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Lilac Class

If your child (or the class bubble) needs to self isolate, Dr Charles will be in contact with home learning when it is necessary.

Teaching Team: Dr. Charles and Ms Swannell

Dear Parent/Carer,

Autumn Term in Lilac Class 2021

Welcome to Year 5! I have been delighted with the way the children have settled in to our new school year and their enthusiasm for learning. Our English for the first few weeks of this term will centre around the book entitled ‘Quest’ by Aaron Becker. This book is the second in a trilogy. The children at St Barnabas studied as a whole school the first book entitled ‘Journey’ last year. Like ‘Journey’, ‘Quest’ will be a ‘collaborative text’ that all year groups throughout the school will be reading, accessing it at their appropriate level. The rationale behind this is that it will create familiarity and security for the children and will therefore bring the school together, after our period of lockdown and restrictions. Like ‘Journey’, ‘Quest’ is a story about discovering a magical world that exists through a door. As a supplementary text for Whole Class Guided Reading, Lilac Class will be reading ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis.

Our Topic and Science work also have themes of journeys and discoveries. This term our Topic will be the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. Lilac Class will be finding out about the Spanish Conquistadors and their discovery of the Ancient Mayan ruins whilst exploring the tropical rainforests in Central America, at the beginning of the 16th century. We will be learning about how the Mayan people lived their lives and their religious beliefs. We will also be creating Mayan art and finding out lots of information about Belize and why it is such a fantastic country to visit.

In Science, our area of learning is ‘Earth and Space’. We will be researching and finding out facts about the different planets in our Solar System, the Sun and the phases of the Moon. Lilac Class will then be looking at mass, weight and gravity and the work of Sir Isaac Newton. The children will visit Herstmonceux Observatory in October where they will have the opportunity to be involved in many ‘hands-on’ practical activities and be given talks by experts in the field of Astronomy. In Music, we will be listening to ‘The Planets Suite’ by Gustav Holst. We will then create our own ‘Space Compositions’ and ‘Moonscapes’ as well as singing space songs.

Our SPAG work (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) this term will cover the revision of the plural and possessive apostrophe ‘s’, recognising and writing expanded noun phrases, learning about subordinate clauses and the use of conjunctions and relative pronouns. We will also be learning about parenthesis, modal verbs and fronted adverbials. Each week we will be either focusing on a particular spelling rule or a selection of words from the Year 5 and 6 Spelling List.
In Mathematics during the Autumn Term, we will be focusing on ‘Number’. In our first unit of work will cover place value, negative numbers and Roman Numerals and in our second unit of work, addition and subtraction. In our third unit we will be covering multiplication and division learning about multiples, factors, prime numbers, square and cube numbers as well as multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000.

In RE, our learning units are ‘God’ and ‘Incarnation’. When studying ‘God’ our key question is ‘What does it mean if God is loving and holy?’ We will be analysing key words that Christians use to describe God and thinking about what the Bible actually says about God. We will also be learning about the Sacrament of Confession or Penance. When studying ‘Incarnation’ our key question is ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’ We will be examining evidence in the Bible that led Christians to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. In addition, we will be thinking about what the Messiah will be like when he returns and where in the world he will be born.

PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays and this term Lilac Class will be playing invasion games such as football and basketball. The children will be developing their large ball and team work skills. They will also be cross country running.
Homework will be set on a Wednesday and needs to be completed in your child’s Homework Book by the following Tuesday. It will consist of the following:

1. A ‘MyMaths’ activity that will be set each week for your child to do that relates to the work we are doing in class.
2. To complete, alternative weeks, either a piece of research or a Maths worksheet that will support the work that we are covering in class.
3. To learn spellings that are also covered in class lessons and to write sentences containing these words.
4. Your child will be given a new Home School Reading Record Book. Please can your child read to an adult at least three times a week and can you ensure that the record book is dated and signed. Reading Records will be checked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to talk to me or email me at
Kind regards,
Dr Charles