WHY SHOULD THE AMAZON RAINFOREST BE IMPORTANT TO US ALL?
‘Ahead of you is a dense, vast forest, shrouded in mist. The air starts to thicken, the temperature rises and the humidity makes you feel clammy and sticky. With every footstep, the foliage multiples until it begins to dwarf you. The horizon becomes obscured by plants and the sunlight that reaches the forest floor is dappled; you look up and see that you are shadowed by a giant canopy of trees that tower overhead. Soon, you stand alone, swatting and swiping at insects, and listening to the howls and hoots of animals hidden in the undergrowth. You have entered the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest and one of the richest concentrations of life on Earth.’
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams and Jenny Bloom
Welcome to our new topic which is about the Amazon rainforest. Throughout this geography-based topic, we will be exploring the physical and human features of the Amazon rainforest, considering how the physical environment impacts on human settlement and activity. We will also be investigating the effects of human activity, such as deforestation, on the natural environment and in response we will be writing persuasive speeches about the importance of protecting the Amazon rainforest. Our other units of reading and writing will be inspired by our lead text, The Wonder Garden, which is an exquisitely-illustrated non-fiction book based on five different habitats from around the world. In Art & Design, we will be creating collage and line drawings inspired by the illustrations of this book.
So join us to explore the wonder of the Amazon rainforest!
Roll up, roll up! It's time to begin our new topic...SCREAM MACHINE! This half-term we will be learning all about forces and how these forces are used to create theme park rides. We will be planning, carrying out and evaluating our own investigations in science, as well as designing and creating our own machines which use different types of mechanisms in D&T. In English, we will be writing our own poems based on From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson and will be writing explanations texts about forces; meanwhile in maths, we will be learning about graphs and charts and multiplication and division.
Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!
After an internal review, I have made some changes to the expectations for Year 5 homework. The expectations are as follows:
Spelling - children will receive a new set of spellings every Monday. They are expected to practise and learn these at home and will be tested the following Monday. We will revisit spellings from previous weeks in our spelling sessions so previous spellings may also be included in the weekly tests to ensure that children are retaining their learning. Copies of the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' sheets are available in the classroom if children wish to take these home to practise on.
Reading - children are expected to read at least five times a week independently or to an adult. Children can keep a record of their reading but please ensure that this is checked once a week. Children are expected to present their reading records on Friday. If they read five times a week they will receive a raffle ticket and be in with a chance of winning a prize!
Maths - children are expected to practise their times tables regularly at home. This can be done online using TT Rock Stars or on paper practice sheets which I will upload on a separate post.
We will complete a mixed times table test every Friday to check that children are practising their times tables at home in order to develop their fluency.
Times table practice is essential for every child, even for those children who are confident at all of their times tables. For more challenging times table practice, I recommend exploring worded problems which involve multiplication.
I understand that some parents/carers expressed a desire for extra homework so below are some resources and links to websites that you may find useful to further support and develop your child's learning at home:
https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student - Online times table practice. If children have problems logging in then let me know!
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search - This website has a huge range of resources, games and activities. You can only access the 'free resources' but there is still a good range of resources available for you and your child can access!
https://nrich.maths.org/primary - This website has some fantastic open-ended tasks and problem-solving activities which can really challenge and deepen your child's understanding of mathematical concepts. Click on the link and then find the orange box called 'Games and Activities' where you can browse by 'Maths Topics' or 'Games'.
I hope this is useful and I will be uploading some further links and resources throughout the year!
Our first topic this half-term is 'Into the Unknown'. This is a science-led topic which will explore aspects of space and astronomy across various areas of the curriculum. In music, we will be exploring the Classic Rock genre by listening and appraising various rocks songs and learning how to sing and perform 'Livin' on a Prayer' by Bon Jovi!
Weekly spellings (Monday), reading and times tables practice. Children can practice their times tables online using TT Rockstars or paper practice sheets.
PE is on a Monday and Thursday this half-term.