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 give presentations.
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 investigate Earth and space. We will research the planets and moons of our solar system, describe the relationship between the earth and the moon, examine the changing of the seasons and how shadows change over time.
In Computing, we will be revisiting coding. Children will design and write a program that accomplishes a specific goal, simulate a physical system and introduce text variables in programming. These skills will aid the children in creating and improving a game at the end of the term.
Our topic question this term is: “Would you rather live in Ancient or Modern Greece?” This will spread over two half terms and we will learn about ancient Greek culture, legacy and art as well as the geography and tourism of modern Greece and compare various aspects of the two civilisations including the Olympics.
The art curriculum will link with our topic and science work and will include designing Greek statues and creating a planet mobile.
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.
This term, children will use both new and familiar language to describe a painting of a beach scene. The painting used will be Pescadoras valencianas (Valencian fisherwomen) by Sorolla. Children will use their knowledge to write and perform their own poetry inspired by the painting.
This term, we will be focusing on cricket and tennis.
The focus for RE this term is Sikhism. We will learn to explain the difference between wrong and right using examples to evidence how different people’s beliefs can affect how they behave. We will use the idea of reincarnation to study this further. We will also explore the Guru Nanak and compare him to other significant religious figures.
Trips and Special Events
Monday 29th April – British Museum
Please ensure PE kits are bought in on Monday to stay at school all week.