We hope you have all had an enjoyable break and are ready for the summer term.
Our main topic for this half term is 'Ancient Egypt'. In literacy we will be exploring Myths and legends, acting them out and rewriting them. We will also write instructions based on mummification, and of course, the children will have to have a go at mummifying each other first!
In order to gain a well-rounded understanding of Ancient Egypt, we will look at everyday life and the impact of the River Nile, Pharaohs, gods and goddesses, tombs and hieroglyphics. Towards the end of the half term, we are hoping to have a class assembly so that we can share our learning with you. We will inform you of the date in due course.
For P.E. this half term, we will continue to learn the skills of tag rugby, as well as cricket and athletics. Please make sure that your child has their kit in school at all times as borrowing kits from other children is not allowed. If your child has taken their PE kit home after a club, they must remember to bring it in the next day. For after school clubs, children may wear their own sports clothes. In ICT we will be looking at and appraising web sites with the aim of constructing our own web site pages. Our Science topic is Plant Life Cycles. We will find out about seed dispersal, germination, pollination and fertilization as part of the life cycle. We will also learn the different parts of the plant. In RE we will be exploring stories from the Old Testament.
PSHE this half term will focus on relationships, which will include valuing yourself and others. In art and DT we will look at canopic jars, investigate the designs on these and find out what they mean. Using these ideas, we will design and make our own canopic jars!
Once again, fantastic progress with times tables and reading was made by most children last term and it would be great if you could encourage your child to keep up this good work. You can also support your child and extend their learning at home in a variety of ways, for example by reading, assisting with weekly homework and asking topic related questions.
As always, we will continue to give homework each week, linked to the work that the children have been doing in class. They must continue to use their homework diary or reading diary to record their reading and dates for homework, and it should come into school every day. Furthermore, your child needs to make sure that they read for about 15 minutes each evening.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the next drop in, but in the meantime please feel free to contact either of us if you need any further information or have any questions. You can do this by either catching us on the playground after school or through your child in their homework diary. Both of us will always be around straight after school on a Wednesday if you need to speak to us together.
Mrs Hughes and Mrs Matchett Year 5 teachers