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Welcome to Year 5 2016

Welcome to Year 5.

We have looked closely at the new curriculum and feel that we have picked out the most exciting and interesting items to study.

In Literacy we are starting out by completing Survival stories which you will be able to look at and read on Parents' Evening. We are also looking at instructions. We have already looked at various board and card games and will be looking at the features of the more modern computer games and inventions. Mrs Burbridge wanted us to look at the instructions for her VHS recorder but nobody knew what she meant.

We will continue to encourage children to read each day and we hope to have your support in this.  The children have already brought home a reading contract for you to sign as an agreement between home and school.  Reading books will be given to the children once we have received your signed contract.  Please ensure your child returns their reading book to school every day as last year’s reading championships were hugely successful and the children greatly enjoyed participating in them.

Our Year group author is Michael Morpurgo. We will be closely studying his writing in our study of significant authors, but will also be carrying that over into Myths and Legends, as Morpurgo has adapted stories such as King Arthur and Robin Hood.

In History, we are breaking new ground as the children are studying for the first time, Crime and Punishment Through The Ages. They have already had some animated discussions about what constitutes a crime and will see how the Saxon, Tudor and Victorian view compares with the present day.
We will supplement this with a trip to Ruthin Gaol, where the children will visit the court and the cells in the old Victorian Prison - we may even let them out!
Our further history topics will look at the Shang Dynasty from China and how democracy evolved from Ancient Greece.

In Geography, we will be looking at the effect of the world's first wet dock on the growth of Liverpool and complicated arrangements are in place to visit the Old Dock, which is situated under Liverpool One, by the car park at the front entrance to John Lewis.
Our further Geography topics will rivers and a look at environmental issues, which follows on from their study of Climate Change in Year 4.

The children will also be taught music by Mr Russell and Spanish by Senora Leyland. For 5B PE will be on Thursday morning and they will need their kit on that day. 5S will have PE on Thursday and Friday afternoon and need their kit on both days.

Children will bring weekly spellings and homework sent home each Friday and we ask for these to be returned on the following Thursday.  The spelling test will be the Friday after the spellings are sent.  

We hope you can see why the Year 5 team are looking forward to the year ahead.  Our curriculum maps are here on the website to see what is going on in class.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see us.