Ancient Egypt Learning Journey
This half term the children have been learning all about life in Ancient Egypt. They have really enjoyed learning all the gruesome facts about mummification and have produced some fantastic pieces of work about life along the river Nile. Additionally, they brushed up on their art skills by creating their own Egyptian self portraits using oil based pastels. In English our writing focus has been writing to explain and the children have produced some fantastic explanation/instructional texts about mummification. They also enjoyed mummifying Elliot in class too. Here are some of the things the children had to say about our learning this half term:
"I really enjoyed learning how to mummify someone because it was really weird and was different to what I expected. I also liked learning how they lived in Ancient Egypt and all about the river Nile." (Leo)
"My favourite part of learning about Egypt was building a pyramid. I also really liked mummifying Elliot because it was really gruesome which was fun." (Alice J)
It has been so lovely to welcome the children back to school and it is fantastic to see how well they have settled in to year 5 already. They have shown great working with others skills during the first couple of weeks at school and I am looking forward to seeing even more Team Bartons spirit as the term goes on.
Reading in Year 5
Developing a love of reading for children is so important, particularly in UKS2 where the children will have to develop a greater stamina for reading longer or more challenging texts.
We work hard at school to provide the children with a wide range of books to enjoy both in library and within our classrooms. In order to help children to continue to challenge themselves and to encourage them to read a wider range of texts, Mr Hayne has put together a recommended reading list of 50 books to read in Year 5 which I have shared below. Some of the these texts are available to borrow from school.
How many will you get through this year?
Lime Class - Year 5 Key information
Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday and children are expected to take part in all PE lessons. They should come to school in PE kit on these days.
The water fountains are out of use at the moment so please make sure that your child comes to school with a named water bottle.
Homework will be set via Seesaw on a Friday and unless specified, will be due in the following Wednesday. Your child should upload their homework to Seesaw by this day. Additionally, Children are expected to read either to an adult at home or to themselves for at least 15 minutes a day. Their reading record should be signed every time they read so that we can keep a track at school. If your child reads competently to themselves, ask them some questions about the book so that you can see if they have understood what they have read. Discussing different texts with your children will help them to develop their own love of reading. Maths homework is often set via MyMaths (https://www.mymaths.co.uk/) which the children have a logon for stuck inside their homework book.