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: ‘How can we save the rainforest?’
This half term we will be continuing to build on our knowledge of the rainforest. We have already learned lots of interesting facts about the layers of the rainforest and how animals and people live within it. We will be looking in more detail at the range of reasons for and against deforestation including conducting a debate to help us understand the consequences of chopping down trees. We will begin to answer our main topic question: How can we save the Amazon rainforest? From this, children will begin to have an idea of small day-to-day activities, which promote recycling. In addition, we will be focusing on the Amazon River, including the important role it plays for all lives in the rainforest. We will be building on our science knowledge from year 4 and tracking the course of the Amazon River through South America, using the language of source and mouth. As well as this, we will be looking at the Amazon River in comparison to a river in the UK to see how and why it is so important to the Amazon Ecosystem. As part of our work on deforestation, we shall study the course of the river and see how this too has changed over time.
In writing this half term, we will build on persuasive writing techniques. We will begin by looking at the reasons for deforestation, including arguments for and against and then write up our persuasive piece, including the reasons why this should be stopped. We will continue this by using the form of debate where children will learn to use persuasive techniques verbally, as well as in writing. We will look at instructional writing this half term as well, where children will work on making their writing clear as well as entertaining.
This half term in Maths we will be continuing and recapping our knowledge of 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 continue to focus around the life cycle of animals and plants. This half term we will take an in depth look at the life cycle of plants. We will use a variety of skills to help with this including observing plant growth over time. From this, we will use secondary sources to be able to understand how plants reproduce and the various methods they use to do this. Since much of this has been covered during home learning, we will be assessing the children's knowledge by seeing if they can apply what they know about life cycles to different animals.
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.
Our PSHE topic this year is ‘Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Education’, which forms part of our safeguarding curriculum. The children will begin to look at the risks associated with tobacco products and then begin to think about the way smoking is portrayed in the media. The children then learn techniques and strategies to avoid succumbing to peer pressure around a number of issues but specifically focusing on pressure to use tobacco products.
This half term the focus for computing in Year 5 will be coding. 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.
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.