Welcome to Year 5
Listed below are the themes for each subject area that we will be following this term which we hope you will find useful.
Maths: Although SATs has been cancelled this year, children are still working towards Maths SAT’s papers for teacher assessment. After the half-term, work on Maths in Year 6 will be based on a series of real life scenarios in which children will be given the opportunity to work together and alone using all of the skills they have acquired to solve in-depth and challenging situations in real life contexts. There will also be tasks to help with transition to Year 7. Year 5 will continue to work on refining core skills of number, shape and space and handling data and practise applying those skills using an investigative approach.
English: In Year 6 we will be studying a block of work exploring fairy tales using the modern story Blackberry Blue. We will also create an information text in our non-fiction unit, using the text Animalium. In Year 5 we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including the classic short story, ‘How The Whale Became’, and a non-fiction unit using the exciting multi-genre text ‘Ripley’s Mighty Machines’. There will continue to be an emphasis on the importance of becoming a life-long reader and work on how to continue to select appropriate and exciting books for independent reading.
Science: Year 6 will be exploring Electricity and Animals Including Humans in our Science work this term. Children will be encouraged to record their findings in a variety of ways. Year 5 will also be exploring the topic Animals including humans as well as Animals habitats and will conduct a range of investigations throughout the term. The children will learn and understand specific concepts and will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to various situations. We have also planned a Forensic Science day which both year groups will take part in.
Computing: We will continue to develop our knowledge and understanding of researching information from the Internet as well as improving our word processing skills. In Year 5 we will be looking at blogging and architecture, using a range of computer programmes to create and share our work. Year 6 will be learning about geotagging and combining their computing skills to create their leavers book.
Geography: Year 6 are considering our local area and how geography may change in our future. We hope to carry out fieldwork opportunities to enhance this learning. Year 5 will be discovering how trade works within the UK and across the world and the importance of sustainability.
History: Year 6 will be researching WWI and WWII using our local knowledge of Exercise Tiger that took place on Slapton sands. Year 5 will be looking at why people make journeys and researching some of the more well-known journeys that have been made (such as the Titanic).
Art & DT: Year 5 and 6 will be looking at mixed- media collage including digital media in art where they will be using different layering skills and researching the artist Teesha Moore. For DT they will be looking at the unit electrical systems.
Music: We will be exploring music from different places around the world. Year 6 will be involved in a Leaver’s Performance and reflect on musical history with a specific focus on classical music.Year 5 will be delving into Motown music and then after half term will be reflecting on how different genres of music have changed throughout the centuries.
RE: Year 5 and 6 will be considering what kind of King Jesus was in our Christianity unit and then after half term consolidate their learning across a variety of religions contemplating how faith can help people when life gets hard.
PSHE: Everyone in the unit will be developing their social skills, learning to get on with each other, respecting people and property. We will also continue to learn the benefits of team work and cooperation through Commando Joe.
French: Year 6 will be learning about different parts of the body in French and looking at the Present tense of avoir and être . They will also learn about how to order different items from a café. Year 5 will be finding out about Claude Monet and the range of colours he used in his artwork as well as learning about the different activities people do across the seasons and throughout the year.
P.E: We are very excited to be able to get back into the swimming pool this term and children will be notified of their swim day and procedures. Year 6 are also focusing on net and wall games along with some dancing of course for our leavers play. Year 5 will be focussing on agility and coordination skills through a range of ball games.
Forest School: This term is also our turn in the woods with Mrs Moore and her forest school sessions. Year 5 are before May half-term; year 6 in the second half-term.
All of the work undertaken will ensure that children are reaching their personal learning goals. Work is given with support where needed to ensure that everyone can access the curriculum and can “be the best that they can be.”
If you have any items which are relevant to any of the above subject areas we would be delighted to borrow them.
As usual, it is our hope that you will support your children where necessary with homework, regular reading and the learning of tables and number bonds.
If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s educational or social development please do not hesitate to contact school and we will organise a meeting with you under COVID regulations. You can also send messages via your child’s Reading Record.
Thank you for your continued support in what has been another unprecedented school year, we are so pleased to end it altogether.
With best wishes,
Charlotte Ramsden and Lauren Murray
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Miss Murray and Miss Ramsden