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Earlsfield Primary School

Year 5

Updated January 2024

Welcome to Year 5!

5S is taught by Miss Spies and 5T by Miss Turner. They are supported by Christina and Nicky..  They can be contacted via year5@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

Summer 2024 Update

We hope you had a restful break and are ready for all the excitements of the Summer term. We have a great deal to look forward to and we are all so excited to have you back in the classroom.

In English, we can't wait to read our new Power of Reading book ‘Ice Trap’ by M. P. Robertson and Meredith Hooper to inspire our talk, drama and writing. We will be exploring the true story about Shackleton's incredible expedition from England to the Antarctic and what challenges they faced along the way...

In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at shape, position & direction and decimals. We then move on to converting measurements, negative numbers and volume. We really encourage the use of Doodle Maths at home which has shown to really improve Maths fluency - we will be keeping track of who is in the green zone! As well as this, we encourage rockin’ out on Times Tables Rockstars.

With the return of the sunshine we will aim to have more outside lessons as we explore our Summer term Science topics ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Famous Scientists’. We learn about the life cycles of different animals and explore the lives of famous scientists.

In Topic, we are excited to explore ‘The Power of the Earth’. We will be creating our own poster boards about the different layers of the Earth, volcanoes and more which you will have the opportunity to show off at an exhibition. We will be developing our geography skills, in particular map work and physical processes (how volcanoes are made). We even have trips planned to Clip and Climb.

In addition to our carefully planned lessons, we have some amazing interactive lessons planned for the Summer term to help you gain a greater understanding of our fantastic topics. Year 5 can also look forward to continuing your specialist subjects and are very lucky to have a number of fantastic specialist teachers this year including: AM Sports Coaches (PE), David (Gym), Madame Clarke (French), and Mrs Handcock (Music). A real highlight of our year is the Summer Term when the children curate their very own contemporary art exhibition. You will be making art to display for this!

Guided reading will start the week beginning Monday 22nd April. Weekly spellings will also be shared in these handbooks every Monday. Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings regularly.

We value your support and encourage you to continue to work alongside your children at home. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to email our Year 5 address.

Reminder for projects:
The students are encouraged to present one project a term. We have seen some amazing examples of home learning that support what we have been doing in the classroom. As always, the students will share their projects in the last week of the half term. Try and encourage your children to be as creative as possible by making things such as 3D models, dioramas, posters or coding. We love seeing Google Slides but it is always fascinating to see their learning in a whole other way!

We value your support and encourage you to continue to work alongside your children at home. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to email our Year 5 address.

 

 

 Spring 2024 Update

Happy New Year and welcome back to another exciting term at Earlsfield! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and are ready for some exciting new topics this term. We can’t wait to have you back in the classroom again!

In English lessons, we are looking forward to reading our Power of Reading book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty to inspire our talk, drama and writing. We will be exploring Victorian Britain and empathising with Jim Jarvis, imagining what it would be like to be homeless on the cold streets of London.

In Maths, we will begin the term consolidating our understanding of multiplication & division before moving onto fractions, decimals and percentages. We really encourage the use of Doodle Maths at home which has shown to really improve math fluency - we will be keeping track of who is in the green zone! As well as this, we encourage rockin’ out on Times Tables Rockstars.

In Topic, Year Five will be learning about Monarchs. As this is a broad topic, we will be working on it for the entire Spring term! We will focus on monarchs around the world and in particular, what makes them memorable. Starting with English Monarchs, we will compare how the different monarchs ruled and why they have been remembered throughout history. We also have an exciting trip to Hampton Court planned where we will take part in a workshop which investigates the role of the Tudor kitchen in Henry VIII’s court.

For the scientists, we will be looking at Space! Building on the previous knowledge about Space acquired in Year 1, we are going to be learning all about the planets and our solar system; including seasons, day and night and shadows. We are also going to be looking at the different phases of the moon and the relationship between the Earth and the sun.

