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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Autumn Term 2020

Areas of study for Year 5

 

Literacy

The children will be writing narratives based on a short animated film, ‘For the Birds’, and on the Greek myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’; this links to our history topic on the Ancient Greeks. Further cross-curricular links will be made when the children write non-fiction texts about Greek gods. The children will have opportunities to write persuasive letters and news reports linked to our science topic, ‘Space’, and our class reading book, ‘Cosmic’. They will also write a diary recount and develop their descriptive writing skills when we study the poem ‘The Highwayman’.  

 

Numeracy

This term, the children will be taught about the place value of digits in numbers up to one million, and will start to order and compare numbers; this will include numbers with decimal places. They will re-visit column methods to add and subtract numbers to one million, including carrying and exchanging, and be encouraged to check their answers by using an inverse calculation. They will also recap using a grid method of multiplication before moving onto a shorter written method; they will continue to practise using the ‘bus stop’ method of division. When working with fractions, the children will be comparing and ordering fractions by finding a common denominator. Then they will be taught about percentages, making links to their prior knowledge of fractions and decimals. 

 

Reading

During guided reading lessons, the children will have the opportunity to read aloud, discuss and answer questions across a range of genres, including narratives, non-fiction texts, poetry and playscripts. Using our whole school approaches of ‘Go APE’ and ‘Reading with RIC’, they will practise how to interpret a text, retrieve information and prove their answers. They will also have opportunities to discuss the authors’ choices of words and phrases.

 

MFL

In French lessons, the first half of the term will focus on ‘The Classroom’ and the children will learn how to respond to basic classroom instructions given in French. They will also  hear and learn the French words for classroom equipment, including items found in a pencil case. In the second half of the term, we will be teaching about ‘The Weather’ and the children will be have opportunities to respond to the question ‘Quel temps fait- il?’ (What is the weather like?) 

 

PSHE/RSHE

The children will begin the term talking about ‘Growth Mindset’ and how they can maintain a positive approach to learning. They will then go to learn about managing friendships and dealing with peer influence. Later in the term, they will have opportunities to talk about how they can respond respectfully to a wide range of people. They will look at what discrimination means and the impact of discrimination on groups and the wider society.

In RSHE lessons, we will be talking about physical contact and considering when physical contact is acceptable, unacceptable, wanted or unwanted in a range of situations.

 

RE

The children will be considering a key question this term, ‘To what extent do  

religious beliefs influence and encourage good behaviour?’ Children will begin by looking at role models, rules and what they think is good behaviour. They will then move onto look at each religion’s rules and beliefs and how these encourage good behaviour. For example, the children will look at the ten commandments and how these have encouraged good behaviour.

 

PE

 

In PE lessons this term, the children will be developing their ball skills, including throwing, catching and dribbling a ball. Children will also be encouraged to develop personal and team strategies when playing games such as basketball, throw tennis and bench ball.

Geography

This term, geography will be taught as a cross curricular link to our history topic on the ancient Greeks. The children will use atlases and online maps to discover where Greece is – they will find out which continent it belongs to, its neighbouring countries, the seas that the surround Greece and key geographical features.

 

History

 

As part of our topic on the ancient Greeks, the children will find out where the ancient Greek civilisation appears on a historical timeline. They will use laptops, Learn Pads and iPads to research life in ancient Greece, including what the homes were like, what they ate and how children were educated. The children will find out about Greek gods and goddesses so they can write a factual report. They will also learn about the Athenians and the Spartans and how hostilities between the two city states led to the Battle of Marathon. Towards the end of the term, the children will be taught about Helen of Troy and the Trojan horse. We will also discuss the ancient Olympic games and how this has influenced the modern games. Finally, we will consider whether or not the ancient Greek civilisation has had an impact on the modern world.

 

Science

 

For the first half of the autumn term, the children will be building on their previous knowledge of forces; they will find out about different forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance, buoyancy and friction. They will carry out scientific investigations to explore the effects of air resistance and friction.

After half term, they will be learning about Earth and space, identifying the planets of our solar system and describing the movement of planets relative to the Sun. They will use the idea of the earth’s rotation to explain day and night and find out about the phases of the moon as it rotates around the Earth.

 

Music

 

In music lessons, children will listen to a wide range of quality music drawn from different traditions and great composers. They will also learn to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using interrelated dimensions of music. In light of current Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to sing or chant in class groups so we will be composing music using body percussion and instruments we can tap or shake. Berkshire Maestros are presently unable to teach the children to play brass instruments but will be visiting each class for a series of five ‘musicianship’ lessons this term instead.

Computing

The children will start the term learning about forms of communication, including sending information using semaphore and Morse code. They will then find out how to protect private information online and begin to appreciate the need to create complex passwords to keep information secure. They will discuss the need for private information to be encrypted and learn to decrypt and encrypt messages using simple cyphers. After half term, the children will use PowerPoint to plan and create an interactive story with branching options. They will find out how to insert hyperlinks and use object animation to enhance their stories.

Art, Design and Technology

The children begin the term by exploring the work of Hansjorg Meyer, an artist famous for using printing techniques to create pieces of abstract art. They will be shown how to create prints using ‘mono printing’ techniques and by scoring lines into polystyrene tiles. They will then design and create their own piece of art using a printing technique.  In DT lessons, the children will find out about the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel before using a computer programme to design their own bridge. They will then build their bridge, incorporating pulleys or levers, before assessing the final construction.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.