PE: Every Wednesday afternoon. Please help your child to remember to wear their P.E. kit to school.
Swimming: Swimming lessons for both Year 5 classes will take place on Friday afternoons. The children will need to bring their swimming kits, towels and caps.
Spitalfields City Farm Trip
5 Gandhi class on Tuesday 26th April
5 Obama class Thursday 28th April
The Year 5 topic for Spring will be “The United Kingdom”.
Our class text this term is 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman. In our reading sessions, we will be focusing on the seven skills of a great reader, including inferring, summarising and predicting. We will also be discussing the effect of the text on the reader.
Building on these ideas, children will write their own descriptive texts inspired by ‘Clockwork’, using language which appeals to the senses. They will also focus on:
Using figurative language (e.g., personification, metaphor and simile)
- Creating suspense by using ellipsis and changing the length of their sentences
- improve my writing by editing for vocabulary and grammar
- Using relative clauses beginning with a relative pronoun (i.e., who, which, where, when, whose, that)
- Using speech punctuation correctly
- Adapting my writing to suit the purpose and audience
In maths, we are continuing to Teach for Mastery. The mastery approach will help children to develop a deep understanding of topics before moving on. We use the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial & abstract).
This term, we’ll be looking at:
- Number: Multiplying and dividing
- Fractions: Finding equivalents, simplifying, comparing and ordering fractions.
- Number: Decimals
- Place value, tenths, hundredths and thousandths, comparing and ordering decimals.
- Using efficient mental and written formal methods.
This term, we will start learning about changing materials and their properties.
In this unit, we will be learning about:
- The properties of everyday materials.
- Materials which are soluble or insoluble in liquid.
- Factors which affect dissolving.
- Methods of separating mixtures or solutions.
During our United Kingdom project, we will be focusing on skills in a variety of subjects:
- Recognise the different shapes of countries
- Show that I know about the wider context of places, e.g. county, region and country
- Show that I know the location of: capital cities of countries of British Isles and UK, seas around UK, European Union countries with high populations and large areas, and the largest cities in each continent
- Explain about the physical features of coasts and begin to understand erosion and deposition
Art and DT
- Develop different ideas which can be used and explain our choices for the materials used.
- Discuss our work and evaluate it.
- Use a variety of techniques when we use clay.
- Use line, tone and shading to represent things.
For Computing, we’ll be designing and coding a computer game. Our unit targets:
- Select, use & combine a software to design & create content for a given audience
- Use filters in search engines effectively
- Understand the need to only select age
- Appropriate content (E-safety)
This term, we will be focusing on the ideas of Believing (Religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions about meaning, purpose and truth) and Expressing (Religious and spiritual forms of expression; questions about identity and diversity).
Our focus questions are:
- Why do some people believe God exists?
- If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?
PSHE & RHE
This term, we will be focusing on computer safety. Children will learn how to choose online content which is suitable for their age group.
We will build upon children's prior French learning by covering core vocabulary. This includes:
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
- Numbers to 50
- 'Quelle est la date aujourd'hui?' - 'What is the date today?'
Children will be learning to count steps, understand different terms (i.e. unison and cannon). They will learn a routine to music and be able to choreograph sequences/dances alone and with peers.
This focuses on building strength, stamina and agility using different drills. All children will develop an understanding of the effect of exercise on their bodies.
In addition to children's weekly PE session at school, they will be attending swimming lessons at Leytonstone Leisure Centre. These sessions are taught by specialist swimming instructors.
For homework, children will have some work assigned weekly, as well as spellings, and daily reading. Homework is set on Fridays and is due back on Tuesdays. Children’s homework can also be posted on Class Dojo.
A creative half-termly project will also be set. This can involve making models, posters, giving presentations or researching.
It is also crucial that your child knows all their times tables up to 12 x 12, including an understanding of how division and multiplication are linked (e.g. 3 x 4 = 12 so 12/4 = 3). Knowing this helps them in all areas of their maths learning. They will have access to Times Table Rockstars, where they can take part in weekly tournaments, which pit the classes against each other.
Children will be tested on their Rainbow Maths every week. Sumdog activities are assigned regularly to boost your child’s learning in Maths, spelling and grammar. If you require login details, please contact your child’s class teacher.
It is most important that your child reads for 20 minutes every day. Please sign their Reading Records or ensure they do themselves so we have an idea of how much they are reading regularly. You can also share comments via Class Dojo or you could encourage your child to post a book review or video of them responding to books that they have read, enjoyed or would like to recommended to others.
After reading with your child, it is helpful to ask them questions about what they have read. We want to develop their skills of understanding and inference. To push them further, talk to them about why the writer has selected the words they have and what effect these words have on the reader.
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