This term we will be learning…
This term within English, we will be using the Portsmouth Shorter Novel Book Award 2018 nominated book, Giant, to explore the use of emotive speech and language within fiction. Using this fantastic novel as a stimulus, the children will create their own piece of writing based on an element of the book of their choosing. This writing will also provide an opportunity to further develop the children’s editing and improving skills, allowing them to refine and develop their initial ideas.
We will also be creating a piece of creative writing linked to our science subject, Earth and space. Using our understanding of the solar system, we will describe a journey through space using creative but detailed language to fully immerse the reader in their trip though the Milky Way.
We will also be using the Highwayman as part of our guided reading to develop the skills required to infer and read between the lines. In addition to this, the pupils will be exploring non-fiction texts such as newspaper reports and diaries to analysis language and structural features.
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.
This term, our learning journey will be exploring the world of fractions. The unit will begin by recapping what a whole is and that parts make up a whole. We will be able to use our learning around multiplication, division and the bar model in order to explore this. The learning will then move on to equivalence, mixed and improper fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions.
Science – Earth and Space
During the Spring term, we will be exploring Earth and Space. We will be discovering the relationships between the Sun, Moon and Earth, with particular emphasis on the importance of Space exploration. We have an exciting opportunity where a mobile planetarium will be visiting us in school. This inflatable digital dome brings the 360° experience directly to the audience. Throughout the topic, we will be applying our statistics skills through looking at data and creating graphs and tables. We will be applying our knowledge of space in the second half term to create a descriptive piece of writing including factual information about the planets.
Topic – Sailing the Waves
Our topic this term will explore the ‘unsinkable’ ship, the Titanic. We are very excited to be assigning the pupils’ their own passenger of this remarkable ship. Through their character, they will learn about the differences in class and how this would have impacted on the way that they lived onboard the ship as well as how likely it would have been that they survived.
We are very lucky again that through the support of parents’ contributions, we are able to visit the SeaCity Museum in Southampton where children will be able to take part in workshops, discovery sessions and explore relics recovered from the wreckage. The dates for the trip can be found below.
Through this exciting focus, the children will be able to develop their map skills by plotting the journey and exploring the physical geography of various places of this ship’s journey. In addition to this, we will be incorporating our P4C skills by debating who should board the lifeboats first. This will take place on the P4C parent day so all parents will have the opportunity to come along and get involved. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our class based PE this term will be based around football. We will be working on skills in ball control, passing and spacial awareness as well as investigating the rules.
This term the focus will be around the concept ‘Stewardship’ and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how this concept applies to Islam. This unit will allow children to begin to think about their place in the wider world and how we look after it.
This term, our French focus will be ‘Au Cafe’. We will be learning how to order food and drinks and ask for the bill through, speaking, listening, reading and writing activities.
In music we will explore movie music from 1920s animated films to present day movies. We will learn techniques for creating soundtracks and film scores, and compose our own movie music.
In PSHE, we will be looking at relationships. This will include a focus on friendships and healthy relationships, secrets and when to talk about them and the consequences of actions and the effect on others.
This half term in Computing the children will get the opportunity to create a programme that controls a set of mini traffic lights. This will explore completed algorithms, debugging and logical reasoning, building on the work the children have previously completed.
Dates for the Diary!!!
5NB – Thursday 26th April 2018
5VL – Thursday 3rd May 2018
5LM – Thursday 10th May 2018
5DS – Thursday 24th May 2018
Trips and Workshops
Victorian Dress Up Day – Wednesday 18th April
Stansted House Visit:
5VL – Monday 30th April
5NB – Tuesday 1st May
5LM – Wednesday 2nd May
5DS – Thursday 3rd May
Please note that these dates are provisionally booked but parents will receive letters closer to the time of the trip or workshop.
PE days are:
5DS and 5VL – Monday and Friday
5NB and 5LM – Wednesday and Friday
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition.
In Year 5, your poster must be about Space Exploration and Discoveries.
- The discovery of the heliocentric model of the solar system
- The discoveries made when humans first landed on the moon
- The discovery of Planet X
- A timeline of important space discoveries and exploration
- The first exploration of Mars
- The discovery of a new dwarf planet – Pluto
- The discovery of exoplanets
- Current space exploration with Elon Musk
Part one: Research your poster. Investigate and imagine all the amazing exploration and discovery that takes place around the world.
Part two: Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to get creative! Your poster must be: 2D (flat) on A4 or A3 paper. You can use pop up pictures, pull out tabs or use materials such as paint, drawing pencils, crayons and paper.
Part three: Posters will be judged on how creative and well-researched the ideas are and how well the poster has been made or drawn. Once your poster is complete, write all your information on the back and hand it in to your class teacher.
Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be on the back of the poster):
- entrant name and entrant age
- age category – Junior
- school name and address
Please complete your poster and return to your class teacher by: Wednesday 28th March
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.