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Welcome to Class 5 with Miss Summerfield!

 

Journey through space, the final frontier…

Navigate beyond the Sun: the magnificent blaring sun at the centre of our Solar System!

Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Work scientifically to investigate gravity and what happens where there is none! Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs.

Then it’s three, two, one… BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken? Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?

 

A big welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and a well-earned break. I am looking forward to a new term, with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.

During this spring term we shall be looking at the space. We will cover lots of topics including the 1969 Moon Landing, why we have night and day, the different phases of the moon, rockets and moon buggies. The children will create their own alien, learn about Galileo and Newton, and wonder who the man in the moon is.

In Maths, we will spend this term looking at fractions, decimals and percentages and consolidating the links between them. We will also look at algebra, graphs and ratio. The children will have chance to practise and master their multiplication and division skills. Please ask your child what they have been learning and encourage them to share this with you.

In Literacy, we will be writing descriptions of aliens, letter to the Man on the Moon and newspaper reports about the Moon Landing.

Don’t forget that the children can access Active Learn at home where they can play games and complete activities on Bug Club, Spelling and Grammar bug, and Abacus! They can also access ‘Times Table Rockstars’ from home to practice and improve upon their times table knowledge. This is a really good tool to use if your child doesn’t yet have quick recall and can be played for just a couple of minutes each day. I will give DoJo points out in class when children have accessed this home learning.

Our PE days will change for this term. PE will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers. Mr McPhail will lead the PE lesson on both days, along with Mr Rutherford and Miss Wilson.

We will be continuing with our creative homework approach. Last term was a huge success with many pupils bringing in projects that they had completed at home. Thank you for all your support with this. Our exhibition will be at the end of this term. I would love for your quality home learning to be displayed here so it is a great opportunity to show what you can do.

 

Maths homework will go out on a Monday and is due in the following Monday. This will generally be focussed on times tables or the four operations. Concentrating on these arithmetic type of questions and ensuring that all children have a good understand of the methods, will mean they will be better able to tackle other areas of maths. I would encourage that the children have a go at it as soon as possible and then come to see me if they have any concerns.

 

Guided reading activities are continuing this term. Your child will be asked to read a text and then given a follow up task to complete in their reading journals. Ideally, children should be listened to read every day. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary where they can earn DoJo points in class.

 

I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I would like to thank you all for your support and hard work thus far.

 

Kind regards, Miss Summerfield.

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