Dear Parents & Children - Welcome to the Spring Term
Year 5 Westall Class 2021/2022
Welcome to year 5 class page!
Our spring term topic is called ‘Sow, Grow and Farm’. This is a wonderful sequence of learning. In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, we will learn about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War. We will also learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat. In Science, we will investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. Our learning will also provide the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face. In D&T we will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. Finally, we will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown.
In addition, we will be following the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RHSE and RE In English, we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In Maths, we will be furthering our understanding of fractions, investigating units of measure and learning about volume and capacity. In our RE learning we will be focusing on Buddhism, specifically Dharma day . In RHSE we will be looking at the unit called 'keeping myself safe'.
P.E. will take place on Wednesday mornings and dace lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Please send children to school wearing their P.E. kit, consisting of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. Hair must be tied back and any jewellery must be removed.
Homework is a valuable opportunity for enrichment and consolidation of learning. Homework will be set on Google Classroom:
Every night: Reading for at least 15 minutes and Doodle Maths
Wednesday: Literacy or Maths and a Curriculum task (due Monday)
These tasks are to be returned in the homework books that are sent home each week unless otherwise stated.
Contact and Support
Please do not hesitate to speak to one of the year 5 teaching and support team if you have any questions or queries about your child's learning. You can speak with us on the playground after school, or alternatively, you can contact the school office to book a meeting. Additionally, if you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons.
Miss B Jones & Mrs M Donnelly
Please ensure you read daily with your child, as they grow it is important to foster a love of reading within them. A fantastic way to do this is to have discussions about the books they are reading and listening to them read.
When reading with your child at home it is important that they understand what they’re reading. Use these questions to help question your child:
Please comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.
Useful information to support your child in the project 'Sow, Grow and Farm'
Below are two PDF documents.
- The first is a topic information sheet showing you the main areas of learning that we will be covering in the classroom.
- The second is a range of vocabulary that we will be using throughout the project.
Please discuss these with your child, as it will enhance their overall understanding of the project 'Sow, Grow and Farm'.