Year 5 News

Year 5 Autumn 2 2019

Dear parents and carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back to the second half of the Autumn Term in Year 5. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing break and are eager to be back in the swing of things. We have been really impressed with how well the children have settled in this year!

Our history topic this half term is ‘Ancient Greece’. Year 5 will be going back in time on Friday 29th November 2019 for the entire day! We will be running an Ancient Greek workshop in school for a fun filled day of activities that will allow the children to immerse themselves in what life was like for the Ancient Greeks. The children will be required to dress up for the occasion in Ancient Greek attire. A separate letter includes costume ideas.

This half term, contiunuing our partnership with industry, year 5 will be working with RIBA and the architects at school where the children will be creating their own buildings. The workshop will take place on Friday 22nd November and you are invited to come and look at the work produced after school that day from 3:30-4:00pm.

In terms of science, we will be continuing with ‘Forces’ this half term. This will be followed with our science topic ‘Earth and Space’, which will involve identifying the features of our solar system; explaining the orbit of the planets around the sun; explaining the orbit of the moon; and understanding how the Earth’s rotation causes day and night. Our R.E. topic for this half term will continue to be Christianity with a focus on ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’

We will continue to go swimming on Tuesday mornings, but as noted below the timings for each class have changed. For this they will require a swimming costume/trunks (no swimming shorts) and a towel. All children must have a swimming cap. Goggles are allowed, but are not compulsory. In order to get to the pool on time, we will be leaving promptly, so please ensure you are aware of these new times and that your child is in school on time. 

Swimming Timetable:

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Depart school at: 8:20am

Children must be in school by


Depart school at: 9:00am

Children must be in school by normal time (8:45am).

Depart school at: 9:30am

Children must be in school by the normal time (8.45am).

In addition, the children will have a P.E. lesson in school on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons. This half term the children will be doing athletics or football (outdoors). Please note that PE times are subject to change so it is important that children bring their PE to school on Monday and keep it in school all week. It is expected that children have a P.E. kit in school for the week containing appropriate clothing and suitable footwear for indoor lessons. 

Children who are not swimming or taking part in P.E. for health reasons require a note to this effect.

The homework schedule is still in place (set on Friday, returned on Tuesday) and times table tests will continue. We are always grateful for your help in supporting your child as they learn these at home. We understand that weekends can be busy at times. If your child is unable to complete the work set one week, please communicate this in your child’s homework book. In addition, we run a homework club after school on a Monday – if you would like your child to attend, please collect a consent form from your child’s class teacher. Please use the reading journal to record comments about your child’s reading. The children also need to record in their reading journals each day (after they have read).

 Key diary dates:

Iceland class assembly – 15th November 2019

Parents’ evenings – 5-7pm 20th November and 3:45-5:15pm 21st November 2019

Ancient History Wow Day – 29th November 2019

Thank you for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Miss Crawford, Mr Weeks, Mr Davies, Miss Chandra (The Year Five Team)

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