Mrs Hannah Rolfe

Year 5 Class Teacher

class news

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Term 6

The Show Must Go On

The final term has arrived and we can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. However, the class are planning to go out with a bang. This term our topic is based around the zoo and the circus. We are going to be learning about the history of the zoo and the circus and creating a timeline of the key changes that have taken place over the years.

Did you know there used to be a zoo at Central Park? Neither did we! The class are going to be carrying out some local history research to find out where exactly the zoo was and what animals they had there. We will also be researching P.T Barnum and writing a biography about him, along with finding out some more about his circus. In Maths, we are going to be planning and costing our own zoo. We will be learning about perimeter, area and improving our problem solving skills.

This term, we have our class assembly, sports day, Prize Giving assembly and Summer Fair along with (hopefully) a trip to the zoo to learn about conservation. I am sure the weeks will fly by, so may I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

Many thanks

Mrs Rolfe

Term 5 - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Year 6 have another exciting term ahead of them! With their SATs just around the corner, there will be lots of opportunities for revision and preparation for their week of tests. However, there is more to life than tests and we will still be squeezing in some fun learning too.

English - Our learning will all be based around the wonderful illustrated book, ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan, which explores the challenges around immigration. We will be; doing drama; writing in role as different characters; writing conversations to practise correctly punctuating speech; writing setting descriptions for different purposes (including as a travel brochure); writing a guide to becoming an immigrant in the fictional world of the book.

In the final week of term, we will begin doing drama activities linked to our Playhouse play.

Maths - Although we will mainly be doing revision this term, we will also be learning about the order in which to carry out operations, using the acronym, BIDMAS to help us. It is our Peapod sale in the last week, so we will be doing lots of real-life calculations to plan the potential profit and costings associated with the product that the children choose to make.

Linked to art and music, we will; use words to create images from The Arrival; imitate the drawing style of Shaun Tan to copy portraits of the characters from his book; listen to a soundtrack to accompany The Arrival and think about how music can influence our ideas of meaning.

SATs Week Monday 14th May – Thursday 17th May with a special Year 6 free Breakfast Club each day from 8:15am

It is ESSENTIAL that your child is in school this week

Monday – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests

Tuesday – Reading Test

Wednesday – Arithmetic Paper and Mathematical Reasoning 1

Thursday – Mathematical Reasoning 2

Other Dates for Your Diary:

Wednesday 20th June: Car Racing at Newquay Airport – places will be available for you to purchase on the coach. Advance warning – this is a very early start as we leave at about 7:15am

Tuesday 26th June – Sports Day including family picnic

TBC in the week of 9th July - Playhouse Performance in The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Friday 20th July – Special Leavers’ Assembly (this is new this year – no leavers during prize-giving)


Term 4 – Aloha Hawaii

This term the class have decided to centre our learning on Hawaii. We enjoyed learning about volcanoes last term and wanted to find out more about the country some of the volcanoes were located in.

Our learning about Hawaii will begin with using the computers safely to research basic information about the Hawaiian Islands – Where they are located, major towns and cities, population etc. Alongside this, in English, we will be learning about adventure stories. We will use the knowledge we gain to write our own adventure story set in Hawaii. Following this, we are going to read some traditional Hawaiian stories about the demi-god, Maui, and have a go at creating our own demi god with characteristics we feel are important. We will complete the term by writing our own story based on the short film ‘I Lava You’.

In maths, we are still focusing our learning on fractions but are moving on to revising our understanding of fractions of amounts. Once we have mastered this skill, we are going to learn how to convert fractions into decimals and percentages. The class will apply this skill to a range of real life situations such as sales in shops and reductions on holidays to Hawaii.

During the term, we are hoping to learn some Polynesian songs and chart the life of James Cook in history sessions. Our mandarin teaching will focus on improving our conversational skills.

Towards the end of the term, we have a theatre trip booked to see a ballet at the Theatre Royal.

Many thanks for your continued support with hearing your child read at home, it is really making a difference to their reading skills.

Mrs Rolfe 

Term 3 - Let’s get ready to rumble!

Happy New Year!

This term we have decided to focus our attention on volcanoes and earthquakes.

During our topic lessons, we are going to be using the atlases and globes to locate the most famous volcanoes and earthquakes in the world. Once we have identified their locations, we are going to learn about the geography and landscape of areas, particularly those in North and South America. In art we will be drawing and creating our own volcanoes using a range of mediums and will be constructing earthquake proof buildings.

We will be using our reading sessions to find out facts about volcanoes and earthquakes and learning the names for the different types of volcanoes. All of our writings linked to our topic and will include; writing a setting description about a volcanic landscape, writing a letter as though we have survived an earthquake and writing a newspaper report about an earthquake. When writing these pieces, we are going to be trying to include more features into our writing such as subordinate clauses, modal verbs and relative clauses.  

Maths this term will focus on division and fractions. We are going to revise division and fractions before using our new skills to solve a range of problems.

Early in the term, we have our Pea pod but will keep you posted about this.

Many thanks for your continued support – especially with hearing your children read at home.

Mrs Rolfe

Term 2 - The Icy Kingdoms

This term the class have chosen to learn about the Polar Regions (The Arctic and Antarctica) We have started the term learning about where in the world these places are and what the physical geography of both places is like. We will be using maps, atlases, globes and the internet to gain a deeper understanding of the Arctic Circle and what the terrain is like. During this topic, we will be learning about the life cycles of various mammals and birds, which live in the Polar Regions. We are going to create some landscapes inspired by the regions to develop our art skills.

During writing sessions, we are going to write setting descriptions. We will be learning how to include a range of features such as adverbial phrases and ambitious adjectives to help up-level our writing. Later in the term, we will be writing diary entries following our learning about famous explorers and poems based in these icy regions.

In maths, we are going to improve our understanding of measures and negative numbers. We will use these skills to help us solve a range of problems relating to our topic.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term!

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs Rolfe

Term 1

This term we will be learning about:

A big warm welcome to year 5, I hope you are ready for an exciting year. We are starting the year by learning about the fantastically imagined planet – Pandora. Some of you may recognise the planet and its inhabitants from the film ‘Avatar’. We will be using this as the basis for our learning this term. In English, we will be writing a non-chronological report about the planet. Our topic work will involve learning about rainforests and the different layers, locating them on a world map and learning about the physical geography of them. Our class book this term is ‘Cosmic – It’s one giant leap for all boy-kind’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will use this book during our reading sessions along with helping us write on introduction for our own story. Linked to this, in topic, we will be learning about the moon, sun and planets and the way they rotate to assist our understanding of day and night. In maths, the class will be consolidating their understanding of place value and Roman Numerals. Towards the end of the term, we will be using our maths skills to plan a trip to Disney World to visit Pandora at the Animal Kingdom. Throughout the term there are many other experiences taking place including: Harvest, Pea Pod and a visit from the fire service. We will keep you updated as the term progresses!

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