Welcome to Class 5! We are just starting the Spring Term and the children are settling straight back into their learning after a very enjoyable Christmas holiday.
In Class 5 this half term, we are learning all about the Tudors! With Miss Beevers, we will learn through a range of cross curricular activities - they will learn about the key people and events of the Tudor period and explore questions such as: What is heraldry? Who were the Tudors? What was life like for people living in Tudor times? Was Henry VIII a good king? Who was Anne Bolyen and was she innocent or guilty of the crimes which led to her demise? They will use IT to create surveys and display data and learn to plot Anne’s final journey using landmarks on maps.
Class 5 will also take their learning offsite with a visit to Bishop’s house, a beautiful Tudor house-museum in Sheffield where they will see up close what life was like for local people growing up in this time.
Our novel this term is Treason, by Berlie Doherty an enthralling story about a young boy who enters court with King Henry VIII and soon learns that to be close to absolute power presents as many problems as it does perks. The children will explore many themes and writing processes through the study of this novel.
The Year 6 children are getting ready for SATs and are working really hard in class to revise what they have learnt throughout KS2. Please support your child in any homework that is given as it is essential revision.
In Class 5, we have our spelling and times tables test on a Friday morning. This year the spelling test will be a mixture of 10 spellings that follow a spelling rule we are currently learning about and 10 unknown spellings - children will have to use their spelling skills and knowledge to find the correct spelling. Times tables are practised in lessons and should be practised at home throughout the week - 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. day is every Monday and Tuesday 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! We are very lucky at the minute to have Mr McPhail and Mr Cranswick leading one of our PE sessions and sharing their expertise. We aim to get outside for PE where possible so please make sure they have appropriate kit and footwear.
Children in Class 5 should
- read every night for at least 15 minutes and write a short summary of what they have read that week
- practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- practise their spellings for 5 minutes each day (Monday- Thursday).
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.
Year 6 children are being given a range of maths, English and SPAG homework on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday.
Please be reminded that as the weather becomes more inclement we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.