Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2
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: ‘Is there anybody out there?
Our learning challenge this half term is a science based topic on our solar system. We will start by looking at our position in the solar system as well as looking at the order of the planets and how these are linked to the stars. This will also incorporate recognising planets as spherical objects. We will then move onto looking at the characteristics of different planets and whether they are able to support life or not, space exploration and how the movement of the Earth creates day and night. We will be looking at the phases of the moon and understanding why the Moon looks different at different times of the month. We will be asking every child to observe and record what the moon looks like on one night of the month to contribute to a class Moon diary – obviously this will be cloud permitting! During our topic we will also be planning and carrying out a scientific enquiry into why the sun appears to move throughout the day – this will help children develop their scientific thinking and questioning skills.
In writing this half term we will be focusing on audience and purpose. First, we will explore the audience and purpose of different types of writing in order to further understand why different types of writing have differing styles. We will then look at how our vocabulary choices can affect how the reader feels about a certain piece of writing, and adapting our choices to appeal to our intended audience. This will be taught through newspaper reports linked to our class book of The Iron Man. There will then be a chance for children to explore how vocabulary choices can enhance the meaning of a sentence or paragraph through persuasive writing linked to Space, with a grammar focus on imperative verbs and a continued focus on punctuation with the addition of brackets for parenthesis. We will also be continuing to consolidate and build on learnt reading skills such as retrieval and inference as well as beginning to make comparisons across texts, using The Iron Woman by Ted Hughes to compare common themes and differences in language. This will also allow us to link our reading to our writing, with children looking at how authors use language, presentation and structure of their writing to enhance meaning. Handwriting will also be a focus this half term, with children practicing discretely and also being expected to use excellent handwriting in all areas of written work, not just writing lessons.
This half term in Maths we will be focusing on fractions. We will begin by comparing and ordering fractions, with different denominators, using visual representations to support children’s understanding. We will then move on to recognising and converting mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. Finally, we will begin to work on calculating using fractions including adding, multiplying and dividing which will continue into the following half term. Please make sure that children are practising their times tables so that they are fluent! It is expected that children use TimesTables Rockstars at least three times a week! This will help children achieve the expectation that they know their times tables from 2x to 12x with fluency by the end of Year 4.
Science this half term will be taught through our learning challenge.
Our RE this half term we will look at beliefs relating to Christianity, including looking at the Easter story and what this tells us about what Christian’s believe. We will look at different Christian practises including confession and how this differs between different Christian sects. To tie all these aspects together, we will look at the value of forgiveness and why this is important to the Christian faith.
In PE, we will be focusing on attacking and defending skills, including finding space, which we will learn through netball. Throughout this, we will learn the basic rules of high five netball and focus on teamwork and communication skills in order to be successful within a game. We will also use our outdoor PE slot to look at cricket, where we will learn batting and fielding skills and towards the end of the half term, begin to put this into a game.
During Spring 2 the children will develop their understanding of risk taking and decision making. They move from looking at general risk-taking activities to considering choices related to taking risks with their health. They will learn to identify factors that affect their choices and practise skills for resisting peer pressure and other influences. They learn the importance of making informed choices about their health. There is a specific focus on alcohol and smoking.
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 appopriate online interaction, which will develop into discussions about how to ensure that we always stay safe online.
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 exploring music from a range of genres and learning about the history of some of this music, as well as some well-known musical artists
This half-term in French, the children will be revising days of the week, months of the year and numbers to complete calendar work. They will be learning some weather expressions too. They will be revising vocabulary related to hobbies and will be learning how to compare these, using new language structures. The children will take part in a variety of games and activities and will learn some songs to help to consolidate this vocabulary.