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Year 5 - Emmeline Pankhurst Class

Year 5 Spring 1 Curriculum Information

Welcome back Year Five. I hope everyone has had a restful Christmas holiday and is excited to be back at school.  

Our class read for this half-term is the famous story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ written by William Shakespeare. It is a tragic love story where the two main characters, Romeo, and Juliet, are supposed to be sworn enemies but fall in love. Due to their families' ongoing conflict, they cannot be together, a captivating story with a tragic ending. The theme throughout this term has a focus on the importance of reading and developing reading skills.  

In English last term, our non-narrative writing focused on writing a non-chronological report of different mountains and the children learnt so much. This term our non-narrative writing will focus on biography writing where we will develop new techniques of writing. The biography will be written about ‘David Attenborough’ and compliment our science lessons, which will intertwine with English this term. Our narrative writing will focus on Anthony Browne’s ‘Gorilla’ story. Anthony Browne's incomparable artwork illuminates the deeply satisfying story of a lonely girl, a friendly gorilla, and their enchanted night out. A brilliant story which will hook in our reluctant readers and writers.

For Maths our focus for the beginning of the half term will be the continuation of our multiplication and division. This will then supplement the second part of the term where we will move onto fractions, decimals, and percentages. Timestables yet again is key to the learning taking place. This is important that TTRS is being completed and parents help support children with this area of mathematics. 

Geography lessons this term we will be learning about UK Geography: East Anglia, The Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside and how the topography is different in these locations. In History we move away from the British Empire and start learning about the French Revolution, where there are some interesting battles to learn about. Finally, our science lessons are based around ‘Living Things’ which ties nicely to our learning around David Attenborough.

We have a few exciting events planned please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. Please also remember spelling books and maths homework books must come back to school every Monday. Thank you.

Year 5 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

After a great first term I am very excited to welcome the class back. Our class read for this half-term will be three classic stories condensed into shorter reads. Our first read is about Robinson Crusoe a true story of a Scotsman who was left on a desert island after a quarrel with the captain of his ship. Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked and survives for nearly thirty years on an island often visited by cannibals, before he is finally offered a chance to escape. Our second read focuses on the classic tale Robin Hood Robin Hood was a fictional character from old English stories. Robin Hood was said to be from a place in England called Nottingham. Robin Hood was a bandit, or a criminal. Along with his friends, whom he called Merry Men, he would steal from the rich people in town and give the money to the poor people. Our final short story ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognised ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviours, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage.

In English last term, our writing focused on refugeeism and climate change, particularly deforestation of rainforests. This term during our non-fiction writing we will be writing about the tallest mountain on the planet ‘Mount Everest’. We have already read the picture book ‘First to the Top’ which is about Edmund Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay being the first people in history to reach the summit of Everest. The English lessons will be heavily complemented by our geography lessons as we are learning about mountains- this is one of my favourite topics to teach. Our big question for geography is ‘Where are different mountains located?’

For Maths we will be continuing to develop our timestables knowledge. Our focus of this half term will be focusing on multiplication and division. This is such an important part of mathematics at primary school because all other elements of maths that we must cover like: fractions, decimals, area etc all require good knowledge of multiplication and division. This is important that TTRS is being completed and parents help support children with this area of mathematics.  

In Physical Education we will be using our fitness from last term to help us with other parts of P.E. Our focus will be on gymnastics and cricket. On Friday afternoons we will continue with PHSE lessons which will have an important focus on ‘celebrating difference’.

Our history topic this term is ‘The Early British Empire’ and how Britain created an empire across the globe. We are very lucky to have a historian from Leicestershire libraries join us in class to teach us how to think like historians and source different types of evidence. The big question for history will focus on: Do British Values extend further than Great Britain? This will enable the class to look in detail at other countries that were part of the empire.

Finally, our science lessons will be looking at different types of ‘materials’ where at the end of the term the pupils will be answering the big question ‘Why do materials have different properties and states of matter? In science lessons we will be completing a range of experiments and the class will look at how to complete a fair test.

This half-term we also have our school trip to Leicester where we will be visiting a local Mosque, a military resilience training day with soldiers from a local army barrack, a British Values focus on the World Cup, a visit from the Creative Learning services who will be teaching us more about Remembrance Day and then a Christmas visit where we go back in time to see what Christmas was like in Leicestershire in the 1800s!

Please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. We have lots more exciting experiences planned for this half-term.

Year 5 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

What a great start to the year ahead! We have an exciting half-term planned. Our class read will be based on the ‘Windrush Child’ which we have already began reading in school. Benjamin Zephaniah the author of the book describes the book as "historical, fiction, but true story" and it's about a young boy's journey from Jamaica to England. The character in the book Leonard finds himself in complete shock when he and his Mother arrive off the ship to find themselves in Southampton port. His Father who is living in Manchester already, moved from Jamaica to better his life for him and his family, however Leonard struggles to adapt to life in England and not really knowing his Father. The book follows an exhilarating, eye opening journey which opens the eyes to the reader to all the issues people face trying to better themselves by moving country. This is a story which is extremely relatable to some members of our class who have moved from a different country. This book encourages all of our school values and links nicely to our Personal, Social and Health and Education lessons where we are looking at ‘Being Me in My World’.

In English we are following a similar kind of story to our class novel. The fascinating picture book is called ‘The Journey’, which follows a family trying to flee a conflict. This book will be the base to our English writing lessons. Our writing will follow the journey of the family fleeing the conflict area, which will then result in an independent write about a new beginning.

For Maths we will be continuing to develop our timestables knowledge. However, our main strand of Maths is a really important part to learn which is ‘Place Value’ that’s why we are beginning our maths with this strand. We will be dealing with numbers up to 1,000,000.

In Physical Education we will be focusing on Fitness and Yoga. Our Friday afternoons of Yoga and PHSE should be a really good way to reflect on the previous week. For our Geography lessons, we are going to focus on ‘Spatial Sense’ which means the study of the locations of things, the conditions at different places, and the connections between places. Thinking about the world in spatial terms (spatial thinking) allows students to describe and analyse the spatial patterns and organisation of people, places, and environments on Earth. Particularly we will be focusing on the different hemispheres. Our BIG QUESTION: How do maps help locate places?                                                                

In history, we are going to be focusing on our topic of Ancient Baghdad, where we will be looking at the rise of the Islam. Baghdad was the centre of learning during the golden ages in the year 900CE. Baghdad was home to the first universities, hospitals and the largest library ‘House of Wisdom’ in the world. Many scholars travelled to this amazing circular city to study. The class will also take part in some drama and look at how Baghdad was destroyed by the Mongols leaving the river Tigris completely black from the ink from the ‘House of Wisdom’.

Finally, our science lessons will be looking at ‘The Human Body’ particularly the different stages of the human body growing up. Therefore, we will be looking at adolescence, puberty, adulthood and then slowing down in later life. Throughout our learning this half-term, we will be trying to answer our BIG QUESTION: How does our body change over time?                                               

Please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. We have lots more exciting experiences planned for this half-term such as Ronald Dahl day, Farm in a box activity day and much more.

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