Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter – Spring Term (first half)
My oh my, how time flies – welcome back to school and Spring Term, Year 5! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New year. A great big thank you for my Christmas presents; I was overwhelmed by your generosity!
Without further ado, let’s take a look at what we will be learning this term…
Our Literacy focus this term is a fiction book entitled Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. Linking very closely with our ‘Raging Rivers’ topic, the book raises some interesting questions about how one might survive in a world decimated by flooding. We will be using the novel’s themes to further develop our creative writing and discursive writing skills, as well as taking a closer look at how authors manipulate language for effect.
SPAG - lessons shall take place twice a week, with a particular focus on the passive voice, commas for clarity and different clause structures.
Spelling – As per your home learning sheets, spelling tests shall continue to take place on Thursday afternoons, after PE.
Following a comprehensive and more challenging application of formal methods for addition and subtraction, Year 5 will be focusing on fractions and their relation to decimals and percentages.
Mental maths will continue to form the basis of our early morning work.
In Science this term, we shall be looking at states of matter and investigating reversible and irreversible changes.
During this half term, Year 5 will be exploring some of the Bible’s key passages and learning about the Anglican church.
Our topic this half term is ‘Raging Rivers’, and given that much was reported about the 2015/2016 UK floodings, I hope Year 5 will find this a relevant and engaging unit. Using atlases, maps and iPads we will learn to identify features of a river and locate some of the key rivers across the UK and the world. This shall then lead onto specific case studies of rivers and their impact on physical and human environments.
This half term, Year 5 will use their sketchbooks to explore mark making and symbol drawing. We shall also look at different illustrators and designers, using their ideas to produce our own illustration maps.
This term you will be learning about the Water Music Suite by Handel, a largely orchestral piece. We will look at movement, tone and rhythm and explore these through a variety of instruments.
French lessons shall continue to be led by Madame Polidoro. This term’s topics include: hobbies and sports, counting (larger numbers) and telling the time.
Year 5 will be taught gymnastics on Tuesday afternoon by Mr Artur and Mrs Grabham will teach street dancing on Thursday morning.
Please check Year 5’s Home Learning page for further details.
Should you wish to discuss any area of the curriculum in more detail, or enquire about how best to support your child’s learning at home, please do not hesitate to contact me; my door is always open.
Warm wishes for a happy and healthy 2017,