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Year Five

What is my child learning this term?

Summer term 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find below a detailed outline of this term’s curriculum as it relates to the National Curriculum:

Ancient Greece
This term, our topic is “Ancient Greece”. We will be covering much of the geography and history curriculum through our topic work, as well as using it as a basis for our work in English. Over the term, we will be learning about the Greek city states; the chronology of significant events; democracy; philosophy, education, the Olympics, slavery and Greek theatre.

We will continue to develop children’s reading skills through focusing on reading a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children will be taught to infer meaning from texts and analyse the information containiend in a viariety of text types. