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Year 5 - Mrs Watson, Mrs Crook and Mrs Starmer-Smith

Welcome to Year 5!

This year the class teachers will be Mrs Crook and Mrs Watson. Mrs Crook will teach on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Watson will teach on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mrs Starmer-Smith will also be joining us in year 5 on the Teach Direct Program and by the end of the year will be a qualified teacher. Mr Dewey will be working with us on a Wednesday.  

Overview of Terms 1 and 2.

Year 5 is an exciting year, with lots of opportunities for interactive activities to help our learning. We always ask children to work to the best of their abilities, it will be worth it!

The ‘Inspire Curriculum’ which we follow enables us to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Each unit will have a theme and through the units (approximately 4 weeks) the objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

We kick off the year with a topic called, ‘The Ancient Greeks’.  In our Literacy lessons we will be looking at Greek myths and writing our own. We look at the features that make up a good myth and invent our own mythical characters and beasts. In History, we will look at the achievements of the Ancient Greek civilization and how they influence our lives today, such as having a democracy, the Olympic Games and the arts. We will study the capital city Athens and think about what life would have been like in Ancient Greece. In Geography we will look at the terrain of the country and compare some of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. In our Art and Design lessons we will look at the designs on Greek vases and using clay make our own!  In Science we will be looking at some famous Greek scientists along with their discoveries. We are having a ‘Greek Day’ on Friday 23rd September and invite everyone to dress up as someone living in Ancient Greek times. This is lots of fun as we re-create a school day in Ancient Greece, where the boys learn in the classroom, while the girls pretend to stay at home and learn how to sew!  We also taste a variety of traditional Greek foods and learn how to write Ancient Greek. In ICT we use a photograph of ourselves dressed up and use software to put this image onto a scene in Ancient Greece.

Our second topic is called ‘To the Stars’. This is another very exciting topic and will include a trip to the Royal Observatory in London on Wednesday 12th October to undertake workshops and see the planetarium. This trip will really bring the topic to life and inspire our learning for the rest of the topic. In our Literacy work we will look at autobiographies and biographies of famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong for example. We will then imagine what it would be like to walk on the moon and go into space and write our own journals. We will also look at journalistic writing, including news reporting and explanation texts about space travel. There will be lots of opportunities for drama, reading, speaking aloud and of course developing our spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) within our writing. This topic will also encompass the area of Earth, Sun and Moon in our Science lessons. Children will be learning about the different planets in our solar system and why we have day and night. In Art we will look at Van Gogh’s Starry Night and use techniques to develop our own starry night in pictures using painting, collage and using calligraphy skills. In ICT children will learning how to program characters in an interactive way and work at programming a small game around the theme of space and aliens!  In Numeracy we will look at numbers and place value and relate these distances and times when travelling in space.

We then move onto our next topic titled ‘Poles Apart’. We will be looking at non-fiction texts and learn what it is like in the North and South Poles. We will read biographies of famous explorers, such as Scott of the Antarctic and focus on report writing, which will be linked to Science and Geography. Science will focus on forces and gravity and we will think about simple machines that can turn a small force into a larger force. We will look at friction as a force that opposes motion. There will be lots of opportunities for geographical learning as we look at the longitude and latitude of the Equator, Arctic and Antarctic circles. This is also good opportunity to apply our number knowledge and look at temperatures, negative numbers angles and degrees!

Throughout all the topics we will continue our Numeracy lessons covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum, namely number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. It is essential at this stage that all children continue to learn their times tables, now up to 12 X 12.

Children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to learn how to play the clarinet. These lessons are taught by a teacher from Kent Music School who also loan us the clarinets. We only ask for a small contribution towards the cost of the reeds as these do break through use.

We will continue to develop our skills in P.E. and it is important that children have their P.E. kits in schools at all times. It is important in the winter months to have a warm kit with sensible footwear as it can be cold and damp outside. Homework will be given out on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Spellings will also be given out on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the book, so that your child develops a greater understanding of new vocabulary and themes. We will be checking children’s contact books to see that they have read regularly, so please can an adult sign to show that their child has read. We expect to see at least 4 signatures each week!  If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call either of us or catch us after school on the playground.

