Dear year 5 Parents and Guardians,                                               

 

Welcome back after our traditional winter break. We are geared up for our new topic, ‘What lies beneath our feet?’, although this may sound odd compared to what you may have heard of what we are doing from the children. You see, we are going to look into space using our topic and look at what the future of space travel might hold for us, including the idea of mining for minerals in space. Please see the attached topic plan for more detail on our plans for these next 6 weeks.

 

PE will be on Mondays and Tuedays. Please ensure that the children have trainers as part of their kit which should also include something warm, in case the opportunity arises to do some PE outside. I would take this opportunity to remind you that the children need to bring a coat every day and that children need to wear appropriate footwear for the winter months.

 

There are also many opportunities to extend your child’s learning out of school. Below is a ‘bingo’ grid that the children can complete for some extra in-class money. Homework that they children do will be rewarded but also may be put into our Year 5 scrapbook, a book that will be on display in the classroom as a record of all of our topic work this term, which you are welcome to come and look at in the mornings.

 

Topic research

A piece of writing

A piece of writing

20 spellings from the year 5/6 word list

£40

Written maths work

A photo of you doing something awesome

Evidence of you doing Spanish at home!

A piece of artwork

£50

Written maths work

A list of questions about our topic

A picture of you reading

A piece of artwork

£50

Some fraction maths work, with workings!

Homemade crafty project

Homemade crafty project

Evidence of stargazing one night

£50

£40

£50

£50

£50

£60

 

Children can also further their topic learning in school by convincing you to take them out to see things in our local area. Goonhilly Satellite Station might not have a visitor centre anymore, but does look amazing, giving us a real idea about the information broadcast to and received from space. My favourite recommendation for this abstract topic though would be to go up onto Kit Hill (or some equally ‘remote’ place) at night to stargaze. This is the perfect time of year for it because the nights still start early, with many websites and apps that can help children plot what is in the night sky. Here is a list of things that are happening in the night sky over the coming weeks and, if we get a clear night, we might even see something amazing!  

 

January 1 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

January 2 - Full Moon - Supermoon

January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower

January 17 - New Moon

January 31 - Full Moon, Supermoon, Blue Moon

January 31 - Total Lunar Eclipse

February 15 - New Moon

February 15 - Partial Solar Eclipse

 

Additonally, please can we ask for some junk to come into school? Towards the end of the topic, we will build a space station/spaceship, with distinct modules, so anything boxy and/or easy to cut up would be very useful. Children can bring in stuff for their own space station and they can bring in extras as well for others to use, if they wish.

 

If at any point during the term you have any further questions, or anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the classroom.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

 

 

Tom Lumby