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: Are the Ancient Greeks a myth?
This half term we will be focussing on the Ancient Greeks, looking at different aspects of their society and the impact that this has had on our lives today. We will begin by spending the day experiencing lots of different things to do with Ancient Greek life. We will be trying traditional foods, looking at artefacts and exploring the different ways of life in Athens and Sparta. We will also have the chance to dress up as Ancient Greeks and listen to some traditional Greek stories and plays. We will then move on to explore the beliefs of the Ancient Greeks, looking at the different Gods and Goddesses, myths and legends and exploring the role that religion played in everyday life. Our next area of interest will be looking at democracy and fairness, spending time exploring the different systems of government and how they relate to our modern government. We will then put our knowledge into action and have our own debating session. Towards the middle of the half term we will look at the Olympics, comparing the ancient Olympiad to our modern Olympics and investigating how much influence the Greeks still have on this event today. We will then spend time exploring the legacy of the Greeks in other areas, such as inventions, architecture and art and philosophy. We will finish our topic by looking at Ancient Greek theatre, exploring the tragedies and comedies and performing and filming our own versions of these. Some of the plays that we could be performing are Aristophanes’: ‘The Frogs’; ‘Clouds’; ‘Birds’ and ‘Peace’. These plays will allow the children to explore the dramatic arts and develop their speaking and listening skills, as well as having fun!
This half term Year 5 will begin by spending time looking at Greek myths. We will be exploring different themes in ancient myths and looking in detail at Theseus and the Minotaur, creating our own comic book version of this well-known myth. Finally, we will create our own Greek myth, incorporating all of the features and themes that we have learnt about. Towards the end of the half term we will be looking at scripts and drama skills, linked to our topic of the Ancient Greek theatre. The children will have a chance to research and write play scripts and read and perform a variety of ancient Greek plays, including both comedies and tragedies. Reading skills, such as reading for inference and reading comprehension will be covered weekly. These skills will benefit from regular home reading.
In maths this half term we are focusing on shape, space and measures. We will be beginning this topic by revising area and perimeter before moving onto angles. In this topic we will learn how to recognise angles around a point, how to draw angles accurately using a protractor and to compare and measure acute, obtuse and reflex angles. Moving on from this, we will study the properties of various polygons and 3D shapes. In our maths work this half term we will continue to revisit objectives we have covered throughout the year with a focus on arithmetic. Children will also continue to practice key mathematical skills such as their times tables from 2 to 12 and begin to use their knowledge of these to learn bigger and smaller times tables such as, 0.6s and 60s.
This half term the science question is ‘Why can’t we walk on the ceiling?’ We will be covering areas of forces such as air resistance, water resistance, gravity and friction. Science will be taught through very practical investigations and children will have chance to become parachute makers and boat builders in order to test predictions, ideas and questions that are raised during their learning. Children will explore different areas of the forces topic each week, focussing on scientific enquiry. Science is designed to be very hands on and child led, allowing children to learn through their own discovery.
Our R.E this half term stems from the question ‘should we forgive others?’ This will explore the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation in Christianity. This is an important topic at this age as the children are learning that not every small playground fall outs need to be the end of the world and that forgiveness is often better than harbouring ill feelings. This links to the Christian examples and teachings referring to their own experiences, beliefs and values.
History is being taught through our learning challenge this half term.
In Art this half term, children will be creating Greek shields and Greek style pottery.
In PE, children will be focusing on invasion games. Rather than teaching one sport, this topic will take on a more skill based approach, concentrating on the skills that children will use across a range of invasion games such as defending, attacking, tactics and teamwork. This will ensure that the children can apply these skills to a variety of situations and not just one particular sport.
During Summer 1 children will be discussing the question ‘Why do we work?’ This involves children learning about their economic wellbeing and beginning to understand how diverse the jobs market is, as well as demonstrating how to look after and save money.
This half term in computing we will be focussing on the use of spreadsheets. We will be learning how to input data into cells using Alfonso Spreadsheet before moving onto excel. Children will begin by working through fun and challenging activities before using their new found skills to create their own spreadsheets.
In Music this half-term, the children will be singing songs and taking part in activities to revise and embed the following elements: rhythm, dynamics, melody, pitch, tempo and timbre.
This half- term in French, the children will be singing songs, playing games and completing a range of activities to help them to learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to buildings on the high street, directions, days of the week, months of the year and times of day.