Welcome to the Swans
29th September – Harvest Festival. We would like to support the Bedford Foodbank again this year. We will hold a whole school assembly outside to celebrate the event.
Donated items can be brought in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and should be taken straight down to the children's classrooms.
Item that have been particularly requested are
UHT Fruit Juice
Tinned Rice Pudding
Long Life Sponge Pudding
Washing Up Liquid
We are the Year 5 class team:
Mrs Leach – Class Teacher
Mrs Adair - Teaching Assistant
For SEND contact Mrs Wildman
Autumn Newsletter 2021
Welcome to the first Year 5 (Swans) newsletter of the new academic year.
We hope that you had a fabulous summer holiday and return to school excited about all the things that we’re going to be doing. This letter will give you an overview of the different topics we’ll be studying.
Read on to find out more...
In the mornings Swans will be expected to walk independently to the classroom from 8.40; a member of the Swans team will be in the room to greet them from this time and the children will be expected to complete their morning work. The children will be dismissed from the classroom at 3.25 pm. The children have been told that they must return to the classroom if an adult that they are expecting to meet them isn’t on the playground, ie they are not to just walk home. Please reinforce this with your son/daughter. If your son/daughter is going to be walking home independently, please communicate this in their reading/homework diary or through email.
PE lessons and outside space:
PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. In line with Government regulations, all PE lessons will be outside. Please come dressed in your PE kit on these days and ensure you bring your school shoes to change into whilst not in the PE lesson. Throughout the course of each day we will also be taking regular outside breaks; the children must come dressed to allow for all weather conditions including a coat, hats, gloves and scarves during the colder months. Please provide a pair of outside shoes/boots/wellies which can be left at school for your child to use if the field is wet.
Homework is compulsory and includes reading daily to an adult at home. The children have been provided with a reading and homework diary, please sign the books at the end of each week to acknowledge that you have seen the homework which has been set. Children have also been provided with a weekly timetable and over the coming days will receive log in details for Times Table Rock Stars, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash, all of this will be exemplified to the children so they know how to log on and use the platforms. These platforms, as well as regular reading, are our preferred method for setting homework but additional tasks may be set where appropriate such as conducting research.
Healthy Snacks may be brought in daily to eat at morning break. Please do not send any snacks which are in a wrapping as we do not want additional litter and please remind your child that snacks are not to be shared.
Water Bottles should be brought in each day and will be kept with the children throughout each lesson. Water bottles will need to go home daily to be cleaned and refilled.
Pencil Cases All pupils will need their own stationery for lessons and they will all be writing in blue biro. They will need: a blue ballpoint pen, a pencil, a ruler, a rubber and a sharpener (pencil crayons and felt tips are optional). It would also be helpful to have a small glue stick, pair of scissors, a compass and protractor. Please make sure your resources fit into one pencil case.
For the first term our English studies will be based around ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo; the Swans will be using this text for all our unaided writing. From the text we will be writing a non-chronological report, a diary entry, writing from another perspective and also informal letter writing. The text will be used to cover both reading and writing skills. We will also be focusing on grammar, punctuation and spellings, starting off revising and embedding word classes such as: adjectives, nouns, adverbs and verbs. We are excited to be using our new resource, Spelling Shed, to support our teaching of spellings and this platform will be used to provide regular homework opportunities where children can practise learning them online too.
Throughout this term we will be covering blocks on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Decimals and Fractions, Measure and Data, Multiplication and Division.
Art lessons will take place with Mrs. Wood on a Thursday and will be held in the Lab. Art will be linked to our history topic, the children explore the craft tradition of making vessels and containers. They will develop their own designs and build a three-dimensional form to represent a vessel or container that will hold something special that they would wish for. They will consider examples by contemporary designers and ceramicists and look at work from different cultures.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
This will begin with textiles. The main aim of this scheme of work is to enable students to develop basic textiles skills and an understanding of techniques and methods so that they can build confidence when working in this area to design. We will also link our textile work to our science studies, and create a wall hanging of the solar system.
For geography our first topic is Great Britain. The children will learn all about how the UK is organised into countries, counties and cities, as well as learning about the human and physical features of Great Britain, such as population, life expectancy, tallest mountains, longest rivers, coastlines and much more.
We will be looking at Ancient Greece in history; we will learn about who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. They learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events and use their mathematical skills to present their findings in the form of a Venn diagram. They also learn about and order events from the Battle of Marathon and write in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this they learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth. Finally, they use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War and use the information to write and re-enact scenes from it.
Our music will be based around some lively rock anthems! We will develop skills in listening to and appraising music, along with creating some of our own pieces of music.
Outdoor PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon, our second PE session will be on Wednesday afternoons. In addition to our weekly two PE lessons, we will do a 5-minute jog each day which we call the ‘Daily Mile’. The idea of a daily jog is that it helps build strength, stamina and overall fitness as well as waking us up mentally, enabling us to concentrate better. We won’t change out of our uniform for this activity but good school shoes are essential, especially as the weather begins to get wetter.
Space and the Earth is our first science topic and this will give the children a basic overview of Earth and its place in our solar system. Click here for a fun song to help you learn about the solar system.
An hour French lesson will take place on Tuesday morning.
Mobile phones: We recognise that some pupils may need to bring a mobile phone to school if they are walking to or from school by themselves. If they do so, they will need to hand the phone in when they go into the classroom. The phones will be locked away in a secure container and handed back to the pupils at the end of the day. All phones need to be named and turned off once on school grounds. If pupils have a phone in their classroom it will be confiscated and a parent will have to collect it from the office. No phones will be allowed on any school trips or visits.
As always, please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything you are unsure of or require further clarification on.
Mrs. Leach and the Swans' Team