We are both really looking forward to the start of an exciting, hardworking, fun year! 

TERMS 3 & 4

Welcome back to Year 5 in 2017! We start the New Year with an exciting topic based on 17th century London which is called “Fire, Fever, Fashion.” This Unit is designed to take pupils on an exciting journey back in time to 17th Century London in the era of the Plague and the Great Fire. This is the London of Charles II, Sir Christopher Wren and the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Pupils will enjoy learning about the ‘cures’ for the plague sold by so-called quack doctors. Pupils will wish that they could have visited a frost fair on the frozen River Thames. They will be fascinated by the curious fashions and fads of the time, including little babies sucking on coral beads! The Unit aims to immerse pupils in a time and place that might feel strangely familiar to them in some ways (chatting in coffee shops) but utterly bizarre in others (men wearing elaborate peaked wigs as a fashion statement).

Our second unit is entitled ‘Round and Round’. This Unit is about life cycles but also takes this idea more broadly in terms of appreciating the variety of life and how it can be supported and the ideas of cycles and repeat processes as they arise elsewhere. Within the first week the pupils will be studying various animals and identifying similarities and differences.  This will lead on to looking at the idea of a life cycle and seeing how these vary between animals.There is a focus upon animals and how they change during their lives.  There is also recognition made of the variety of forms that life can take. We will then move on to considering the human life cycle and finally comparing animal life cycles to those of plants. Pupils can create presentations of the ideas they have gathered about lifecyles using a variety of media; their ideas for their dance sequences and gymnastic techniques are explored; their composition work, and their ideas for designing, creating and locating their bug boxes in design and technology. In computing attention will be paid to developing outcomes in the form of blogs and also learning how to gather ideas and evidence from internet searches. 

Our final topic before Easter is called ‘No Way Back!’ This Unit has a food theme related to ‘The No Way Back Pizzeria’ (You won’t want to go anywhere else for your takeaway pizzas!) Pizzas can be put in a healthy eating context as a special occasion food to be created and enjoyed, with favourite toppings, but not to be eaten every day. The inclusion of vegetable toppings, protein sources and serving with salad can be drawn from their previous learning on healthy eating. We will look at what healthy eating means today and consider a range of foods within their particular food groups. We will also look at the exploration of the origins of food ingredients. Our Literacy lessons will see the opportunity for a formal debate considering aspects of locally grown and imported food that draws on children’s local and international knowledge with opportunities for pupils to really explore the issue in depth. The debate encourages reasoned and supported arguments. Reversible and irreversible changes relating to food will be looked at in Science and extended in the designing of pizza boxes for the takeaway pizzeria in our Design and Technology lessons. Pizzas and takeaway packaging also relate to the science content of materials and changes. This will incorporate an art and design element for branding the product using what they learn about their choice of ingredients and the origins of pizza for inspiration. So when we are exploring the pizza samples they can also be comparing the packaging and the design and branding of the boxes, colours used, design influences etc. The Unit will conclude with a pizzeria takeaway where pizzas are created to take home for a special treat!

Throughout all the topics we will continue our Numeracy lessons covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum, namely number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. It is essential at this stage that all children continue to learn their times tables, now up to 12 X 12. This should now be more practise and deriving division facts. If your child does not know their tables now they need a BIG push to achieve this. Tables knowledge is key to access the new curriculum. In term 3 and 4 there is a lot of work on new concepts such as using decimals, fractions and percentages. Any opportunities you may have to bring these concepts into real life maths would be really appreciated.

Our Literacy lessons in Term 3 and 4 cover a variety of different writing genre from instructional and persuasive texts as well as entering BBC radio 2’s, 500-word story competition to encourage our creative writing. Texts covered in these terms will be “Stormbreaker” by Anthony Horowitz and a firm favourite with all, the classic poem “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes.

