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Year 5 Curriculum – Autumn 2017
Welcome to Team Russell and the NEW school!
When the children arrive in school they will be able to do a variety of tasks set up in the classroom, these will include: reading, handwriting, mental maths and thinking skills. Once we have all arrived and the register is complete our day can begin. Assemblies will be run through the week.
Year 5 is a hugely important year for your children as they will learn many of the skills that will prepare them for higher learning in secondary schools. My goal for the end of the term is to have our pupils confident with their reading and their writing and being able to stand up with confidence and clarity in front of the class. Over the term we will be focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar to improve their literacy skills as well as regular reading and discussion about books to help them infer meaning and be inspired by books. The type of writing and texts we will cover this term will be quest stories, character description, character profile and scene settings.
Maths, as with English, will be an integral part of our morning learning. Our goal is to have all of the pupils confident with the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) and be able to understand how to solve problems by having the tools to work solutions out for themselves. Our inspiration comes from Mathematics being everywhere in the world and we will be looking at how maths is used in the real world when we investigate.
We are using the International Primary Curriculum at Ramsgate Arts which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting change and will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). We will be updating you with an outline of a unit as we begin a new one, so please check home learning letters for the information! Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc.
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
How our brain works and how we can improve our memory.
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to design clothes from newspaper!
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
How news is reported around the world.
In History, we’ll be finding out:
About the history of communication
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
How Morse code works.
PE will be on a Monday afternoon.
It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name.
At various points in the year swimming lessons take place across the school. An information letter will be sent home when this arises for each year group involved.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through one document which will be uploaded onto our blog. Curriculum and IPC information will also appear in these letters when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the newsletter.
Home learning will change as the children progress through the school so that it is both suitable for their age and also prepares them for the next steps in their school life. In year 5 we will be having weekly spelling and times table tests. There will also be home reading tasks that will be checked up on and discussed as we go through our core texts. Several times a term I will also ask if you can support your child while doing research for the IPC (Topic). This term we will be writing our own news stories and recording our own news show.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that, with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings, NO jewellery may be worn by children. Please also be aware that JoJo bows are also not aloud. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day. These are available from the school office.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please try to have your child in school by 8:20am every day.
The most important thing for me this term is that your child makes progress while enjoying their learning. If you need to speak to me about anything then please feel free to find me after school or email me.