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Welcome back Year 5
Welcome back and I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break. We warmly welcome two new members to the class: Alexander and Grace.
Our focus for this term is The Wind Singer by William Nicholson.
Click HERE for this term's holistic plan
Literacy / Art
What a great start we've had with our work! We've been introduced to the Wind Singer tower, drawn and labelled our own interpretations of the tower from reading the description at the start of the story and recreated it artistically for our Study Work book front covers. We wandered into the village to explore our own famous landmark, Wybunbury Tower, and wrote descriptive phrases before returning to school to write a more detailed description.
This next week in literacy, we will be debating the following quote from the story: " For Aramanth, life was measured out in tests," considering different view points in order to write a balanced argument.
You have been given spellings to learn based on words starting with 'sy-'. Some of you have been given words to learn from your own writing. All of you will have individual lists of words taken from errors made in your own writing to practice spelling correctly alongside weekly spellings. Our spelling tests this term will be on Thursdays.
As The Wind Singer is a fantasy story, I would like all of you to choose a book from the Magic and Fantasy section of the library to read this month.
In the story it states that the Wind Singer tower was 'not symmetrical' so we've explored symmetry and reflection in maths this week. This next week we will look at translation of shapes and co-ordinates.
Every Friday morning, Mrs Griffin will be giving you a weekly mental maths tests. She would like ALL of you to practice quick recall of your number bonds, doubling and halving.
I will be helping you practice your times tables daily as it is vitally important that you know them readily for lots of different areas of maths.
This week we will be creating towers out of straws and testing them to see who can design and build the highest tower out of a limited number of straws which will hold the weight of a tennis ball!
In our Reflective Area, our Tree of Hope becomes Our Tree of Kindness and Compassion this term. Let's see if we can consciously do at least one kind act for someone in class each day and see how quickly those bare branches are covered in good deed leaves!
Monday — Thursday 9.20 -10.45am Literacy (including Book Club/ spelling focus)
Friday 9.20 -10.45am Book Club followed by Mental Maths focus
Mrs Griffin 11.00-12.ooam RE
Monday, Tuesday 1.00-3.15pm Study Work foci (see Holistic plan)
Thursday, Friday 1.00-3.15pm Study Work foci
Wednesday 1.00-3.00pm PE with Sportscape (PE Kit MUST be in school)
Learning Log Homework
You have been set your first homework this term. It is based on famous man made landmarks around the world. A support sheet will be handed out tomorrow for those of you needing a little help with ideas to get you started.
As Year 5's you will become the buddies for our New Starters in September. Mrs Dore and I will be buddying you up shortly in readiness for you writing your letters of introduction and getting ready to meet up later this term at the Teddy Bear picnic!
Red Shift Radio
Orlanda, Maddie, Izzy and Harvey will be going live every Friday morning on Red Shift Radio so do tune in!
We've a lot of exciting work to cover this term and I'm sure time will race by, so we need to continue working with urgency and commitment to achieve well whilst having fun! We've made an excellent start Year 5, so let's keep it up!