Year 5 2019 - 2020
Welcome Year 5
Were the Mayans Stargazers?
This term our History focus will be the Ancient Civilisation of The Mayans. The Mayans were from Central America and believed that the thing we all love the most, chocolate, was a gift from the Gods. We will be learning all about their beliefs and day to day lives. We have some fantatsic lesson ahead icluding and designing and creating our very own Mayan Mask. This topic also ties nicely to our Geography lessons in which we will be learning more about Central America, it's climate and making comparison between an area in Central America and Manchester. We will also be taking a look into the Mayans relationship with the stars which ties in with our Science topic of Earth and Space. The children will be learning all about the wonderful universe we live and get to know the planets and their importance in our Solar System. We will also be delivering our class assembly this term so keep your eyes peeled for your invitation.
The Chocolate Tree by Linda Lowery and Richard Keep
This half term we will be taking a look at the Mayan Folktale in which chocolate is gifted to the people of this world from Paradise. This book links in with our Learning Adventure as it is based upon an Ancient Tale from the Mayans. This book opens up some fantastic opportunities for writing. The children will be debating their views of whether chocolate is good or bad for you and writing their thoughts through the use of a blanced argument. They will also be writing thier very own fiction story all about chocolate ensuring that they have a clear plot that takes the reader on a rollercoaster. We will be focusing heavily on punctuating our direct speech correct and making sure that we include all the things on the success criteria to ensure that we are the best writers we can be. What an exciting term ahead we have.
In English, we will be focusing on planning, drafting and editing our writing and learning new gammatical concepts alongside solidifying prior learnt grammar knowledge. It is important that we are confident writers.
In Mathematics, we will be taking a look at place value and the importance of place value when we are adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers. It is important that you learn your 12 timetables inside out to help you tackle this part of your learning head on, so lots of practicing at home.... you can do it! Make sure you are using timestable rockstars to help you.
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If you have any questions or would like to have a chat then you are always welcome to grab me in the playground or arrange a suitable time for you to come into school.
Every Friday the children will give their homework. This will consist of a piece of English, spellings (they need to use their spellings to write a sentence), My Maths and Timestable Rockstars. Homework is to be handed in on the following Wednesday.
If chilldren do not complete their homework they will be asked to attend Homework Club, which will take place on a Tuesday.
Please have your PE kit in school everyday to ensure that they are available when needed. You can take them home on a Friday to wash them.
All uniform should be clearly labelled please.
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