Year 5

Summer Term 1 – Pharaohs

 

Welcome Back to Year 5

 

Travel back on our class journey to the realms of Ancient Egypt to make fantastic discoveries. While cruising along the River Nile, we will enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. We will unravel the secrets of the ancient tombs using some historical sources and looking at old-fashioned artefacts. Continuing our journey, we will explore the powerful Pharaohs and their importance Join in and become an apprentice and work for Ramose- he’s a chief embalmer. Help him to prepare a body for its journey into afterlife.

 

Writing

As Writers this term we will be exploring two non-fiction writing compositions. Within our first writing journey, we will be exploring the key features of explanation texts and learning about mummification to inform our planning and writing development within this writing genre. Throughout the second nonfiction journey, we will be composing a short playscript with clear features and layout. We will be including key features within out grammar and punctuation and further developing our editing and up levelling skills. Our journey in spellings, punctuation and grammar will continue, so that we can feel very secure with our skills.

Some information about writing an explanation text: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk69g7h

 

 

Reading

Our class book this term is: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. We will continue to explore vipers within Guided Reading; our skills of explaining and inferencing will be further developed this term.

 

 

Mathematics

In maths we will be looking at adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions before moving on to decimals. It is very important that the children know their times tables. Please practice them at home using the links below.

Links for practicing skills are:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Science

As Scientists we will be exploring the how important forces and magnets are within the living world. Through investigating we will discover more about how friction can be very helpful and also about what air resistance is. We will focus closely on gears, levers and pulleys to understand how these work and how they can be helpful with different actions too.

For learning more about water and air resistance using the link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4qtvcw/articles/zfvmt39

 

 

History

How exactly can we walk like an Egyptian – and why are the pyramids so important? We’re stepping back over thousands of years to look at what life in Ancient Egypt was like!

We will discover and learn about Ancient Egypt thorough looking closely at a range of primary and secondary sources, including artefacts and documents. The famous Pharaohs will of great importance and we will learn more about the people’s lifestyles and culture.

 

Geography

Within Geography, we will be focussing on why the River Nile was of great importance to the people of Ancient Egypt and why they relied on this. We will be using our knowledge and skills to locate Egypt and look closely at the geographical and physical features of the area and why this is important to the people of Egypt now. In studying Egypt, we will also look closely at the Human features and look at similarities and differences between other places.

 

Art

As Artists, we will be developing our skills further to create innovative art of a historic value by designing and creating drawings of tomb artefacts within our sketch books. We will then explore canopic jars first through research, then by drawing our clear ideas and finally by creating them using a range of skills and techniques. Finally, we will be finding out more about Hieroglyphics and creating our own Hieroglyphic codes.

 

DT

As Design Technologists, we will be developing our skills within understanding how organic produce is grown and how we can create our own products. We will also be creating jars and tombs from a range of modelling materials.

 

Religious Education

Why is creativity so important for humanity? We’re going to be exploring the role that creativity plays in many religions around the world and how it can express the best and greatest of our emotions and thoughts.

 

French

Lace up your sneakers and start your stretches, it’s time for the Olympics! We’re going to be learning the names of countries around the world and different sports.

 

Music

It’s time to start ‘Dancing in the Street’ as we think about the musical genre known as Motown. What makes this genre so distinct and recognisable? We will use our listening and appraising skills that we have learnt to focus on a selection of songs. Following our appraisal of the songs we will then look to create our own songs and musical composition.

 

P.H.S.E

Our online relationships can play a huge role in our lives – both positive and negative. We’re going to be looking at how online games and technology can create supportive communities but how we can make sure we’re keeping ourselves safe.

 

P.E.

Within P.E. we will continue to explore non-contact sports and the importance of communication within our games. We will learn more about verbal and non-verbal communication.

 

Computing

Within Computing, we will be exploring what ‘Stop Motion’ is and how we can use this to create a small video clip. Within this learning, we will develop our skills in taking photographs of small changing and putting together the photos within a good sequence.

 

Key Dates:

Egyptian Art Day – Wednesday, 19th May 2021

Outdoor Day – Wednesday, 26th May 2021

PE – Friday Afternoons

Spelling Test – Friday Mornings

Maths/English Homework is given out on a Friday and given in on a Thursday morning.

Topic homework will also be given out by Miss Collett.

 

 

We are looking forward to an amazing term with Year 5,

 

Mrs Pang and Miss Collett.

 

Year 5 Spring 2 - Charles Darwin

Step aside and let the journey begin to explore some great scientists of all time including the fabulous Charles Darwin. We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his fantastic crew aboard the HMS Beagle. Can you trace his well-planned route across the vast ocean? Why not stop off at the amazing Galapagos Islands to see the world’s extraordinary species that helped Charles Darwin develop his Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. Do you know what is so special about a Lava lizard or do you know why a blue footed Booby has blue feet? See how the animals adapt to their environments overtime and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists.

 

Writing

As Writers this term we will be exploring a non-fiction and a fiction writing composition. Within non-fiction, we will be exploring the key features of biographies and constructing a biography about the famous Charles Darwin. Throughout our fiction writing, we will be composing a short story including different species of plants and animals. We will be including key features within out grammar and punctuation and further developing our editing and up levelling skills. Our journey in word class will continue, now that we are feeling more confident with many word terms.

