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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 holiday and is excited to be back at school.

Our class read for this half-term is the famous story of ‘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. Our VIPERS lessons will be extended because of this.

In English last term, our non-narrative writing focused on developing persuasive writing techniques, where we wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos to persuade him to help fight the cause of ending world hunger. This term our non-narrative writing will focus on biography writing where we will develop new techniques of writing. 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.

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. There is a weekly reward of an extra ten-minute play time if the pupil completes an average of five minutes everyday in that week.

In Physical Education we are lucky enough to be able to have swimming lessons. This is a key life skill and is something which I am passionate to teach. Everybody should have the skill of being able to swim. Our other sport lesson will focus on basketball, where we will develop hand to eye co-ordination, passing and shooting techniques.

Geography lessons this term will focus on learning about UK. Particularly, 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 which include Drawn to Wildlife Art session with library – 2 hours – 26th Jan so please keep a look out on Class Dojo for photos of our learning, information, and updates. Please also remember that pink spelling books and grey maths homework books must come back to school every Monday. Thank you.

Year 5 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

To start the term off on our first day back we have our much-anticipated farm trip. The farm is a mixed farm where the farmer grows crops (wheat/barley/beans) and then raises livestock in other fields. After our ‘farm in the box day’ last term we are now even more excited to see our new outdoor classroom which will be built in a few weeks! We look forward to learning more about the outdoors and helping to develop our forest school.

Our class read for this half-term will be based on Mark Twain's 1885 classic novel called the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’ Twain's story of a runaway boy and an escaped slave's travels on the Mississippi comprehends the essential meaning of freedom. The book is among the most celebrated works of American fiction and is an absolute classic which will feed into other areas of our curriculum such as PHSE.

In English last term, our writing focused on refugeeism and litter pollution. We continue our writing with another important topic focusing on child labour, especially those children around the world who make football shirts. Our writing will be delving deep into the world of sponsorship and revenue football creates but also looking at the hidden darkness. This writing will focus on elements of sending a persuasive letter to MPs or the local council to enact change. Our second writing piece will be all about presents which is very fitting for the run up to Christmas. There will be some very exciting experience days, which may involve Mr Dalby’s new puppy.

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 dodgeball. On Friday afternoons we will continue with PHSE lessons which will have an important focus on ‘celebrating difference’.

For our Geography lessons there will be a focus on ‘mountains’ and where in the world are the highest peaks. This is something which has always fascinated me, and I am sure will be another interesting geography subject to learn. Towards the second half of the half-term, we are going to be focusing on our history topic ‘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 ‘how much of the world did Britain take over?’ 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 ‘what are the different materials?’

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 Farm Trip.

Year 5 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

I hope you are all ready for another exciting year? We have an exciting half-term planned. Our class read will be based on the book, ‘Windrush Child’. 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. 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 including acceptance, respect and courage. It also 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 looking at a 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. Additionally, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction work.

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. Towards the second half of the half-term we are going to be focusing on our history topic Baghdad, where we will be looking at the rise of the Islam.

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:

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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