We welcome you to Osprey Class
The class teacher is Miss Ames and is supported by Mrs Ferguson, Mrs Jamieson and on a Tuesday Mrs Conway.
Topic: North America
We have now moved away from South America and the Amazon rainforest and onto North America, and more specifically the USA.
We will be thinking about some of the questions that we would like to ask the president, exploring why New York is one of the world’s most visited cities, researching American sports and Hurricane Katrina, choosing a state that we would like to visit and why and having a go at interpreting Andy Warhol’s art and creating a piece ourselves. I can’t wait to see the work we produce!
The topic will cover weather and climate, tourism, culture and history, comparing this to Britain.
Tying in nicely with our topic, our text for English this half term is Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai. The text follows a young girl who is living in Vietnam when the Vietnamese War begins. Her and her family take refuge in the USA, where the girl experiences the American culture through her experiences in school. We will be having a go at writing a verse in prose about a significant moment in our own lives, writing a newspaper report about the Vietnamese War, writing a diary entry about life as a refugee and writing a persuasive letter to the head teacher to discourage bullying in his school. I’m really excited to study this book with the children and hear about their thoughts/opinions.
At St. George's, we want ALL children to be confident, fluent readers who have an astute understanding of text and use this to develop their writing ability.
In order to achieve this, we expect Y5 children to read at least 3 times a week and recommend daily reading. We ask that parents sign their child's reading record every time to acknowledge to the Teacher that their child has read.
READING RAFFLE - If a child reads 10 times and their record has been signed accordingly, they will receive a raffle Ticket and be in with a chance of winning a very special prize !!!!!
The children in Y5 need to know the Y3 and Y4 Statutory spellings (below) before moving onto the Y5 and Y6 spellings.
We are currently revising these spellings and your child will bring some of these home with them to practise as part of their weekly homework.
We will also be revising the following spelling patterns: homophones, suffixes: able/ible/tion/sion/ssion/cian
Please feel free to support your child at home with these spellings. Many thanks.
In Maths, the focus for this half term is multiplication and division. The children will be revisiting multiples and factors, before moving on to prime, square and cube numbers. We will be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and using the inverse operation. I would really encourage your children to be spending time on Times Table Rock Stars and practising their times tables daily. On a Monday with Mrs Bowley, the children will continue to look at statistics.
Please keep up the fabulous work on Times Tables Rockstars! Osprey you can be a Rock God - just keep gigging!
Homework is set every Wednesday and due in the following Monday
READING: Recommended DAILY reading for all children in Osprey Class
Spellings: Weekly spellings are sent out in Homework Books to learn and use correctly in a sentence.
English, Maths and Creative Homework is set weekly with specific objectives.
Purple Mash has lots of grammar, Maths and spelling games to help you to learn.
BBC Bitesize has great grammar games to help you with those tricky grammar rules.
Topmarks has some great games to help with different prefixes and suffixes and other spelling patterns.
Topmarks also has some fabulous Maths games if you would like to practise the four operations, fractions and decimals, place value, etc. There are loads to choose from to ensure you become a Maths Whizz!
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Your child is our priority and together, we can work in partnership to ensure your child has a wonderful year of learning.
If you ever have any questions or comments, we are always happy to hear from you.
We have an end of day 'open door' policy at 3.20pm and although the mornings can be a bit busy, you can always catch us for a brief message.
Thank you again