Team 5 2023 - 2024
Our Year 5 team includes Mrs Cooke, Miss Underdown and Miss Hawitt..
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Reading is essential to all curriculum areas and we spend time focusing on reading every day. We use VIPERs from the Literacy Shed which are comprehensions. In our comprehension, we focus on understanding of vocabulary, retrieving information, summarising, giving evidence and inferring. Some children also have access to our phonics lessons, Read Write Inc, and our computer-based literacy programme IDL.
Children also experience the joy of reading through a whole class novel. The class novel is a time to come together around a powerful, relevant text that engages the children and promotes discussion. In Team 5, we read a range of exciting texts.
Reading at home is essential. All children have a stage reading book and a reading for pleasure book. The children should read 3 times a week at home and note it in their reading records. The reading records will be checked on a Friday. Any children who haven't completed their reading at home can stay with an adult during play time for Reading Club.
Our writing lessons follow Pathways to Write, which is a programme of study designed to empower children to become confident and successful writers. The units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of both fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities.
In Team 5, we have spelling lessons on a Monday and Tuesday. Each week, we will learn a new spelling rule in the Tuesday lesson. We will be tested on the word list the following Tuesday. We also practice individual spellings in a morning as we come into class. These are words from the previous year group's word lists that we still need to practice. These words are written into our individual spelling books and changed on Mondays.
Mathematics lessons follow White Rose Maths, which aims to develop children’s mathematical fluency and their deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths. The children can then use this knowledge and understanding to solve a range of maths problems. White Rose Maths adopts a concrete – pictorial – abstract method that enables all children to access learning and lessons are differentiated so that all children achieve.
To supplement maths lessons, we also dedicate time each week to revisit skills previously taught through Flashback Four activities.
It's important that children are continually practising their times tables in Team 5. We have some time dedicated to practising these each week but the more your child can practice at home, the better!
The Wider Curriculum
In Team 5, children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum that includes all of the National Curriculum subjects. Over the course of the year, different subjects are prioritised at different times to ensure coverage and maximum attainment in all areas. The curriculum is exciting, dynamic and has been designed to build upon the children’s prior knowledge.
In our first half term, we will be studying Queen of the Falls. It is about Annie Edison Taylor, a lady who travelled over Niagra Falls in a barrel. The outcome of the writing we will produce will be a recount diary. During this topic, children will be immersed in rich vocabulary. In maths, we are learning about place value and how to add and subtract large numbers with up to 5 places. In Science, we are learning about forces. We will learn about gravity, air and water resistance, and gears, levers and pulleys. Our main topic this half term is Dynamic Dynasties - it’s a history topic based on the Shang Dynasty. In Jigsaw, we are looking at “Being me in my world”, looking at citizenship and our roles and responsibilities. In computing, we will be looking at E-safety and systems and programmes. In RE, we are studying the religion of Judaism.