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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

This Year Eagles class will be taught by Miss Morris, with Miss Love supporting in class. Hawks class will be taught by Miss Harris from Monday to Thursday morning and Mrs Ash will be teaching Thursday afternoon and all day Friday, with Mrs Liverton supporting in class throughout the week.

Our PE days are on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure that correct PE uniform is in school on these days. A gentle reminder that layers will be needed as the weather begins to cool for autumn and winter.

Maths homework will be set termly, with different fluency facts being sent home each term for the children to practise at home. A termly project will also be sent home, which will relate to our current topic.

Your child has been given an independent reading book to read at home, which is suitable to their word recognition and comprehension skills. They should record their reading in their reading records and change their books when required. In class we have grouped reading books, where we will explore the text in more depth to develop our comprehension skills. Some of the skills we will practise include identifying and exploring themes, analysing use of language and trawling for evidence.

This Term's Theme – Amazing Amazon

Our topic for this term is ‘Amazing Amazon’, where the children will be exploring everything relating to the Amazon Rainforest. They will be using our map skills to identify where in the world the Amazon is located and look at human and physical features that can be found in Brazil. The children will learn how to use an atlas to locate places, read a range of maps and follow a compass. They will learn about the layers of the rainforest creatively through dioramas and identify which animals live in the rainforest. Relating to science, they will learn more about animal life cycles, as well as plants. Deforestation will be key to our learning, as we use maps to compare the changes to the Amazon rainforest and look at the impact that this has on the people who live in the Amazon, as well as the animals. Finally, the children will demonstrate an understanding of complementary, contrasting, warm and cold colours. This will support them when creating imaginative artwork through different media and materials. ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell will form the key learning for our English lessons. The text is about a group of children who end up stuck in the Amazon rainforest. The author uses plenty of description to make the rainforest feel alive and this will enable the children to work on their descriptive writing.

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