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Welcome to Class 5 with Mrs Cooper!

 

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 summer 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 and how the planets move. The children will learn about Galileo and Newton, and wonder who the man in the moon is.

 

In Maths, we will spend this term looking at place value and calculation. We will also look at fractions, decimals and percentages and focus on consolidating the links between them. The children will have chance to practise and master their addition, subtraction, 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 poems, a letter to the Man on the Moon and a biography as well as writing up some scientific enquiries.  

 

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. Knowing all the multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 is vitally important this year. 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 year. PE will now be on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a navy or white t-shirt / warm sweatshirt for outdoor PE, black or navy shorts / jogging bottoms and trainers or pumps. We kindly ask that children do not wear football shirts or strappy vests.

 

We will be continuing with our creative homework approach. 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 Fluency homework will go out on a Tuesday and is due in the following Tuesday. This will generally be focussed on our Year 5 Key Instant Recall Facts. For the first half term we are looking at knowing decimal number bonds to 1 and 10.  Concentrating on these questions and ensuring that all children have a good understanding 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.

 

In school, children access Cracking Comprehension to enhance their reading comprehension skills. Ideally, children should be listened to read every day. We ask that children read at least three times a week. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary where they can earn DoJo points in class. Any child who has not read at home will spend some of their break time reading with an adult. We are also relaunching the Reading Rockets competition this year!

 

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, Mrs Cooper.

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