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Curriculum - Year 5

Year 5 - Summer Terms 5 and 6

A pdf version of this Spring term curriculum for Year 5 can be found in Related Documents on the left. 

 

Details are also below:-

Friday 21st April 2017

Dear parents/carers,

I hope you had a lovely Easter. In order to continue to keep you informed about your child’s learning, and to enable you to support them at home, please find following an overview of the Year 5 curriculum this term.

English

In English, the children will be reading stories from different cultures. They will identify the different settings in the stories and express personal responses to the text, using evidence from the text. They will be discussing how authors use language to have an impact on the reader. Throughout this unit, children will develop their skills on describing story settings, characters and integrate dialogue to convey character and advance actions.

We will be linking our work on presenting a balanced argument to saving the rainforest. The children will read and respond to different types of persuasive texts and identify structural features of persuasive texts and look at techniques used and comment on their effectiveness. During this unit, the children will develop their planning skills and propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify the meaning of their writing.

After half term, we will continue to look at persuasive writing and children will be given the opportunity to write brochures for a rainforest expedition.

Towards the end of the term the children will demonstrate their ability to work as a member of a group to plan, perform and evaluate classic and narrative poetry.

Please may I remind you it is very important that children continue to read on a daily basis and practise their weekly spellings. Homework will continue to be handed out on Friday, for handing in the following Tuesday.

Maths

This term, as with the previous one, will be focused on securing prior learning whilst also moving on to new and harder skills in each of the areas of maths. These areas are: Number and place value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Measurement, Geometry- focusing on position + direction and properties of shape and then finally Statistics.

As with English, the children will be handed out homework on Friday, which should be handed in on Tuesday.

Science

This term the children will be learning to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. They will have the opportunity to observe a live creature (small invertebrate) going through its life cycle and see the changes that it goes through. We will also be focusing on Animals and humans, where the children will be able to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. The children will understand how an egg is fertilised and what happens during an animal’s/ human’s gestation period. Key Vocabulary: animals, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, invertebrates, life cycle, reproduction, fertilisation, gestation, metamorphosis, life processes, movement, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration, growth, naturalist.

After half term, children will be able to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. They will be able to describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies. They will also use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Key vocabulary: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, day, night, rotate, Northern hemisphere, Southern hemisphere, equator, moon, star and star constellations.

ICT

The children will finish creating their maze games in ‘Scratch’ by programming their sprites with simple commands. They will have an opportunity to play each other’s game and comment on the effectiveness of it and have time to make some improvements to their own based on the feedback.

Towards the end of the term, children will work in groups to plan and create film trailers using a variety of different software such as ‘windows movie maker’. Children will learn how to incorporate a range of different scenes and effects into their own clips, which will link with their rainforest geography topic.

Geography

Our geography topic this term is Rainforests. The children will use maps to locate where rainforests can be found in the world. They will learn about the different layers in the structure of the rainforests along with the plants and animals that live there. We will also look at homes and lifestyles discussing the materials used and design of homes will be explored, tools, furniture, clothes, different roles for family members, cooking and diet. We will also be discussing the vital importance of these ecosystems and how we can all play a part in their conservation. To enrich the children’s learning of rainforests and animal life cycles we will be visiting Whipsnade Zoo on Friday 9th June.

Key vocabulary: Tropical, temperate, equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer, deforestation, soil, absorption, light and temperature, conservation and ecosystem.

Art and Design Technology

Children will continue working on their printing project and looking at a variety of artists work such as Andy Warhol. After half term the children will be doing Design Technology. They will be looking at existing slippers to generate ideas and techniques that they can use when planning and making their own pair of slippers using textile materials. If you have any fabric, buttons or spare thread at home then we would welcome it. We would also be very grateful for parent support during this project.

Music

In music lessons for the summer term we will be using the Music Express Website; the unit is called 'At The Movies'. The children will be exploring music from animated films create in the 1920s up to present day movies. They will be learning techniques for creating soundtracks and film scores and will be composing their own movie music. After half term, we will be moving on to exploring how music is used at celebrations.

French

The children will be continuing to work with their French booklets, learning how to ask questions and responding with either a positive or negative answer. We will be looking at including colours and animals into sentences and building questions around these.

PE/Games

In PE this term the children will develop their swimming skills and techniques.

In Games during the first half term children will first be taking part in a series of athletics activities in preparation for Sports day. After half term, the children will be learning the skills and techniques to play small sided games of cricket.

Please may I remind you that children must have their full games kit for both their games and PE lessons, which must include trainers. I would also recommend that children have a water bottle on P.E days.

5T: Games (Tuesday) and P.E/ Swimming (Wednesday)

5H: Games (Tuesday) and P.E/ Swimming (Wednesday)

5W: Games (Tuesday) and P.E / Swimming (Thursday)

PSHE

Our first unit of work is entitled Relationships. This focuses on building self -esteem; dealing with friendship changes, problems and learning to compromise; understanding how it feels to be attracted to someone and what having a girlfriend/boyfriend might mean; plus understanding how to stay safe when using technology to communicate.

