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**Half Term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020**

January 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

During this term your child will be studying a number of modules from the NATIONAL CURRICULUM. We believe in the importance of partnership between home and school. To further develop this relationship we feel it is important that you are fully aware of the topics your child will be covering during this term. We know that we can depend on you to support your child completely in tasks undertaken.

Focused Curriculum
We are adopting a creative curriculum approach to our learning.  In term 3 our focus will be geography and term 4 science.  This will encapsulate music, art and design.
Magnificent Mountains Term 3
Through this unit children learn where the world's major mountains and mountain ranges are located.  Where the main UK mountain ranges are located. 
The features of a mountain.  How mountains are made.  The climate associated with mountains and the environmental impact that humans can have on the mountain ecosystem.
Earth in Space and Forces term 4

In this unit children learn about the shapes and relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon. Using models they learn how the three bodies move relative to each other and how these movements relate to night and day.

Children will have opportunities to apply their knowledge of a variety of forces, including magnetic attraction, gravitational attraction and friction. Children learn about the changes in motion which occur when forces act on an object. They consolidate their understanding that forces have direction and can be measured. 


Ø Tag Rugby

Ø Hockey

Ø Badminton

Sports may change over the course of the term.  Please ensure that your child comes every Monday with a Games kit and the appropriate footwear (trainers, football boots or plimsolls) regardless of the weather, as this often changes over the course of a day.  It is also important that kit is washed regularly. 

Ø Mission

Ø Memorial sacrifice

Ø Sacrifice (Lent)

Please see the RE letter. 

Ø We are artists

 In this unit pupils use vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists, as well as experimenting with complex “fractal” landscapes.

Roundabout - Exploring rounds

This unit develops children's ability to sing and play music in two (or more) parts. They explore the effect of two or more pitched notes sounding together - harmony. They play drones and single note accompaniments.
Year 5 has a focus on Decimals, Fractions and Percentages and their relationships to each other. Tables knowledge, as in all year groups, is very important so regular practice at home is essential.
Genres covered include: the work of a significant author, instructions, myths and legends, stories from other cultures, play scripts, poetry, including performing, persuasive text, explanations and letters.
We hope you find this information useful and If you have any questions about the work being covered by the class during the term please feel free to see me at the end of the day. 

Additional Information

Home work should remain fairly constant ie spellings in on Friday, Maths or English in on Wednesday.

Please check with your child, what their homework is, ensure that it is completed to a satisfactory standard and handed in on time. (It is better to do a little each night, than to leave it all until the night before. A timetable can be a useful tool to help establish a manageable routine.) Reading and revision of times tables should be regularly practised at home and recorded in your child’s contact book.

If you have any worries, concerns or questions about your child and/or their learning, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Mr A. Round