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SOAS trip We have been on a trip to SOAS, University of London. This was linked to our Mosaic programme. We attended with the mentors who have been leading sessions at school every Wednesday and were given a guided tour by university ambassadors (students). We learnt a lot about university life, what we could study there and why it might help us in our future careers to go. We talked about graduating and degrees. Some children also tried out clothes they might get to wear in different careers. We had a great day!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the summer term. Where has the year gone?!

Below is a list of some of the topics we will be covering over the next term, visits and hopefully some useful information. Further details can be found on our school website under 'Medium Term Plans'.

Maths:  Measure, statistical problems such as graphs and timetables, problem solving using all four operations together with mental and written methods are the main topics we are studying.

Literacy:  Our book this half term is Ice Trap! which recounts Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to cross the Antarctic.

P.E:  P.E is still once a week on Mondays. This term the children will continue to use the great facilities over at Southfields Academy. Children need the school P.E kit including trainers.

Science: We will continue to look at forces, followed by lifecycles of plants and animals.

History: We are learning about Benin and will make cross curricular links with geography.

Art: Model making of the Endurance boat, portraits of the crew, scenes of the Antarctic are just some of the work we will be doing this term.

I.C.T: Children will continue to learn to programme and will be using Kodu. We will also use ICT to research and present our various topics (Word, Publisher, Powerpoint).

Music: We will continue to learn the fife and to sing in weekly choir sessions. In addition, Tiffany will teach a half hour session of music where she will focusing on coordination,  different rhythms and music which links to our topics.                                         

R.E: Buddhism is our main topic. I am hoping to book a trip to the Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon. Details to follow.

Reading, homework: Cheneiss and I are very happy with the way most children are completing their homework, next steps and reading.   We are glad to see that children are reading for longer each night and completing their reading assignments when given.  Please continue to encourage your child to read for a purpose, as well as reading their school book.  I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that your child reads every day.

Maths Targets/Next Steps: We will continue with the times and division tables and other key facts. The emphasise is on immediate recall, so as before children will at times revisit lower tables to check they still have instant recall. Please donít worry or be upset. The table needs to be written out each night and brought into school each day. We are finding that those children who regularly practise their next steps are making the most progress in maths so it is important you encourage your child to learn them by hear. I know how hard it is to fit everything in, but testing them on the way to school, in the car etc is a good way to keep up the practise.

Library: We will continue to go to the library every 2 weeks on Wednesday afternoons.. I will let you know by text and on the usual homework cover sheet the dates of the visits.

Mosaic: We are very lucky to be taking part in this programme over the next term, which builds on children's confidence and focuses on their future pathways. We will also have the opportunity to visit a university. Details to follow nearer the time.

Finally, as I said before, do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns.  

We look forward to working with you this term

With best wishes
Siobhan   and   Cheneiss

Year 5 timetable 14-15 If you would like to print a copy of this timetable, here is an A4 sized PDF version

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

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