Our second unit is entitled Changing Me. Children are taught about developing a healthy body image; how their bodies are physically changing and why; how they may feel about these changes; girls and boys puberty; looking ahead at joining year 6 and becoming a teenager.

Class Assembly Dates

5W: 23rd May

5T: 20th June

5H: 27th June

Yours sincerely

Mrs Emma Robertson

 

Year 5 Team Leader.

 

Spring Terms 3 and 4

A pdf version of this Spring term curriculum for Year 5 can be found in Related Documents on the left. 

Details are also below:-

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome to the Spring Term. In order to continue to keep you informed about your child’s learning, and to enable you to support them at home, please find following an overview of the Year 5 curriculum this term.

 

English

 

In English children will study a variety of films as part of a film narrative topic. They will learn how the director uses film shots, music and colour to add effect and how characterisation is developed.

 

Next we will read A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the older literature unit and make comparisons between the novel and the film. They will look at examples of dialogue and degrees of formality between characters. The children will showcase their learning in a performance on Wednesday 22nd March at 7pm and Friday 24th March at 9.30am.

 

Please may I remind you that it is very important that children continue to read and practise their spellings on a daily basis. Homework will be handed out on Friday, which should be handed in on Tuesday.

 

Maths

 

The maths units that we will be focussing on this term are: Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, perimeter and area. The children will be taught both mental and written strategies for each calculation method. The children will be encouraged to apply these calculation strategies to problem solving activities and investigations to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

 

Homework will be handed out on Friday, which should be handed in on Tuesday.

 

Science

 

In the unit ‘Properties of materials’ children will be able to:

  • compare and group together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and  fair tests, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.

Key Vocabulary: opaque, manufactured, soft, hard, brittle, transparent, flexible, translucent, rigid, natural, strong, absorbent, plastic, metal, wood, fabric, rubber, glass, brick, synthetic and magnetic.

Later this term, the children will study life cycles. In this unit the children will be able to:

·         describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

·         describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Key Vocabulary: Stem, leaves, roots, flower, stigma, stamen, ovary, carpel, sepal, anther, filament, sunlight, water, soil, birth, growth, reproduction and death.

 

Computing

 

In ICT the children will learn how to use programming to create basic shapes and use backgrounds, sounds and movements to create different settings for their sprites using the Scratch software.

 

Geography

 

Our topic this term is Mountains, Rivers and Coasts. The children will learn how mountains are formed, how physical and human activity has an impact on mountainous regions and tourism in those areas. This will be related to famous mountains, mountain ranges and mountain chains in different countries. They will learn how rivers are formed and use vocabulary to describe rivers. Using maps, they will locate key rivers in Britain and around the world. We will visit Henley River and Rowing Museum on Tuesday 7th March and Wednesday 8th March, where they will learn about water conservation and observe first hand characteristics of the River Thames.

 

Below is the key vocabulary that we will be using in our topic lessons this term. If you are visiting a river it would lovely if you could encourage your child to use some of this vocabulary.

 

Key vocabulary: Mountains, ridges, valley, lake, glacier, avalanche, river, channel, river bed, tributaries, confluence, valley, mouth, erosion, ox bow lake, meander, waterfall, reservoir, lake, flood plains, settlements and pollution.

 

Art

Children will be looking at landscape paintings by different artists and learning how to use watercolour paints effectively when creating their own landscapes. Later in the spring term, children will study Pop Art and will feel inspired to create their own print designs after studying art work and printing techniques of famous artists such as Andy Warhol.

 

Music

 

This term, the children will develop their singing skills through a variety of songs, which we will perform to you in our production based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

PE/Games

 

In P.E children will learn a variety of dance skills and techniques through a selection of different music to tell the story of the river’s journey which links to our Geography work.

 

In games, the children will develop and improve their defending, attacking and team play skills. They will explore ways in which to attack and defend and play mini versions of invasion games such as football.

 

Please may I remind you that children must have their full games kit for both their games and PE lessons. During the winter months it is very important they have a tracksuit for any outside lessons.         

 

5H: Games (Tuesday) and P.E (Wednesday)

5W: Games (Tuesday) and P.E (Thursday)

5T: Games (Tuesday) and P.E (Wednesday)

 

Important dates year 5 dates

·         24th January:             Parents Evening 5:30pm-8pm

·         26th January:             Parents Evening 3:30-6pm

·         w/c 30th January:      Whole school art week

·         10th February:           School Photographs, classes and teams.

School closes at 3:20pm for half term and re-opens on 21st February.

·         7th/ 8th March:            Year 5 visit to the River and Rowing Museum

·         21st March:                Mother’s day lunch- year 5

·         22nd March:               Easter Cracked workshop

A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance to parents at 7pm.

·         24th March:                A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance to   

Parents at 9.30am.

·         w/c 27th March:         Year 5 Cycling Proficiency (optional)

·         31st March:                School closes for Easter at 2:55pm and re-opens

on 18th April.

 

If you anything you wish to discuss before parents evening, please contact your child’s class or subject teacher/s through the school office, by note or via their homework diaries.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs E Robertson

Year 5 Team Leader.

 

Autumn Terms 1 and 2

A pdf version of the Autumn term curriculum for Year 5 can be found in Related Documents on the left.