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 Ferguson 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. 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. We will be using this novel as the main focus for our writing, 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.
This half term the children will be starting their SRE lessons, focussing on positive relationships, physical and emotional changes and body image.
Art and Design Technology
In art this half term, children will look at weaving based on the skyline of Farsley. We will use a range of different medium to blend and mix colours to resemble the sky at various points in the year. From this, we will use looms and scraps of materials to be able to recreate our colour blendings in fabrics before applying the silhouette of the skyline.
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.
Our sport in PE will focus on handball where the children will learn a range of defensive and attacking techniques. Our indoor PE will be dance, where we will build on skills learned from previous years to develop a routine.
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 coding where will be using the espresso coding app to make short animations and games. This half term we will be looking at changing the speed of an object and it’s direction and how we can apply this to objectives within their movement.
In Music this half-term, the children will be working on the concepts of pitch and rhythm. They will be learning how to open up the singing sound and sustain the vowels. They will learn how to control the starting pitch of a song. The children will also be reading and performing rhythm phrases using ‘stick notation’. They will take part in a range of games and activities and will be learning new songs to consolidate these musical concepts.
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.