Literacy lessons are based on the books of Anthony Horowitz. The children enjoy reading and finding the features of his books and get to write their own mystery stories in the same style. Later in the term, Literacy lessons are linked to our topic, Ancient Greece. The children read Greek myths and write their own version . After half term, we focus on explanation texts, debating, writing letters and poetry. Daily reading lessons are based on a range of texts – we also expect children to read regularly at home. Maths lessons develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations in line with the National Curriculum 14. The children are in sets for Maths, ensuring the work is pitched at the most appropriate level.
History lessons involve researching aspects of Ancient Greek life using a range of sources. We organise a special day of activities and workshops based on the Ancient Greeks run by the Portals Of The Past company; this makes the topic really come to life for the children. Geography lessons are based on developing map skills and finding out about Greece. In art lessons, children design, make and evaluate their own Greek pots and draw architecture using perspective.
Science lessons are based on materials, their properties and uses, including opportunities for planning and carrying out investigations. In ICT, children develop their programming and coding skills. The children swim every Tuesday before half term and develop ball games skills in PE. After half term, we move on to dance and continue ball games.
In RE, we learn about Sikhism. PSHE lessons involve discussions of human rights, stereotyping, relationships and the importance of a positive mindset in order to be a successful learner. Philosophy for Children (P4C) lessons help develop the children’s questioning and discussion skills through a range of stimuli. Our design and technology project after half term requires the children to make their own moving toys. All Year 5 pupils learn French throughout the term.
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Literacy lessons are initially linked closely to our topic of space. The children 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 are based on the books of Philip Pullman and the children write descriptions based on the film The Golden Compass. In science lessons, the children learn about the Earth, sun and moon as well as the planets and chikdren make models of rockets as a homework project. We arrange for a mobile planetarium to visit school; further details are provided in a separate letter at the time. In art lessons, the children use textiles and develop sewing skills to create their own space scene.
Our topic after half term isMexico. This provides the children with the opportunity to make moving models of characters from the fables they write. As well as this, they write instructions on how to make their models. Geography lessons are based on North America and Mexico and in history lessons, the children find out about Mayan culture. In art, the children 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 continue, in which the children develop their skills through reading a wide range of texts. We have high expectations with regards to children reading regularly at home and ask that every child take part in the reading award which occurs every January.
Maths lessons continue to develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations, fractions and geometry in line with the new National Curriculum.
In addition to topic lessons, ICT lessons provides children with the opportunity to find out more about how websites work and begin to create their own. They also develop programming skills. Geography lessons before half term are based on developing map skills and linked to Southend. RE lessons focus on Buddhism and Holy Week. Design and technology lessons involves children making moving models. In PSHE lessons, children learn about dealing with emotions, valuing difference and maintaining healthy relationships. Philosophy lessons continue to provide the children with the opportunity to explore a range of issues through discussion. Year 5 pupils swim every Tuesday until half term and gym lessons take place after half term. Outdoor games lessons involve striking and fielding games. French and music lessons continue.
Our main topic this term is the Victorians. Literacy lessons are based on Oliver Twist initially. Children also create an interactive poetry book and write persuasive leaflets and discussion texts. Additionally, the children write playscripts and present them in the style of Horrible Histories. History lessons are based on researching famous Victorians, their inventions and how the changes they made impacted on Britain. The children have a homework project to help them learn more about this. In art lessons, we take inspiration from William Morris’ work for lino and screen printing activities. We are take 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.
Maths lessons continue to develop the children’s understanding of number and the four operations, fractions and geometry in line with the National Curriculum 14.
In addition to topic lessons, children develop programming skills and learning about internet safety in ICT. Science lessons are based on forces and life cycles, including humans as part of our growing up topic. Design and technology lessons involves the children designing and making different types of bridges. In geography, we learn about different environments such as the Everglades and deserts. PSHE lessons cover keeping safe before moving on to growing up lessons after half term. RE lessons are based on Buddhism. Swimming and gym are taught until half term, after which we move on to games and develop athletics skills ready for Sports Day! French and music lessons continue.