We would like to offer you and your child a warm welcome to Year 5. Our two Year 5 classes are Manatees class, which is taught by Mr Lewis, and Whales class, which is taught by Mrs Rogers..
This year will be an exciting year with some interesting topics for the children to learn about. Our first topic for the autumn term will be about Earth and Space with an additional English focus on the book Hugo Cabret. We will be studying the history and technology of space exploration; researching about the International Space Station (ISS) and learning in science about the Earth, Sun, Moon and other planets
At Hillside, we believe that reading is fundamental to all of our children’s learning. As always, it is expected that all children read at home as much as possible and record this in their reading diaries daily. These are to be handed in each morning so that staff in school are able to monitor how much children are reading outside of school.
In English we will be reading Hugo Cabret and using it as a stimulus for writing descriptively. Following that we will be completing some non-fiction writing related to the ISS and our science work. In conjunction with these topics we will be developing our reading comprehension skills, composing a range of texts, including a diary recount, a biography, and a non-chronological report.
Within this we will be focussing on key grammar and punctuation skills which must be accurately applied in all written work:
- use capital letters and full stops, exclamation marks, question marks
- use commas in lists
- use inverted commas and other speech punctuation
- use apostrophes for contractions, apostrophes for singular possession and for plural possession
- use commas after fronted adverbials.
In maths, we also have a focus on key skills which rely on quick recall of basic mathematical facts. Although these are regularly practised in class, there is an expectation that pupils also rehearse the facts outside of school. Whilst some of these skills have already been introduced in previous years, it is important that they continue to be at the forefront of our children’s learning so that they are not forgotten. The key maths skills that we will be practising over the autumn term are as follows:
Count in multiples of 8 forwards and backwards
Count in 100s forwards and backwards
Recall bonds to 60 and to 100
Recall multiplication and division facts for 4 times table
Recall multiplication and division facts for 8 times table
Count in multiples of 6 forwards and backwards
Count in multiples of 50 forwards and backwards
Count in multiples of 0.5 forwards and backwards
Count in tenths (0.1 and 1/10) forwards and backwards
Recall multiplication and division facts for 6 times table
The aim is for all children to achieve fluency with these facts and be able to effortlessly call upon them when needed. Therefore, it is important that children continue to use and apply their knowledge even when they feel that they have achieved these targets.
Maths and English homework is given out on Fridays and should be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. In addition, on each Monday Year 5 are given a list of differentiated spellings to be learned before a test on the Friday.
Swimming and PE
In Year 5, swimming is a compulsory part of the curriculum and offers children the chance to develop confidence in this important skill alongside their peers. Children are timetabled to go swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and will therefore need to ensure that they have a suitable kit on this day every week. This should consist of the following: a pair of fitted trunks/swimming costume, towel and a swimming cap.
Children need to have a PE kit in school on Tuesday (Whales) and Thursday (Manatees) for their PE lesson in the afternoon. This must consist of a plain white T-shirt, black shorts and pumps/trainers.
If your child is asthmatic, please ensure that they have an inhaler in school ready to be used during any physical activity.