Year Five

Summer Term 2019

Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 5
There are so many exciting things happening this term which we are really looking forward to.

Within English we are focusing on persuasive writing, instructional texts and exploring narrative techniques. We will continue to develop our reading skills with a rich variety of texts, mainly Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

One key event we are eagerly anticipating is our States Debate. On the afternoon of Monday 17th June we will be holding our own debate in the style of a ‘States Sitting’ at the States Chamber. In preparation for our visit, we are going to learn about how the States of Jersey governs the island and who the key Members of the States are. We will use our persuasive writing skills to put together a convincing argument for or against our proposal. Parents will be able to attend this sitting and details will follow.

Following ‘Maths No Problem’, we will be continuing to explore concepts and problem solving in the areas of percentages, geometry, position and movement, measurements, area and perimeter, volume and Roman numerals. We will continue with regular practice of times tables using Times Tables Rockstars and consolidate mathematical skills learned previously.

We will be learning about Life Cycles in plants and animals including humans. We will be using our science skills to measure and observe plants as they grow. Our other science topic will cover materials and their properties. We will be using our investigative skills to separate mixtures. In addition, we will be going to JCG for a couple of hourly sessions in June for some exciting hands on Scientific experiences.

Max Livesey will be leading our IT sessions and teach coding skills. We will be producing some digital photography using the iPads.

This will be linked to our visit to the States Chamber. We will learn about the history of the States and how the Island is connected to the Crown through Charles I.

This term during Monday sessions, Miss Liron will be teaching the skills of rounders. On Tuesday sessions, we will be learning how to bowl, bat and field in cricket games and also how to play tennis. The cricket sessions will be led by one of the development officers from Jersey Cricket.

This term in Music the Year 5 pupils will be rehearsing for the major event “Jersey Sings!” We will continue to learn the variety of songs to perform at this exciting event including one in Jersey French! After this we will be continuing to play the recorder and tuned percussion instruments – following the Charanga music scheme to learn the song “Dancing in the Street” and the accompaniment parts.

We will be making comparisons between the Sikh and Christian faith in connection to prayer and worship and attempting to answer the question: what is the best way to show commitment to God?

Art/Design Technology
Through reading Kensuke’s Kingdom we will be making reference to the painting ‘The Great Wave’ by the artist Hokusai and use watercolour paint to emulate his style.

Useful information:
On Tuesday 16th July we will all be attending the ‘Safety in Action’ event held at Highlands College. This is an excellent ‘hands on’ experience. We will also be attending Swim Safety at St Brelade’s Bay on Wednesday
3rd July.

Finally, we are looking forward to our adventure in July – our residential stay at the Scout Centre, St Ouen. Mrs James’ class will be there from Monday 8th July – Wednesday 10th July. Mrs Jefferson’ class will join them on Wednesday 10th July – Friday 12th July. We shall be travelling to the Scout Centre from school by coach. Each class will spend three days at the centre; one of the days will be as a combined year group. A letter will be sent closer to the time with specific details of the residential trip. We shall be enjoying each other’s company whilst taking on team-building challenges, surfing, learning about local wildlife and stoking the campfire!

Key Dates:
Tuesday 7th May Primary Schools Sports Festival at Fort Regent
Monday 13th May Year 5James Taster Day at JCG
Wednesday 15th May Year 5James Taster Day at JCG
Wednesday 5th June Year 5Jefferson Taster Day at JCG
Friday 7th June Year 5Jefferson Taster Day at JCG
Monday 17th June States Chamber Debate
Thursday 20th June Year 5 ‘Jersey Sings’
Tuesday 2nd July KS2 Sports Day at FB fields
Wednesday 3rd July Swim Safety
Monday 8th July – Scout Centre Residential Visit
Friday 12th July
Tuesday 16th July Safety in Action Visit

Kind regards,
Mrs Jefferson                     Mrs James