Welcome from Mrs Hill.
Firstly I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very happy New Year. I am pleased to be able to ‘fill the gap’ as teacher in Year 5 until our new teacher arrives later this year. I hope the children are finding the new term interesting and enjoyable so far.
This half term we are beginning our new Cornerstones topic ‘Stargazers’. This is an exciting and imaginative project where the children will investigate our solar system, find out about the force of gravity, learn about ‘The Space Race’ and about some of the important individuals who contributed to our knowledge in this area. We also have an exciting trip planned to the National Space Centre in Leicester where the children will experience interactive exhibits and a simulator ride on a space rocket. Our ultimate mission will be to build and launch a rocket. Three, two, one ….BLAST OFF !
In English we will be investigating myths and legends about the creation of our earth, sun, moon and stars and then create our own myths. We will look at media coverage of the moon landings and write our own reports in the style of newspaper articles. We will also be investigating some works of science fiction and non-fiction which relate to the ‘Stargazers’ topic such as articles about the experiences of astronauts and our class novel ‘Cosmic’ about a twelve year old boy who somehow finds himself on a rocket which is lost in space.
In Mathematics we are investigating statistics and will be covering work on line graphs and tables including timetables. We will be extending our skills in multiplication and division and working on developing our knowledge of fractions. In Arithmetic we will be consolidating times tables work and looking at our knowledge and recall of facts concerning measures.
The Topic Challenge homework letter went out this week and the children have a further week to work on their ideas. I look forward to seeing their work and sharing it all with the class very soon. The usual homework sheets will continue in the following weeks.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you and your child this half term.