Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 page. In Terms 5 and 6 we are learning with our project What Makes Us Extraordinary?  This is a History, Art and DT focused project in which we learn about the Industrial Revolution and how it affected society.  During the project, we will also learn how to make a mode;l bridge that fulfills the following criteria:
(1) It must be strong enough to take a weight of 3kg.
(2) It must cross a river that is 30cm wide.
(3) It must open to allow a ship pass through that is 15cm wide.
(4) It must open and close with a switch operating a motor.
It has been great to see all of our children back in school since the start of March 2021.  Our planned learning since Christmas has changed as a consequence of the national lockdown but we were really pleased with the amount of learning that children and parents completed at home.  Our focus this term has been on the project What unites us? and we have been learning about the life of street children in Ethiopia.  As part of the project, we have read the book The Garbage King and have completed a number of activities around this learning.
In Term 2 we took advantage of some amazing weather and walked down to River Banwell to complete some geographical field work. We worked out the speed of the river, measured the depth of the cross section and drew a field sketch. Only a few of us managed to get really wet!
Our learning in Terms 1 and 2 focused on life in the Iron Age and before.  We visited Banwell Bone Cave and climbed Crook's Peak.
Skills that are important for Year 5's to have:
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At Banwell the children's well being is always our priority and this year we are making mental well being a focus. Below is a link to the 'Wheel of Well-being' website that has some interesting information and activities to help with this. 
Reading is so important!
We encourage you to listen to your child read and discuss the text at least three times a week. Sometimes it is hard to know what to ask them so below is some ideas of the type of questions that you could be asking your child whilst they are reading with you.
Times Tables
Being able to recall the times tables is a huge skill and will have benefits across all areas of the Maths curriculum. In Year 5, the expectation is that children can recall their times table up to 12 x 12. Make sure that your child is practising their times tables regularly at home both verbally and written.
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Click on the image below for SPaG games that will help develop understanding of SPaG-