Year 5

 Beech Grove Primary School

Summer Term 2024

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2024. Let’s hope this terrible wet weather from over the Easter holidays disappears soon and Mr sun comes out to play!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2024 is a good one for our whole school community.

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning in September 2023. Their resilience, adaptability and hardworking attitudes to learning remain outstanding. It is such a pleasure to see the children care so much and take pride in all of their work and the school environment.
They are certainly living up to the schools “NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR QUALITIES” that we have of:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Kindness

Along with our 5 Golden Rules. The “Next Door Neighbour Qualities” is something that is really important to our school and encourages everyone to be a good citizen within our school and wider community. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour qualities’ on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day.

The children’s corridor manners and the way they conduct themselves around school is wonderful.
I also love it that so many children are eager and keen to show me their work in their books. This sense of family and belonging warms my heart also. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving good progress within their core subject areas of Reading, Writing and Maths, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely summer sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful summer flowers for us all to enjoy. Especially when it comes to our summer attendance reward ice-cream and ice lolly parties!!

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities and trips planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings/phone conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

AS ALWAYS Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to unlocking the world!

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development. We can’t stress this enough. Thank you for your huge efforts last term in trying to really improve our punctuality. Keep up the great work. WELL DONE!

Don’t forget those children who have a 95% and above attendance in school for the term get an invite to their key stage’s attendance parties. This term its ice cream treats and ice lollies in the secret garden. Please help your child achieve this reward. Not forgetting also, the BIG attendance prize where we have bikes and scooters (all with helmets to go with them) to give away in our attendance prize draw. As well as the seasonal family hamper.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

In English this term, Year 5 will be writing a persuasive letter to The Head Teacher to convince him that a school visit to Lightwater Valley would be educational. Following this, we will write a newspaper entry about a new ride at Light Water Valley. The newspaper will include direct and reported speech. Finally, we will be looking at a range of poetry styles such as limericks, haikus and Kennings.

After half term, we will be learning about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and writing a biography about her life. We will then be designing a travel leaflet around visiting Mexico.

The first half of Summer term will have a large focus on geometry. For the first few weeks will spend time looking at angles so that the children become confident in identifying and measuring angles and working out missing in angles. We will also learn the features of regular and irregular polygons and also how to calculate angles in those shapes. After angles, we will move onto position and directions where the children will learn about translation, symmetry and reflection of shapes. In Summer 2, we will move onto decimals where children will become confident in multiplying/dividing decimals by 10/100/1000. After, the children will be converting between different units of measure and comparing imperial and metric units. Finally, the children will learn all about volume and how to estimate capacity. 

In our first half term, our topic is ‘Scream Machine’ where we will look at key events from roller-coaster history, read theme park maps and design our own rollercoaster. In science, we will focus on forces and how they make amusement rides work. Also, we will be completing a DT project in the first half term. We will be designing and making a moving toy with cam mechanism for a 5-7-year-old to play with. We will also be learning about how steel has played an important part in our local history.
After half term, our topic is ‘Hola Mexico’.  We will develop the children’s knowledge of what life is like in Mexico and take a look at the Maya Civilisation. Children will focus on learning the vast geography of Mexico and the differences of this to England.  We will also conduct a Science investigation to investigate how the light at different times of day affect shadows. This half term, we will be completing an art project inspired by Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo’s self portraits and a D&T project where we will be designing and cooking the Mexican dish Fajitas.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During the term, we will continue to do Jigsaw as part of our PSHE teaching. In the first half term, we will be looking into the children’s relationships with themselves, family and friends. After half term, we will move onto a topic called ‘Changing Me’ where we will learn about body image and puberty in boys and girls.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:  Monday 8th April 2024 – Monday 22nd July 2024
Half Term:         Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024
May Day:           Monday 6th May 2024

Keep your eyes peeled for our Young Readers’ Project events, where the children will be receiving a free book!

Y5 Swimming: 29th April-10th May (please ensure that you send your child to school with a swimming costume/trunks to get changed into, and a towel)
Young Readers’ Project: 22nd May. Children will be visiting the Town Hall to meet some authors and receive their second free book! (within school hours – no action needed)
Y5 Fun Fayre: Date TBC. We will be putting on a fun fayre event to raise money for educational visits. Keep an eye out for further information.