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Year 5
* Highlight of the Week *
Our crocus bulbs are now hopefully well settled into their cosy compost pots, and beginning to show signs of sprouting. We can't wait for them to grow and flower, and are very much looking forward to drawing them.

We are well into our Extreme Earth topic, and are discussing Ultimate Explorers in English and linkec it to recycling for our class guided reading wor

Heads up on Homework this week (see the Ebag for documents highlighting the whole spellings lists and times tables timetable! for the coming half term).

As it is such a short half term, we will need to issue a week and half of spellings each week to ensure that we give the children enough time to cover the curriculum, so for this half term, the children will have 15 spellings a week, instead of 10. Thank you for your support in helping the children learn them, it really does make the difference :-)

PE Kit - the weather is now getting significantly colder, and as PE does take place outside, please ensure your child has tracksuit/ jogging bottoms and a jumper, please. (Indoor kit, which is the same as outdoor, plus the warmer layers, is a white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers/ black pumps).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in-touch. Either come and see me before or after school, send a message for me to call you, or email the school for my attention.

Dip into the E-BAG!
In the e-bag (to the right of the page) you will find useful documents/trip letters etc. that we will add to over the year.

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Following feedback from parents, a user guide for grammar in Year 5 has been added to the ebag :-)
I have also included a poster for the week's spellings to help with creating example sentences to consolidate meaning.

A timetable for times tables!
You can find out which times tables we will be revisiting each week in the E-Bag. :-)


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Learning Goals
Spring 1

Maths
We will consolidate our understanding of Long Multiplication and Short Division before moving onto Perimeter and Area.

Fractions will be a bit area of learning, and we will work on spotting equivalency, and being able to compare successfully (with some help from Elvis!). We will know how to order fractions, and recognise that a large denominator must also be considered alongside whole numbers and numerators. We will be able to add and subtract fractions, including those with mixed numbers and then move onto multiplying fractions.

We will then apply our learning to considering how fractions relate to decimals and percentages as well.

Throughout the year, we will constantly be applying our learning to real world problems.

English
Using our theme of Extreme Earth as a stimulus we will be working looking at Information and Instructional texts. We will also learn about some famous explorers and use this to help with our persuasive writing!

A key development in Year 5 is the ability to self-assess and improve work so we will be enhancing our skills of editing and improving our work. We do daily independent reading, and children are welcome to bring in their own books.

Topic
Our topical learning is taking a geographical turn when we return in the New Year. We are going to be investigating the many elements that lend themselves to 'Extreme Earth'. We will discover the impact that volcanoes, earth quakes, weather and water distribution have on how and where we live, and also how we respond to disasters.
Homework
There should be an average of 30 minutes spent each night on homework. if there any issues due to outside school commitments, please let me know so we can find a solution!
Homework will now be issued on 4 nights. This will increase as the year progresses to prepare the children for the challenge of Year 6.

Monday - Spellings and times tables (back in Thursday)
Tuesday - English (back in Friday)
Wednesday - problem solving/ mental maths/ times tables of the week activity (for Friday)
Friday - Maths (back in Monday)

Homework is a very important way of consolidating the work we are doing in school and is NOT optional!
Parents - Any help you may wish to give your children is welcomed. Please write on their homework if you have any notes/concerns/questions regarding it.
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