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: Vikings: Ruthless killers or peaceful settlers?
This half term our big question is ‘Are you an invader or a settler?’ We will be starting our topic with a trip to Dunstan Hall at Temple Newsam, where the children will participate in an Anglo Saxon reconstruction. We will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, including looking at where the different people came from, their way of life, the places that they settled and the legacy that they left. We will spend time exploring the different religions of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, the ways they treated women and children and the interactions between the two groups. We will also look at a famous Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery.
This half term we will be reading ‘Beowulf’ a traditional saga written by the Anglo Saxons about an ancient warrior in Denmark. We will be using this story to plan our own epic Viking sagas. Key skills will include the use of metaphors and similes, developing our understanding of short and complex sentences and using engaging vocabulary to create dramatic stories. We will also base our other English work around the ‘Beowulf’ book, using it to inspire a variety of writing, such as letters, diary entries and non-chronological reports. We will continue with our regular spelling, grammar and handwriting sessions. half term we will be focussing on prefixes and suffixes as well as continuing to practice words from the curriculum year 5/6 spelling list which will allow us to apply our knowledge of spelling rules. half term, children will be consolidating learnt skills across a variety of text types. We will start by writing our own autobiography, focussing on one chapter of our lives. In spelling we will be focussing on the national curriculum spelling list and recapping spelling rules visited previously. Our grammar and punctuation work will focus on the use of modal and imperative verbs and the use of apostrophes for possession and omission and commas.
This half term we will be recapping our arithmetic and covering a wide range of the Year 5 objectives to do with place value, number sense and solving problems using the four operations. In addition to this, our focus will be on the shape, space and measure aspect of the curriculum. We will be converting between different units of metric and imperial measures, estimating volume and solving problems involving converting between units of time. Although it is getting close to the end of the year, we still want to see children practising their times tables at home on a daily basis as well as keeping their homework coming in on time. It is also important that when children are learning about concepts such as time and measurement, that these skills can be practiced at home.
We will be recapping separating and mixing, properties of materials and reversible and irreversible changes to substances. Children will spend time examining changes to substances such as foods and why some materials are better suited to kitchen equipment than other materials.
Our RE focus for this half term is to look at a range of beliefs people choose to have for example, Humanism. There will be many discussions about the importance of life and what it is important to do with our lives and how these choices might make us feel. We will also be exploring the question ‘How should I live my life?’ which is one that sparks a wonderful response from the children.
History is being taught through our learning challenge this half term.
In Art this half term children will be sketching Anglo-Saxon settlements using a variety of sketching techniques.
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 we are looking at identifying and exploring ways in which we are all the same but also all different. It encourages pupils to not only recognise but respect their similarities and differences with others. It examines the way in which we are all connected in an interdependent manner to people and places throughout the world and encourages pupils to recognise these links. It raises awareness of what racism is and looks at ways of challenging stereotypes and prejudice in order to break down some of the barriers in society. We will also be revisiting Sex, Relationship Education this half term and revisiting the things we covered in the previous lessons.
In Computing, we will be building upon our prior knowledge of animation to create a Viking animation telling the story of the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne. We will also be using this software to highlight on a world map where there is evidence of Viking settlement.
In music this half-term, the children will be exploring the concept of rhythm through a variety of games and activities. They will be introduced to the concept of notation and will use rhythm names to aid this understanding. They will listen to and appraise music from the 80s.
This half-term in French, the children will revise the vocabulary and sentence structures they learnt last half-term, including building in the high street and how to ask for and give directions. They will go on to learn the days of the week, months of the year and times of day. They will also learn vocabulary related to hobbies and how to talk about their hobbies, including vocabulary to show like and dislikes.