Welcome to Year 5.
Here you will find some information about what we have in store this year. Miss Barnaby is teaching 5B and Miss Frankland is teaching 5F. We are also lucky to be working with Miss Smith and Mrs Wojciak.
The year 5 curriculum
In our Autumn term this year, we are basing our history topic around Ancient Greece. We will be learning about the myths and legends from this area as well as learning about what life was like in the city states. To bring this topic to life, the children have experience with Partake, a theatre company, who specialise in drama workshops. We will also be looking into myths in our literacy topic, studying ‘Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as looking at play scripts based on ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’. In Poetry the children will look at ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe.
In science, the children will be exploring space and looking back in time at theories that were discovered as far back as Ancient Greece. In term 2, they will be looking at a range of materials and their properties involving a range of investigations and scientific discussion.
In our Spring term we will be looking into World War 2. The children will have the opportunity to look into the world through the eyes of an evacuee. They will experience opportunities to use their map work to identify the countries involved and what their part was in the war. They will be applying their knowledge in their literacy work, looking at ‘from a railway carriage’, thinking of the sights seen through a railway carriage in Grantham. The children will also be looking at ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to give them different perspectives of children in the war.
In science, they will be looking at forces, they will be carrying out experiments to test and measure different forces. They will also be looking into the life cycles of plants and animals.
In the Summer term, children will be basing their Geography topic on rainforests. They will learn all about where rainforests are and why they occur. In literacy, they will be holding debates, researching the importance of rainforests and persuading the preservation of forested areas around the globe.
In science, they will be using their knowledge of scientific investigations and applying it to the testing of different changes. They will look at reversible and irreversible changes and recording their results in a range of ways. They will also be learning about growing up and growing old, which links to a literacy unit where they explain the process of growing up.
PE days are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remember to send your child in in their full PE kit and remove any earrings.
Reading with your child is very important, and we are encouraging the children to read regularly at home (at least 4 times a week) on Bug club. If your child is reading independently it would be great if you could take a few minutes to encourage them tell you about their book. Maybe you could ask them a few questions about why they think the author included certain events and what they think will happen next. Talking about characters feelings and the events will help with your child’s understanding of their current book but also help their comprehension skills which are assessed at the end of KS2 in the formal SATs tests.
Spellings are set every week and tested the following week - please help your child to work on these at home.
Maths Times Tables Learning: Please ensure your children is regularly practising their times tables up to 12x12. This is an extremely important tool in supporting the children as they will be required to know these well and at speed at access many questions on test papers in upper key stage 2. A good way to practise is to go onto 'Times Table Rockstars'.
Music lessons take place every Thursday afternoon. Instruments need to be in school ready for lessons and taken home as regular practice helps; please encourage them to do so as it is the only way to learn! This is an amazing opportunity for your child – they have free use of an instrument for the year.