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 Beech Grove Primary School
Year 5
Spring Term 2024

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Spring Term 2024. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September! This Spring Term will fly even faster no doubt as we have (unusually) two short 5-week half terms.

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2024 is a good one for our whole school community. Continuing to work together we can get through anything!

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 from the Christmas break. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Christmas with our children achieving good progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school. Children’s classroom and corridor manners remain amazing which continues to maintain a lovely, positive and caring atmosphere around school. The schools “Next Door Neighbour Qualities” of Respect, Tolerance and Kindness are certainly being upheld. The children take great pride in this in and around school and it is wonderful to see. Have a bit of fun at home and test the children regularly on what it takes in school (and the community) to be a good “Next Door Neighbour”!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). I always think that spring flowers with their vibrant colours and freshness cheer everyone up from the gloom of the long, dark and wet winter months. They are a sign that lighter nights and warmer weather is on its way! (fingers crossed)

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities 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.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything! The children are showing such a passion and love of reading in school, we hope you will continue this with them at home.

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 continue to stress this enough. (95% and above is GOOD attendance). As a school we need to be better on the first and last day of terms. Far too many children have these particular days off.

In addition to this being ON TIME every day for school is absolutely vital so that your child does not miss any of their learning. It can be really upsetting and frustrating for children if they come into a lesson that is part way through and they’ve missed vital teacher input and modelling. It can cause them great distress and being left with a feeling of not understanding what is expected of them.
Its really pleasing to see that our ‘lates’ are reducing and that you are all working really hard to support school on this issue. Well done everyone. Keep up the great efforts.

Let’s have all the children in on time every day.

Here’s to a really positive Spring Term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

In the first half term, we will be learning about knights in the 14th century and writing a report about them. Then we will be writing a descriptive narrative based on a short story called Alma.

After half term, we will be researching and writing a non-chronological report about a mini beast. Next, we will be writing a character description based on James and the Giant Peach.

In Spring 1, we will move back to fractions where we will learn how to multiply fractions by a whole and how to find fractions of an amount. We will then move onto decimals and percentages where our fraction knowledge will continue to be used so we can identify equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
After half term, Y5 will move onto measurement where they will learn how to find the perimeter and area of shapes including rectilinear shapes. Finally, at the end of Spring 2, Y5 will look at statistics and how to read different types of graphs/tables including line graphs, two-way tables and timetables. Also, we will maintain the skills we have already learnt in Y5 through weekly arithmetic quizzes.

In our first half term we will be learning about ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ where we will look at key events from 14th century England like the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt. In science, we will largely be looking at life cycles, particularly of humans and how we change over time but we will also be investigating bacteria and the conditions it grows quickly in.  Also, we will be completing a DT project in the first half term. We will be designing and making a bird house shelter to be placed in our secret garden.
After half term, our topic is Beast Creator.  We will develop the children’s knowledge of living things and their habitats. We will learn about identification keys, food chains and some of the deadliest beasts on the planet.  We will also conduct a Science investigation to investigate which habitat woodlice prefer. This half term, we will be completing an art project inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Flowers’ using a printing technique.

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 dreams and goals for the future and setting high aspirations for ourselves. After half term, we will move onto a ‘Healthy Me’ topic where we will learn how to be healthy physically, emotionally and socially.

Dates for your Diary
Spring Term:     Monday 8th January 2024 – Friday 22nd March 2024
Half Term:         Monday 12th February 2024 – Friday 16th February 2024

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









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