This year, Miss Gill is our class teacher and we are lucky to be joined by Mr Allen and Mrs Utting.
Mr Allen teaches us PE, Mrs Willett teaches us PSHE and Mr Sandy teach us Computing.
We continue to expect children to read for 20 minutes daily; this can be recorded as a voice note on Showbie once a week. Children will have an Accelerated Reader book which is aimed at their most recent reading level, based on word recognition and comprehension. Children will also have a ‘free reader’ book that they have chosen from our Year 5 and 6 library. Children are likely to need support reading some of these texts so we encourage adults or older siblings to read these to the children to promote reading for pleasure.
We recommend children use Times Tables Rockstars to practise their multiplication and division facts for 5 to 10 minutes daily.
We will also post additional homework activities on Showbie from time-to-time to support our learning in class.
Creative homework will be set half termly based on our topics.
Spring term means we are approaching the half way point of our time in Year 5, with lots more exciting learning taking place!
As spelling is an essential part of our writing, we are continuing to practise how to add different prefixes and suffixes to words: we need to know how the spelling of root words change when we add these as well as how prefixes and suffixes change the meaning of words. We will continue to look at how Latin and Greek words influence our spelling system for alternative spellings such as ch in scheme, y in pyramid, ue in league and unique, and sc in scene.
We have seen the huge impact that daily reading lessons have had on our reading skills so we are continuing to use challenging texts in our reading lessons. We are starting with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We will then spend the rest of the first half term reading I Am Not A Label by Cerrie Burnell, which includes biographical stories of 34 famous people with disabilities.
After half term, we will be studying the novel Boy in the Tower by Polly-Ho Yen. Written in 2015, long before Covid, the story finds a young boy unable to go outside due to mysterious plants making the air dangerous to breathe. This exciting and mysterious novel has relatable characters and themes to engage children and generate mature discussions.
We are beginning the term by completing our myth stories after reading about Heracles’s twelve labours.
We will be linking our writing with the texts we are reading, so we will start by researching significant people in history to write coherent biographies. We will then write our own dystopian stories based on Boy in the Tower.
We will continue to learn new and complex vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to apply to our writing.
We have made an excellent start to our maths work this year, consolidating our understanding of number and how we use the same systems for large numbers as well as decimals. We will now be able to apply this understanding to operating with numbers. We have revised written methods for addition and subtraction and are now looking at how multiplication works and relates to division. We will practise short multiplication before learning how to confidently multiply 3- and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using long multiplication.
To practise and apply these skills, we will be doing lots of problem solving activities to discuss how we know which operations to use and learn which strategies are most efficient for different calculations.
We are all very excited to begin our first science topic of 2022: Earth and space. This is a fascinating subject with mindboggling facts! We need to know the planets in our solar system; how our view of the moon changes throughout the lunar months; how we get night and day; and how the Earth’s axis gives us the four seasons. We hope you enjoy the calendars we made to spark our curiosity with this amazing topic!
Later in the term, we will also be learning about the changes in humans as they grow into old age. We will compare how different animals grow and change, as well as their gestation periods. This unit will build on what we learnt in Autumn term about the life cycles of animals, and will link with our SRE work on puberty.
In Geography, we are going to be looking around the globe at where some of the most significant countries and cities are located. We will then be learning about what biomes are and how they change across the world. We will finish this unit by identifying what human and physical features are, and which ones define Europe, North and South America.
Design Technology & Art
Our first DT unit involves textiles: we will consider the durability of fabrics to design and make a functional and hardwearing lunch bag. We will create fair tests to investigate the properties of a range of fabrics and consider insulation and waterproofing.
Our following art unit will also involve textiles and collage. We will take inspiration from natural objects to create textile art. We will combine collage and appliqué techniques to create work that depicts textured surfaces. We will use a variety of materials including items from nature.
We really enjoyed revisiting the greetings and phrases we learned in Year 4, and made great progress at naming shapes, colours and sizes.
We are already familiar with some of the numbers in French so will consolidate learning numbers to 20 and tens numbers. We will then learn the names of the days of the week and months of the year so we can say how old we are and when our birthdays are.
We will be using a phonics-based approach to recap some of the statutory Year 3&4 spellings as well as introducing some of the Year 5&6 words. This term we will focus on the variety of spellings for vowel sounds. We will learn about prefixes and suffixes as we go too.
In class, we will have daily reading lessons using high-quality texts based on one book a half term. We are beginning with Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill: a non-fiction text about Ernest Shackleton’s extraordinary journey to Antarctica. Next half term, we will be reading Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll: a fictional retelling of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
We have started the term with a short writing unit on poems that use word play. Using I Can’t Speak Spanish and Un, Deux, Trois…, we will write our own lines of poetry using vocabulary we have learned in previous years’ French lessons.
Our first non-fiction unit will be writing a balanced argument linked to Science, about the disturbance of a natural habitat, before we write third person narratives set in another culture.
Our next non-fiction unit will be after half term, writing formal letters of application. Our narrative unit on myths and legends will link with our history topics on Greeks and Mayans.
This year, we are launching Exciting Writing lessons in which children have the freedom to use all they have learnt in their English units to write independently and creatively. Children will be given a writing genre and stimulus to work from but are free to use the techniques they feel best showcase their writing talents. We will edit their first drafts in a following lesson and refer to these published pieces throughout the year to demonstrate the progress in our writing.
In Class 5, we use the mastery approach to maths, meaning we explore objectives in detail and ‘dive deep’ into problems to deepen our understanding as well as widen our knowledge.
Much of our maths work this term will focus on place value, beginning with the relationship between place value columns and rounding, including whole numbers and decimals. We will relate this to units of measure before consolidating multiplication and division facts in the context of area of rectangles. We will also link some of our maths to our Geography work, learning how to use co-ordinates and grid references.
We have started the term with an art unit on the work of Frank Auerbach and Friedensreich Hundertwasser where we are creating our own layered abstract paintings. We will finish the term with an art unit using print making techniques.
Our first science unit is on living things and their habitats where we will learn about the sexual and asexual reproduction of animals and plants. We will recap this work throughout the term to ensure children are ready to learn about the changes in animals, including humans, next term.
Our first religious education topic is about what we believe is eternal before comparing this to Christian beliefs. We will review our understanding of Buddhist beliefs towards the end of term ready to develop this next term.
Linking with maths skills, we are going to learn how to read and write 4-figure and 6-figure grid references using Ordinance Survey maps.
Using Bolognese recipes from shop-bought packets, we are going to investigate how we can make substitutions or alterations to ingredients to make a popular dish healthier.
We would appreciate if you could save and wash any Bolognese jars or recipes to send into school to look at and use.
Building on our previous learning of ancient civilisations, we are going to learn about the Ancient Greeks before introducing the Vikings and their invasion of Roman Britain.
We are off to a great start with our languages using poetry in English, but we will be properly reviewing the greetings we have learned previously, before expanding our vocabulary into descriptions and objects.
Mr Allen will be teaching PE on Mondays and Fridays. We will be doing a Dance unit of work as well as tag rugby, then yoga and hockey after half term.
Mr Sandy will continue teaching Computing on alternate Fridays starting with e-safety before a programming unit using micro: bit.
Mr Sandy will teach music on Monday afternoons, beginning with the history of the Blues then composition and notation with an Ancient Egyptian theme.
Mrs Willett will be teaching PSHE on alternate Fridays, beginning with a unit on families and relationships then citizenship.