Welcome to Class 5!
Croeso i Dosbarth pump - Welcome to Year 5
This half term will be led by a Pupil Choice topic; this being the Ancient Egyptians. The children will plan ideas for activities whilst learning all about life in these times. They will look at the similarities and differences between this ancient civilization and our own, how they lived and ate, where they lived, how they travelled, and of course all about those amazing pyramids!
Our literacy genres during this half term include newspaper and other non-chronological reports, performance poetry, and story writing with a focus on myths and legends. Of course, we are already looking forward to enjoying our school Eisteddfod on Friday, February 22nd. We will all be creating a story as one of the many exciting competitions we will be holding in school and celebrating all that is Welsh!
Maths topics will revise multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, and apply this in context. Fractions, decimals and percentages will also be covered during the next seven weeks and we will also learn about angles, 2D and 3D shape. 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. As our Welsh National Tests are looming in May, we will also be practicing plenty of word problems and learning to apply our skills in different contexts.
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.
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