Class Teacher : Mrs Dobson (Mon, Tues, Wed)
Miss Cooper (Thurs, Fri)
Teaching Assistant : Mrs Dixon
We are a year 5 class with 28 children. Each week our learning consists of reading, writing, grammar, handwriting, maths and topic. Alongside this R.E, P.E, Spanish and computing make up the weekly curriculum. Homework will be given out weekly, which will either be literacy, numeracy or topic-based with a set of spellings to learn for a test the following week (Thursdays). P.E (curriculum map) take place twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday. Pupils are expected to bring in appropriate P.E kit which should include a t-shirt, shorts/joggers and trainers or daps.
PE- Mr Meek will be teaching the class tennis in the hall on Friday mornings, fortnightly. This term he is working on the childrens' resilience as well as teaching them the skills to become a competent tennis player.
Our pupils enjoy learning and we love inspiring them to learn more, but we can only do that with help from home. Please listen to your child read at least three times a week and encourage them to complete their homework.
TERM 1: 'What's out there?'
The subject focus for this term is science and Design and technology. Children will be introduced to the topic by a visit to the spectacular @Bristol science centre. The children will be linking their literacy to this topic by writing instructions and poems about aliens. For the topic map this term click her Autumn 1 plan 2016-2017.docx
Term 2: 'Has there been a better time to live here?'
In the run up to Christmas, we will be looking at what Bristol has to offer for its residents and visitors. This will include a range of exciting activities including:
- writing a persuasive leaflet illuminating many of Bristol's tourist attractions
- creating a fact file
- carrying out an interview with Pat Triggs, our Chair of Governors
- drawing maps of Bristol
- painting some of the city
Mr Meek will be carrying on with the teaching of P.E, building on the childrens' skills of throwing and catching in invasion games.
Year 5 will be swimming every Tuesday until 10.1.17.
This year 'The Polar Express' has been chosen for our themed Carol Concert. It's a story about a young boy who boards a magical train, headed for the North Pole and Santa Claus. Tickets wil be on sale at the office nearer the time. Come along on the evening of Wednesday 12th December to enjoy some festive singing. We're hoping for a record number of children coming back on the night!
Term 3: Evolution
Our topic is evolution this term, so prepare for your child to become inquisitive about what he/she looks like and which traits and characteristics they may have inherited from family genes. The children will be learning about Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. They will be looking at both humans and animals, so if you have any episdoes of 'Planet Earth' or something similar on the Discovery channel or anywhere else, then please watch these together. Any extra topic work or research in this area would be great to show in school and appreciated. There really are some truly incredible creatures out there, including us humans! Look out for our trip to Bristol Zoo on Wednesday 18th January, where Badgers will be joining Falcon class on a fantastically fun and educational day out.
The last swimming session will be Tuesday 17th January.
Mr Meek will now focus his P.E. sessions on dance where the children will be learning how to move with rhythm and re-enact animals in their habitats to link closely with our topic. Hopefully they will evolve to make progress in timing and body shape.
Years 5 and 6 have a special 'Energy' assembly on Wednesday 25th January with some special visitors. They both then have a workshop in their class.
Please note that Friday 20th of January and Friday 10th February are both INSET days and the children do not need to be in school.
Term 4: Evolution continued
This term the children will carry on with the 'Evolution' topic. There will be many chances for them to be assessed in this crucial term in reading, maths, grammar and spelling.
Parents Evenings will be held on Wednesday 1st March and Thursday 2nd March, so please book an appointment to find out how well your child is doing and what they need to do next to improve.
It's 'Waste week' from the 6-11th March, so help the children learn about recycling and re-using energy at home too.
Mr Meek will be allocated to the same Friday slots,though he wil be teaching all of the skills needed to play tennis like a pro! Hopefully we will be getting outside, weather permitting.
The Four Acres 'Global Art Show' will be on Wednesday and Thursday of the last week of term (5th and 6th April). Please come along from 2:30-4:00pm on these days to see what the children have been getting up to. There will be a special focus on 3D work, so bring your cameras.
Find the plans here: Spring 2 plan.pdf
Term 5: Has there ever been a better time to live here?
This term the children will be comparing where we live with life in America. They will look closely at different aspects of life in both places and see what similarities and differences they can find. They will judge what the pros and cons of both are too. We will also be looking at different maps and scales of different areas and learning about scales, contours and other geographical terms like the'Tropic of Cancer' and 'Greenwich mean time'.
16th and 18th May- Class photos (school uniform only)
Friday 26th May- last day to pay the balance of camp
Find the plans here: Summer 1 plan.docx
Term 6: Bristol past and present
This term the class will be comparing Bristol from its past to present years, really looking at the historical changes that have taken place. It's always a busy term with sports days, the summer fayre and rehearsals for the end of term play.
Watch out for a Yeo Valley trip- see letters being sent home
Sustainable Energy week begins the 12th June.
STOP Cyber-bullying day is the 16th June.
Key Stage 2 Sports Day will be held at 10am on 22nd June.
Enterprise day will be on the 3rd July.