Teacher: Mr P Morgan
Teaching assistant: Mrs C Noyce
Welcome to Chaffinch Class!
In Chaffinch we are celebrating our love for learning by immersing ourselves in lots of different topics and activities which suit the need of our children and cover the National Curriculum.
During term 1, the children look at life in the Anglo-Saxon times and research what it was like for them as they invaded and settled on new land. In literacy we create our own instruction for a range of activities and evaluate what makes a clear and accurate set of instructions. The children particularly enjoy making their own ‘Revolting Recipes’, where they use a range of range of pungent and horrible foods to create their own ‘dish’. Look out for the pictures of these disgusting creations.
In science, the children learnt about mixing and separating materials. We look at how we know if a material has dissolved or not; how to identify conductors and insulators; how to purify water and learn about why certain materials are used due to their properties.
Up until Christmas we will be learning about what life is like in Brazil. We will be locating it on the map and using Google Earth to explore and find the major cities and landmarks. We will focus on the city of Rio de Janeiro and compare our lives to the ones of those who live in the more affluent areas and the Favelas.
A main focus of ours will be the Amazon. During our learning, we will recap the layers of the rainforest; discuss deforestation and contemporary topics like palm oil production; identify the different plants and animals found there and visit the Living Rainforest to support this. We will also be using the popular and excellent David Attenborough 'Planet Earth' series, which the children love.
Our science learning this term is also heavily linked to Brazil and the rainforest as we will be learning about animals and their habitats and life cycles. We will also be using problem solving in groups to see if we can survive in the jungle with a selection of a equipment. The aim will be to see if we can purify the water.
There is a continuous importance placed on spelling patterns and our weekly spellings will follow a specific spelling pattern. Please also look over the year 3/4 and 5/6 statutory words that you can find linked on this page.
In addition to focus on spellings, it is important for the children to read regularly for pleasure and to improve.
Please also continue to practise times tables and number facts based on the four operations. This really supports the children's learning and helps improve their confidence.
Parents alert! Please make use of these useful links to familiarise yourself with what children in year 5 are expected to know by the end of the year.