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Y5 Spring 1 2021

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.


Best wishes

Miss Ferguson and Miss H Owen


Learning Challenge: Can you survive the Amazon?

This half term, we will be focussing on The Amazon Rainforest and Brazil in a geography based Learning Challenge. We will begin the topic by developing our atlas skills in order to identify climatic zones and vegetation belts, along with looking at where in the world the Amazon is situated. We will look at the Amazon river and begin to learn features of a river and how they flow and are formed. We will compare this with the River Wharfe, which we learned about in year 3. We will also research the people, animals and plants of the rainforest and create exciting oral and written presentations to show what we have learnt. The children will also be creating flip books to show the layers of the rainforest and the different species found in each layer. The children will end this topic by looking at deforestation and why this is happened so much in the rainforest. We will look at the debate from all sides before writing persuasively about the effects it is having on life in the Amazon.



This term’s class novel is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. This will be the main focus of our writing and guided reading until Spring half term. We will be using the ideas and concepts visited in the book over the next few weeks to write an Amazon adventure story. We will be looking at character and setting descriptions using varied descriptive vocabulary and will develop this by building on children’s knowledge of story writing to write wonderful problems and solutions to a story. Children will have the opportunity to practice skills such as using short sentences for effect to build tension in their stories, and using a varied vocabulary to enhance their writing. Children will also be improving their grammar and we will concentrate on using different types of sentences – simple, compound and complex – to vary the pace and structure of their writing, as well as looking at the use of adverbial phrases and tense. This half term we will also be continuing our work on the Upper Key Stage 2 spelling list, focussing on different rules and strategies for spelling unknown words.



This half term Year 5 will continue to develop their understanding of the four operations. During these topics children will become more confident and familiar with long and short division, long multiplication and solving word problems involving these calculations. Towards the end of the half term we will look at fractions, decimals and percentages, beginning by exploring fractions. Children will learn about finding equivalent fractions, fractions of amounts and how to simplify fractions. We will move on to looking at decimals and how to convert fractions to decimals, and solving word problems involving fractions and decimals. There will be an increased emphasis on application and reasoning and all children will access this at a level designed to make them ask relevant questions and solve the problem with logic and clear direction.  Children will continue to be set times tables on Rockstars so that they can become even quicker with their times table knowledge.



The focus for this term will be ‘What is the circle of life?’ We will be looking at the life-cycles for a range of animals and plants as well as looking at the human circle of life where we will be studying humans from birth to adulthood. This also links well to our topic as we look at plants and their life cycles and so can relate it to species that we would find in the rainforest as well as looking at adaptation in plants and animals in different climates. Children will be working scientifically to investigate the ideal conditions for germination and healthy growth of plants.



This half term in RE children will continue their learning about the religion of Sikhism. We will be looking at different teachings, beliefs and the history and practices of the Sikh faith and using what we learnt during our visit to the Sikh Gurdwara to help us with our learning! 



This half term we will continue our gymnastics learning within our PE sessions so that we are able to create complex sequences using a variety of shapes, balances and movements. Throughout this, we will look at effective ways to give feedback to others to improve their own routine and think about why feedback is useful and constructive. We will also be beginning our learning about tag rugby, where we will learn how to combine basic tag rugby skills such as catching and quickly passing in one movement.



This half term the Year 5 PSHE topic will be looking at healthy lifestyles. This will involve the children learning about keeping themselves safe and healthy. This will include discussing peer pressure and our roles and responsibilities within society. We will also discuss our differences under the banner of ‘what makes me me?’ In addition to this children will be learning to recognise and manage their own feelings and develop skills of risk management.



In Music this half-term, the children will be introduced to the solfa singing names and handsigns to support learning melodies. They will improvise pitch to a given rhythm using three different levels of pitch. They will singing in two parts. They will also be learning about samba drumming and music from South America.



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.