Welcome to Year 5 - Acer Class!
**Hello Acer Class**
Miss Gill and I were thrilled to have you all back on March 8th. We are both really proud of how you have taken all of the changes in your stride and how your perseverance and resilience during this time has really shone through - so well done!
Things will continue to be a little different for the time being, but we are all in the same boat, so if you have any concerns, you can speak to any of the adults in our bubble or if you want to tell your parents they can let me know by emailing: email@example.com
Please ensure you are reading for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, completing quizzes online, now available at https://ukhosted55.renlearn.co.uk/2240591 and continuing to practise your times tables using Times Tables Rockstars (https://ttrockstars.com/). We will be following the Spelling Shed scheme for spellings this year, these can be accessed and practised at home at https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb.
**Parent / Carer Information**
Below you will find information and websites that you may find useful in Year 5.
What are we learning in Term 5/6?
Topic - Darwin's Delights
Ship Ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on board HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean?
Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Do you know what is so special about a Lava Lizard? Know why the Blue-Footed Booby has blue feet?
See how animals adapt to suit their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists.
Imagine how humans may evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought.
Ready to trace the origin of the species? Let’s set sail.
English - The Last Wild / Wonder
In Terms 5/6 our class books witll be: 'The Last Wild' and 'Wonder'
P.E this term will be on a Monday and a Thursday.
Due to current covid restrictions, Mr Guy cannot complete all aspects of the music curriculum safely to you in school, including beat boxing. He has therefore found a link to a drumming site which helps with the beats needed to do beat boxing at home: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/
What did we learn in Term 4/5
Topic - Pharaohs
Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.
Unravel the secrets of secret tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part.
Become and apprentice and work for Ramose – he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for the afterlife.
Now open the door to Ancient Egypt - who knows what treasure you will find?
What did we learn in Term 3
Topic - 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.
English - Pig Heart Boy
In Term 3 our class book was 'Pig Heart Boy', which was used as a writing focus in English as well as in our whole-class guided reading sessions.
What did we learn in Term 2
Topic - 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 fall prey to the icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or be pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
The children really enjoyed this topic: learning about how Arctic and Antarctic animals are adapted to suit their environment; how food chains and webs work; who was at fault for the Titanic and they even orchestrated a search and rescue mission for a tourist cruise that got lost on its way to the Antarctic.
English - Shackleton's Journey
In English we based our writing on the beautifully illustrated book 'Shackleton's Journey' - a story about the trials and tribulations of Antarctic exploration. The children each took on a role and wrote in character for most of their writing. As them what they know about Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew.
What did we learn in Term 1?
Topic - A Child's War
English - Rose Blanche
In English we read Rose Blanche, a book about a young girl, who we believe to be German, who witnesses a strange event in the small town she lives in. Curious, Rose decides to look further into this event, which puts her in terrible danger. Ask your children what happened and what they thought of the book.
In term 1, we worked on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction.
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 and have talked about how we can be more 'heartsmart'.
Pupils are expected to complete their set MyMaths and Spelling Shed homework once a week and read for at least 30 mins every evening. Once children have finished their reading books, they can log into Accelerated Reader to complete quizzes on their book.
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.
We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children when they are following the 5 B's.