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Year 5 - Mrs Carrá, Miss Foster & Mr Heydon and Miss Johnson

WELCOME TO YEAR 5

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 5 & 6

Welcome back to Year 5!
We hope that you have had a restful Easter and are looking forward to hearing the children’s stories of what they have done during this holiday.
We start term 5 with our new topic 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 next 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?
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.
Our final topic is called “The world is our Oyster” in this unit the children will continue to use their skills to explore their environment through maps, atlases, globes, and internet searches. They will focus on two areas; the Grampian region in Scotland and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This will allow them to develop their understanding of human geography and the movement of people in the mid-19th century. They will also explore the art of Native American Indians to inspire them in their own work, designing rugs and making ‘explorer’ bags in Design lessons which they will take on imaginary trips around the globe. During these trips children will create an explorer book which will give them the opportunity to practice a variety of writing skills including research skills, native writing, blogging and leaflet writing.
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.
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. Under normal circumstances in Year 5 we would enjoy some school trips to aid our learning. However, this is not possible at present, and we will await further government guidance before planning any trips.
Spellings will 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, please do not hesitate to call the school office and arrange an appointment.
Kinds regards
Miss Johnson, Ms Foster & Mr Heydon

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 1 & 2

The class teacher is Mrs Carrá and the teaching assistants are Miss Foster and Mr Heydon.  We are pleased to have Miss Johnson join us to cover Mrs. Carrá's maternity leave.

We start the year with the topic ‘To The Stars’. 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 how 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 pictures using painting, collage and collography 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!  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.

Our second topic is ‘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 Greece 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 to The Hebrides. In our Art and Design lessons we will look at the designs on Greek vases and using clay make our own!  We will continue to develop our ICT skills in presenting our work and also collecting reliable information.

We then move onto our next topic titles Poles Apart. We will be looking at non-fiction texts and learn what it is like in the North and South Poles. We will look at biographies of famous explorers, such as Scott of the Antarctic. We will look at report writing which will be linked to Science and Geography. Science will focus on forces and gravity and think about simple machines that can turn a small force into a larger force. We will look at fraction 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 and negative numbers!

A double session of P.E will be taught on a Friday and will be outside whenever possible.

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.

Spellings will be given on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Mrs. Carrá

Archive Pictures from Year 3

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