Class 5 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Class 5
Teacher: Miss Taig
The Way, the Truth and the Life
Our Way, the Truth and the Life topic for this half term is Life in the Risen Christ. This topic will extend the children's knowledge of the teachings of Jesus and will develop their understanding of prayer. We will explore the meaning behind Jesus' resurrection, as well as learning about the Ascension and Pentecost. The children will gain a greater understanding of prayer in the Catholic faith, looking at the symbolism of the Rosary and The Lord's Prayer and exploring the language used in prayers such as The Prayer of St Francis. They will begin to recognise that songs, acts of comtemplation and meditation can be used as outlets for praying. We will also use scripture to find examples of Jesus' teachings on prayer.
This half term, our English lessons will be based around The Paperbag Prince, by Colin Thompson. This is a fictional text that will help children to understand the destructive effects of waste on the environment. We will look at the negative impact that plastic pollution, landfill and fly tipping are having on global and local ecosystems. At the end of the unit, the children will write a persuasive leaflet, outlining the importance of managing waste in an ecofriendly and sustainable way.
In our Guided Reading lessons, we will be reading an information text about pollution to support our English work. Alongside this, we will read The Last Wild, by Piers Torday. This story is set in the future, in an alternative world where almost all the animals have died because of a disease called The Red Eye. It will support the children's understanding of climate change and the impact it is having on the environment.
Daily reading is a key priority in primary school and we actively encourage children to read as much as possible at home to help further develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Every child will be able to bring home a reading book from school. These can be changed regularly in school. Every child is encouraged to have a 'Reading for Pleasure' book.
Weekly homework will be set on Google Classroom. This will be set every Thursday and is expected to be completed and submitted by the following Monday.
Spellings will be set on a Monday and tested the following Monday. These will also be available on Google Classroom.
I have created every child in Class 5 an account of Read Theory. This is a fantastic reading comprehension site that can be used regularly by the children.
Useful website to support learning whilst at home:
Class 5 are lucky enough to be able to take part in Edsential's violin taster music sessions. These whole class sessions will take place on a Monday morning at 9am. Every child in Class 5 will be given a violin to bring home. This must come back into school every Monday for our lesson.
As well as taking part in the Daily Mile each day, our main P.E. lesson will take place every week on a Wednesday this half term. As stated in the letter sent home, children should come to school on a Wednesday in their full P.E. kits, which are clearly labelled (this includes appropriate footwear). Jewellery, including earrings, must not be worn during PE days.
I am always happy to discuss any worries, concerns or general queries you may have. Please make contact through the school office and it will be passed onto me ASAP.
Miss M. Taig
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