In addition to our carefully planned lessons, we have some amazing interactive lessons planned for the Spring term to help you gain a greater understanding of our fantastic topics. Year 5 can also look forward to continuing your specialist subjects and are very lucky to have a number of fantastic specialist teachers this term including: AM Sports Coaches (PE), Sports Coach (Gym), Madam Clarke (French) and Mr Hopcraft (Music).

We value your support and encourage you to continue to work alongside your children at home. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to email our Year 5 address.   

Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.

Reading

Children can maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding by:

  • I can continue to read and discuss a wide range of age appropriate fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • I can increase my familiarity with a wide range of books including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions
  • I can recommend books I have read to my peers, giving reasons for my choices
  • I can identify and discuss themes and conventions in writing
  • I can make comparisons within and across books
  • I can prepare  poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience

Children can understand what they read by: 

  • I can check that the book I am reading makes sense  and I can discuss my understanding and explore the meaning of words in context
  • I can ask questions to improve my understanding
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence
  • I can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • I can distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
  • I can retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction
  • I can participate in discussions about books building on their own and others' ideas and challenging view courteously

Writing

 Writing

  • I can write for a range of purposes and audiences, confidently selecting structure and organisation.  
  • I can describe settings, characters and atmosphere to consciously engage the reader
  • I am beginning to use dialogue to convey a character and advance the action
  • I can select and use organisational and presentational devices that are relevant to the text type E.g. headings, bullet points, underlining etc
  • I am beginning to proofread read my work and precis longer passages by removing unnecessary repetition or irrelevant details
  • I can use paragraphs that are suitably linked
  • I can use the following punctuation correctly :full stops and capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks
  • I can use commas to clarify meaning with increasing accuracy
  • I can use a wide range of linking words/phrases between sentences and paragraphs to build cohesion including time adverbials (later) place adverbial (nearby) and number (secondly)
  • I can begin to use brackets, dashes and commas to indicate parenthesis
  • I can use adverbs (perhaps, surely) and modal verbs(should, could, might) to indicate degrees of possibility 

Spelling

  • I can spell many complex homophones correctly
  • I can spell words with prefixes and suffixes correctly
  • I can spell many of the statutory words for Year 5

Handwriting

  • I can write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed

Greater depth (working above the national expected standard

  • I can use a wide range of clause structures, sometimes varying their position within the sentence
  • I can regularly use dialogue to convey a character and advance the action
  • I can consistently link ideas across paragraphs
  • I can describe settings and characters and atmosphere with carefully chosen vocabulary to enhance mood, clarify meaning and create pace
  • I can make some use of semi colons, dashes, colons and hyphens

Statutory spellings

 

 Autumn 1  Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

occur

accompany

according

achieve

aggressive

forty

ancient

apparent

occupy

attached

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

critic

communicate

competition

conscience

conscious

dictionary

equipped

curiosity

definite

harass

foreign 

controversy

convenience

correspond

criticise

desperate

determined

disastrous

embarrass

environment

equipment

especially

exaggerate

hindrance

excellent

existence

explanation

familiar

amateur

frequently

government

guarantee

immediate

knowledge

experiment

experience

business

possession

disappear

weight

separate

 

Maths

 In Maths we follow the White Rose Hub. You can find out more about White Rose through our dedicated maths page

Year 5 Maths Objectives

Science

 Properties and Changes in Materials

Space

Forces

Topics

 What is democracy and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks?

What makes a monarch memorable?

Homework

 We set homework in Key Stage 2 in the following ways:

  • Spellings - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Guided Reading - bring handbook to school as usual
  • Literacy and Topic - Google Classroom
  • Talking Homework - Google Classroom
  • Maths - TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) and Mathletics

Students without digital access will get paper copies (need to return book)

You can access our guide to google classrooms or if you have any technical or password issues please email techsupport@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk  

Days to remember

Day Activity
 Monday

 Spelling test

 New spellings sent home

 Tuesday Turn in Talking Homework on Google Classroom
Wednesday

 5S PE - Wear PE kit school

 

 Thursday

5T - wear PE kit to school

Homework sent home.

 Friday  Wear PE kit to school (5S and 5T)
As frequently as possible but at least x times per week Reading, Time Tables Rockstars and Doodle Maths and English

 

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