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Autumn 2 Newsletter
This half term we will be focussing solely on one text; Street Child by Berlie Doherty. The children’s main piece of independent writing will be a persuasive letter, written from the perspective of Dr Barnardo to the government. The children will be using their knowledge of Victoria street children, and the perils they faced in their lives. Together, we will be looking at the different hurdles that poor Victorian children faced, from entering the workhouse, to forced child labour and living on the streets. All of Year 5 will be encouraged to empathise with the feelings of these children, and to explain how they would feel if they were in that position. Grammatically, children will be consolidating their knowledge and understanding of parenthesis and the use of semi colons, in order to change the structure of their sentences and to deepen their writing.
This half term, in Year 5, we will be covering 3 units from the Maths syllabus.
These units are;
Multiplication and Division
(multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000, identifying factors, prime numbers, multiples, cubed and squared numbers)
Perimeter and Area
Measurement (converting units and time)
Our Creative Curriculum topic this year is the Victorians, which links very closely with our English text.
For the practical elements of the topic, children will be making their own Victorian Christmas wreaths. During the Creative Curriculum week, children will be writing diary entries and letters (using cross curricular links), identifying the importance of important historical figures and spending time in a Victorian school setting.
Votes for Schools and Circle Time
Votes for schools is a program that encourages ‘pupil voice’. Every week the children are given a question to debate, relating to a pop culture topic. Throughout the session we learn facts, and hear differing opinions. At the end all children vote as to whether they agree or disagree with the initial question. Some of our topics this term have been about whether graffiti is art or a crime and the importance of education in a war zone.
Modern Foreign Language
In MFL children will continue to learn about to speak and write about their live in French.
The topic this half term is Peace. Children will be exploring the
· What does religion teach about peace and ways of resolving conflict?
· How are these beliefs expressed in action in the world?
Christmas theme - Peace: the message of Christmas.
Spelling journals need to be completed as part of the children’s home learning. These will be given to children to complete on a Friday and will need to be returned to school by the following Friday. If the children need support please feel free to return the journal earlier, and encourage children to speak to their class teacher for additional help. In addition to this children should be reading every day. They do not necessarily need to read to an adult and are allowed to sign their own reading log to show that they have read and how much. If there are any problems with book selections, please speak to your child’s teacher.
Maths Logs also need to be completed as part of the children’s home learning. These will be given to children to complete on a Friday and will need to be returned to school by the following Friday. If the children need support please feel free to return the journal earlier, and encourage children to speak to their class teacher for additional help.
In Science this term, our topic is ‘Changing Materials’. Children will be completing a range of investigations and experiments, and using scientifically appropriate language to write these up—detailing what they have done and the results they have gathered.
Year 5 were lucky enough to be invited to a tag rugby competition on Tuesday 25th September 2018, at Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Club. All children were asked to work as part of a team. Throughout the day all the teams played against each other, as well as learning basic rugby skills such as passing backwards and moving together as a group. Each group of children were allocated a group leader, as well as a student from Cambridge or Oxford University. The emphasis of the day was not solely about sport, but mainly about team work and demonstrating a team spirit and sportsmanlike conduct. As always, our William Bellamy pupils shone and one of the teams were even awarded a trophy for having the best team spirit. A wonderful day, thoroughly enjoyed by all. As a result of participating in this competition, Year 5 have also been invited to go to Twickenham to watch the Cambridge and Oxford University teams play a full rugby match on Thursday 6th December 2018. Details to be sent out nearer the time!
Welcome To Year 5.
Welcome back to another year at William Bellamy Primary School. As a team, we have got lots of exciting opportunities coming up, for all the children in Year 5. As a school our emphasis, this year, is on exciting and thought provoking learning, as well as offering a range of trips and workshops to engage mind and body. Here's to a successful year!