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: What impact did the Anglo-Saxons have on Britain?
This half term our big question is ‘What impact did the Anglo-Saxons have on Britain?’. We will be starting our topic with an Anglo-Saxon visitor coming into school where we will look at a range of sources from the time. Throughout this topic, we learning about how Britain changed since the rule of the Romans. We will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons, including looking at where the different tribes came from, their way of life, the places that they settled and the legacy that they left. As part of this, we will be using our historical enquiry skills to look at written and archaeological sources from the time including the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. We will be explaining the horde found at Sutton Hoo and thinking about what this teaches us about Anglo-Saxon daily life. We will spend time exploring the different religions of the Anglo Saxons. To end this topic, we will be completing our first major essay by examining the impacts of the Anglo-Saxons and the Romans and thinking about who impacted Britain the most.
This half term we will be reading ‘Beowulf’, a traditional saga written by the Anglo Saxons about an ancient warrior in Denmark. 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 focus on the Beowulf story to create our own guide for how to be fearless Saxon warrior. Throughout this we will be writing from the point of view of Beowulf and will therefore be focusing on the tone we use and how we show his personality to a reader. 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. 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 work on shapes and angles where children will look in more detail at triangles, quadrilaterals and how to identify the properties of shapes. 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 covering our science learning through our RSE topic, looking at the human life cycles and changes to the adolescent body.
Our RE focus for this half term is continuing to look at codes for living and how different religions decide what is right and wrong. Throughout this, children will be encouraged to develop their own code for living and think about what values are important to them. We will recap some of the religions we have looked at so far in school including Judaism, Islam, Humanism and Christianity.
History is being taught through our learning challenge this half term.
In Art this half term, children will be studying the art of Gaudi by learning skills of mosaic making. We will be looking at choice of colours and techniques for building a full image using small pieces. Our final piece will focus on using pieces of tile in a mosaic inspired by Gaudi.
In PE this term, Year 5 will be continuing with their swimming lessons and focusing on growing their confidence of a range of different strokes. We will also be taking advantage of the nice weather to practise our arithmetic skills by focusing on different events each lesson.
In PSHE this half term, the children will be looking at how the media can use and manipulate images. We will discuss how adverts try to convince us to buy food and products. We will also be continuing with our work on No Outsiders this half term where children will be using picture books as a stimulus for discussion focused on how to make our school as welcoming as possible.
In Computing, we will be continuing with our knowledge of coding. We will continue using the program espresso coding and will be focusing more closely on how this related to HTML coding.
In music this half-term, the children will be working on understanding the rhythm of a range of different music but mainly focusing on the song ‘Dancing in the street’. For our performance practise, we will be learning sign language to go with our song.
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.