Summer Term in Year 5 - Half termly letter
Our power of reading text this term is ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We will look at the historical context of the narrative poem to develop an understanding of the plot and characters and also investigate word meaning. We will explore characters through drama and role play and have a story writing focus. At the end of the unit children will work to perform the poem and presentations of information that children have discovered about highwaymen.
In maths, continuing with the mastery approach, we will focus on geometry. Children will learn about acute, obtuse and reflex angles, drawing, measuring, estimating and comparing angles. They will revise and develop their knowledge of 3D shapes, using the known properties of shapes to deduce other facts, distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons. They will also describe and represent the position of shapes following reflection and translation, knowing that the shape has not changed. Weekly times tables tests will continue: all children should have fluent recall of all tables up to 12.
In science, we will look at the topic of ‘properties and changes of materials’. During this topic we will examine and compare everyday materials based on their properties (hardness, durability, etc.) and look at reversible and irreversible changes.
In computing we will be using the software 2Connect to learn the basics of concept mapping. This unit will give children a basic understanding of how to generate, visualise and connect their ideas and thought processes.
After Easter we start a new topic with the question ‘Why was Britain such an attractive place to invade for the Anglo-Saxons’? Children will look at the causes and consequences of the Roman withdrawal from Britain, investigate the invasions of the Picts and the Scots and show an understanding of the characteristic features of the Anglo-Saxons through a full day workshop dressing up as Anglo-Saxons and taking part in cultural activities of the time and investigating artefacts.
For DT this half-term we will have a focused fortnight of work where children create models of animals with moving parts linking to maths and science. At the end of the task each child will have made a model animal with a moving mouth having made design decisions about materials, appearance and mechanisms.
The main unit song is The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. All musical learning will happen around this song and other Hip Hop tunes. Children will listen, appraise, practise, perform, compose and evaluate musical performances using their voices as well as tuned and untuned instruments.
In PSHE children will look at developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities. They will talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that affect themselves and society. We aim for them to recognise their worth as individuals by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals.
Children will learn some vocabulary related to sport and healthy habits. We will also work on the topic “El espacio y los planetas” (Space and Planets).
PE will be taught primarily by class teachers and children will learn athletics (with a focus on running) and tennis in rotation. Additionally, both classes will look at cricket, developing batting, bowling and fielding skills with a specialist sports coach. Please ensure that full PE kit is in school at all times as their sessions may be changed at short notice.
In RE we learn about Hinduism.
Trips and Special Events
Monday, 16th April – PE sessions begin
Thursday, 3rd May – Anglo-Saxon Workshop (volunteers needed)
Tuesday, 8th - Friday, 18th May – Year 5 DT fortnight
Friday, 11th May – Class photos
Mathletics is set on a Monday night and children are expected to attempt the tasks throughout the week.
PE may change during the week. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.