Welcome to Year 5!
We are all looking forward to a great year in Year 5! We have lots of exciting activities and events throughout the year, some of which are listed below.
The teachers in Year 5 are; Mrs Hannah Harris (Class 11), Mrs Sarah Blake and Mrs Julie Locke (Class 12). Mrs Blake teaches Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Locke teaches Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Tailby is the main teaching assistant in Class 11 and Mrs Davenport is the main teaching assistant in Class 12. Miss Claridge is the HLTA for Upper School and works across year 5 and 6. We are also joined during the week by Mrs Blatchford and Mrs Sturgeon.
Swimming. Tuesday mornings, leaving Holy Trinity at 10.00 am. Class 11 swim during the first half term and class 12 during the second half.
Clarinet Lessons. Whole class instrumental tuition funded and provided by Somerset Music Service. Tuesday mornings for 10 weeks during the summer term.
Year 5 VIsits to Preston and Westfield. There will be the opportunity to visit each secondary school for a taster day during July. More details nearer the time.
So far this year we have studied letter writing and have written some outstanding letters of application which we took with us on our visit to Coldharbour. There has been a narrative unit which focused on the use of description for characters and setting. The children enjoyed a poetry unit and learnt to use a wide range of literary features which they incorporated into their own fantastic nonsense poems. Our current unit is non-fiction and links to our history topic of Ancient Greece. The children will be writing their own non-chronological reports.
In addition, each week the children will have a Guided Reading lesson and a Grammar and Target Writing lesson.
The children still need to read regularly at home and we suggest at least four times a week - please encourage them to do this and sign their logs too!
In maths our current topic is Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. The children will learn to add, subtract and multiply fractions, as well as simplifying fractions, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions (and vice versa) and recognising equivalent fractions. They will learn to order and round decimals as well as relating percentages to their decimal and fraction equivalents. There will be real-life problems to solve requiring a knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages.
Each week the children take part in our Times Table Olympics and can move through the levels from Bronze, Silver and Gold to European and Olympic Champions. We would encourage the children to practice their times tables as much as possible at home and we have recently introduced Times Table Rock Stars as a great website that they can use. Please ask if you need a reminder of your log-in.
This term we are continuing to study Forces. We will learn about gravity and the effects of air and water resistance as well as friction. We will also investigate mechanisms, especially levers, pulleys and gears.
We were very excited to welcome the Space Dome to school on October 12th. This was a wonderful interactive learning experience.
Each Monday in class we look at a new spelling rule - sometimes this will be a revision of a spelling rule from year 4. Throughout the week at school, the children complete a SACAWAC sheet as well as daily activities and spelling games. The children have twelve spellings to learn at home, these are made up of seven words which follow the spelling rule and five keywords from the Year 5/6 spelling list. There will be a spelling test each Monday using the words that the children have learnt from the previous week.
This Week's Spelling Homework:
Below is a timetable of when homework is given out and expected back in. Please ensure your child has completed their homework within the given time.
Monday: Spelling Test. Spelling Homework due back
Tuesday: - New Spelling Homework set (this will be a written spelling activity and a SACAWAC sheet to complete during the week).
Wednesday: Maths Homework due back (My Maths and/or Times Table Grid)
Thursday: New Maths Homework set (My Maths and/or Times Table Grid)
A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who spent a morning at school with class 12. We enjoyed spending the time with you and hope you found it a valuable experience. Well done to Euan, Sophia and Millie whose streamlined boats made it across the water in the quickest time.
Year 5 had a fantastic day at Coldharbour Mill. 58 Victorian children got on to the coach with the hope of securing a job at the mill! They found out what awful working conditions they would have experienced, how little they would have been paid and the risk of injury or even death from the machinery. They had the chance to try out some of the jobs including bobbin stacking, polishing the machinery and separating wool. They also had a tour of the working woollen mill. By the end of the day most children decided that 6 hours per day at school is a better option than 12 hours per day at the mill.