This term we will be learning…
This term, we will explore the picture book ‘Zoo’ by Anthony Browne. This short but touching story will allow us to develop concepts and ideas through P4C before they then use what they will have learnt in Guided Reading to produce a text which demonstrates their point of view.
After researching arguments both for and against zoos, the children will produce a text that discusses the arguments and allows them express their individual opinion and conclusions. This project will allow the children to develop their ability to write for a specific purpose and how to collate their ideas into cohesive arguments.
We will also be using ‘Street Child’ as part of our guided reading to develop the skills required to infer and read between the lines. Another skill which we aim to develop through the analysis and enjoyment of this text, is the ability to take inspiration from other authors writing to improve the quality of our own written work.
During the children’s time in year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics. We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practise with complex problems. They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.
Our summer unit will begin by examining decimal numbers, exploring how they relate to our learning from last term, fractions. We will then continue our learning journey by exploring how to add and subtract decimal numbers. The learning will then progress to multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
As we move into the second part of the summer term, we will be consolidating the children’s understanding of measure as well as ensuring they are confident with written methods for all four operations. We will then go on to focus on shape, looking specifically at properties of shapes and how to measure and calculate angles. Finally, we will looking at position and direction, where the children will develop their understanding of reflection and translation on a quadrant, using coordinates.
Science – Living Things
During the Summer term, we will be building on our understanding of living things, with a focus on life cycles. The children will engage in a range of activities to enable them to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird, as well as develop an understanding of the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. At the end of this topic, the children will be producing a picture ebook aimed at infant school children all about life cycles.
Topic – Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
During the second half of this term, we will be continuing to learn about the Victorian era. However, our focus will shift to Geography skills. Within this topic, we will be taking part in some field work at Southsea seafront where we we collect data looking at the current land uses around the Canoe Lake area and the activities the public are taking part in. We then will compare this to the Victorian seafront through looking at primary and secondary sources.
As part of our Art topic, we will be studying the Victorian designer William Morris looking at how he produced his print work. Then we will be designing our own clay tiles inspired by him before creating some block prints and printing designs. Our D&T project will focus on the skills of cutting and joining wood and using cam mechanisms to create a Victorian moving toy.
Our class based PE this term will be split between rounders and gymnastics. In gymnastics the children will have the opportunity to develop their skills for balancing, travelling and rolling then apply these skills to their own routines. The outdoor rounders lessons will focus on teamwork, developing the children’s communication and understanding of the rules and skills associated with the game.
This term the focus will be around the concept ‘Sacred’ and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how this concept applies to Islam and Christianity. This unit will allow children to begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe and express this through their practice.
This term, our French focus will be ‘Les Vetements’. We will be learning the different vocabulary linked to clothes, then building on our understanding of adjectival agreements to produce a piece of writing describing what we would wear in different weather conditions.
In music we will be continuing to focus on the structure and arrangement of music and how it is composed. Using upbeat songs to inspire the students, we will be practicing singing in unison, use three-part harmony and learning a melody using instruments to accompany the song.
PSHE this half term will be related to our Science where we will be linking in our Relationships education to the changing stages in the Human life cycle. In particular, we will be exploring puberty and ways to manage changes. Any questions, please feel free to speak to any member of the Year 5 team.
This half term in Computing the children will be creating a picture ebook linked to work completed on life cycles within Science. They will be applying the computing skills they have learnt this year into a PowerPoint presentation.
Dates for the Diary!!!
There are no more class assemblies
Trips and Workshops
Southsea Seafront – Wednesday 20th June (5VL, 5DS) Thursday 21st June (5NB, 5LM)
Sports Day – Monday 25th June 2018 – Yr 5/6 in the afternoon
PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Our topic this term is based all around the Victorian times. We will be learning about children in Victorian times, what life was like for them and how it differs to today. In the second half of the term we will be focusing on a comparative of the Victorian seaside with the seaside today. For your homework this term, we would like you to research another area of the Victorians. Some examples of areas you could study:
- The Industrial Revolution
- Queen Victoria and her family
- Famous Victorian Inventions
- Fashion in Victorian times
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel
- The British Empire in Victorian times
- Dr Barnardo
- Victorian transport
For this project, we would like you to study one area in depth. This could include:
- Photographs, drawings, diagrams
- Fact file written in your own words
- Diary in role
- Video diaries
As this is an extended project, we expect a variety of activities to be done ready to present to the class. If you need any paper or resources, please ask your class teacher.
(Remember: Year 5 Langtone Learner expectations – well-presented work with legible, joined handwriting!)
Due in: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Please practise these spellings ready to be tested in class. It is important that you understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence.
We will still be looking at the Year 3 and 4 exception words, so make sure you are still practising them.