Hi and welcome to Year 5.
The teachers in 5 Blue this year are Mrs Norford and Miss Newman. Miss Sutcliffe will be teaching in 5 Red. Supporting our classes are Mrs Driver, Mrs Brett, Mrs McGrath, Miss Duffy and Mrs Poll.
We have been very busy so far this year in year 5. Before Christmas, we launched our Learning Challenge Curriculum about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings with a fantastic visit to the Yorvik Centre and The Dig. Throughout the term, the children investigated 'Who were the most vicious and victorious?' with a unanimous conclusion that it was the Vikings. Parents were invited to our landing where we sampled King Alfred's Oatcakes!
To kick start the spring term launch of our Learning Challenge 'Where does the river begin?' we had a snowy and very enjoyable visit to Malham Tarn for a three-day residential in January. This was a fantastic opportunity for all the children to study map-reading, orienteering and compass reading, as well as den building and survival skills, pond dipping and stargazing. We were very proud of all the children, their resilience in the cold weather was admirable.
We are launching this half terms Learning Challenge with a trip to Tropical World to find out all about the rainforest.
In English, we are reading biographies about different people, linked to our science topic 'Will we ever send another human to the moon?' and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson to enhance our writing. Our Maths lessons will extend our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages.
Please make sure you read with your child every day and make positive comments in their reading record. You can also help them to learn their spellings for the weekly test. It is also important to help your child learn the multiplication facts to 12x12 as part of our Mighty Maths Skills. Big Maths assessment sheets will be sent out weekly for the children to review their mistakes.
P.E. is on a Friday afternoon this half term, we are doing gymnastics. The lesson will be in the hall: Children should wear a black or navy blue shorts and a white T-shirt.
Feel free to come in and discuss your child's progress at any time.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Norford, Miss Newman and Miss Sutcliffe