Welcome to the Swans
While our learning has to be remote we understand that it is not always possible to attend all the Zoom session. Please attend those you can and do not worry about those you can't.
We are the Year 5 class team:
Mrs Leach – Class Teacher
Mrs Wood – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Coles – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Stears - Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Adair - Teaching Assistant
For SEND contact Mrs Wildman
200 Million Minutes
We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All.
Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 4th March 2021) children and young people from early years settings, schools, colleges, parents, carers, libraries, businesses and community groups from around the world will try to collectively read for 200 million minutes! All reading counts towards our minutes: paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers, picture books and e-books are all great and it includes independent reading, reading in groups and reading with an adult. Children and young people participating in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge can note their reading time on the bookmarks which will be given out by their class teachers. Best of all, certificates will be awarded for each milestone your child reaches, and the school could even win some prizes too
Epic! Books for Kids
The school have signed up to Epic! Books for Kids which provide a wide range of digital books for children to explore, for free! Click here to login using the Swans' Class Code pvr1561 and enjoy books and videos related to our science studies of Space.
All pupils should be doing 15-20 minutes of daily reading, this needs to be recorded by the pupils in their reading diary and signed by an adult at the end of each week. The children seem to be really enjoying using Spelling Shed, regular practise is key, along with using the 'Look-Cover-Write-Check' sheets which are sent home; spellings are tested on a Monday. Children should be regularly using TTRockstars to keep their timetables skills sharp. Purple Mash activities may also be set, along with other tasks to support classroom work.
For the first half term our English studies will focus on a classic children’s story, Stig of the Dump. We will look at the BBC’s adaptation and compare this to Clive King's writing. In the second half of the term we will look at an animation telling the story of Lego which we will use to write a monologue and biography.
This term we will cover units on; place value, decimals, percentages and fractions, multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, measures and data. We will also focus on mental arithmetic. Homework will relate to the work which has been covered in lessons.
For the whole term in science we will focus on forces.
In history we will be studying The Stone Age to Iron Age. These studies will be linked to our history work on Stig of the Dump. We will also be looking at the film, Early Man together with a number of Flintstone cartoons to find anachronisms.
Click here to see the Horrible Histories video on The Savage Stone Age.
Our geographical studies will focus around ‘Our Local Area’. We will find out about the human and physical features of our local area including economic activity, land use, settlements and climate. We will visit different places around Sharnbrook Village in some of your geography lessons.
This term the focus will be around digital media.
This term we will be looking at mechanical systems in pop up books, using these to create a pop up book for a year one pupil. In the second half of the term we will test and analyse various types of bridge to determine their strength and stability. We will explore material properties and sources, before marking, sawing and assembling a wooden truss bridge.
In our religious studies we will be exploring the question; ‘What do Christians believe Jesus did to save people?’ In the second half of the term we will be thinking about how faith enables resilience.
For the first half of the term our Personal, Social and Health Education will focus on ‘Health and Wellbeing’, within this we will cover topic areas over lifestyles, drugs and keeping safe.