Class 5 - Miss Elliott


Welcome to Class 5!

Miss Scrivens and I are really looking forward to getting to know you and working in partnership with you this year.

We are really excited to have a class full of smiling, hardworking and maturing individuals, qualities which will help us along our journey through year 5 as we become happy, independent learners.

A few key notes:

PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The correct PE kit needs to be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday.

Homework is a really important aspect to our learning: it gives us the opportunity to consolidate our learning, and also highlight any areas of our learning that we would like to explore further in order to challenge ourselves as we become independent learners (we might also find that we need more help in certain areas too). In year 5, homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Thursday; homework club will be on a Monday after school.

Music lessons with Ukuleles will be on a Tuesday.

If you would like any information regarding your child's learning, please ask a member of the year 5 team, or write a message in your child's learning log so that we can respond to it.

Miss Elliott (Class Teacher), Miss Scrivens (Teaching Assistant)

What are we learning? - Summer 2 Term

Kitchen Science

As Geographers we will ... be comparing focusing on human geography. Exploring how land has changed over time and looking at how world resources are distributed around the world.

We will celebrate our learning by ... being recognised for our achievements during weekly curriculum assemblies. Performing A Midsummer Night's Dream at Clifton Park - We can not wait!

As Readers we will ... be reading through whole class reading lessons apply our reading skills to our literacy learning. We will be reading the book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. We will be continuing to explore the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

As Writers we will ... continue to critique each other's work. We will be making strong links with our reading and SPaG sessions. Genres include: Recipe instructions, recount, information text, descriptive writing and poetry.

As Mathematicians we will ... be applying all of our learning to reasoning challenges : We will continue to apply our skills of place value and calculation to other areas of maths - making strong links and pulling our learning together. We will have the opportunity to use data handling through science.

As Scientists ... Our topic is Animals, including Humans - we will focus on describing the changes as humans develop to old age.

As Artists and Designers we will ... get messy cooking! We will be designing a healthy eating menu. We will be designing costumes for characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

What are we learning? - Spring 1 Term

Ancient Egyptians

As Historians we will ... be travelling back in time to the land of Ancient Egypt, and we will add this period in history to our class timeline. We will discover the pyramids, mummification and the importance of afterlife. We will explore the tomb of Tutankhamen.

We will celebrate our learning by ... being recognised for our achievements during weekly curriculum assemblies; keep up to date with our published writing on Pobble. We will continue to use class dojos to share our exciting learning. A whole school gallery to celebrate 'Picture this' which parents will be invited to on the last week.

As Readers we will ... be reading everyday with the opportunity to read to an adult every week. Reciprocal Reading will continue to take place daily, developing our key reading skills. We will be celebrating 'book week', and we will have the exciting opportunity to speak to an author during their visit to school.

As Writers we will ... be continuing with daily handwriting and spelling. We will be writing in lots of different genres, linked to our topic. These will include a persuasive travel brochure, recount of an archaeologist's events and a narrative.

As Mathematicians we will ... be moving on in our learning to fractions, decimals and percentages as well as multiplication and divisions. We will look at some shape during our building of the pyramids. Timetables and mental maths will be practised everyday through Big Maths. We will have lots of challenges to deepen our learning.

As Scientists we will ... be exploring and investigating different forces - we will be answering scientific questions such as 'What is gravity and why is Isaac Newton linked to it?'

As Artists and Designers we will ... taking part in a whole school project 'Picture this' - leading to an exhibition at MAGNA. We will have some exciting topic and science links - making parachutes, pyramids, mummies and paintings.

What are we learning? - Autumn 2 Term

Ancient Greeks

As Historians we will ... be travelling back in time to the land of the Ancient Greeks, and we will add this period in history to our class timeline. After exploring the growing empire, we will look at how the Ancients Greeks influenced modern day. We will learn all about the Gods and Goddess of Ancient Greek, and use this new learning to support our literacy learning.

