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Year 5 - Acer Class

Welcome to Year 5 - Acer Class!


Who are the staff in Acer Class?:



Miss Norris - Class Teacher

Mrs Eley - Teaching Assistant



What does our day look like?

What does our curriculum look like?

What will we learn in Term 3?


Blood Heart


Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry…blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies.

William Harvey (local to Kent) was fascinated with anatomy, and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover.

Let’s check the most common blood groups in our class. Why do people give blood?


Find out how to keep your heart happy and healthy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kick-start a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused by smoking, to the lungs and heart.


Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.


Pupils have been provided with an ideas for homework page.  This should provide inspiration for pupils’ homework projects this half term.  Ideas include: creating a heathly lifestyle plan: excercise and meal plans; find out about the history of Valentine's Day or to find out what 'blood is thicker than water' means.


In Maths this term, we will be focusing on fractions and decimals - for more details, click on the yearly overview link above.  Pupils are expected to complete the MyMaths and Times Tables Rockstars homeworks to the best of their ability each week.


In Year 5, pupils should be reading for at least 30 mins a night and should record this in their reading journal which is then signed by an adult.  Thank you very much to those parents who do ensure this happens, it makes a huge difference.  


P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, please ensure your child has a P.E. kit for those days which is clearly labelled. 



What did we learn in Term 2?


Frozen Kingdom


Welcome to the planet's coldest lands...Vast wilds and hostile territories - incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or the fall pray to the icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across the treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading in deep snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.


Acer Class have learnt about the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic; looked at food chains and had a go at some Inuit inspired art.


In English, we have learnt about Ernest Shackleton's brave, yet treacherous journey to the Antarctic and used this as a focus for journal writing, newspaper reports and play scripts.


Year 5 were invited to take part in the St. Nicholas Day Parade in Canterbury to celebrate 'gifts' We concentrated on the gifts that money cannot buy and the children brainstormed and discussed some excellent suggestions, including: respect, peace, compassion, joy, giving, courage and friendship. Charlie and Tifa were asked to read a poem that was created by all of the schools taking part in the Cathedral service and all of the children made festive tabards, mitre hats and gift models on sticks.Below are a few pictures taken at the parade.


















What did we learn in Term 1?


A Child's War


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson Shelter, learn why nations are fighting and while child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territories.


Acer Class had the opportunity to visit East Kent Railway as evacuees experiencing the sights and sounds of war: taking a trip on a heritage railway – a scenic journey between the pretty villages of Shepherdswell and Eyethorne; hiding out in bunkers and trenches of the Knees Woodland and designing gas masks and evacuee name labels in an on-site classroom.


Through English and Topic, the children learnt a lot about others who were affected by the war particularly the Jews. We used the book Rose Blanche as a focus for our writing, where a young German girl risked her life to help some Jewish children in a concentration camp. We also heard Anne Frank's story though excerpts of her diary. The children learnt to write diaries and empathise with the characters in both stories.



What homework is given in Acer Class?


Homework: Pupils are expected to complete their set MyMaths homework and read for at least 30 mins every evening.  Please complete and sign reading records each night.


Pupils homework projects will be displayed as part of the express section at the end of the unit of work. Pupils can choose whether to present their homework as written work, ICT or something creative.  If pupils decide to choose something creative such as a painting then they should choose either written work or I.C.T. for their next homework project so that they are using different skills throughout the year.

How do we reward children in Acer Class?


We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children.  We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:


Be Respectful

Be kind and gentle

Be Careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can be

Picture 1 Blue circle (Mrs Kemp reward)
Picture 2 Yellow circle (Busy bee)
Picture 3 Green circle (Good to go)
Picture 4 Orange circle (Stop and think)
Picture 5 Red circle (Consequence)

In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.

Year 5 letters to parents

Below are some links to useful websites that will support your child’s learning and development: