Re: YEAR 5 – SUMMER TERM
Summer term is another busy and exciting term; below you will find a brief outline of the curriculum that we will be exploring and learning about during this forthcoming term. As the term continues we will keep you up-to-date with our progress and with more details.
We will be continuing to give out home learning every Monday morning. Please continue to support your child in their learning by helping them to complete this on time by the following Monday. This is a crucial aspect to their learning and they will benefit greatly from completing the required work every week.
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 make a note of the pages that they have read in their reading record. We would also like children to record any unknown words / new words in their reading record so that they can look these up the next day in school. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your comments and signature at least once a week.
In our lessons this term we will be covering a range of topics including; geometry (looking at shapes, angles and directional language); measures (length, time, weight, volume, money), and area and perimeter. In each of these areas the key skills will be taught and then applied to real-life contexts, or investigations, to show how maths skills have a purpose in our everyday life. We will be using all the knowledge and skills that we have developed over the course of the year in these areas (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing as well as working with fractions, decimals and percentages). Please continue to practise times tables with your children too.
We will be learning about how to plan and draft a successful explanation text, which we will be practising across all subject areas. We will be reading and writing stories written by significant authors this half term and we will be focusing on Michael Morpurgo, looking particularly at Kensuke’s Kingdom. Any other Michael Morpurgo books you can find and read together would really help your child to improve in their writing. In conjunction with our Humanities topic after half term, North & South America, we will be story writing and reading stories from other cultures.
We begin the summer term learning about Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit in transforming lives. Toward the end of this half term we will also be learning about Islam. We will finish off the summer tem by learning about the different sacraments.
During this half term, we will be focussing on the geography of the United Kingdom and will be comparing rural and urban areas. After half term, we will be learning about North and South America. We will be looking at aspects of physical geography (countries, landscapes etc.) and also human geography (people, population etc.).
We will be starting a new topic learning about living things and habitats. We will be learning about life cycles, reproduction in plants and animals and will be learning about how we can present our scientific findings. In addition to that we will be learning about animals including humans after half term.
We will continue to develop our fitness through weekly circuit lessons. During this half term the children will be learning about cricket. All children are required to participate in PE lessons so please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week. Children will require the school PE kit of a blue t-shirt and navy shorts.
As part of our skill based Computing lessons we are continuing to learn how to create simple programs using basic coding methods through the ‘Scratch’ program. We will also be looking at e-Safety in school. In other areas of the curriculum the pupils will be using everyday skills in order to present their learning, these will include PowerPoint presentations, excel for graphs and tables and using the internet for researching a variety of topics across the curriculum.
This term, as part of our SRE curriculum children will be learning about how their body changes as they grow. More details will follow in due course. Throughout the term we will continue to cover internet and personal safety.
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
P4C will continue to give children an opportunity to build on their thinking and communication skills in order to become a creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinker.
Suggested trips / websites to support learning
Any trips around our local area will be very useful to spot some of the features of urban geography. If you have an opportunity to visit somewhere more rural to compare with that would be very helpful for your child.
Should you have any questions, please contact the office to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher.
Mrs Phelan & Mr Hamilton