Year 5


SPRING 1 – January 2019

With a new term there are new topics that we will be studying in Year 5.

History and geography will focus on the ancient civilisation of the Maya.  These people developed their own system of Maths, built pyramids to rival any in Egypt and were superb farmers.  Their influence can still be seen today.

In science we will be doing some experiments to test the properties of materials and draw conclusions about what they could be used for.  After this, we will move on to thinking about the Earth and Space.

In English we will be studying ‘tales of fear’, particularly ghost stories.  The unit of work is mainly based around the work of M.R James however other authors will be studied too.

 

In Maths we will be dedicating a lot of this half-term to fractions.  These can prove tricky so please let a member of the year 5 team know if your child is struggling.

Important information

Weekly homework will consist of most weeks:

  1. Reading book—minimum of 3 times a week
  2. Spellings
  3. English
  4. Maths—times tables plus work linked to the current topic.

AUTUMN 1 – September 2018

Our work in Science focuses on the life cycles of animals, including how the reproduce.  We will also look at the human aging process.

In History we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  Their cultures continue to have a big influence on our lives today.

In English we will be studying free verse poetry  and myths and legends—the story of Beowulf.

In Maths we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction.  Times tables are still vital in this area of Maths so please make sure your child practises them at home.

Important information

Weekly homework will consist of most weeks:

  1. Reading book—minimum of 3 times a week
  2. Spellings
  3. English
  4. Maths—times tables plus work linked to the current topic.

SUMMER 2018

This term we are going to be continuing with our Talk 4 Writing techniques to learn about a story from another culture ‘The Buffalo Nation’, which will lead up to us writing our own story based in another culture. As part of this, we will be learning to recite the story using actions – so don’t forget to ask for a performance at home!

In Maths, we will be looking at geometry, so why not try and spot different angle types at home?

Our Science learning this term will be based around forces, including gravity, friction, water resistance and air resistance.

Queen of the Falls is our focus in History and Geography this term, which will involve exploring different waterfalls around the world and significant historical events linked to waterfalls, such as Niagara Falls.
As part of our Art lessons, we are going to be using a range of techniques to create mood and feeling in our artwork and will be exploring a range of artwork to see how existing artists do this.

 

SPRING 2018

This term we are going to be continuing with our Talk 4 Writing techniques to learn about the Legend ‘Beowulf’, which will lead up to us writing our own conquering the monster story. As part of this, we will be learning to recite a short version of the story using actions – so don’t forget to ask for a performance at home!

In Maths, we will continue to follow a mastery approach to learn about fractions including: how to add fractions with the same and different denominators, how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and problem solving based around fractions, before moving on to geometry.

Our Science learning this term will be based around materials and their properties and will involve lots of experiments and investigations to help the children gain understanding of different types of materials and scientific processes.

The Magnificent Maya Civilisation is our focus in History, an ancient civilisation that was based in Central American thousands of years ago. We will be investigating their daily life, their significant discoveries and much more.

As part of our art lessons, we are going to be using a range of techniques to develop our sketching to create different effects and will be looking at a range of artists, who have created art inspired by space.

Reading Olympics!

A reminder that as part of our reading Olympics, the children have the chance to win a reward if they all read 3 times a week – that’s only 15 times this half term, so let’s challenge ourselves!
READING IS SO IMPORTANT!