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 Mrs Hayton
Learning Challenge: ‘Is there anybody out there?
Our learning challenge this half term is a science based topic on our solar system. We will start by looking at our position in the solar system as well as looking at the order of the planets and how these are linked to the stars. This will also incorporate recognising planets as spherical objects. We will then move onto looking at the characteristics of different planets and whether they are able to support life or not, space exploration and how the movement of the Earth creates day and night. We will be looking at the phases of the moon and understanding why the Moon looks different at different times of the month. We will be asking every child to observe and record what the moon looks like on one night of the month to contribute to a class Moon diary – obviously this will be cloud permitting! During our topic we will also be planning and carrying out a scientific enquiry into why the sun appears to move throughout the day – this will help children develop their scientific thinking and questioning skills.
In writing this half term we will be focusing on audience and purpose. First, we will explore the audience and purpose of different types of writing in order to further understand why different types of writing have differing styles. We will then look at how our vocabulary choices can affect how the reader feels about a certain piece of writing, and adapting our choices to appeal to our intended audience. This will be taught through newspaper reports linked to our class book of The Iron Man. There will then be a chance for children to explore how vocabulary choices can enhance the meaning of a sentence or paragraph through persuasive writing linked to Space, with a grammar focus on imperative verbs and a continued focus on punctuation with the addition of brackets for parenthesis. We will also be continuing to consolidate and build on learnt reading skills such as retrieval and inference as well as beginning to make comparisons across texts, using The Iron Woman by Ted Hughes to compare common themes and differences in language. This will also allow us to link our reading to our writing, with children looking at how authors use language, presentation and structure of their writing to enhance meaning. Handwriting will also be a focus this half term, with children practicing discretely and also being expected to use excellent handwriting in all areas of written work; not just writing lessons.
This half term in Maths we will be recapping fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be comparing and ordering fractions, with different denominators, using visual representations to support children’s understanding. We will then move on to recognising and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. Finally, we will look at decimals and how to convert fractions to decimals, and solving word problems involving fractions and decimals. As well as this we will be recapping how to read, write, round, order and compare numbers up to 3 decimal places. Maths homework will be sent out on a weekly basis either on paper or electronically. Please make sure that children are practising their times tables so that they are fluent! It is the expectation that children know their times tables from 2x to 12x with fluency by the end of Year 4. Therefore it is extremely important that the children are keeping practicing these in Year 5 in order to meet expectations for their age.
Science this half term will be taught through our learning challenge.
Our R.E this half term is about Christianity. We will explore the different beliefs of Christians, looking at the Lord’s Prayer, the life of the church and different parables from the Bible. Towards the end of the half term we will begin to explore the meaning of Easter, developing a knowledge and understanding of this important Christian holiday.
In PE children will be continuing to work on their social and communication skills through fun games and activities to challenge them both mentally and physically. All children will be able to choose their challenge levels so the lessons will be fun and challenging for all! We will also be working on our fitness through fun and high energy circuit training sessions.
During Spring 2 the children will develop their understanding of risk taking and decision making. They move from looking at general risk-taking activities to considering choices related to taking risks with their health. They will learn to identify factors that affect their choices and practise skills for resisting peer pressure and other influences. They learn the importance of making informed choices about their health. There is a specific focus on alcohol and smoking.
This half term the focus for computing in Year 5 will be coding and online safety. Using the Espresso Coding app we will be working on creating a variety of our own games using conditional statements and variables. We will also be having e-safety lessons looking at what constitutes appropriate online interaction, which will develop into discussions about how to ensure that we always stay safe online.
This half-term in music, the children will be increasing the accuracy and stability of pitch when singing. They will listen to recorded pieces with purpose and will develop early skills in improvising. They will acquire basic co-ordination and playing skills on pitch percussion and will improvise melodic phrases on pitch percussion.
In French this half-term, the children will revise vocabulary covered so far this year. They will then learn some new vocabulary related to food. They will learn how to express opinions about food and will construct sentences using a range of connectives.