Year 5 Curriculum Information

We believe that children have a right to expect a curriculum which is fun, motivating, interesting and most importantly purposeful. We strive to develop imagination through a stimulating, creative environment where every child has the opportunity to shine.

At Gillshill Primary School we aim to deliver all subjects thoughtfully and to make links that are relevant, appropriate and purposeful to the area of learning.




Year 5 Curriculum information for Autumn 2017

THEME The theme for the Autumn Term is Extreme Earth. Each subject will be linked into this theme, where appropriate. In English we will be looking at a variety of non-fiction texts about natural disasters and will use these as a starting point for our writing. During geography sessions, we will be looking at why natural disasters occur and the damage they cause. In Science, we will be learning about space including why we have day and night, as well as seasons. In Art and DT we will be looking at sculptures—this will link to our work on the City of Culture.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS Over the next term we have planned a number of engaging and curriculum based visits for the pupils, developing and enhancing their learning. These include visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (linked to Art and DT) and a cinema visit (linked to English).

PE Indoor P.E. is on a Monday and outdoor P.E. is on a Thursday. Pupils must wear the recommended Gillshill t-shirt or a plain white, black or yellow t-shirt and a plain pair of black shorts (No football or rugby kits are to be worn). Please ensure plain warm clothes are provided for outdoor PE as the weather becomes cooler. No jewellery is to be worn. so if earrings are not removed micro pore tape/plasters must be provided. Trainers or suitable foot wear need to be provided for outdoor P.E lessons. Can we please ask that all belongings are clearly labelled and PE kits are kept in school in labelled PE bags.

HOMEWORK One piece of homework will be set on a Friday and it is to be returned by the following Wednesday. We ensure the homework tasks are linked to what the pupils are learning in class. A homework club will run on a Monday and Tuesday lunchtime for pupils who choose to complete their homework in school or if they wish to go through their homework with a teacher. Please talk with your child about their homework and encourage them to take care in the presentation of their work. Your child will be given a homework book for both English and Maths in which to complete their homework. Homework should be completed in pencil.

READING As part of your child’s weekly homework, we ask that they complete four 15 minute reading sessions per week, which should be recorded by an adult in their Home Reading Record Log. Your child can read either to someone or independently. From past experience we recognise that reading at home can help pupils to make significant progress. If your child wishes to they are able to read in their classroom on a lunch time. The class teacher will keep a weekly log of your child’s reading at home.

SPELLING Children will also receive weekly spellings to learn in a home spelling book. In addition to learning their spellings, pupils are required to explore the word meanings and write these in simple sentences. Children will learn a spelling rule or pattern on a Tuesday and they will be tested the following Monday. Please help your child to practise their spellings on a separate piece of paper developing recall of letter order and understanding of the spelling patterns being focused on. It is also useful for the children to look up the word meanings in a dictionary and to discuss the rules and letter choices.

HEALTHY SNACKS & DRINKS We do provide fruit for pupils at playtime within Early Years and Key Stage One. Pupils are able to bring a healthy snack for break time, such as a piece of fruit or cereal bar but this must not contain chocolate. This should be separate from any packed lunch items. Please provide a named water bottle, which is taken home daily to be washed and refilled. Pupils can refill their bottles during the school day.

STAFF COMMUNICATION Can we ask parents to speak to staff at home time rather than a morning, unless it is an emergency. As you will appreciate, it is very busy getting the children into school and their safety is paramount. Appointments can also be made at the office for meetings before or after the school day at a mutually convenient time. If you have any questions or queries we would be delighted to answer them; do not hesitate to call in, see us or email. We would also appreciate any support in the classroom, especially assistance with hearing the children read, completing admin duties and making props etc. Please let us know if you are available and an induction will be organised for you.

SCHOOL TIMES Pupils should not be on the school site until 8.40am where they should be supervised by a parent/carer. Please do not allow your child to be on the playground before this time. If your child is unsupervised from this time then they need to go to their classroom where they can prepare for the day. Please note that the school gates will not be opened until 8:30am in the morning. The gates will be locked at 3.45pm at the end of the school day to safeguard pupils on site at extra curricular activities.

We look forward to a happy and successful term sharing many exciting educational experiences with the pupils.
Miss E Farrar – Class Teacher
Miss Z Stephenson – Class Teacher
Miss C Van Waarde – Class Teacher

Miss Robinson
Year 5/6 phase leader