Children in Year 5 will continue to learn how to play the clarinet. These lessons are taught by a teacher from Kent Music School who also provide us the loan of the clarinets. In addition to this, children will continue their singing lessons with Mrs. Brookes.

We will continue to develop our skills in P.E. and it is important that children have their P.E. kits in schools at all times.

Homework will be given out on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Maths homework will be reinforcing work from during the week’s lessons, so your children should be able to access this with only minimal support. Spellings will also be given out on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday.

Please continue to listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the book so that your child develops a greater understanding of new vocabulary and themes. We are working a lot on inference in different texts in these terms and are using a variety of strategies including whole class, group and individual readers.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call us or see us after school on the playground. We are both looking forward to an exciting and very busy new term!

Terms 5 & 6

Welcome to Year 5! So far we have studied some really exciting topics which the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning and we now have three more topics to complete before the end of the year!

We continue with our topic ‘No Way Back!’ at the beginning of term 5. We only have a couple of weeks to complete this where the children will be making and designing their own pizzas and packaging. We will be focusing on different materials in Science, designing our own tests and writing out our own instructions. See term 3 and 4 for topic overview.

Our next topic is about the history of the Mayan civilization, titled ‘Rites and Rituals’. This exciting unit welcomes pupils to the mysterious world of the Mayans. This highly advanced civilisation flourished in Central America and is noted for its awe-inspiring architectural and astronomical achievements. On a less pleasant note, the Mayans are also remembered for playing highly violent sports and practising human sacrifices to please their bloodthirsty gods! In some ways their world is strangely familiar with its 365 day Haab calendar; yet in other respects, such as sharpening the teeth of small children to make them look beautiful, it is somewhat bizarre and unsettling! Pupils design their own mask inspired by Mayan art and learn about their skills in weaving, pottery and sculpture.  They also learn about Mayan social customs and structures and the importance of trade and travel, with their excellent road systems (despite not knowing about the invention of the wheel!). The importance of religion and the role of priests in society and the magnificent temples that the Mayans built, is also covered in this unit, as well as the advances in medicine as practised by the shamans.

Our final topic is titled ‘Our Commonwealth’. We will think about the following questions at the start of this unit.

  • What is the Commonwealth?
  • Who are the members of the Commonwealth?
  • Where and why was it created?
  • What does it mean to you to be part of the Commonwealth?

These are all questions that will be explored in this Unit.

Pupils will study the formation of the British Commonwealth and will learn to locate different Commonwealth countries on maps and globes. They will know which continents they are located in and how they differ in size, climate, terrain and exports. Children will learn more, through studying traditional stories and poems from around the Commonwealth. They will look at the tradition of oral storytelling and read fables. They will use these as models to write their own fables. They will also read letters from children of a similar age in other countries, and they will write replies explaining different aspects of their lives.

Their studies in history will help them to understand how and why the Commonwealth was developed after the end of the British Empire. They will also study the history of the Commonwealth Games. In art, they design stamps and in music they sing a song written for the Queen’s Jubilee. The Unit concludes with the children holding a mini ‘Commonwealth Games’ where they will try out some of the more unusual sports from around the globe.

Throughout all the topics we will continue our Numeracy lessons covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum, namely number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. This term will be working hard at consolidating our formal written methods and how apply these inn a variety of different contexts. It is essential at this stage that all children continue to learn their times tables, now up to 12 X 12.

Children in Year 5 will continue to learn how to play the clarinet. These lessons are taught by a teacher from Kent Music School who also provide us the loan of the clarinets. We will continue to develop our skills in P.E. and it is important that children have their P.E. kits in schools at all times.

Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Spellings will also be given out on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the book so that your child develops a greater understanding of new vocabulary and themes. Please make sure your child also reads a variety of genres in order to broaden their vocabulary. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call us or see us after school on the playground.

Kinds regards

Mrs Crook, Mrs Watson and Mrs Starmer-Smith.

Year 5 at the Greenwich Observatory / Planetarium and Meridian line.

Year 5 Ancient Greece Day