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This term we will be learning…
This term within English, we will be using our class reader, Kensuke’s Kingdom to explore and create setting descriptions that contain fantastic descriptive language. In order to achieve this, we will be learning how to use expanded noun phrases effectively in writing to help create atmosphere as well as developing sentence structure to build upon what the children have already learnt in Year 4.
As we delve further into Kensuke’s Kingdom, we will begin exploring the emotions that are experienced throughout the book. We will be focusing on a particular discovery that Michael, the main character, makes quite early on, using this to help us create a piece of non-fiction writing that will incorporate the skills learnt throughout the first term.
The guided reading for this half term will tie in nicely to the English by allowing us to explore the vocabulary used in Kensuke’s Kingdom. We will be using out knowledge to help us develop answers that require evidence and explanation. After this, we will be reading and analysing a range of non-fiction genres that link to travel in order to provide the understanding of different genres that the children will require when writing.
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 number and place value. This will build on the children’s previous learning developing areas such as reading, writing and comparing numbers up to one million and understanding Roman numerals. We will then be moving on to addition and subtraction where we will be using mental and formal methods to solve calculations and problems in a variety of contexts.
Science – Forces
This unit will allow the pupils to learn about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. This is a brilliant unit as it will give children the opportunity to do a lot of hands on activities that will help develop scientific understanding as well as their working scientifically skills. We will also be exploring the work of Isaac Newton and how his work and findings have impacted on our understanding of forces today.
Topic – Journey through the Orient
Taking inspiration from our class reader, Kensuke’s Kingdom, we will be exploring the links to Japanese culture in this topic. By studying Michael’s journey, we will begin by developing our mapping skills and our ability to identify various countries around the world. As we move through our journey, we will start to uncover Japan and its significance within the story. This will give our pupils to opportunity to begin developing their enquiry skills by researching an area of their choosing.
As part of this unit, we have been lucky enough to book Yo Sushi to come in and deliver a workshop for the children as part of their food technology lessons. This will be an amazing opportunity for many of the children as we know that this is not something they have all tried. They will be able to taste the sushi that they will have made with their own hands!
As we are exploring Japan, we will be creating our own Japanese art pieces by using Kanji lettering to write our names in a traditional style. This will allow children to experiment with different mediums to get the effect that they want before then producing their final piece.
Our class based PE this term will be based around the sport Netball. We will be exploring various passes and catches that can used within this game as well as attacking and defending strategies that they will be able to incorporate into their competitive matched.
Our focus for this half term is exploring the last supper of Jesus and how this has influenced our culture of family and friends breaking bread together to form a community.
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 resiliance and how to cope with difficulties in or out of school.
Dates for the Diary!!!
5NB – 12th October
5LM – 16th November
5VL – 2nd November
5DS – 9th November
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.
Yo Sushi – Wednesday 27th September 2017
Sir Teachalot Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop – Wednesday 1st October 2017
Planetarium Workshop – Friday 12th January 2018
Sea City Museum Trip – Monday 15th – Friday 18th January 2018
PE days are:
5NB and 5VL – Thursday and Friday
5LM and 5DS – 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.
Autumn 1 Spellings
This term the Year 5 exception words we are learning are:
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.