Welcome to Year 5’s class page!
We have had a fantastic start to Spring term in Year 5. The children will be learning about many topics in Geography and Science, such as the cultural differences between South America and the UK, along with living things in their habitats and the water cycle.
The children have been learning about Advent to Christmas and to complete this topic, the children carried out a class mass at the beginning of this term linked to Epiphany. Our new topic is ‘People of Prayer’ in which we will be focussing on a key question: What are the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer and how do they express Christian belief and life? They will learn about the Beatitudes and begin to make links between the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer. By the end of the topic, the children should have an appreciation of the role of prayer in deepening a relationship with God. The lessons will encompass a variety of ways to demonstrate that the Beatitudes and Lord’s Prayer help to guide, instruct and inform us all on how to be respectable human beings.
In English, we are reading ‘Wolf Brother’ and are learning about the main character Torak and how he has to face the journey north on his own, after his beloved Fa was slaughtered by a demon bear. We learn to empathise with Torak and how his characters persevered through difficult situations to live out his father’s wishes. The children will use role play to re-enact scenes from the book to engage with the text further. They will also retell part of the story from the perspective of the main character, Torak. We will also be reading ‘Floodland’ where the children will learn about a ten-year-old girl named Zoe, who is left behind after her parents leave the island before the floods. She is left alone in the ruins of Norwich but escapes to Eels Island (Ely Cathedral) where she discovers a sinister society run by a strange boy named Dooby. ‘The Explorer’ is a new text for this year, which will provide the children with a range of opportunities to develop their writing for different text types. The book is a modern classic of an adventure that will not only transport us away from the classroom to the Amazon, but also spark the imaginations of all of the young explorers in our class!
We will continue to provide the children with a range of text types to apply their reading skills to. The key reading skills are as follows:
- Asking questions
- Clarifying (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)
- Summarising (put important items together)
- Infering using clues
- Making connections to background knowledge
Reading skills will be explicitly taught to the children as well as developing inference of a carefully chosen text, and embedded through our texts within English lessons.
In maths, the focus for the entire term is ‘Number', and the learning will divided into three main strands:
Multiplication and Division
We will be consolidating prior knowledge on how to use formal methods to multiply and divide. We will then be using long multiplication to multiply numbers up to four digits by a two digit number. Then, we will be dividing numbers with remainders, before moving on to solving problems involving a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Children will be able to compare and order fractions whose denominators are multiples of the same number. They will identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction before moving on to recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions, and converting from one form to another.
Decimals and Percentages
Children will be able to read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places. They will be learn how to recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents. We will move onto rounding decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and one decimal place. Children will be able to recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand percent relates to the ‘number of parts per 100’.
NB: Continued practice of times tables (up to 12x) will help pupils enormously with this topic.
The Spring term will be focussed on our Geography topics of South America- Mayans and Rivers and Waters. The children will be using maps to locate countries of study and identifying the key physical and human characteristics. Our focus question is: How do we know about the Mayas? This will encourage the children to research of sources, looking at the culture of South America and how they lived and finding out what the Mayans left behind. During the second half of the term, we will be looking at Rivers and Waters, understanding how a river is formed and the different stages of a river. The children will develop an understanding of how a river changes the landscape through erosion and deposition. We will look at some examples of this with rivers in the UK. As a year group, we take a trip to Teddington Lock to further embed our knowledge of river, looking closely at the river Thames.
During the first half term, as part of ‘Living Things and their Habitats’, we will be looking at the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds, and will describe the differences between them. Then, we will be describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. In the second half term, we will be building upon our learning from Autumn 2 on ‘Properties and Changes of Materials – mixtures and filtration’; children will now investigate why some physical changes are easily reversible and some are not. We will also be able to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is usually irreversible.
We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.
Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.
Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.
The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.
Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and hand it in on the due day. They have a timetable which shows the when the homeworks are due.
- Spellings & Sentences
- English – SpaG & Writing
- Maths – Mental Arithmetic and Reasoning & Problem Solving
- Reading Comprehension
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to the upcoming term!
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