Autumn Term Curriculum
Re: YEAR 5 – AUTUMN TERM
We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable summer holiday! We have a very busy autumn term planned; below you will find a brief outline of the curriculum that we will be exploring and learning about during this term.
This term we shall be developing and practising our mental maths skills regularly, concentrating on how to solve calculations quickly and efficiently. We will be developing our understanding of place value and using this to support our calculations across maths. In addition to this we will be applying our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to problems. All of this will help us to develop our understanding of statistics.
During our English lessons we will spend time looking at reading and writing traditional stories and legends using the story of Robin Hood to help us. We will be developing our story telling skills – listening to others tell short stories, retelling and performing parts of what we have heard and re-inventing parts of a story by adding our own twists and ideas. Our aim by the end of this unit is to write our own legend. We also hope to complete a unit on persuasive writing as well as learning to recite and learn poetry.
After half term we will be writing short stories some of which are based on films or pictures to help inspire the children’s imagination. We will also be learning how to write an effective information text to link with our Science and Humanities learning.
Throughout the autumn term we will cover a variety of topics in Religious Education lessons including; Ourselves, Judaism, Life Choices and Hope. These will explore the Domestic Church, Baptism and Confirmation, Other Faiths and Advent. We shall also be learning about Year 5’s saint, St Thomas More the patron saint of lawyers.
We will begin this term with a historical study of the medieval period. We will be finding out about how people lived during this period and the legacy that they left behind. We will be looking at artwork, castles, battles, famous people and significant events during the period. We will be developing important historical enquiry skills such as sequencing events, asking questions, using artefacts and identifying cultural diversities.
In Science lessons this term we will be looking at the properties of different materials. We will be conducting experiments to investigate what happens when materials change. After half term we will be learning about forces and their effects, looking at gravity, air and water resistance and friction.
Art and DT
To accompany our Humanities topic in the first term we will be using our creative skills to create religious art, such as stained glass windows and lettering. We will also be looking at the Bayeux tapestry and creating our own similar pieces of work.
This term we will continue to develop our fitness through weekly circuit lessons. Our topic for the first half-term will be basketball. During the second half of the term we will focus on gymnastic skills. PE is an important part of your child’s curriculum and participation helps develop a positive outlook to health and fitness, therefore it is essential that all children participate in lessons. Please note that if children miss three lessons in a half term because they do not have their PE kit in school they will miss a portion of their play, as is school policy on incorrect uniform.
The term will start with work on the theme of New Beginnings – thinking about how we can develop a purposeful learning environment in our classroom and what our goals for year five are and how we can work together to achieve them. Later in the term we will also be thinking about our relationships and friendships in our work on Getting on and Falling Out.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School’s Award
We will continue to learn about children’s rights and the differences between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. As part of our school’s journey into achieving Level 2 of ‘Rights Respecting School’. We will also continue to learn about the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) different articles that were created to make sure that every child’s basic needs are met. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
We will incorporate a new program into our weekly routine called P4C which is a thinking skills program. The aim of this program is not to turn children into philosophers but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more reasonable individuals.
We have plenty of new ideas about our computing lessons and we will begin the year by learning and understanding about internet safety. We also hope to learn about editing photos, making videos and adverts and again using these to support the learning in other lessons. We will be using our programming skills to create our own computer programs using Scratch.
Suggested trips / websites to support learning
If you wanted to support your children’s learning outside school, the British Museum and the Museum of London both have a lot of information and historical artefacts related to the medieval period. The Science Museum has a number of hands-on interactive exhibitions that would link very well with our Science learning this term.
Home learning will be set in accordance with the school’s home learning policy which is available on the school’s website.
Maths home learning will usually be a mental activity however your child may have written learning to complete from time to time.
As you know, it is essential that your child reads a wide range of genres (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, newspapers) and develops a good reading habit to help with their comprehension, writing and vocabulary. Children are expected to read for at least 20-25 minutes a night and to write a comment in their reading record. This comment might be a summary, a prediction about the text, observations about a character or new/unfamiliar words that they have encountered. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your signature at least once a week. It is important that the children return their library book each week so that they can take a different book home. If a book is lost or damaged it will incur a cost of £5.00 to replace it.
Spellings will be set on Monday. Children will be asked to write extended, imaginative sentences for their ten spellings to consolidate their understanding of the words they are learning. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Monday. These spellings will include words from the year 5/6 spelling list which is a list of spellings published in the National Curriculum which children must learn by the end of their primary education. Children may be given additional spellings if we feel that they need to be challenged further.
Drop Everything and Read
This year we are continuing our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday. Later in the year we will be inviting parents to come and join us, details will follow in due course.
Should you have any questions, please contact the office to make an appointment.
Mrs Phelan and Mr Symmons