Welcome to Year 5 for Summer 1 term everyone!
Dear Parents and Carers,
This term in English, we will focus on the classic Dickens tale, Oliver Twist. We will build on our range of AP sentences and use descriptive language to describe the treacherous conditions of the workhouse and the malicious treatment of orphans in Victorian England.
In reading, we will read Dickens and then move onto the modern classic of Cogheart. I read this fascinating tale to my daughter last year. It really captures the Victorian period in a modern tale of adventure with a child hero. I love the reading texts we cover at HPAPL as they range from the classic to the modern.
Our school theme this half term is time travellers. We will transport ourselves back to the Victorian era of the 1800s, building on our English work. In history, we will explore the groundbreaking inventions, architecture and discoveries made during this period. We will also uncover how these inventions impact us today and make inferences based on the historical artefacts themselves. Most importantly, we plan a TRIP to explore the Victorian architecture at Alexandra Palace. We will, of course, be walking and thus avoiding public transport.
In Geography, we are learning about global trade. As an economics graduate, I’m excited to share my fascination with how trade impacts our lives today, from fuel prices to availability of fruit after Brexit to how we deal with climate change.
In Science, we will learn about forces and their impact on everyday life. This will include loads of experiments and looks at gravitational pull, friction and air resistance. By the end, expect your child to give you a solid scientific explanation showing her understanding of forces.
In Maths, we will develop our understanding of decimals and percentages. These are important life skills, as anyone who goes to the shop on a budget like me knows. We will then move onto a fun exploration of geometry and shapes. To support your children at home, please ensure they do the weekly Mathletics homework that is set, which consolidates the learning in class.
In RE, we will be build on our previous knowledge of Hinduism with a focus on Hindu forms of worship including the Puja. We will also be looking at how Hindus worship in a temple in comparison to their own home. We will complete the topic by comparing the similarities and differences between Hinduism and Christianity
- Homework: Please ensure that your child completes their daily homework, this will be set on Purple Mash and Mathletics. Spellings will also be set on Mondays with the homework. The spelling test will take place each Friday.
- Reading: Please encourage your child to read every evening. It is important you discuss the story with them to ensure they understand what they are reading.