Year 5

Summer Term 2

Whole school theme: Going Green

Our new whole school focus is “Going Green,” and in Year 5 we will be focusing on biodiversity, the effects of climate change and extinction.

Literacy

  • Using A Series of Unfortunate Events: the Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket to write a descriptive piece.
  • play script based on the opera Swan Lake

Maths

  • Refining arithmetic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • converting between different units of measure (cm, m, km, l, ml, g, kg)
  • using understanding of measures to calculate the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes.
  • revision of fractions (adding and subtracting with different denominators)
  • calculating the percentage of a number (10%, 15%, 25%, 75%, 1%)

Science

Our Science topic is all about Living Things including their habitats, and the different categories of animals. 

Art

Children will be using their learning in geography about the changing environment as a stimulus to create collages using mixed media. They will consider the effect that colour and tone have on mood.

PSHE

Children will be looking at managing relationships focusing on loss and change.

PE

Children will be learning to throw accurately, analysing their performance, show control in take off and landing when jumping and throwing skills. They will be completing 60m sprints.

Music

Children will be learning and performing songs from memory. They will also compose and perform their own melodic songs.

ICT

Children will be designing, writing and debugging programs.

RE

Children will be learning about Christian beliefs and practices.


Summer Term 1

Curriculum Overview: Build It
Theme: Brains or Brawn: Who were the greatest builders of all time?

Literacy

  • Diary entry based on the story Bling!
  • Newspaper report
  • Explanation on how the pyramids were built
  • New episode for Harry Potter

Maths

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Children will:

  • Consolidate their learning to find fractions and percentages of a whole
  • Revise common fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence

Geometry

Children will:

  • Find interior and exterior angles of regular and irregular polygons

Science

Movement, forces and magnets

Children will learn:

  • To describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other
  • About gravity and the effect of drag forces such as air and water resistance and friction
  • To understand that force and motion can be transferred through mechanical devices such as gears, pulleys, levers and springs

Art and Design

Cartouches

Children will learn to design and make clay Egyptian cartouches

History

Ancient Egypt and Stone Age

  • Children will:
  • Compare Ancient Egypt and the Stone Age and consider who were the greatest builders
  • Seek out and analyse a wide range of evidence

RE

Islam

Children will:

  • Understand the beliefs of Muslims
  • Learn about the 5 pillars of Islam

Spring Term 2

Whole school theme: Take One Picture
Topic: Heroes and Villains
Main Focus: Crime and Punishment

Ask it! - What is a hero?

Literacy

  • Prometheus and Pandora- children will be writing a new ending to this famous myth.
  • The Highwayman- children will be reading the poem by Alfred Noyes and writing a diary entry from Bess’s point of view.
  • Newspaper report- Children will report on the events depicted in the Highwayman poem

Mathematics

  • This half term children will be securing the written methods for multiplication and division.

Science

  • Children will investigate solids, liquids and gases with a focus on irreversible and reversible changes e.g. dissolving, rusting and melting. They will consider which materials are soluble and insoluble.

Art

  • Children are participating in a project in conjunction with the Royal Opera
  • House where they will be learning about set design for the opera Swan Lake.

History

  • From Anglo-Saxons to the Victorian Era we will look at how crime and punishment has changed over the centuries.
  • Pupils will use a range of artefacts and resources to interpret the past
  • Apply chronology to create a timeline

RE

  • Christianity- What would Jesus do?- 21st centruy values.
  • To understand beliefs and teaching
  • To understand practices and lifestyles of different faith groups

PE

  • Striking and fielding skills and games.
  • Develop flexibility and control in gym, dance and athletics.
  • Our PE day is Monday.

Autumn Term 2

Whole school Theme: Influential People
Big Question: Was it really one small step?

English

Literacy and Language Unit 4: Story writing in the style of Jeremy Strong, Biography of Anthony Horowitz

Core Text: The BFG; recount of a dream, balanced argument

Maths

  • Negative numbers
  • Mental methods of multiplication and division
  • Expressing remainders as fraction 
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Statistics

History

Children learn about the history of space exploration including the Cold War and the whether the moon landing was a hoax. They consider each space mission and its significance in the moon landing.

Science

Children learn about the planets in the solar system; their relative sizes and distances from the sun, their orbit around the sun. They also learn about the phases of the moon including why there is day and night

RE

Children will learn about how different religions show their beliefs including where they worship and which symbols are important.

PSHE

Children will consider the different types of bullying. How to recognise these and how to deal with this appropriately.

Music

Children will be preparing for their Christmas performances.

Art

Children will be working in the style of Kandinsky.


Autumn Term 1

Whole school theme: Who's Who?
Year group theme: Journey or Destination?

English

The children will be following the Language and Literacy programme:

  • Literacy and Language Unit 5 fiction – a story from another culture.
  • Literacy and language Unit 5 non-fiction – non-chronological report.
  • Core Text – Journey to Jo’burg. Children will be learning about apartheid through this story told by Beverley Naidoo. They will be writing a biography and diary entry.

Maths

As well as daily times table practice children will be learning:

  • Reading and writing numbers up to 1 million and the value of each digit.
  • Understand decimals and decimal notation in the context of measures
  • Identifying and generalising about patterns.
  • Mental methods for addition and subtraction.

Geography

  • We will be investigating the different places in Africa, locating Africa and geographical features on a map. We will compare Kenya and South Africa, looking at traditions and contrasting geographical features.

PE

Our African adventure will continue into our PE lessons with the children participating in and creating African dances, as well as improving our basketball skills.

Please ensure that your child’s PE uniform is in school every day. 

Science

Children will continue to work scientifically while learning about MATERIALS:

They will learn about:

  • How to compare and group together everyday materials based on their properties
  • Investigate particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.
  • Plan enquiries, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.

Music

We will also be exploring music and the children will have the opportunity to play and create music using drums.

PSHE

Living in the wider world

Children will learn:

  • Identify own and others skills and strengths and recognise how they complement each other
  • Talk about their hopes for the future and the skills they might need
  • Communicate effectively
  • Recognise influences of their decision making

RE

Why do some people think God exist?

Children will:

  • understand practices and lifestyles
  • explain the practices and lifestyles involved in belonging to a faith community.
  • compare and contrast the lifestyles of different faith groups and give reasons why some within the same faith may adopt different lifestyles.
  • understand values 

Computing

  • Introduction to J2E
  • E-Safety

Art and Design

Will be continuing with the topic of Africa during Art and Design and Design Technology to create African artwork, masks and jewellery.

*Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday.*