Welcome back to another exiting school year at Marshfield. The children all look very smart in their new uniforms. The children are settling into routines in year 5 well. We have had a very busy start. There are lots of exciting things to look forward to during the year. We are busy planning lots of special trips.
Each child has a planner that you will be able to write positive comments in about how well your child has been reading and understanding what they have read. Please ask them questions to help check that they have understood.
There are rewards for 20, 50 and 100 Book Bucks.
Please remind your child of the fabulous rewards for achieving these reading milestones and check that they are completing the associated reading activities. ( There is a lovely selection of activities in our homework books, although this is not an exhaustive list).
Over the next half term year 5 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Mission to Mars’. This is part of the International Primary Curriculum, and is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
We will be focusing on different aspects of Science, Geography, Technology, History, Physical Education, Society and International.
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
About the planets in our solar system
About mass and weight, and the effects of gravity
How to grow seeds and plants, and choose those that will be suitable for Mars
How to identify a living organism
About different energy sources
About different forces and their effects
How to choose the best energy source/s for our Mars shelter
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
About the geographical features of Mars
How we can prove that there was once water on Mars
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
About the technology that has been used to explore Mars
How to design and make a robot to explore Mars
How to design and make a suitable shelter for living on Mars
In History, we’ll be finding out:
About what people in the past used to think about Mars
About the evidence to prove and disprove intelligent life on Mars
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
How to ensure we are fit and healthy for our space mission
How to plan and test our own exercises suitable for space travel
In Society, we’ll be finding out
How to work as a team
How to assemble a successful team for our mission to Mars
In International, we’ll be finding out:
How to write our own international rules and regulations for Mars
About the reasons why we might one day need to live on another planet
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.
This term the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding about:
Following our homework policy ( a copy of which can be found on this site), pupils are expected to:
Mathletics, Spellodrome and Reading Eggs.
For those children who have access to the internet at home, they have the opportunity to work on activities using these websites which will support the learning we are doing in class. May we remind parents that children are not to share their usernames or password with anyone.
This term we will be learning to collect data before using it to create a presentation.
We will be using an ICT program to control a Mars Rover.