At Holy Family, we believe that small acts of generosity, performed by thousands of people, have the power to make a big change to our communities and, ultimately, to our world. As such, during Lent, pupils at Holy Family will be invited to take part in 40 simple acts of generosity which will challenge them to be kind, thoughtful and inclusive.
Each class has been provided with a set of 40 Challenge Cards and at the beginning of each school day every class will pick a Challenge to perform. Children will also be given a challenge sheet, which they can tick off, once they have achieved the challenge set for that day.
Welcome back and a Happy New Year! We have an exciting term planned ahead of us and I hope that this will provide you with some useful information about the work that we will be covering over the next 12 weeks!
Religious Education – This term we will be studying the themes of Mission, Memorial Sacrifice and Sacrifice. The children will be considering the mission of inspirational leaders, how the Dioceses continue the work and mission of Jesus, how memories are kept alive and how the Eucharist, in particular, keeps the memory of Jesus’ sacrifice alive and present in a special way. Finally, the children will be reflecting on how lent is a time of giving in preparation for the celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus.
As part of our work on Saints, the children will be learning about Saint Patrick, which will be the theme of our class assembly.
English - We will be studying the novel Street Child by Berlie Doherty, which has been chosen for its close links with our Victorian theme. The children will analyse the importance of different characters to the development of the story and the role of the narrator as storyteller. Differences between oral and written storytelling will also be explored and used to support the children’s own storytelling and writing. The children will be given an opportunity to develop their understanding of the features of instructional and report writing texts.
Maths Children will continue to be taught: place value up to 7 digits; rapid recall of all times tables and related division facts; to compare and order fractions; to recognize mixed improper fractions; to read and write decimal numbers as fractions; to solve problems involving converting between units of time and units of metric measure; to multiply and divide 4 digits by one or two digit numbers using a formal written method; angles; regular and irregular polygons; and reflection and translation.
Science - During the spring term the children will be focusing on the topics of ‘Forces’ and ‘Living Things and their habitats’. The general aims of the term’s work will be to develop interest, attitudes and natural curiosity, to learn to observe and record findings, to develop basic concepts and logical thinking, to develop a scientific approach to problems, to acquire knowledge and learning skills and to enjoy!
Computing - Children will continue to develop their knowledge of E-safety. They will be given opportunities to search the Internet effectively, skim reading and assessing the suitability of information they find. They will also be using Scratch to write their own computer program.
Topic- During the first half term, children will be exploring who Queen Victoria was and what she was like, discover what life was like for the Victorians, explore some of the social and technological advances of the time, as well as looking at leisure, the arts and entertainment. They will be researching and analysing the lives of a series of historical figures, including the famous engineer Brunel and William Morris, the artist. Children will use a variety of sources to discover information, including books, photographs, artefacts and the Internet. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and the children will record and present their ideas and findings in a variety of ways. The importance of evidence and reasoning from this will be highlighted wherever possible.
During the second half term, children will be exploring where the major mountain ranges are and the size, features and climates of some of the world's tallest mountains, before looking at why mountains are such popular tourist destinations and the effects this has on the mountain environment.
Art – In Art the children will be using sketching to collect, record and evaluate ideas. They will also be studying the work of William Morris.
Design and Technology – In D&T children will be designing and building their own suspension bridge.
Swimming: Children will be attending weekly swimming sessions throughout the term. These will be taking place on a Monday.
Homework – As you are aware, we regard homework as a very important link between home and school. The work set will aim to consolidate and extend the work carried out during lesson time. In Year 5, homework is normally set for Mathematics and English and will be sent home on a Friday. Each piece of work should take no more than 20-25 minutes and children should try hard to complete their work in the time set. In addition to the homework set, children will receive weekly spellings and should aim to read for at least 20 minutes each night.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs. L Roche
Year 5 have had a busy day today. We began by reading John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields'; finishing the afternoon by painting our own poppies.
If you would like to know a little bit more about John McCrae and his world famous poem, have a look at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAWfiTM2KsA or even better, ask the children!
We have got lots of exciting things planned for this term, and I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children over the next few weeks.
I thought it might be useful to share some information about the children's timetable.
Monday - Spelling Quiz/New spellings handed out
Tuesday - Outdoor PE (trainers needed)
Wednesday - Homework to be handed in
Thursday - PPA afternoon - change classes for different sessions
Friday - Homework/Newsletter to be handed out/Uploaded
Arithmetic Quiz/Times Tables Quiz
Our class reader for this term is Phoenix by S.F. Said. We will also be studying War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. If you have any of these book titles at home, please encourage your child to bring them in.
See you all tomorrow.