Some information about writing a short story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpccwmn

 

Reading

Our class book this term is Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. We will continue to explore vipers within Guided Reading; our skills of explaining and inferencing will be further developed this term. We will also be concentrating on writing excellent reading comprehension answers.

 

Mathematics

We will continue our learning of fractions and once the children are back in school I am going to revise the 4 main operations with them to ensure that they still have these skills embedded. We will then move on to looking at decimals.

 

We will continue our weekly times table tests on a Wednesday morning. The children can practice at the following websites:

 

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

 

Science

As scientists we will be exploring the mysteries of evolution and inheritance. We will closely focus on fossils, discovering what Mary Anning an early palaeontologist learnt. Following this journey, we will discover how living things on earth were different millions of years ago and how species changed and adapted over time. We will discuss how adaptations could lead to evolution. Inheritance is a key word within this topic, so we will look carefully at how offspring can vary and are not identical to their parents.

For learning more about evolution and inheritance:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-ks2-evolutionwatch/zmxry9q

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvhhvcw

 

History

Within History, we will discover some of the world’s famous people including Charles Darwin and what led him to his thought-provoking discoveries that he made.

 

Geography

Within Geography, we will be focused on developing our co-ordinates and map reading skills to discover the route that the famous Charles Darwin had taken. We will then use our skills to plot out and annotate the clear route on the HMS Beagle.

 

Art

As Artists, we will be developing our sketch book skills further by focusing on the study of plants. We will look carefully at using a range of pencil skills to develop annotated sketches about plants in our environment and those that live in others.

 

Religious Education

Within Religious Education, we are looking at ‘Being Human’ and the ways in which beliefs impact on action and expectations of behaviour.

 

French

Within French this term, we will learning how to talk about the weather.

 

Music

As Musicians, we will make use of listening and appraising skills that we have learnt to focus on a selection of songs. We will also be learning to sing ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ as a class.

 

P.H.S.E

We will continue to develop our skills about ‘How can the media influence people?’. Our focus will be to look how images can be shown to portray a certain feeling.

 

P.E.

PE will continue on a Friday afternoon and this team we will be learning netball skills.

 

Computing

Within Computing, we will be exploring the basics of computer networking and recognising the similarities and differences between the world wide web and the internet. Within this journey, we will discover basic networks, how ‘clouds’ work and how systems run.

 

 

Key Days to Remember:

Wednesdays – Times table test

Fridays – Spelling Test

Fridays – PE Day

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back to Year 5

Happy New Year!

Term 3 – Space

For daily home learning please visit the Padlet and join our zoom sessions twice a day at 9.00am and 2.00pm. These links will all be sent to you through the text message service or email. 

Let’s journey through Space and take a magnificent trip to discover the Solar system, the stars and the planets, which will reveal the amazing wonders of the nights sky. Throughout our adventure, we will research, read and discuss information texts about our incredible depths of space including the solar system, the sun, the planets and the constellations. On our journey we will discover inspirational astronomical discoveries by many famous people including Galileo, Isaac Newton and Neil Armstrong

Writing

As writers this term we will be exploring two non-fiction compositions. Our first unit of writing will be to produce a piece of persuasive writing and our second will be a newspaper report. Both will be themed around our topic of Space.

Some information about persuasive writing:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv7fqp3/articles/zr8cmfr

Reading

Our class book this term is: Cosmic, which will share with the children each day in our zoom sessions. We will also be practicing our comprehension skills in our daily guided reading tasks.

Mathematics

As Mathematicians we will continue with our journey of developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving within the areas of multiplication and division.. We will continue to develop our mathematical proficiency through practising and embedding our ‘Five a Day’ arithmetic skills.

Links for practising our times table skills are:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Science

As scientists we will be exploring the amazing solar system within Earth and Space. We will research and learn more about the sun, the stars and the planets and in particular planet Earth.  Exploration into how day and night is created and the amazing moon phases will give us more knowledge about our planet.

For learning more about Space:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkbbkqt

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/space-5857

History

Within History, we will discover some significant individuals who influenced others with their astronomical discoveries, including Isaac Newton.

Design and Technology

As design technologists, we will be exploring how we can create space vehicles by using a different range of techniques and designs. We will then explore our techniques and skills in creating a ‘Spacescape’ using a range of sewing skills.

Art

As Artists, we will be exploring a range of sketches to explain the moon phases. We will then be creating and explaining the clear moon phases using a range of printing techniques.

Religious Education

Within Religious Education, we will be focusing on Christianity.

French

Within French this term, we will be sticking with the space theme and learning about the solar system in French.

Computing

Within computing, we will be exploring how we can use a range of programs and apps efficiently to develop our further develop our skills. We will be using presentation apps to create finalised pieces using a range of developed skills.

Spellings:

Spellings will be tested every Friday, they will be set on the Padlet.

Times Tables:

These will also be set on the padlet and will be tested each Wednesday as before.

