Curriculum - Year 5 – Spring Term 1
We would like to wish you a warm welcome back to the second half of the spring term. We hope you all had a relaxing holiday.
This half term, in English, the children will be further improving their narrative writing skills inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Immersion in drama is a key part of our learning for this unit of work. We will be then be writing biographies and autobiographies linked to our science topic of Earth and Space where we will be learning about the life and work of Katherine Johnson. We will finish the term by learning all about traditional haiku poetry.
This term we will know and use the vocabulary realted to developing our understanding of
fractions, decimals and percentages. This will include: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers with up to three decimal places; reading and writing decimal numbers as fractions; adding and subtracting decimals; rounding decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number; and recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions – converting from one form to the other.
Our science lessons will be physics based where the children will be learning about Earth and Space. They will learn to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in The Solar System. The children will also be able to describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies. They will use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night. The children will develop their understanding about the Earth’s orbit around the Sun as well as the orbit of the moon around the Earth.
Our history topic this half term is ‘The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for Britain’. We will look at exploring questions such as: ‘How did the Vikings change Britain?’, ‘Who were the Vikings?’, ‘Why have the Vikings gained such a bad reputation?’ and ‘What impact has Viking settlement in Britain had on our language?’
Our R.E. topic will continue to look at Christianity with a focus on ‘What can we learn from the life and teachings of Jesus?’ The children will look at some of the parables and consider the importance of Easter for Christians.
This term’s learning will focus on how to respond in an emergency, including when and how to contact different emergency services. We will learn how to deal with common injuries using basic first aid techniques and later in the term, we will take part in a first aid workshop.
In this unit, learners will create short videos in groups. We will also discuss the history of video and video devices and editing software before developing skills to capture (with a focus on shots/angles), edit and manipulate video using a free online video editing software called ‘We Video’.
As part of our art unit, the children will look at the work of Michelangelo and sketch a dragon’s eye from Norse mythology. We will then create a 3D sculpture of a dragon’s eye, focusing on proportion and detail.
Now that our swimming lessons have finished, PE lessons will be on the following days:
Children will have the opportunity to develop various skills through the units of Dance and OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities). In this new unit of work, children will be taught to take part in challenges – both in a team and individually – working on their negotiation and co-operation skills.
Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on the days that they have PE.
Suggestions for parents
Maths – Please support your children with practising their times tables and mental maths skills, recalling facts quickly in any order. As well as set assignments, explore other areas of Mathletics too.
English – Please try to read with your child as often as you can and ask them questions about the text they are reading. Share stories and poetry at home. Don’t forget to include reading non-fiction and information texts too.
Computing – Discuss e-safety with your children to reinforce the safety messages we give at school.
Art – Since we are focusing on creating sculptures, discuss any art work or sculptures that you see in the local area or when travelling around London. Remember that galleries
PE – Continue to get out and about and discuss the importance of keeping fit and healthy.
Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. Children will still be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths homework. The children will receive spellings each week which they will be tested on during the following week and an assignment will be set for them on Spelling Shed. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week.
If your child requires any support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
It is important that children continue to develop their reading skills throughout the rest of the year and we would appreciate your support in encouraging them to read for at least 15 minutes each day at home, and signing their reading record at least once a week. A reminder that children should be completing at least three entries per week. Please support your child in remembering to bring it to school every day with their reading book. Reading records are to be handed in on Mondays.
Wednesday 28th February 2024 – Parents’ workshop – English and Maths (9.00am)
Friday 8th March 2024 – World Book Day (please see separate letter for more information)
Friday 15th March 2024 – Portugal class assembly (9.15am)
Friday 22nd March 2024 – Iceland class assembly (9.15am)
Tuesday 26th March 2024 – Parents Evening
Wednesday 27th March 2024 – Parents Evening
Wednesday 27th March 2024 – Year five trip to The Science Museum
Rokesly Junior School
London, N8 8NH
Phone: 020 8348 0290
Headteacher: Bola Soneye-Thomas