Welcome to the Year 5 blog.

Literacy

For the start of the term, we have been looking at non-fiction texts. This past week we have been focusing on our instruction writing. The children have explored the different types of non-fiction texts, specifically the different way in which we can give instructions and the purpose of them.

Numeracy

For the start of our numeracy topic, we have started to focus on numbers and place value. We have started by consolidating the four operations, which we will be continuing throughout the year. Towards the end of the week, we have started to look at Shape, Space and Measure, which included identifying 2D and 3D shapes.

Home Learning

In year we would like the children to be constantly practicing their times tables, number bonds, spellings and reading.

We suggest a minimum of 30mins of reading each day; this will consolidate strategies learnt in the class and ultimately make the children better and more confident readers.

Spellings will be set weekly; the children will have a week in which to practice. We recommend that children practice using the look-cover-write technique, as well as saying out loud.

It would be beneficial to practice number bonds at least three times a week. Number bonds are two number that add together to make another; for example 394+606, 8+2, 65+35.

 We advise that the children need to practice their times tables regularly in order to support their knowledge and understanding when performing operations (times and divide).

As part of Year 5’s home learning, they will be given 20 spellings to learn each week. We ask that they use these words and put them into a sentence. This will help them to understand the meaning of the word and use them in their future writing. The children’s spellings will also be available on Spellodrome, which can be accessed via Mathletics. 

Here  are this weeks spellings:

Ought,Bought,Thought, Nought,Brought,Fought,Wrought,Rough,Tough,Enough,Cough,Though, Although,Dough, Through,Thorough, Borough, Plough,Bough,Drought

As an additional challenge, I have explained to the children that I would like them to research our Class Island Patron Saint – St Joachim. Please include when we celebrate St Joachim’s Feast Day,  his story and the key events during his life which led him to become Ithaca Island’s Parton Saint.  Due date: 21.9.15

Miss Anastasiou