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.
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Learning Challenge: Vikings: Ruthless killers or peaceful settlers?
This half term our big question is ‘Are you an invader or a settler?’ We will be starting our topic with an Anglo-Saxon/Viking visitor coming into school. We will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, including looking at where the different people came from, their way of life, the places that they settled and the legacy that they left. We will spend time exploring the different religions of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings, the ways they treated women and children and the interactions between the two groups. We will also look at a famous Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery and use sources to explore what happened there.
This half term we will be reading ‘Beowulf’, a traditional saga written by the Anglo Saxons about an ancient warrior in Denmark. We will be using this story and the animation of The Saga of Biorn to plan our own epic Viking sagas. Key skills will include the use of metaphors and similes, developing our understanding of short and complex sentences and using engaging vocabulary to create dramatic stories. We will also base our other English work around the ‘Beowulf’ book and will focus on the informal writing of the story as it was meant to be passed down orally. We will continue with our regular spelling, grammar and handwriting sessions. This half term we will be focusing on prefixes and suffixes as well as continuing to practice words from the curriculum year 5/6 spelling list which will allow us to apply our knowledge of spelling rules. This half term, children will be consolidating learnt skills across a variety of text types. In spelling, we will be focusing on the national curriculum spelling list and recapping spelling rules visited previously. Our grammar and punctuation work will focus on the use of modal and imperative verbs and the use of apostrophes for possession and omission and commas.
This half term we will be recapping our arithmetic, covering a wide range of the Year 5 objectives to do with place value, number sense, and solving problems using the four operations. Currently, we are finishing off our decimals unit and will be continuing to understand decimals in relation to fractions and percentages. In addition to this, our focus will be on the shape, space and measure aspect of the curriculum. We will be converting between different units of metric and imperial measures, estimating volume and solving problems involving converting between units of time. Although it is getting close to the end of the year, we still want to see children practising their times tables at home on a daily basis. It is also important that when children are learning about concepts such as time and measurement, that these skills can be practiced at home.
This half term we will be studying forces and looking at each in turn to see their effects. We will work scientifically to be able to investigate a range of forces including friction, gravity and air resistance. To consolidate investigations from earlier in the year, we will also be looking at ways to make our testing fair.
Our RE focus for this half term is to look at a range of beliefs people choose to have for example, Humanism. There will be a number of discussions based around what matters most to believers and why people choose the beliefs and religious practices that they do. We will compare different religions to see what religions have in common and where they differ.
History is being taught through our learning challenge this half term.
In Art this half term children will be sketching Anglo-Saxon settlements using a variety of sketching techniques.
In PE this term, Year 5 are beginning a new unit focusing on sports leadership. We will look at the qualities needed to be a good sports leader and work through a series of activities to develop our skills. As part of this, we will take a role in modelling and supporting younger children throughout PE sessions. Our outdoor unit for this half term is athletics, where we will focus on a range of skills including relay, long jump and throwing.
In PSHE this half term, the children will be looking at the role of the media in our lives. We will be focusing on how the media can manipulate images and that these images may not reflect reality. From this, we will look at strategies to help deal with images in the media. We will also be looking at how this is shown through food advertisement and whether we can trust the messages shown in the media.
In Computing, we will be building upon our prior knowledge of animation to create a Viking animation telling the story of the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne. We will also be using this software to highlight on a world map where there is evidence of Viking settlement.
In music this half-term, the children will be working on an iPad application called Loopseque where they will be creating rhythms and loops.
This half-term in French, the children will revise the vocabulary and sentence structures they have learnt this year. They will recap the weather phrases we looked at last half-term and will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities for this topic. They will also learn the names of the seasons and how to construct sentences about the weather at different times of the year.