Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter – Summer Term (first half)
Welcome to the summer term - I cannot believe how fast this year is going! Year 5 had an extremely busy end to the spring term: what with parents evening, visiting Woodlands Farm and celebrating World Book Week; not to mention individual pupils and groups representing the school in a sporting, school council or worship team capacity.
With summer (or at least, British summer) fast approaching, Year 5 look set to go out with a bang: an overnight residential, a unique opportunity to collaborate with Greenwich University and a whole heap of new learning!
Our focus this half term is the narrative poem, The Highwaymn, by Alfred Noyes. During this unit, the children will be exploring language and layout in poetry, as well as applying their skills across a range of genres: DVD blurb writing, diary writing with a focus on characterisation, and even advertising houses!
SPAG focus this half term will be on drop-in clauses; cohesion within and between sentences; apostrophes, semi-colons and brackets.
Spelling/Times table tests – As per your home learning sheets, tests shall continue to take place on Thursday afternoons.
Numeracy in the first half term shall focus on measure – beginning with a recap of perimeter and area before moving onto volume and problem solving with a range of measures (including time). In the second half of the Summer term we shall be exploring shape, angles and statistics, before revising our learning goals from the Year 5 standards.
This term, our Science topic is Life Cycles. As we have been fortunate enough to begin exploring this topic through our visit to Woodlands Farm last half-term, the ch will be looking at the life cycles of different plants and animals; including flowering and non-flowering plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. Over time, ch will have the opportunity to observe and record changes of a real life cycle. In conjunction with the school’s Sex Ed policy, ch will learn to describe the changes as humans develop into old age. There will also be a focus on the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction.
Year 5 will kick off the Summer term completing their unit on how the Christian message has survived for 2000 years, culminating in the creation of Christian Olympic torches. Later this half term, we shall begin looking at Hinduism, with a specific focus on Hindu values.
Our History topic this term is the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. In each lesson, we will ask a ‘Big Question’ of the Anglo-Saxon/Viking period and then explore and develop an answer using our KS2 historical key skills of:
- inference and deduction
- comparing similarities and differences
- using and questioning sources
- understanding cause and consequence
We shall be creating an outcome for the whole school art exhibition later this term.
This term, Year 5 will be exploring battle music and the music of war and creating our own pieces as if we were Vikings going into battle!
French lessons shall continue to be led by Madame Sarah. This term’s topics include: counting (larger numbers), adjectives to describe animals and objects, and the weather.
Year 5 will be taught cricket on Tuesday mornings by Mr. Toby and Mrs. Graham will be coaching tennis on Thursday mornings.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BRINGING YOUR KIT TO SCHOOL ON THE CORRECT DAYS – A FULL KIT IS REQUIRED, AND IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT YOU MAY BORROW ANOTHER PERSON’S.
Please check Year 5’s Home Learning page for further details.
I am so very excited about your final term with me, and I look forward to a productive and happy end to the year!