This term we will be learning…
This term within English, we will be using the Narrative Poem ‘The Highwayman’ to explore figurative and descriptive language. The children will be using it as a stimulus to write setting and character descriptions, focusing on using metaphors, similes and personification in order to engage the reader.
We will also be creating a piece of non-fiction writing based on the Titanic as part of our topic ‘Sailing the Waves.’ The children will be using what they have learnt in their topic lessons as inspiration for their writing. Within this, we will focus on the composition of their writing as well as continuing to include the various aspects of grammar that the children have been learning recently.
Later on in the term, we will be taking part in the Portsmouth Book Awards and will be using these as a basis for our writing.
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 begin by exploring division and multiplication. Within this unit, the children will look at the relationships between the two, mental methods and formal written methods. We will then move on to exploring fractions through investigating equivalence, mixed numbers and improper 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.
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 half term, as we are going to be comparing different versions of the birth narrative of Jesus, we have decided to do a whole day later in the term to really help immerse the children in the learning about this special time of year. We aim to support the children in developing their understanding of the origins of this Christian celebration. The day will provide the children with an opportunity to compare two versions of the story, as documented in the bible; discuss and interpret the story from different perspectives.
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 we will be playing with playground algorithms and flowcharts. 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
Please note that these dates are provisionally booked but parents will receive letters closer to the time of the trip or workshop.
Planetarium Workshop – Friday 12th January 2018
Sea City Museum Trip –
5LM – Monday 15th January 2018
5VL – Tuesday 16th January 2018
5NB – Wednesday 17th January 2018
5DS – Thursday 18th January 2018
P4C Parent Day – Tuesday 22nd January 2018
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.
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.