Autumn Term Information
Welcome to Hawthorn Class! I trust you have had a fantastic summer break and hope you are all ready for some hard (but very exciting) work.
In English this term we will be exploring the book, Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and focusing on creating a Diary recount from the perspective of the main characters. Our fiction will focus on an adventure story, with our class novel being, ‘The Explorer’. This extraordinary book will capture the children’s imagination and take us on a journey deep into the Amazon Rainforest – from which we must escape!
Our Maths skills will develop through focusing on our place value skills, before looking at addition and subtraction. In order to support them with the knowledge needed for the year 5 curriculum it will help if they are confident in their times tables (up to 12 x 12).
Science this term will focus on animals including humans. This will include; investigating the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds; describing the process of reproduction in some plants and animals and describing the changes as humans develop to old age.
Our topic this term is ‘Rainforests’, we will discover what a rainforest is and where they are located. We will learn about geographical features of the rainforest and about the various plant and animal species that live there. We will also explore the issue of deforestation, its impact on people and places and why we need to protect these magnificent landscapes. This will include a trip to Chester Zoo giving us the chance to take part in an exciting workshop and of course visit some of the marvellous creatures that live amongst the tropical rainforests.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays children will be expected to be in the correct PE kit for this. It is best if your child brings in their kit on a Monday and then takes it home on a Friday to wash.
Homework (Maths, English and Spellings), will be set every Monday and is due back by Friday. There will be a weekly homework club every Monday to support children with this. As part of the children’s weekly homework it is essential that children regularly spend time reading and practicing their times tables (1-12) at home. Please ensure your child reads regularly at home, writing in their reading record when they do so.
This year, Hawthorn class will have an exciting opportunity to participate in Brass lessons. This will take place every Friday afternoon; children will be provided with instruments and must bring them in every Friday for use in their weekly lessons.
Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you need any more information or have any questions.
Miss Hickman & Mrs Nash