Dear year 5 Parents and Guardians,                                             

 

Welcome back and a very happy new year! Our new topic for this half term is ‘What lies beneath our feet?’ and specifically, ‘Who were the ancient Egyptians and what did Howard Carter find in the Valley of the Kings?

 

Attached to this letter is a topic plan detailing a few of the things we will be studying and investigating over the next 6 weeks. We really want to dig into the history, art and design side of things this term, using Ancient Egypt as inspiration for these elements

 

PE is on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure that the children have trainers, just in case we can get outside. I would take this opportunity to remind you to remind the children to bring a coat (especially with a hood)  every day as the days get colder. We want to use all the dry (and also the not monsoon weather) playtime we can, but if it is too cold or if it is drizzling, we cannot take the children outside if all they are wearing is a t-shirt!

 

There are also many opportunities to extend your child’s learning out of school.

 

This is a little homework bingo that the children can complete for some extra rewards for making a row, column or diagonal. Again, it is all just a little fun to reward the children more consistently for their work. A row or column is worth £50 (of class money…).

 

 

Research about Ancient Egyptians

A piece of writing about a pharaoh

A piece of writing about the River Nile

20 spellings from the Year 5/6 word list

£50

Written maths work (Multiplication)

A photo of you doing something awesome

Evidence of you doing Spanish at home!

A piece of artwork

£50

Written maths work

(Division)

A list of questions about our topic

A picture of you reading

A poster about the Egyptians

£50

Times tables work (might be on TT Rockstars)

Homemade crafty project

Hieroglyphics at home!

Evidence of a visit to an interesting place

£50

£50

£50

£50

£50

£50

 

 

It is very important that your child continues to read regularly at home, either by themselves or to an adult. Reading is a key home learning activity that helps with: understanding the world around them, understanding vocabulary, spellings, ideas for their writing, punctuation and grammar. Ideally, we would like your child to read five times a week. Reading matter could include novels, comics, newspapers, annuals, recipes and non-fiction books. They do not need to read pages and pages if they don’t want to, but little and often would be great. The children need to record in their reading records if they have read at home. It would be great if, on occasions, an adult could listen to them read, or equally useful is to have an adult read to them while they read along. This can be recorded in their reading records too. Asking questions about the plot, characters, setting, vocabulary etc. would really help with their understanding of the text. There will be regular monitoring of reading books to make sure your child has an appropriate book for their ability and understands what they are reading.

 

Opportunities to help your child in English will revolve around constructive, consistent spelling practice, using the Year 5/6 words, or this week’s Read Write Inc words – try it out – ask the children tonight what their spelling rule is (and here’s hoping that they remember)! There will not be a specific spelling test, but assessment of your child’s spelling is ongoing throughout the year. We, of course, will always welcome any additional writing that the children would like to do, topic based or not! The ‘work from home wall’ (which has looked magnificent all year) always needs new items and the children will be rewarded for their efforts in this regard.

 

In maths, children need to keep up with the times tables and other number facts, an overview of which can be seen on the school’s calculation policy. Children can also utilise ‘hit the button’ – a free online game to work on their tables. There is n app in the app store too, but this is a few pounds. The entire game is free online – just google ‘hit the button’ and the children will surely be able to explain how we use it in school. We are now also using Times Table Rockstars – something you will hopefully have seen already. This is another online program that the school has subscribed to. Children can work on times tables relevant to them, chosen by the program. If they keep getting them right, they’ll be given others. If they get them wrong, the program assumes they need to practice them more. We will have time on this in school every week and we can also provide some paper copies of tests and practice if you would rather. These, unfortunately, don’t mark themselves though!

 

A few dates you might want:

February 3rd – Meeting about the Year 5 trip to France, 3.15pm

February 14th – Year 5 Class Assembly

 

Please note that your children have already designed their own ‘deathmasks’ and they are on display in the corridor, as well as a rotation of their amazing banners from last term. Please come and have a look – we are very proud of them!

 

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

It is very important that your child continues to read regularly at home, either by themselves or to an adult. Reading is a key home learning activity that helps with: understanding the world around them, understanding vocabulary, spellings and ideas for their writing, punctuation and grammar. Ideally, we would like your child to read five times a week. Reading matter could include novels, comics, newspapers, annuals, recipes and non-fiction books. They do not need to read pages and pages if they don’t want to, but little and often would be great. The children need to record in their reading records if they have read at home. It would be great if, on occasions, an adult could listen to them read, or equally useful is to have an adult read to them while they read along. This can be recorded in their reading records too. Asking questions about the plot, characters, setting, vocabulary etc. would really help with their understanding of the text. There will be regular monitoring of reading books to make sure your child has an appropriate book for their ability and understands what they are reading.

 

Opportunities to help your child in English will revolve around constructive, consistent spelling practice, using the Year 5/6 words, or this week’s Read Write Inc words, available on this letter, and each week we start a new unit. There will not be a specific spelling test, but assessment of your child’s spelling is ongoing throughout the year. There is an attached sheet with ideas of how to work on spellings in a variety of ways. We, of course, will always welcome any additional writing that the children would like to do, topic based or not! The ‘work from home wall’ will soon be ready to accept its first entries and the children will be rewarded for their efforts in this regard.

 

In maths, children need to keep up with the times tables and other number facts, an overview of which can be seen on the attached sheet from the school’s calculation policy, available on the website.