Welcome to Class 5 for the Spring Term!
In Class 5 this term we are looking forward to learning all about the human heart and circulatory system. Through our classroom displays we are learning what our essential organs are and how they help us. We are also using microscopes and stethoscopes as part of our hands on learning experiences.
Our literacy stimulus this term is the novel Pig Heart Boy, a powerful story by the renowned children’s literature author Malorie Blackman. It tells the story of 13 year old Cameron, who is in need of a heart transplant. However, with no human hearts available, Cam’s only chance of survival is a controversial transplant using a pig’s heart, which has never been done on a human before. The gripping storyline will be an exciting but also challenging read. It will raise awareness of ethical issues, which children may previously not have given much thought to, but which as part of our society, are important to learn about.
As writers, using Pig Heart Boy as our stimulus, we will be developing our writer’s voice, and writing in a variety of fiction and non-fiction styles, such as a discussion text, a persuasive text, a newspaper report and a diary entry. Using our overall topic as stimulus we will also be writing an information text which will demonstrate our learning about the circulatory system.
As mathematicians we will continue to embed and consolidate our maths skills and strategies, and we will learn about new concepts such as square and cube numbers. We will be developing our learning resilience in Maths by our learning in our Problem Solving sessions, which will take place every Friday. These can take a variety of forms, but always involve elements of trial and improvement to help children to persevere and be resilient in their learning.
In an afternoon, with Mr Brown and Class 6, Class 5 will be accessing a broad range of exciting learning opportunities. Art sessions will focus on learning to use different media correctly in order to create detailed images of the heart. PE sessions will look at how different activities have an effect of the body and heart, and will include invasion games and balance. In Science, there will be lots of learning about the circulatory system and the human body.
In order to bring our learning to life, we will be visiting the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, a wonderful facility which offers a ‘hands on’ approach to learning, and allows children to see how medicine has changed over the years. More details regarding this will follow in due course.
Each child has been given an appropriate banded book for them to read at home as well as in school. A reading record has been provided to each child so that they can track their progress. All children have been asked that they take this home each night and bring it in to school each morning so it can be updated by parents/carers and also teachers and teaching assistants.
Spellings and Times tables
In Class 5, we have our spelling and times tables test once a week. Year 5 children will be given spellings to practise from the Read, Write, Inc Spelling programme. This is a very child focused, interactive programme, but practise at home is essential in order to embed the learning taking place at school.Times tables are practised in lessons and should also be practised at home throughout the week for 5 minutes per day. Children are to practise their times tables up to 12 x 12. It is incredibly important that children learn these well as it is essential knowledge in lots of number work.
Our P.E. days are every Tuesday and Thursday so please bring appropriate indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Kit consists of a white T shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. It would be useful if PE kit was left in school all week in case we have to change our PE lessons for any reason or add extra lessons in!
Children in Class 5 should
- read every night for at least 15 minutes
- practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- practise their spellings for 5 minutes each day
In addition to this, Year 5 children will receive two pieces of homework on a Friday to be completed and brought back in for the following Friday - this will usually be a maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) worksheet.
Please be reminded that as the weather becomes more inclement we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.