Year 5 - Beech
Welcome to Beech Class
Mrs Helsden- class teacher
LSA- Mrs King
Welcome to the year 5 Beech class page and welcome to the spring term 2023/34.
IT is still important to embed the growth mindset and independence within year 5, as they mature in upper Key Stage 2. Please ensure they are becoming more independent and are remembering the school rules and equipment, by themselves. To help, this is about the class daily routines:
PE is on a Monday and Tuesday afternoons- 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.
Children MUST be reading at home as well as practising times tables, completing their homework books and their weekly spellings. Our homework book marking, spelling and times tables tests will be every Friday. They can use 12.30pm-1pm on a Thursday to complete anything they do not understand in the library, where I am in attendance.
We would encourage a spare kit of scruffy clothes, that are warm and waterproof but that you don't mind getting dirty. This should not be anything new, just old clothes that can be placed over uniforms, so uniforms are kept clean when we are learning outside.
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. To fit with our Spring Sow, Grow and Farm Geographic and science based topic, we are reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book is really descriptive, but uses a much more sophisticated and older style of language, as it was first published in 1911. It really has caused much discussion and improvements in vocabulary in the class writing.
In Beech 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. We are currently studying The Secret Garden, 80 day around the world and a science text about lifecycles.
In English this half term, we will begin our establishment week by writing some amazing letters to people we need to persuade to change things. We are going to use our outdoor learning and climate understanding to write letters to local MPs about how we want to change our environment. We will share these with you when we have written them and these will be actually sent to the relevant MP to respond to.
We will be continuing our maths journey by securing our multiplication and division knowledge and working on fractions, perimeter and area. We will be applying our learning, in these areas of maths, to our garden and completing a full and immersive learning experience that crosses through the curriculum.