Seals: Mrs A. Tickel & Dr R. Lerner
Penguins: Mrs T. Flood Murphy
Teaching Assistants: Mrs S. Key Barry and Mrs A. Mundy
The children follow the new national curriculum for Mathematics, and we will use White Rose to support the teaching of Maths in Year 5.
Children will continue to extend their written and mental arithmetic skills alongside developing heir problem solving and reasoning skills. Learning will include place value, the four rules, money and real life problems, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, shape, space and measures and statistics.
The children access a range of fiction and non-fiction genres in reading and writing including:
Non-fiction: Reports, recounts, explanation, persuasion and letters.
Fiction: Poetry, classic texts and a range of modern authors.
Within the year, we teach specific, longer units of work on narrative writing, explanation writing and persuasive writing based on key texts.
Reading: The children have a daily 20 minute session for quiet, sustained reading. Some children will also be heard to read on a one-to-one basis, regularly. We also teach reading skills through “Guided Reading”, where children learn new vocabulary, enjoy reading a class novel, and develop their inference and interpretation skills
Spelling: Spelling is taught daily for 15 minutes focusing on specific letter patterns, focus on spelling rules and learning words from the Yr 5 & Yr 6 curriculum.
SPaG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar): This is taught for one lesson a week and is applied throughout the rest of the lessons for the week.
Year 5’s curriuclum overview details what the children will be learning every term in each subject and can be found by clicking here. Our topics are:
Every half term there will be a different topic from which cross-curricular work will be based upon. This allows for children to become engaged with their learning and to add more fun, meaning and purpose to their work. Our topics this year are as follows:
|Autumn Term:||To infinity and beyond…|
|Srping Term:||Under Attack|
|Summer Term:||Sink or Swim!|
To infinity and beyond…
We start the year with our fantastic Space topic. Early in the term we visit a Planetarium where the children are inspired by viewing the planets and stars in the dome and are able to really extend their knowledge by talks from experts. The topic has a Science focus with extended research work about the Solar system. In English lessons we produce non-chronological reports about different aspects of the Solar System and write diary entries in role as Neil Armstrong. We develop our computing skills by filming and editing TV shows about the Solar System, and become composers as we study the music of Delia Darbyshire and compose our own piece, to become the theme tune for our TV shows.
During this topic we learn all about the invasion and settlement of Saxon tribes. In Geography we study the routes taken by the Angles, Saxons and Geats and their countries of origin. We look at where and why they settled in parts of the UK and the impact they had on our culture. We use historical sources and artefacts to research the Saxon way of life. Our core text is Beowulf and this provides a rich stimulus for creative writing.
Following on from the Saxons we then focus on the next invaders to our shores by studying the Vikings. With a historical focus we learn about the events surrounding the attacks on Lindisfarne. With drama at the core we re-enact scenes and write recounts. Our core text is Riddle of the Runes and our English centres on fictional writing.
Sink or Swim!
Our first core text is Kensuke’s Kingdom where we analyse Morpurgo’s techniques as an author and carry out in depth character studies. We then move on to study the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. We research the role of key characters using a variety of primary and secondary sources and hold a mock trial to decide who was most to blame. Using the non- fiction text The Story of Titanic for children we research the design of the ship and produce non- chronological reports. In science, we look at the reproduction of plants and animals and this links closely with our unit on Sex Education that is taught towards the end of the term.