Year 5 - Beech
Welcome to Beech Class
Mrs Helsden- class teacher
LSA- Miss Gadsdon
Welcome to our class page- Willow class will now show you what we have been doing lately in our amazing learning environment this term.
Whilst learning, we have been continuing to reestablish our school routines once again; below are a few things to remember:
PE is on Mondays and one other day- changing dependent on curriculum needs. You do not now need to take your PE kits home weekly so, please leave them at school for the half term- if you take them home, please return them the next day because they are needed most days in year 5.
Please bring in your school water bottle, reading record and reading book, everyday.
You should be reading at home as well as practising times tables and the weekly spelling at homes. Our spelling and times tables tests will be every Friday.
In Year 5 we have continued to learn how to spell the Common Exception Words for Year 5 and 6 and vocabulary relating to our handwriting and text. It is expected that we will be able to use half of these words appropriately and to spell them accurately in independent writing by the end of year 5. Each week, pupils will have a spelling list in their reading records and be expected to learn these words for Friday.
In class at the end of the day we read together. Currently, we are continuing to read the second book from our favourite author- Will Mabbitt. Will used to live in Colchester and has recently been on an amazing Zoom visit with us. We think he is amazing and love our Mabel Jones stories.
In Willow Class, we also use high quality texts and study them in our guided reading sessions, by studying the first chapter and using VIPERS to answer high quality questions.
In English this half term, we have been writing some amazing letters to people we need to persuade to change things. From local MPs to FIFA managers and our own acting head teacher.
We have recently moved to study flashbacks, as our narrative. We are studying 'The Piano', as a short film, to really evoke those emotions and use them to write our own memories (or ones we have made up).
We're continuing our amazing maths journey this year, working on our fluency and then using White Rose Maths to support our reasoning and problem solving. We have been regularly completing 'fluent in 5' to recap on the maths we have learnt since September and we will continue to use this throughout the year. Fluent in 5 ensure we are fluent daily.
Whilst we are most of the way through the year already, we have just begun to move, from decimals, fractions and percentages, to using real life situations to understand perimeter and area then moving to graph work.