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.
Miss Clark and Miss Owen
Learning Challenge: How was Farsley affected in World War One?
This half term we start by looking at the question ‘What did Farsley look like 100 years ago?’ The children will begin the half term by walking around Farsley and observing how the local area has changed over the last 100 years. The main focus of the learning challenge will be looking at the war life of a resident of Farsley/Calverley – Henry Pearson. The children will follow Henry’s life from the village through to the Western Front. In addition, the children will also look at what happened to the people who were left behind in the villages, towns and cities throughout the war and how their lives were affected. We will end the topic by showcasing the children’s work during our Community Exhibition. The children will use a range of sources to further develop their historical knowledge.
This term’s class novel is Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. The children are already showing a wonderful enthusiasm towards reading this book each day. We will be using this novel as the main focus for our writing, guided reading and comprehension. Linking with British Values we have decided it is important to give children the historical context to this novel; ensuring they have a good understanding of what WW1 was and why it is important to remember it. We have begun by looking at WW1 poetry by poets such as Wilfred Owen, John McCrae and Laurence Binyon. The children will be writing their own remembrance poems in the style of these poets and performing them in groups and individually. We will then be moving on to look at using informal and formal language in different types of letters and diary entries, as well as looking at the history of the Christmas Day Truce. We will then look at how we can write from another person’s viewpoint other than our own. Children will have chance to put their new found skills in to practice by writing letters home from the point of view of Private Peaceful in the trenches on the Front. In terms of spelling, we will continue to work through spellings lists using our spelling contract books. Children are really impressing us with the amount of points that they are able to collect! Remember, children need to be aiming for a minimum of 30 points each week!
This term children will be continuing to build their fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a range of different contexts. We will begin by looking at line graphs, where we will interpret and draw our own graphs and apply these independently in Science. From this, we will move onto timetables so that we should be able to plan our own trips and should be experts at bus and train timetables! Having looked at addition and subtraction in Autumn 1, we will be moving on to show our knowledge of multiplication and division including using the language of prime, factor and multiple. We will end the half term by applying these skills to perimeter and area problems and will even be looking at the area of compound shapes.
The focus for this term will be a continuation of last terms ‘Can you drink dirty water?’ topic. We will continue looking at ways to separate materials, beginning by looking at evaporation, following on from our range of separation methods from last half term! We will begin to use technical language to describe the properties of different materials and think about what these would be suitable for. During this topic, we will give reasons based on evidence for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic, which hopefully we will discover from our meticulous fair testing!
Art and Design Technology
Our Art and Design Technology this half term will be linked to our learning challenge. We will be looking at artists such as Leonard Smith, who was a World War One Trench artist.
This half term we will be focusing on Sikhism. The children will be learning about the beliefs that Sikhs hold and how they compare to their own personal beliefs. We are even lucky enough to be able to visit a Gudwara where we will follow Sikh religious practises, such as covering our heads and removing shoes. We will taste some traditional Sikh food and learn why their place of worship is so special.
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 themes of friendship, peer pressure and empathy. 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 the focus for computing in Year 5 will be multimedia projects. With the Golden Owl Film Awards in mind, we will be making our own films using the app iMovie. The sessions will begin by using the Comic Life (app) to storyboard plots for our films. The children will also be continuing their computer science work by starting to look at cryptography.
In Music this half-term, the children will be working on the concepts of phrase and tempo. They will be comparing the phrases of a known song. They will learn that phrases in the same song can be of different lengths. They will also learn that tempo (speed) is important to the character of the song. They will take part in a range of games and activities and will be learning new songs to consolidate these musical concepts. We will also be learning a collection of contrasting songs, which along with the linking narrative tell the Christmas story. The children will be learning these songs, so that they can perform a selection of them at our end of term Community Exhibition.
This half-term in French, the children will be continuing on with their work about the high street and vocabulary related to directions by learning how to ask where places are. They will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities to consolidate this understanding. They will be looking at days of the week and times of day and how to say what they are doing at different times. They will read a French text called ‘Le petit sapin’ and will complete activities based around this Christmas story.