Welcome to 5B –
Miss Bonner’s Class
Spring Term 2019
Welcome to 5B’s class page. I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and are ready to leap back into learning with an exciting half term ahead. We have lots to look forward to during our spring term, including launching our new topic with a visit from the Rainforest Roadshow, our Bike Ability training and our upcoming class assembly. Please read ahead to find out more about what we will be up to.
After the success of our ‘Struggle and Settlement’ topic last term, we will now be looking into the ‘Riches of the Rainforest’ across Upper Key Stage Two. We will begin with a historical journey into the world of the Mayan civilisation, discovering their culture and impact on modern day life. Our DT culinary lessons will build on this and we will be celebrating the culture and seasonality of Mayan food. We will be exploring properties and changes of materials in Science and coding in Computing. In Geography, we will be looking at location and climate and in Art we will be refining our painting skills. Our PSHE theme for the second term is Relationships and our RE theme is Judaism.
This term, we will be focusing on the text ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’. This South African Story, written by Beverley Naidoo, is about the journey two brave children take to find their mother in Johannesburg in order to save their baby sister. This challenging text, written during the apartheid, has been recommended to Year 5 from other local schools and English consultants. We are very much looking forward to getting stuck into this book, unpicking authorial devices and themes. It will also help us to learn about stories from other cultures and explore the contrasting settings within our Geography topics. A significant amount of our writing will be based around this text during the term which will allow us to show our understanding. We will be producing narrative, poetry and persuasive writing. Additionally, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons, linking work closely to ‘Journey to Jo’burg’.
Reviews of ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ can be found at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/709526.Journey_to_Jo_burg
Maths will continue to be taught in differentiated sets across the year group and homework is set by maths teachers. This term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division, as well as beginning our work on fractions. We will continue to focus on written calculation methods during our morning ‘4 a Day’ activities. Our reasoning and problem solving skills will be continually reinforced in our daily lessons, as well as through our ‘Maths in Minutes’ activities. These tasks will be sent home daily and are designed to take no more than a few minutes. We will go through the tasks each day in school. Your child’s maths teacher will check the books regularly, although the children will self-mark during the lesson.
It is extremely important that the children continue to practise their times tables to enable them to recall key facts quickly up to 12 x 12. This term, we will be launching ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ across the school, which is a fantastic resource to learn and practise times tables in a fun and exciting way. The children will be expected to use this at home and will be set different tasks and challenges to enable them to improve their speed of recall.
Reading and Planners
We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week. Please make sure that you update your planner when you have read. This includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines. Planners are to be signed for every Monday ready to update our reading chart with the number of times you have read that week. Superstar points will be awarded for reading three or more times.
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.
Parents/Guardians – 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 planner, there is a list of questions that you can ask your child in order to help develop their comprehension skills.
We will alternate between English and Maths homework given out once a week, usually on a Thursday and due in on the following Monday. Spellings and spelling homework will be handed out 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 topic at home to support their learning across the curriculum.
It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are currently timetabled to have our PE lessons on Wednesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor) however, 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 into school 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.
If you would like to know any other information, please do not hesitate to speak to me in the morning or at the end of the day, or alternatively call the school to arrange an appointment.