Welcome to 5C –
Miss Connah’s Class
Autumn Term 2017
Our topic this term focuses on Earth and Space. Please look at the Upper Key Stage 2 page for details of what we will be learning in our creative curriculum subjects this term.
During the first term, we will be focusing on the text, ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The story follows a young boy who is so tall that people seem to forget he is only twelve, which leads to some very unusual, exciting adventures. We will explore the characters and themes in detail and use ideas from this magical story to inspire our own writing, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Additionally, we will be focusing on the Year 5 spelling, grammar and punctuation objectives and learn new terminology and vocabulary.
Reviews of ‘Cosmic’ can be found at http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Cosmic_by_Frank_Cottrell_Boyce
Maths is taught in differentiated sets across the year group and maths homework will be set by your maths teacher. This term we will primarily focus on the number aspects of the curriculum, including rounding and ordering, negative numbers and place value. We will also develop our arithmetic skills through regular practice of mental and written methods of calculation.
It is also important that you continue to practice your times tables so you can recite these quickly and confidently.
Reading and Planners
We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week. Also, please make sure that you update your planner when you have read. This includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines.
We will spend some time at the end of each week reflecting on what you have achieved and setting a new target for the following week. Planners are to be signed by parents/carers for every Monday.
Parents/carers – In order to develop your child’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book. In the back of their planners is a list of questions that you can ask your child in order to help develop their comprehension skills. If you require any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Year 5 children will have an English or Maths homework task set every week, usually on a Thursday and due in on the following Monday. Spellings and spelling homework will be handed out on a Monday and will be tested/collected on Thursdays. Occasionally, children may be asked to complete a short activity relating to topic work or research a particular subject at home.
It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are timetabled to have two PE lessons per week but, as you can appreciate, timetables have to be flexible so the days may change. If your child wears their PE kit to an after school club, please ensure that they bring it back in the following day. If for any reason they cannot partake in our PE lessons, they are required to bring in a note of explanation from home.
I hope you find this information useful and if you would like to know any other information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me.