Year 5

Welcome

Year 5 is an exciting year! Pupils are now in upper key stage 2 and will work towards greater responsibility and independence.

Who’s Who

Year Leader:

5RA - Heroic Hedwigs: Mrs Hollingworth

5JS  - Noble Nyalas: Mrs Nisa

5ED - Crazy Crocodiles: Mr Caldwell

Ms. Gent (HLTA)

Miss Begum (TA)

What we will be Learning this Year

Autumn 1

Topic: Tudors ‘Off with her head’.

In the first half of the Autumn Term, the children will learn about life in Tudor times (1485- 1601), the Tudor monarchy and explorations. In English we will be writing biographies and learning about historical narratives. Our quality text will be The Prince and the Pauper. We will also be learning about play scripts , focusing on Macbeth. Maths: In Maths, we will be becoming more confident in our knowledge and understanding of place value and written calculations for addition, subtraction multiplication and division.

Science: Properties and changes of materials.

Music: Your child will begin to play a new brass musical instrument. P.E. – Your child will develop their football skills through a range of coaching sessions. They will also be working on Dance.

Autumn 2

Topic: The Pharaohs

In the second half of the Autumn Term our topic is called ‘The pharaohs’, which is based around Ancient Egypt. We will be learning about mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and forces.

This topic has a history focus and will teach the children about the history of Egypt, its citizens, the pharaohs and the Egyptian gods. This includes understanding how people lived a long time ago and how their daily life compares with ours. They will also be designing and creating death masks, using different materials such as clay and card. English: In English we will be learning about myths and legends, and completing a unit on persuasive writing. Maths. In Maths, we will be developing our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also focus on geometry.

In science we will be learning about life cycles and habitats, body parts and functions of different mini beasts in the locality and beyond. Music: Your child will play a brass musical instrument. P.E. – Your child will be working on Dance this half term.

Spring 1

Topic: ‘Scream machine’

We will be learning about theme parks around the world and use mapping skills to locate towns, cities, countries, oceans and continents of the world.

In English we will focus on stories from other cultures and look at different types of poetry. Maths: In Maths, we will be developing our knowledge and skills in measures and geometry. We will also be working on multiplication and division.

Science: We will learn about mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and the forces behind them used in fairground rides. Music: Your child will be developing their skills in playing a brass musical instrument. P.E.: Your child will continue to develop their Tennis skills this half term

Spring 2

Topic: Stargazers

In the first half of the Spring Term, we will be learning about “Stargazers. This project has a science focus and teaches children about Earth, space and the planets. We will be visiting the National Space Centre. At the heart of this project your child will design and make a space rocket. They will conduct an investigation –‘Can we track the sun?’ This will support developing an understanding of fair tests using scientific formats and vocabulary. English: In English the children will be learning how to write newspaper reports and they will write information texts based on the earth and space.  They will also create poems based on the planets.

Maths: In Maths, we will be working on written calculations and applying them to problem solving. We will also focus on geometry, position and movement and time. Furthermore, your child will also work on statistics and other aspects of place value. P.E.: Your child will continue develop their striking and fielding skills through cricket and rounders. In addition we will be working on developing ourTennis skills this half term.  

Summer 1

Topic: Allotment

In the first half of the Summer Term, our topic is ‘Allotment’ – another opportunity to get our minds and hands stuck into science exploring plants, flowers and vegetables their life cycles and what they need to grow. We will meet an allotment owner and explore what they grow. We will also be considering the journey that the food we eat every day takes from different places in the world to our plate. This is a good opportunity to grow seeds and bulbs with your children in your gardens or indoors.

English: In English, we will be working on writing a story based on ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies.

Maths: In Maths, we will be developing calculation skills and solving problems, including developing our knowledge and understanding of area and perimeter. Science: living things and their habitats - Plants

Music: Brass: Your child will play a brass musical instrument. P.E.: Your child will be working on developing their Tennis skills this half term.  

Summer 2

Topic: Healthy and Safer Lifestyles

In the second half of the Summer Term, we will be learning about “Keeping Healthy”. This project has a PE focus and teaches your child about a range of sports and sporting events, the importance of exercise and healthy living. At the heart of this project your child will write instructions and explanations and develop additional skills using the technical vocabulary associated with sport and the human body. English: In English we will be learning about using persuasive techniques and complete a unit on food waste.

In Maths we will continue to develop our understanding of written calculations by looking at multiplication and division. They will also be developing their mental maths skills through a range of activities. Furthermore, each child will also work on Shape, Space and Measures PSHE: Relationships, drugs education and relationships P.E : Your child will work on their Athletics skills. Science investigations will be taught throughout the year where the children will develop their understanding of a fair test. During Science and Engineering Week your child will have the opportunity to engage themselves in a wide range of science activities. Rolls Royce and other outside agencies will also come into school to work with various year groups. “R” Time sessions will be taught on a weekly basis. These sessions will focus on the use of “respect” and “good manners” at all times.

Some of our Achievements

As part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum each child will go on trips out of school. As part of their religious education study, Year 5 focus on Judaism. They will visit a synagogue in Nottingham The pupils will perform in a musical concert and present their acquired skills in playing a brass instrument.

Homework

In Year 5, children will receive the following homework every week:

  • Maths homework, either based on targets, or what we have been learning in Maths that week.
  • English homework, either based on targets, or what we have been learning in English that week.
  • Topic homework, based on our current Cornerstones topic.
  • Reading: We would like the children to read three times a week for a minimum of 10 minutes. Your child may also have additional reading homework given out by your class teacher.

Children will be given homework on a Thursday night and we expect it returned by Monday. This homework will be based on their current learning or their targets set. Your child will always receive Maths and English homework on a weekly basis. Periodically, your child will also receive additional Topic and Reading homework.

Learning at Home

As well as homework set by school, there are plenty of opportunities for your children to continue their learning at home. Maths: Children should practice their times tables up to 12 x 12 as much as possible. With a secure knowledge of their tables your child will be able to grasp new mathematical concepts and strategies at a faster rate. English: Please encourage your child to read as much as possible at home. In addition to their reading book they can read a range of material for fun! Get your children to become members of ‘Pear tree library ‘

Targets: All Year 5 children have a target they are working on in Reading, Writing and Maths. This will be given to you on their Assertive Mentoring sheet at Parent’s Evening each term. Discuss the targets with your child. Are they able to explain how they can achieve them?