Please contact me on the class padlet if you have any questions and I will get straight back to you.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Pang

Year 5 – Welcome back to Term 2

A Child’s War

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover. It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying stormtroopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears. Make do and mend. Cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sunk ships. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s an unconditional surrender.’ 

English

Writing:

In the first half of the term we will be formal and informal letters and then we will move on to writing a dairy entry based on one of our class texts ‘The Girl in The Abbey’. We will also be working on elements of Year 5 grammar and sentence writing skills.

Reading:

The children will continue to be given an independent reading book to bring home. Please can you listen to them read at least 5 times a week and sign their books.

Handwriting:

We are continuing our new scheme of learning called Letterjoin to help the children to improve their handwriting skills. You will be able to log on to this program at home to support their learning and instructions of how to login will be sent home with the children shortly.

Spellings:

The children will receive a set of spellings to learn each week and they will be tested on them on a Friday. The will bring a sheet home each week with their spellings on. Please help your child to practice and learn their spellings at home.

Maths

As normal we will be following the White Rose syllabus and this term we will be focusing on place value and refreshing and revising the core skills. The children will also be working on their times tables to ensure that they know them all and they will have a times tables test each week on a Wednesday as shown in the table below. Please support them in learning their tables each week at home in preparation for the test. You can practice them online at this website:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Date

Times table to be tested

11th November 2020

Inverse 3 times table

18th November 2020

Inverse 4 times table

25th November 2020

Inverse 6 times table

2nd December 2020

Inverse 7 times table

9th December 2020

Inverse 8 times table

16th December 2020

Inverse 9 times table

Science

We will be continuing our study of plants this term with a child lead investigation that follows through an entire working scientifically cycle. 

History

Throughout History, we are focussing on looking at key artefacts, sources and historical people within World War Two to find out key information about this time period. We will find out about the chronology and key points in history that happened during this time. 

Geography

We will be learning about the Geography of World War Two, focusing on countries in Europe, plotting journey’s on maps and learning more about compass points and grid references. 

PE

PE will be on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit every Friday. They will wear their PE kit all day. 

Homework

Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school completed by the following Thursday. It will be either maths or English based and it is important that every child completes it because it is set to support their learning in class. 

Things to remember:

  • Times table test every Wednesday
  • Spelling test every Friday
  • Homework is given out and taken home every Friday to be given back on each Thursday
  • Children must come to school in their PE kits every Friday
  • Please listen to your child read their independent reading book at least 5 times a week 

Please let me know if you have any questions, Mrs Pang. 

Welcome back Year 5 – Term 1

Sow, Grow and Farm

It is a pleasure to be back in the classroom with the children this term and I am really excited to be starting the year with my new class of Y5 pupils.

At the beginning of this term we will be settling back in and getting used to the new routines. We will also be working to get back on track with our academic learning. Our topic this term is Sow, Grow Farm and this is about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world.

The book we will be reading as a class this term is the classic ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett and I look forward to sharing this with the children. 

English

Writing:

In the first half of the term we will be working towards writing a non-chronological report on Allotments and then we will move on to writing a narrative based on our reading of the ‘Secret Garden’. We will also be working on elements of Year 5 grammar and sentence writing skills.

Reading:

The children will all be given an independent reading book to bring home. Please can you listen to them read at least 5 times a week and sign their books.

Handwriting:

We are starting a new scheme of learning called Letterjoin to help the children to improve their handwriting skills. You will be able to log on to this program at home to support their learning and instructions of how to login will be sent home with the children shortly.

Spellings:

The children will receive a set of spellings to learn each week and they will be tested on them on a Friday. The will bring a sheet home each week with their spellings on. Please help your child to practice and learn their spellings at home.

Maths

As normal we will be following the White Rose syllabus and this term we will be focusing on place value and refreshing and revising the core skills. The children will also be working on their times tables to ensure that they know them all and they will have a times tables test each week on a Wednesday as shown in the table below. Please support them in learning their tables each week at home in preparation for the test. You can practice them online at this website:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Date

Times table to be tested

9th September 2020

3 times table

16th September 2020

4 times table

23rd September 2020

6 times table

30th September 2020

7 times table

7th October 2020

8 times table

14th October 2020

9 times table

21st October 2020

12 times table

Science

We will be taking our study of animals, including humans this term and concentrating in particular on the life cycles of animals and plants.

History

We will be looking at the history of local farming and settlement in our local area. If you or your family have any information on the history of farming in and around Spalding then please ask your child to bring it to school to share with the rest of the class. 

Geography

We will be learning about local and word wide farming as well as revising our knowledge of map reading and the compass points. 

PE

PE will be on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit every Friday. They will wear their PE kit all day. 

Homework

Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school completed by the following Thursday. It will be either maths or English based and it is important that every child completes it because it is set to support their learning in class. 

Things to remember:

  •          Times table test every Wednesday
  •          Spelling test every Friday
  •          Homework is given out and taken home every Friday to be given back on each Thursday
  •          Children must come to school in their PE kits every Friday
  •          Please listen to your child read their independent reading book at least 5 times a week 

Please let me know if you have any questions, Mrs Pang.