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 Class 5D Welcome back after the Christmas holidays! We hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas / New Year and are looking forward to the academic year ahead. Year 5 Staff : Class Teachers : Miss. C. Douglass , Mrs. N. Scholey & Mrs Garforth Support Assistants: Mrs. L. Bellwood, Mrs. L. Hibbert, Mrs. J. Nash & Mrs. T Smith Our topic this term is ‘Chinatown’. We will be covering the novels ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ and ‘Mulan’. The topic will extend through many subject areas including English, History and Geography. It will give children a great insight in to Chinese culture. Our topic will use many skills learnt throughout the term resulting in children writing their own diary entries, persuasive writing and Chinese myths. Children will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills this term along with their designing skills to plan and design Terracotta warriors, Chinese lanterns and watercolour calligraphy. This is a very exciting topic drawing on many skills with lots of fun and meaningful activities enabling this topic to be stimulating and fun. (See topic plan for full details) In R.E. the topics are ‘Inspirational people’ and ‘Reconciliation’. Parents are encouraged to start discussions with children relating to these topics focusing on key terminology and its meaning. In Mathematics we will be continue to focus on basic skills and problem solving (further information can be found on the topic plan). To further support your children you need to provide them with opportunities to practice their times tables, recap on previous topics to keep it fresh and encourage problem solving relating to real life issues, such as, with money and measure as an example. In English we will be studying the novel ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and ‘Mulan’ by Li Jian. This will allow us to develop our writing through recounts from various chapters in the novel. We will show our empathy with the characters through writing diary entries. We will also write character descriptions. As parents / carers you can support at home by helping your child to complete homework relating to our class work and pointing out descriptive writing encouraging discussions around why it is a good piece of writing. In Science we will be learning about materials and their properties. At home children could be doing some of their own topic research to help them further engage with the topic, i.e. Do they know the definition of a solid, liquid or gas? Do they know which materials will dissolve? Do they know how to separate materials? Do they know which materials are good conductors of heat? Physical Education (P.E.) - is on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Some children are consistently not bringing their P.E. kits to school. Please ensure your child has a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts and a pair of trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school. All P.E. kit must be labelled clearly with your child’s name. As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can be used throughout the cold months, when we are outside. As always, the only jewellery permitted in school is a pair of plain small studs and these must be removed for P.E. for safety. Staff are not able to remove them or cover them, so this will result in your child not taking part in our P.E. lesson. Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school at all times. Homework - This will be given out on a Friday and MUST be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday. Children will have an independent reading book which will be brought home on a daily basis and MUST be returned to school every day. Reading records will be given to the children for parents to fill out as and when their child reads during the week at home. Year 5 Assemblies : Will take place on Friday, 9th March (Class 5S) and Friday, 16th March (Class 5D), at 2:30 pm. Holy Week Assembly : Our Holy Week assembly will be Thursday, 29th March at 9:30 (Team A) & 10:30 am (Team B) We are looking forward to a very productive and fun half term. Thank you Miss. C. Douglass, Mrs. N. Scholey & Mrs. A. Garforth Year 5 Teachers

China Day

On China day we did lots of fun activities around the Chinese culture. We learnt about the Chinese new year and the story behind it, we tasted Chinese food and found out whether dragons existed. We ended the day by making our own dragon kite masks, here is our class photo!

Year 5 trip to Magna

Magna is a science centre set in the former Templeborough steelworks. During the morning we were able to explore hands-on exhibits on Air, Earth, Fire and Water in four themed zones. We also watched a fantastic show recreating the history and working of one of the furnaces that once melted the steel.

After lunch we had a space workshop where we leant about space and rockets.

Before the coach picked us up there was just enough time to have some fun in the outside adventure zone.

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