Lions - Mrs Mewett
Year 5 is a busy and exciting year, full of opportunities to learn, develop and grow, both as pupils and as individuals. In Lions class, we are very much focusing on building resilience and self-confidence through our daily tasks, being reflective thinkers and responsible individuals.
Within the classroom, pupils are supported by myself, Ms Dengate and Mrs Laslett throughout the day. However, for maths we mix the year group, so some children join the groups of either Mr Caple/ Mrs Craddock or Mrs Schooling, while some of the Leopards and Tigers pupils join us in Lions classroom.
Supporting pupils and their families is hugely important to us, as contented children make for happier learners. We keep in touch with parents at the end of the school day on the playground and through Class Dojo, which is the fastest way to get in touch and a great platform for sharing information. Face-to-face meetings can also be arranged, particularly where there might be concerns about a child's progress or happiness at school.
Mrs Mewett (Class Teacher)
Below is a brief description of the six exciting and challenging topics that we will cover in year 5, as well as information on PE, swimming, reading and homework:
Term 1: STARGAZERS
Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?
Term 2: FALLEN FIELDS
The Sun sets on the battlefields of France and solitary bugle sounds the Last Post.
Known as 'the war to end all wars' the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.
What started this global tragedy? What was life like for families on the home front as they waited for news of loved ones who were 'missing in action'? How did the soldiers endure the terrible conditions in the trenches? How was a fragile peace finally achieved?
We will always remember the fallen.
Term 3: ALCHEMY ISLAND
It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.
Term 4: THE EGYPTIANS
Let’s travel back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and ancient artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part. Become an apprentice and work for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt. Who knows what treasures you will find?
Term 5: SOW, GROW AND FARM
This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.
Term 6: SCREAM MACHINE
Roll up, roll up. You’re going on a day trip to a theme park, to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news. The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death defying new drop ride for their theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff. Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster.
P.E. and swimming
Lions class have their PE lesson on a Thursday, so please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit each Thursday. If they wear earrings, they must be able to remove them themselves. We will be swimming in Term 3 as soon as we return from the Christmas break.
Reading at home
There is a continued expectation in Year 5 that children read at least 4 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability. We ask that the children record a comment about what they have read and that you sign their reading record once a week. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, so please encourage them to read any text (book, magazine, manual etc.) that interests them. The children complete their Accelerated Reader quizzes in school, which helps us track how much they read, what they read and how well they understand what they read.
In Year 5, the children will receive weekly English and Maths homework every Friday, which needs to be completed and handed in the following Tuesday. The children will also be expected to continue learning key words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list, using Spelling Shed, and to keep practising their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars.
If you have any queries or questions, do not hesitate to ask.
Lion Class Teacher