We will celebrate our learning by ... being recognised for our achievements during weekly curriculum assemblies; Pobble is now up and running, so watch this space for our work being published! Inviting parents in to watch our year 5 topic celebration assembly.

As Readers we will ... be reading everyday with the opportunity to read to an adult every week. We will be reading a wider range of books, and will begin to make links between these. Reciprocal Reading will continue to take place daily, developing our key reading skills. Our topic of Greece will be displayed around the classroom for children to access this information.

As Writers we will ... be continuing to develop our new handwriting style. We will be learning a new spelling rule each week alongside learning our end of KS2 tricky words. We will be writing in a range of genres using our writing skills, developed through SPAG; starting off with 'The Jabberwocky' - a poem all about mythical worlds and creatures.

As Mathematicians we will ... be continuing to deepen our understanding through exciting maths challenges. We will be applying our knowledge of place value from last half term to support our learning in other area. Timetables will be practised everyday through Big Maths.

As Scientists we will ... be going into space! We will explore the size, distance and order of the planets in our Solar System, and we will discover how the movements in space affect us down here on Earth.

As Artists and Designers we will ... be creating our own mythical creatures. We will explore the meaning behind Ancient Greek pottery, and will design our own Greek plate. We will be creative in science by creating our own star constellations.

As Rights Respecting Citizens we will ... be realising the nature and consequences of anti-social and aggressive behaviours such as bullying and discrimination of individuals and communities including cyber bullying - and how to ask for help.
*National Anti-Bullying week - November

Autumn 2 Learning - History Day

On Thursday 17th November 2016, we had the exciting experience of going back in time with Katerina; she took us all the way back to Ancient Greece, over 2700 years ago.

What are we learning? - Autumn 1 Term

Rainforest Rules

As Readers we will ... have the opportunity to read every day, for pleasure and for learning; we will read to an adult at least once a week. We will develop the skills of being independent readers through daily reciprocal reading and daily questions supporting our deductive, inferential and literal skills. Our class book is 'Journey to the River Sea'.

As Mathematicians we will ... be challenged! We will start the year by exploring the value of digits, including decimals, of numbers up to 1,000,000. We will use this knowledge to help us problem solve in other areas of maths, including measure and calculation. We will have regular times tables tests, being learnt off by heart in and out of order, so that we have mental recall of these facts.

As Artists and Designers we will ... study Henri Rousseau's rainforest paintings and create our own paintings in this style. We will become critiques in an art gallery to help us improve and develop our skills. We will be thinking about the creative flair of communities within the rainforests and use their ways of living to get 'crafty'.

As Rights Respecting Citizens we will ... be 'Living in the Wider World'. We will understand what is meant by a global issue and look at how Christian aid charity Cafod responds to these. We will begin to explore culture and differences, human rights and responsibilities and think about what is meant by a community. We will use these ideas to help shape our roles in school.

As Investigators we will ... be researching all about the rainforests of the world, with our main focus being the Amazon, Brazil. We will compare the weather, food, houses and culture to that of the UK. We will look at the structure of a rainforest and become aware of deforestation. We look forward to an exciting trip to Perlethorpe to become orienteering experts.

As Writers we will ... be developing our handwriting skills with handwriting specialist Martin Harvey. We will be starting with Read Write Inc. spellings, with spelling practise being every day. Our writing skills being embedded within exciting genres such as, non-chronological reports, discursive writing and poetry. We will be planning and redrafting our work, and to help us we will be using skills such as being positive and constructive critics of writing.

As Scientists we will ... investigate the life cycles of the different types of animals in the rainforest, and compare these to other animals in other habitats. We will look at the 4 layers of the rainforest and explore how these layers affect the life cycles and growth of plants.

We will celebrate our learning by ... hosting a curriculum event morning for our parents. They will be able to see all the exciting learning that has taken place, and they will have the opportunity to take part in creative workshops.