Welcome to Class 5!
Croeso i Dosbarth pump - Welcome to Year 5
Well ... we have had an exceptionally busy first half term. The children have really enjoyed learning all about Space, the planets and the force of gravity. There is still plenty to learn so this will continue during the second half term as well.
The class has also started their STEM project in conjunction with Cardiff University. The children have already been introduced to cells and bacteria and how bias can affect the results of an investigation. Our next session will take us to the high school at Cathays, where we will work in one of the science labs. It is very exciting!
We have created some fantastic imaginative poems during this first half term, all with a space theme. Using our ICT skills, we enhanced our writing with images using iMovie, recording our reading over the film strip. This was then sent to our SeeSaw classroom folders so we could peer asses one another's work. We love it!
During this half term we will be learning how to present a balanced argument, as well as building on our creative writing skills with story writing.
Maths topics will revise multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, and apply this in context. The children will also revise how to calculate averages and how this is useful in science as well as maths tasks. Fractions, decimals and percentages will also be covered during the next seven weeks. The class will continue have their Big Maths Beat That tests every week, just to make sure they are keeping on top of their Learn Its. Please ensure the children are learning their tables and revising the ones they already know.
I would also like to remind you about the importance of being in school on time each day. Try to ensure your children are in the yard by 8:55am every morning. School finishes at 3:30pm, unless the children are involved in one of our after-school club activities. We did manage to win the attendance star once last half term - well done Year 5! But we can do better!
The children bring home their reading books each day and it is expected that they read every day; this is very important. In school we focus a great deal on understanding the content of what is being read; asking a variety of questions about the content in order to ensure they gain a full understanding of the plot, characters and themes. Asking these questions at home will improve your reading.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled with names and PE kits are in school at the beginning of term to ensure your child is able to get changed for physical education sessions and maintain good hygiene. Year 5 have PE/ Games twice a week on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. During this half term we will be developing our gymnastic routines and learning new skills in hockey.
Homework will be sent home regularly, which will in turn prepare the children for Year 6 and beyond into High School. Activities will vary and may have a literacy, numeracy or topic focus. We encourage parents to help the children will some of the tasks. Homework can be emailed to the school if the children decide to use ICT to present their ideas. The email address is on the main page. Remember also to check the ActiveLearn activities which are set for the children to enjoy.
Thank you for a lovely first half term Year 5 - let's enjoy our run up to all the Christmas festivities with another good few weeks' work, fun and laughter.
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