Our topic in Year 5 for the Spring Term is the Romans, whereby the children will research what it was like to live in Roman times, and learn about the growth of the Roman Empire. The children will learn about Roman Gladiators, Pompeii and Boudicca's Revolt. They will make comparisons between what life was like in Roman times with life in 2018.
Our class books this term are 'Wonder', 'The Sandal' and 'Escape from Pompeii.' The children will also use a range of information books to research information and make notes about the Romans.
At the start of the term Key Stage 2 children went on a visit to Chester Zoo, and Mrs Standley has followed this visit up by focusing this term's science work on Living Things and Habitats. In English the children also wrote some descriptive and detailed recounts of their visit.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we focused our work on 'Wonder' by R.J. Palacio, and it's message of 'Choose Kind.' The children created a piece of artwork whereby they drew 'Wonder' self portraits and then wrote words around it to convey how they could be kind to one another.
During Maths and Engineering Week the children enjoyed a workshop by a civil engineer who demonstrated and discussed how to design and build bridges. Ruby Class then followed up this work using lollypop sticks and blu tac to design and construct their own bridges.
We were also lucky enough to have a parent ,Mrs Marshall, who is a mechanical engineer, come into class to talk about how she uses maths in her work.
Despite the wintry conditions, Ruby Class went to Chester on 28th February to learn more about the Romans. The children went on an exciting 'Soldier Patrol' with one of the Museum's experienced legionaries, where they visited the Roman Gardens and Amphitheatre. After lunch they then had a fully guided tour of the Dewa Museum, which included looking at the archaeological excavations.
In spelling they will learn to spell many complex homophones correctly. In their written work they will use a range of linking words between sentences and paragraphs to build cohesion including time, place and number adverbials.
Throughout this term our maths focus will be on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will deepen our learning through real life multi-step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. The children will continue to do a daily CLIC session.
In PE we will be doing some dance as well as some team games. In Art and DT the children will be making mosaics, Roman jewellery and sketching Roman pottery.
In Music the children are currently learning the songs for Singfest — 'Broadway to Motown' — in preparation for the performance at Crewe Lyceum on Wednesday 28th March from 2:30 — 3:30pm. Ruby and Emerald Class attended a mass rehearsal for this performance on 25th January at Malbank School.
On 22nd March Ruby Class will be going to the Methodist Church in Audlem for a 'Hope Journey', where they will reflect on Easter through various activities.
Homework will be set for the children on a Friday and I am asking the children to retun it on or before the following Wednesday. Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths piece. In addition to this, children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate times tables knowledge. Reading is a vital part of children's education. All children will have guided sessions in school. If you could try to hear your child read as often as possible and make a note of this in the Home/School Diary, then this would be much appreciated and of great benefit to your child.
Our main PE day this term is Friday but if children could have PE kits in school every day then that would be helpful. Children will need a t shirt and shorts for indoor PE and a warm tracksuit or jogging bottoms and jumper with trainers for outdoor PE as we will continue to do outdoor PE in the cold weather.