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Year 5 Week Ahead Information

14 September 2016

An overview of the week ahead in Year 5

  • A fantastic week in Year 5

Information and Reminders

  • Thank you to all parents who attended the Family Picnic at the weekend. Despite the drizzle, a good time was had by all!
  • iPads will be issued to Year 5 students in the coming weeks. Please can you ensure that the Home School Agreement has been returned to school in order for these to be distributed.
  • Please check your child’s Learning Journal to check that they are wearing the correct school uniform. We are seeing a number of items of clothing being work that are not part of our school uniform
  • In the run up to International Week, we are looking for parents and family members to get involved and come in and share something of their home countries and traditions. If you would like to come in and read with your child’s class, cook with them, teach them a song or dance, or just give a talk about where you are from, please get in touch with Ms. Preston.


Upcoming dates

School Holiday (Mid-Autumn Festival) – Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September

Year 5 Soccer Day – Wednesday 21st September

International Week – Week beg. 26th September

National Holiday (school closed) – Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October

Year 5 Trip to the Shanghai Natural History Museum – Thursday 13th October

Please remember that this week is a short week as we are closed for Chinese national holidays on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September. We hope you enjoy the long weekend.



Moving away from our poetry focus, next week we will focus on existing and endangered animals by linking our work to the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. We will begin by developing our note-taking skills, improving our uses of dashes, brackets and commas as we research the role of the competition and exhibition. We will then choose specific photographers whose work interests us and research them and write emails to them. In order to ensure our emails flow smoothly, we will continue our work on cohesion. We will look at how pronouns, synonyms, repetition and conjunctive adverbs help link the ideas in our writing together.  



Next week in Maths we will move onto a few weeks’ focus on Additive Reasoning. This will mean developing and consolidating our understanding of a range of methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers. While the formal method used from Year 5 onwards is the column methods, we will use a range of methods to explain our understanding of these methods, and to check that each step in the algorithm works. In Ms. Preston’s group, we will also be looking at non-standard and ancient methods of calculating, and deciding when it is best to use a written method, and when a mental calculation will do. They will also look at how to apply these methods when problem solving. Mr. Scrymgeour’s group will work with numbers up to five digits to broaden their understanding of addition and subtraction, and Mr. Johnson’s group will also apply their learning to decimal numbers.



Next week, we will focus on the initial category used when classifying animals, vertebrates and invertebrates. We will be finding out what these mean, and sorting animal groups into either of the two categories. We will then look at the role of the Five Kingdoms in classifying animals, finding out what other life forms beyond animals and plants there are, and  classifying these according to their features. Finally, we will find out about the Tree of Life, and continue our work on flow diagrams by attempting to organise our understanding of all living things into one branching database.