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 ‘How was Farsley affected by World War One?’ The children will begin the half term by looking at how the First World War fits into the history they have learned so far throughout Springbank. The main focus of the learning challenge will be looking at the war life of a resident of Farsley – Ewart Bannister. The children will follow Ewart’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. 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 will begin 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 a soldier on the front. In terms of spelling, we will continue to work through spellings lists using Spelling Shed.
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 ‘Can you drink dirty water?’ We will be looking at changing state. We will be using lots of experiments to investigate how we can separate different materials in solutions and mixtures. We will look at melting and freezing, evaporating and condensing and solids, liquids and gasses. During this topic, we will discuss fair testing and design our own fair experiment to test separation and saturation of solutions when a solid is dissolved into a liquid. We will also look at the filtration of liquids, both using man-made products and the natural filtration of spring water. We will then move on to look at reversible and irreversible changes, linking to the use of materials in everyday life.
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 mediums 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.
Our sport in PE will focus on tag rugby where the children will learn how to throw and receive a rugby ball. They will try to apply these new tactics into a game situation and play with others to score and defend points. Due to restrictions, swimming has been postponed until further notice. For our additional PE lesson, we will continue with our sport’s leadership award where we will focus on what good sportsmanship looks like and how to demonstrate this as leaders.
This half term, Year 5 will be building on their work from equality week and be exploring more deeply the impact of stereotypes and discrimination. We will look at the effect this has on people and how we can act to change this. We will also explore this in terms of the law by looking at the Equality Act and how this influenced society.
This half term, children will be looking at the internet and the positives and negatives this has in their lives. As part of this, children will build on their knowledge of online safety and apply this more specifically to different apps and games. We will also be exploring whether you can really trust what is stated as fact on the internet and children will begin to learn techniques to fact check what they have read.
In music this half-term, the children will listen to and appraise the well-known song, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. They will learn a signed version of the song and will then plan and perform their signed version to the class. They will also listen and appraise other Classic Rock songs including ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by the Beatles.
This half-term in French, the children will revise what they have learnt over the last 2 years through a range of activities and songs. They will learn vocabulary relating to buildings on the high street and will learn how to write sentences using this new vocabulary. They will learn how to give directions and how to ask where places are. There will be a range of written work and lots of opportunity for speaking and listening.