Hello and welcome to Willow Class. We are a class of year 5 children and taught by Mrs Worth and Miss Grogan ( Edge Hill Student). Mrs Flack is our teaching assistant. We currently have Mrs Dickson who is covering for Mrs Whitehead who is awaiting surgery on her arm.
This term will be reading Jabberwocky, Spider and the Fly and the novel – Wonder.
Every English starts with a grammar starter covering the grammar curriculum for year 5 and 6. This will be tested on regularly.
We would like your children to read at least three times a week at home, more if possible. We have a reward system in place where your child’s diary is stamped along with their reading card, and prizes to be won too. Reading Worm certificates are awarded every week to regular readers.
Spellings rules are taught throughout the week. These are based on the Common exception word list for year 5 and 6. New word lists are sent out on Monday and tested on Friday. You will notice that there is a new column on the wordlists for the definition of the words. We strongly recommend that the children have access to a dictionary at home to help them with this.
We follow the year 5 Maths curriculum. We focus on one objective each week and the aim is that all children have mastered this by the end of the week. This will be through practise and consolidation activities including using pictures and resources such as place value counters.
Each week the children will complete a times tables test. It is expected that by the time the children are in year 5, that they all have rapid recall of ALL tables facts up to 12×12.
Examples of tables facts tests used
Every week the children complete an Arithmetic test. In the Autumn Term we start off with half tests.
This term, the children will be learning all about evolution and inheritance; exploring the pioneering work of Charles Darwin and replicating his famous study on finches. They will look closely at adaptations to extreme environments and how adaptations can lead to the evolution of a species. The children will also be learning about the circulatory system and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They will develop their investigation, observation practical skills, in order to develop their scientific enquiry skills.
The focus this term will be on Industrial Revolution. We will look at Chorley’s human and physical features. Why the Industrial Revolution was so prevalent in the local area. We are planning a visit to Chorley library to look at their archive of maps to see how Chorley has changed over the years. The impact it had then and now. We are hoping to have some visitors come into school to share with us their memories of working in some of Chorley’s old mills.
Art and DT
In line with our topic of The Industrial Revolution, we will be focusing our attention on looking at the local area to support our DT and using our Science unit (inheritance and evolution), to support our Art units. In Art, we will be looking at creating 3D papier mache hybrid animals, with a focus on looking at inherited and adapted traits for animals they may come up with. During DT, we will be focussing on the local area, so we will be looking at making our own Chorley cakes (maybe with a twist). We will look at health and safety, as well as healthy eating too.
We are timetabled to do PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure that children have full indoor and outdoor PE kits in school at all times. We will be having lessons on rounders and cricket plus some outdoor team building games.
Maths and English homework plus a weekly spelling list will be sent home on Monday. This is to be completed and returned by Friday. Mrs Worth is available to help the children with homework on a Tuesday lunchtime. We are trying to promote a daily routine with homework. We encourage the children to do 20-30 minutes of homework each day. This will help to prepare them for high school.
If you have any worries or concerns then don’t hesitate to speak to us, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see us with Mrs. Nicholls at the front office.