Our Lady of Grace Junior School
Love, Opportunity, Growth
Dear Parents & Carers,
We would like to warmly welcome you to our Year 5 team. Our team includes Mrs Pomponi and Miss Kelly, who are the two class teachers. Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Navarro and Mr Yost will assist in supporting the children in all areas of their learning while Mrs Kevane will continue to teach French, Music and Computing. Year 5 is an exciting and increasingly challenging year and we are very optimistic about what is to come. It will be useful to have some information regarding routine, expectations and home learning to help the children to achieve their full potential.
Reading is a vital part of your child’s development and a fundamental skill that will unlock the key to success. In Year 5, expectations continue to be high and all children are required to read every day, for at least 20 minutes at home. It is imperative that children are reading fluently, with expression and can further develop their comprehension skills. Therefore, it is important to ask your child a variety questions about what they’re reading to confirm their understanding. After this, your child needs to complete a detailed reading record entry, every night, to reflect what they have read.
It is very important that children maintain a quick recall key mathematical facts on their key fact sheet given at the beginning of the academic year. All children in Year 5 are expected to recall multiplication facts (1-12) fluently and accurately. The same level of speed and accuracy is required when recalling the corresponding division facts. Please ensure these are practised regularly.
in order to carry out a range of calculations quickly and accurately.
The children will be set homework three times a week and this is designed to support and develop their learning in school. It essential that all homework is completed to a high standard and is handed in on time.
Maths homework: this is set on Monday and is due on Wednesday. Maths homework consists of a online MyMaths activity and a worksheet based on the weekly Maths topic.
English homework: this is set on Wednesday and is due on Friday. English homework consists of a reading comprehension activity and a grammar, punctuation and spelling activity.
Weekend homework: this is set on Friday and is due in on Monday. Weekend homework usually consists of a research task related to the children's Topic, Science or wider learning.
PE and Swimming
Please ensure your child has their PE kit, including trainers, in school every day. Both classes have the opportunity to enhance their swimming ability through weekly lessons. A detailed letter will be sent prior to your child starting their lessons, with all the relevant information.
We look forward to a productive and successful year. Do not hesitate to contact us if you require any extra information about your child’s learning.
Mrs Pomponi and Miss Kelly
In our learning this term, we are looking at the features of rock music using a classic song by Bon Jovi as a focus. We have spoken about the essential features of this type of music and many children declare they love the distortion of sound. We have spoken about the instruments featured in a rock band and today we were developing our knowledge of pitch to identify steps, skips and leaps in pitch. Play this game to apply your knowledge. We had many correct answers but not many successful slam dunks!
Children, you will need to enable flash to run this game..
SCIENCE WEEK - ST GREGORY'S VISIT
10th June 2019
The students in Year 5 this afternoon were lucky enough to have been paid a visit by St Gregory's Highschool today. They were taught a terrific science lesson by the Head of Science, Mr Knight. He taught them about craters on the moon and how they are created. The students then conducted an experiment where they were dropping marbles from varied distances and then measuring the diameter of the crater. The students then discussed theories, hypotheses, fair testing, independent, dependent and controlled variables and even how to evaluate their results. The students were highly engaged and enjoyed discovering more about outer space!
In the first week of the new summer term, Year 5 completed their unit on 'Shackleton's Journey'. Earlier, in the second part of the spring term, the children had explored and uncovered the mysteries of his epic adventure to the South Pole. Although his expedition did not meet its objective to cross the whole of the Antarctic continent, he and his 26 crew members demonstrated courage, determination and an overwhelming desire to conquer one of the most treacherous parts of the world. The pupils have created a stunning display.
Handel and Hendrix House
3rd and 4th of December 2018
During the Autumn term, Year 5 have been studying the Victorian Era, they have learnt about many famous and incredible literary authors and musicians. One of those musicians was George Frederick Handel, born in Germany 1683, he became one of England's greatest composers of the Victorian Era! Some of greatest pieces include 'Water Music' which was composed after King George I requested music to be played on the River Thames barges. In 1742 Handel composed the enormously successful ‘Messiah’. ‘Music For the Royal Fireworks’ was composed at the request of George II to celebrate the end of the War of The Austrian Succession in 1748. The students got to explore the artists home and what it would have looked like during the time he lived there. They also got to experience what types of clothing would have been worn during those times and compose their very own song! Here are some snapshots of the great day!
14th of December 2018
Today the Year 5 students got a small taste of what life was like for children their age, going to school in the Victorian Era. They had to follow very specific rules, recite a poem on command and address their teachers as 'Madam'. If they answered incorrectly or spoke when they were not spoken to, they were forced to wear the dunces hat! Here are some of the photos of the day!
Year 5 have written about what they wear when they play their favorite sports. There is quite a challenge in describing things in French as unlike English there can be four spellings of each adjective. Year 5 are grasping securely the concept of gender of nouns and number of nouns and are becoming conscious of carefully considering the correct adjective. Amazingly, despite knowing rules to cope with adjectival agreement, there are some adjectives which do not follow a rule. One or two children have used these - invariable - adjectives in their learning. Well done year 5. Bon Effort!
Les Jours de la Semaine
Year 5 are trying to use song to hook vocabulary into our long term memory. We think it is working. If you hear someone singing this song in your house this weekend, ask them to explain!