Year 5 Web Page: Summer Update
Teachers: Ms Adams & Mrs Green
Support Staff: Mrs Hudson
English: The children thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty last term and this term will see them getting to grips with another thought-provoking story. We will be reading the story of Auggie Pullman in ‘Wonder’ – a booked that explores the different character dynamics in Auggie’s life – a boy born with facial abnormalities.
Mathematics: Our initial focus for the first half term will be the topic of Measure. Children will explore the 24-hour clock format, solve problems involving length and mass. We will also look at perimeter and area, as well as volume and capacity. These topics can also be supported at home, through the use of solving everyday problems together.
The second half term will see our focus shift to the topic of ‘shape’, as well as consolidating all of our learning this year to solve statistical problems.
Mathletics Maths homework will continue to be set every Friday to be completed by the following Friday. We strongly encourage you to please support your child in completing these exercises, in order to cement the knowledge and skills they have gained in class. Continuing to practise the rapid recall of their times tables, as well as knowing the inverse division facts would also be a great way you can reinforce your child’s learning at home (e.g. if 12 x 6 = 72, 72 / 6 = 12).
RE: The big questions we will explore in our RE topics this term include; ‘how can energy transform?’, ‘can I understand how with freedom comes great responsibility?’ and ‘how can I show respect for the environment each day?’ We will use a range of skills and strategies our RE lessons to discover more about the different topics and answer these challenging questions. We will use the opportunity to discuss what these means in everyday life and encourage the children to draw on, and share, their own personal experiences.
Topic: History will see us focusing on the Victorians, based on the texts that we have read in addition to exploring Native Americans. We will continue to develop our artistic skills using a range of media, whilst in Design & Technology we will be designing and making Totem Poles and bags, to support our Native American learning. In ICT, we will be exploring website validity, as well as learning to develop our own webpages in a safe manner and using ICT to support our learning in a range of ways.
Science: The first half term will see us focus on ‘Forces’, whereby the children will take on the role of a retrieval team working on behalf of the Natural History Museum. They will learn how a rare and valuable meteorite has just landed on Earth and they will need to overcome an array of challenges that will require them to put their knowledge and understanding of forces into action. May the ‘Force’ be with us! We had originally planned to cover this topic in the Spring time, however we used our termly slot of visiting and using our biodome to have a go at planting and covered the topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’ instead.
Following on from the children’s enjoyment learning about ‘Living things and their habitats’ in the Spring term, our final topic will be about animals including humans. Through this topic children will learn about the lifecycle of a human being, learn about changes they experience as they get older and compare the life expectancy of different animals. To support our learning we will visit the ‘Tump 53’ to explore animals and their habitats in a natural setting.
PE: Outdoor PE will now take place on Tuesday and Dance on a Thursday. Children need to have their PE kit in school every day please. We will continue to have Dance first thing on a Thursday morning, so children will be sent home with their PE kits on a Wednesday evening, with the expectation that they will be dressed in their PE kit ready for Dance on Thursday morning. Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed for PE/Dance.
Homework: Please read with your child every night for approx. 20 minutes. Even at this age, it is beneficial to listen to your child read and ask questions to ensure they understand what they have read and test their inference skills - can they read between the lines? Children are required to write a comment in their reading journals and an adult must sign to confirm that the book has been read and is ready to be changed. Please ask your child to think of meaningful comments they could make in their reading journals and encourage them to support their comments with evidence from the text that they are reading. Other homework will be given out on a daily basis, please support your child in this home learning.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another busy and productive term.