Year 5 (Waltz) 2019 - 2020

Miss Jurkiw

Year 5 Class Teacher

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a fantastic break and you are all looking forward to coming back to Year 5. We have a busy Spring term ahead of us with lots of exciting topics to explore.


We will begin English this term with some classic poetry, where we will be writing our own cautionary tales. We will then move into writing our own non-fiction travel guides as well as letter writing. After half term we will be studying a classic novel – The Hobbit.  As well as this we will have daily guided reading sessions where the children will practice their spellings and comprehension as well as reading throughout the week.


In maths, the children will be building on their previous knowledge when learning to multiply and divide with increasingly large numbers using formal written methods. They will also be comparing, ordering and calculating with fractions and working with decimals and percentages. They will continue to practise arithmetic strategies and use their knowledge of maths to solve problems.


As the half term begins we will look at living things and their habitats, where we will look at life cycles of plants. We will also investigate the habitats of animals, and what causes animals to become endangered. After half term we will During Science, we will be looking at famous scientists and their discoveries, starting with David Attenborough.


We will start the New Year with Geography, and our topic will be the “Amazing Americas.” We will be comparing our own country to different regions of North and South America, looking the climate, landscape and population. We will create a tourist guide to a destination in the Americas. For History we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks, where we will find out about different aspects of Ancient Greek life, such as democracy, the Olympics and the Trojan War.


In  Computing the children will be using the Internet as a research tool to aid their learning and will be creating their own website for a topic they have researched. They will continue to explore the use of different software and how to use keyboard shortcuts.  

Art and DT

We will start Art by looking at different artists from North America and imitating their style. We will learn about Jackson Pollock, Frank Lloyd Wright and John Singer Sargent. We will use a mix of different media to create or art. After half term we will link our DT to our History topic and we will design and make our own Grecian clay pots.

General Reminders

PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, but please ensure your child has their PE kit in school all week. Please also ensure that any earrings are removed/taped for PE.

Homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday.

Spellings will also be given out on a Friday and tested on Thursday.

If there is anything you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to talk to myself or Mrs Rehsi.

 Miss Jurkiw

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