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Y5 Autumn 1 2017

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas.  The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas.   If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss Clark and Miss Owen


Learning Challenge: Could you run a restaurant?

This half term we start by looking at the question ‘Can you run your own restaurant?’ which covers several subject areas including Design Technology (cooking and nutrition), art, English and science. This topic allows the children to work towards running their own restaurant just before we break up in October (save the date- 5C’s restaurant evening is Tuesday 17th October and 5O’s restaurant evening Wednesday 18th October). Children will cover questions such as “What makes a healthy meal?” looking at different food groups, a balanced meal and why it is important to stay healthy. Other questions include “What will be on my menu?” where children will be learning about consumer research and looking at developing their menu ideas through looking at popular dishes. This will also help incorporate maths into the topic as children learn to create tally charts and bar graphs and interpret this information accordingly. Children will also be writing their own television adverts, with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills. They will then have chance to film these using the iPad skills they learnt from Mr Bradshaw last year. Children will have the chance to develop their knowledge of healthy eating, profit and loss, cooking, and team working skills. The learning challenge is very much child centred with children’s baseline questions forming the basis of the topic.



To start the year, children will be writing their own autobiographies to introduce themselves to their new teachers.

We will start by writing our own autobiography, focusing on one chapter of our lives. We will then be looking into adverts where the children will look at the specific features of both written and spoken adverts, eventually producing their own television advert linked to the restaurant theme. The children will develop their analytical skills as well as being able to write and perform their own compositions from memory. This will be centred on the use of iPads to film their adverts, allowing children to understand how important technology and computing are in today’s modern world across a range of subjects. In spelling we will be focusing on the national curriculum spelling list and recapping spelling rules visited previously in Year 4. Our grammar and punctuation work will focus on the use of modal and imperative verbs and the use of the past tense.  

Our class guided reading novel this half term is Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. The book is a fantastic insight into the early years of the much loved children’s author, with exciting and humorous tales throughout. The book will be studied through guided reading and we will also be building on our inference and retrieval skills in reading comprehension lessons.



We will begin this year by introducing children to the Year 5 objectives to do with place value and problem solving using the four operations. Children will have chance to build on their learning from previous years as they work towards Year 5 objectives. Firstly, we will be recapping our learning from Year 4 and reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000. We will look at column addition using numbers with more than four digits before using this knowledge to use rounding to check accuracy of calculations. This is a skill that will be implemented across all four operations. During addition and subtraction, there will be a focus on children mentally adding and subtracting numbers to increase their confidence and ability to calculate fluently in their heads. When we move on to multiplication and division, children will use the bus stop division method with increasingly large numbers and long multiplication to move in to multiplying four and five digit numbers by two digit numbers, as well as rounding to check accuracy. Children will have opportunities in all lessons to not only practice their skills but to apply their learning to problems, as well as using their reasoning skills. Times table practice will happen every day using fun games and resources to ensure children are learning their times tables out of context, rather than just chanting from 1 to 12 times. Maths home learning will be sent home on a weekly basis in the form of either paper copies in home learning books or online tasks. It will be based on the work completed that week, enabling children to consolidate their mathematical skills and knowledge.



The focus for this term will be ‘Can you drink dirty water?’ We will be looking at changing state. We will be using lots of experiments to investigate how we can separate different materials in solutions and mixtures. We will look at melting and freezing, evaporating and condensing and solids, liquids and gasses. During this topic we will discuss fair testing and design our own fair experiment to test separation and saturation of solutions when a solid is dissolved into a liquid. We will also look at the filtration of liquids, both using man made products and the natural filtration of spring water. We will then move on to look at reversible and irreversible changes, linking to the use of materials in everyday life.


Art and Design Technology

Our Art and Design Technology this half term will be linked to our restaurant learning challenge.



This half term we will be focusing on places of pilgrimage and looking at why people go on special journeys. This will include children looking at places which are special to them as well as looking at Jewish and Christian places of pilgrimage.



In PE this half term we will be developing key skills involving hand-eye coordination and applying this to a variety of different situations. Skills will be developed through a whole-part-whole process, allowing the children to practice the skill, break it down in to small parts in order to improve and then practice the whole skill together. All lessons will also involve a competitive game in order to allow the children to apply their learnt skills to a real life situation.



This half term Year 5 will be exploring the theme of friendship. They will spend time discussing and exploring various aspects of friendship such as empathy, managing feelings and developing social skills relating to friendships. They will consider possible barriers to friendship such as making assumptions and pre-judging others. They will explore strategies for coping with people with different personalities to their own and develop knowledge of how to behave in an appropriate manner for a variety of relationships.



This half term in Computing we will be looking at encryption and how programming can help protect your personal data.  These practical sessions will involve 'code breaking' lessons where the children develop complex puzzles for each other to solve.  Following this we will look at how search engines are developed and how they store and retrieve information.  We will also be looking at some other fundamentals of computing - algorithms and compression.



In Music this half-term, the children will be revising some of the musical skills and concepts they have covered over the last two years. These will include using the singing voice and the thinking voice, playing and caring for instruments, rhythm, pulse, pitch, tempo, dynamics and timbre. They will learn about the history of jazz music and about some famous jazz artists during Black History week.



This half-term in French, the children will revise what they have learnt over the last 2 years through a range of activities and songs. They will learn vocabulary relating to buildings on the high street and will learn how to write sentences using this new vocabulary. They will learn how to give directions and how to ask where places are. There will be a range of written work and lots of opportunity for speaking and listening.