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Year 5 - Mrs Carrá, Miss Foster & Mr Heydon

WELCOME TO YEAR 5

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 1 & 2

The class teacher is Mrs Carrá and the teaching assistants are Miss Foster and Mr Heydon.

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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