him/her, by asking inference questions. This is invaluable in helping your child reach expected year 5 standard, plus it provides great discussion points. Spelling is closely linked to reading, and some children will have received additional spellings this week to support their progress in this area. Daily handwriting and spelling sessions are ongoing in class. The weekly spellings will continue as before with a weekly test on Friday. Nearly all the children do well in this.
Having thoroughly enjoyed last term’s class story, we began ‘Street child’ this week. It is based on a true story of how Dr. Barnado’s was founded over a century ago.
Please can P.E. Kits be in school all week in case there is a sudden change in timetable. P.E. is indoors on Thursday and football is outside on the field on Friday. Please can you provide t-shirt and shorts for indoors and a thermal style under layer top, leggings, sweat-shirt and boots/ old trainers for outdoor kit. It is essential that they have their kit. It can be cold and muddy on the field, but the children don’t complain! They loved playing rugby last term and were very ‘go ahead’ and enthusiastic.
Friday February 1st – Class assembly at 9 a.m.
Thursday February 7th – Year 5 Taster Day at Hardenhuish during normal school time.
(Details to follow)
Regarding homework, nearly all the class hand in homework on the due date. It is important that it is in school as we always go over it together. That way, the children have quick feedback and any problems areas can be addressed. Please sign and date each homework, indicating if any support was needed at home as this is helpful for me to know. As year 5 students, the children proof read and edit in class and I’d like this to be encouraged at home too.
Thank you for supporting your child with their learning, homework and reading at home. It is always great to see and hear what they have done outside of school too, and share in their enthusiasm and interests. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning or anything else, I am very happy to arrange a convenient time to talk; after school is the best part of the day.
Thank you for your support.
With kind regards,