Dear Year 5 Parents and children,
Happy New Year! We hope you have all stayed safe and well over the Christmas holiday.
Our spring topic will be based closer to home and will concentrate on the surrounding local area, investigating the local history of Dinton and Aylesbury including the Dinton Hermit and the civil war ‘hero’ John Hampden. We will explore the changing nature of Aylesbury, looking at industrialisation and transport links. We will design and write our own questionnaires on the quality of life in the surrounding areas, thinking about how it could be improved and what we should be thankful for. In Computing, we will create our own web pages based on our research of the local area.
We will be inspired by David Hockney’s landscape art to take time looking at the views of the Chilterns from the school field. In Design and Technology, we will be investigating pulleys and gears.
Our key text will be The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf, where we will be considering how our locality would be viewed by a refugee and discussing how we would make that person feel welcome at our school. We will also be inspired by our local environment to write poetry based upon the book The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane.
In the second half of the term, the children in years 5 and 6 will be learning the ukulele in music lessons.
Over the next few weeks, we will be examining how Muslim beliefs make a difference to their way of living in RE and looking at the changes and properties of materials and then Living things and their habitats in Science.
Homework for year 5 will be set on a Thursday and be expected in on the following Wednesday unless specified otherwise. It will alternate between MyMaths activities, and a learning log homework linked to lessons in class.
In a change to the previous format, an overview of this half-term’s spelling words will be posted on our class page and a paper copy sent home as well. With a view to cementing the longer-term recall of learned words, we will be continuing to teach the spelling rules in class and be giving the children the opportunity to practise using the words in sentences, however there will not be a weekly test. In place of this, we will be testing the children on a selection of the words on the overview during the last week of the half-term.
This half-term, PE lessons will continue take place on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has warm layers for outside sports. Please remind your child to include spare socks if they are wearing tights.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Reed and Miss Kelly