Welcome to year 5!
Some important reminders:
- PE is on a Thursday. Children should come to school in full PE kit (navy shorts or joggers and a plain white T-shirt).
- Football with Arj is on a Friday lunchtime. Please bring football kits to school to change into.
- Children should bring their reading book to school each day and should have it signed by an adult at least three times each week.
- Homework is given on a Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday, our spelling tests take place Wednesday afternoon.
- Please remember to bring a water bottle to school each day.
This half term the children will be learning about the Roman Invasion of Britain and will be reading a book with a Roman theme, called 'The Queen of Darkness' as their class reading book. This book will be used to inspire their writing in English. In English they will be writing a narrative set in Roman Britain. Also in English, they will be learning about alliteration, the rule of three and using speech. In Maths, the children will learn about Roman Numerals, place value, adding and subtracting with numbers with more than 4 digits and rounding of numbers. In Art, the children will study the work of LS Lowry and produce their own version of his work using oil pastels. In RE, the children will complete a Christianity unit, which looks as God as holy and loving. In Science, the children will be learning about the properties of materials and conducting experiments about these. In PE, the children will complete a dance unit and in Computing, the children will code using a program called Scratch.
Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum
The children had a great day when we visited Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum at Wallsend. The aim of the visit was to allow the children to learn more about the Roman invasion of Britain, which they had been learning about in their history lessons. In the morning the children explored the grounds of the fort, looking at the remains left behind. They learned about the layout of the fort and the purpose of different rooms, they also visited Hadrian’s Wall where they pretended to be Roman enemies. They had the chance to climb the Roman tower which was 35 meters high so they had could have a bird's eye view of the remains of the original Roman fort. In the afternoon, they learned about what a Roman solider would wear, their teacher Miss Richardson was dressed a solider. After that, they took part in 3 different activities; they took part in combat training with a commanding officer, they had the opportunity to look at Roman artefacts including a Roman dagger and spear and then they learned about Roman jobs in the fort. The children really enjoyed the visit, and it brought the unit of work to life for them.
This half term the children will be reading the novel 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and this will inspire their own narrative, which will include tension. They will also write a non-chronological report about their very own magical beast. In Maths, the children will learn about and use multiples, factors, prime numbers and square numbers. They will multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. They will compare and order fractions, convert improper fractions into proper fractions and vice versa and they will add and subtract using fractions. In Science, the children will be learning about forces. They will investigate friction, air resistance and water resistance. In DT, the children will investigate mechanical systems and use pulleys and gears to create a machine that can pick an object up. In RE, the children will consider what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain today and learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam, the festival of Eid-Ul-Adha and the pilgrimage to Mecca. In Computing, the children will use a range of music programs to create and edit musical compositions. In Geography, the children will learn about the countries of North America, the human and physical features of these countries and the capital cities of these countries. In PE, the children will be doing gymnastics, the children will be practising rolls and forming different shapes. In PSHE, the children will consider what racism is and why it is important to be different.