This Week

Summer 2018-19

Welcome back - I hope your Easter break was delightful.

We begin this half-term with a topic called Robin Hood: Fact or Fiction, where we will explore Nottinghamshire's most famous outlaw, delve into our local area's medieval past, look at the parts of the stories that are historically true and decide for ourselves...was Robin Hood real?

To help with this, In English, we will study and translate some of the original Robin Hood ballads, focusing on 'Robin Hood and the Monk.' We will also be reading the fanstastically illustrated 'Adventures of Robin Hood' by Marcia Williams to recall some of the traditional tales. We will then re-write 'Robin Hood and the Monk', as well as creating our own tale about the famous outlaw.

In Maths, we begin with Fractions - we will learn how to compare, order, add and subtract parts of a whole, then move on to mixed numbers, improper fractions and multiplying fractions, as well as percentages and decimals.

I am always happy to have a chat with parents in a morning or after school, so please don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you may have.

Mr. Brightman

Spring 2018-19

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. There are lots of exciting things happening this half term…

We begin the half-term with our third ‘Science Week’ of the year, where we will explore the properties and uses of different materials, as well as learning about dissolving and reversible and irreversible changes. In English, linked to materials, we will be exploring ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ by Jon Scieszka.

After that, we delve into the world of performance poetry, looking at ‘The Lost Words’, a beautiful book by Robert Macfarlane. As part of this, I have arranged for a performance poet, Craig Bradley, to come into school and help us learn how to have fun with words and put poetry to music, which should be a lot of fun.

Our focus theme for the rest of the term relates to conservation, answering the question, ‘Whose responsibility is it anyway?’ and exploring environmental issues in our local area, as well as other parts of the world.

In English, Inspired by our theme, we aim to focus on ‘persuasive writing’. Using ‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul, we will produce a magazine article about environmental issues in our local area, compared with The Gambia, which is where the story is set.

We will also be studying a text called ‘The Earthship,’ and writing an estate agent advert for an environmentally friendly and sustainable house.

In Maths, we will continue to explore mental and written methods of multiplication and division, and then consolidating our understanding of measures, geometry and fractions, decimals and percentages.

I am always happy to have a chat with parents in a morning or after school, so please don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you may have.

Mr. Brightman


Autumn 2018-2019

Welcome back everyone! I am Mr. Brightman and I am delighted to be joining Birklands as the Year 5 class teacher. This year, we will be working very hard, but having lots of fun along the way.

My expectations are very high for Year 5 this year – I expect every child to give me their best in the classroom, and behaviour to meet the high standards that already exist in school. My classroom will be a challenging place for children to grow as learners, where they are happy to have a go and mistakes are a powerful tool rather than something to be scared of.

This half term, our topic is WW1, focussing on the question: What are we fighting for? The children seemed really excited by it when we discussed it in the summer, and they came up with some really excellent questions that they’d like to answer about it. We also created some fantastic WW1 silhouette paintings in to get us thinking about the people that gave their lives in the Great War.

In maths, we will begin by recapping on our understanding as place value, which will be extremely useful as we progress to look at the four operations, followed by statistics. We will also be strengthening our arithmetic skills with a daily practice session after lunch each day, followed by a quiz on a Friday. It is vital that all children are secure in their knowledge of these number facts. I therefore strongly encourage children to continue to practise their times tables at home.

This half term will also see the first of this years ‘Science Weeks’. Our aim is to develop an interest in science, as well as looking at the skills necessary to be a scientist.

Homework will be set weekly and is due in on a Tuesday. However, it is also expected that children in Y5 read three times a week. Reading is an essential life skill, and needs to be nurtured from an early age, both at home and school. Next year, the children will sit their SATs, so now is the time to develop fluency, pace, and comprehension in reading.

I am always happy to have a chat with parents in a morning or after school, so please don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you may have.

Mr. Brightman

August 2019


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