Year 5

Miss Styles 5F

huntley

Mrs Bent 5W

Autumn Term

Literacy lessons are currently based on the books of Anthony Horowitz. The children are already enjoying reading and finding the features of his books and soon will get to write their own mystery stories in the same style. Later in the term, Literacy lessons will be linked to our topic, Ancient Greece. The children will read Greek myths and write their own version . After half term, we will be focussing on explanation texts, debating, writing letters and poetry. Daily reading lessons will be based on a range of texts – we also expect children to read regularly at home. Maths lessons will develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations in line with the new National Curriculum. The children are now in sets for Maths, ensuring the work is pitched at the most appropriate level.
History lessons will involve researching aspects of Ancient Greek life using a range of sources. We have organised a special day of activities and workshops based on the Ancient Greeks run by the Portals Of The Past company ; this will make the topic really come to life for the children. Geography lessons will be based on developing map skills and finding out about Greece. In art lessons, children will be designing, making and evaluating their own Greek pots and draw architecture using perspective.
Science lessons will be based on materials, their properties and uses, including opportunities for planning and carrying out investigations. In ICT, children will be developing their programming and coding skills. The children will swim every Tuesday before half term and Southend United will also be leading games sessions. We will then move on to dance and outdoor games lessons.
In RE, we will be learning about Sikhism. PSHE lessons will involve discussion of human rights, stereotyping, relationships and the importance of a positive mindset in order to be a successful learner. Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons will help develop the children’s questioning and discussion skills through a range of stimuli. Our design and technology project after half term will require the children to make their own moving toys. All Year 5 pupils will learn French throughout the term.

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Spring Term

Literacy lessons are initially linked closely to our topic of space. The children will research key moments in the history of space travel and work in role to write a first person recount of Tim Peake’s spacewalk. Later literacy lessons will be based on the books of Philip Pullman and the children will be writing descriptions based on the film The Golden Compass. In science lessons, the children will be learning about the Earth, sun and moon as well as the planets. We look forward to seeing the models of rockets the children will make for their homework project. We have also arranged for a mobile planetarium to visit school; further details will be provided in a separate letter. In art lessons, the children will use textiles and develop sewing skills to create their own space scene.

Our topic after half term will be Mexico. This will provide the children with the opportunity to make moving models of characters from the fables they write. As well as this, they will write instructions on how to make their models. Geography lessons will be based on North America and Mexico and in history lessons, the children will find out about Mayan culture. In art, the children will focus on the work of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera. At the end of the term, we have an exciting short unit of work based on the legends of Robin Hood, incorporating literacy, science and PE.

Daily reading lessons will continue, in which the children will develop their skills through reading a wide range of texts. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the high expectations we have for children with regards to reading regularly at home and we ask you to support this by helping your child keep their reading record up to date and signing it. The school asks that every child takes part in the reading award which started today.

Maths lessons will continue to develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations, fractions and geometry in line with the new National Curriculum. Please contact your child’s maths set teacher if you have any queries.

In addition to topic lessons, ICT lessons will provide children with the opportunity to find out more about how websites work and begin to create their own. They will also develop programming skills. Geography lessons before half term will be based on developing map skills and linked to Southend. RE lessons will focus on Buddhism and Holy Week. Design and technology lessons will involve children making moving models.  In PSHE lessons, children will learn about dealing with emotions, valuing difference and maintaining healthy relationships. Philosophy  lessons will continue to provide the children with the opportunity to explore a range of issues through discussion. Year 5 pupils will swim every Tuesday until half term and gym lessons will take place after half term.  Outdoor games lessons will involve striking and fielding games.  French and music lessons will continue.

We wish all you all a very happy and successful new year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Summer Term

Welcome back to the new term. We hope you all had a relaxing break and that the children are ready for the challenges of the new term ahead. We have lots of fun learning opportunities in store and the children have already made an enthusiastic start to the term.

Our main topic this term is the Victorians.  Literacy lessons will be based on Oliver Twist initially.  Children will also create an interactive poetry book and write persuasive leaflets and discussion texts.  Additionally, the children will write playscripts and present them in the style of Horrible Histories.  History lessons will be based on researching famous Victorians, their inventions and how the changes they made impacted on Britain.  The children will have a homework project to help them learn more about this. In art lessons, we will take inspiration from William Morris’ work for lino and screen printing activities.  We are also planning a trip to the Victorian museum in Braintree. 

Daily reading lessons will continue, in which the children will develop their skills through reading a wide range of texts.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the high expectations we have for children with regards to reading regularly at home and we ask you to support this by helping your child keep their reading record up to date and signing it.

Maths lessons will continue to develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations, fractions and geometry in line with the new National Curriculum.  Please contact your child’s maths set teacher if you have any queries.

In addition to topic lessons, children will be developing programming skills and learning about internet safety in ICT.  Science lessons will be based on forces and life cycles, including humans as part of our growing up topic. Design and technology lessons will involve the children designing and making different types of bridges.  In geography, we will learn about different environments such as the Everglades and deserts.  PSHE lessons will cover keeping safe before moving on to growing up lessons after half term.  RE lessons will be based on Buddhism. Swimming and gym will be taught until half term, after which we will move on to games and develop athletics skills ready for Sports Day!  French and music lessons will continue.

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