Welcome back to Class 5 with Mrs Cooper!
A big welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and a well-earned break. I am looking forward to a new term, with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.
During this Summer term, our topic is Groundbreaking Greeks. We will learn about the different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. The children will understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They will get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant. The children will learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They will also explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, the children will decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at addition and subtraction of money, multiplying fractions and consolidation work on decimal numbers. We will also look at geometry, properties of shapes and co-ordinates. 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 a Greek ode, a balanced argument and a myth.
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 term. PE will now be on Fridays and will be delievered by Rotherham United. 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 / crop tops and that all jewellery is removed.
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 and other areas of maths we have covered that week. For this half term we are looking at recalling square numbers up to 12 x 12 and their square roots. 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.
Spelling homework is handed out every Thursday and is due in the following Thursday. This will consist of 9 words focussed on the spelling rule we have been covering that week, and 6 'must-learn' words from the National Curriculum list of Year 5/6 words. Children should practise throughout the week to ensure that these spellings are committed to their long-term memory.
In school, children access comprehension activities to enhance their reading comprehension skills. Ideally, children should be listened to reading at home 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. Planners will be checked every Thursday. We are also continuing with the Reading Rockets competition this term!
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.
Login Pages for School Websites
Please find all the links for the websites of the learning resources we use in class. Most children know their own logins but if they forget, they can also be found in their planners.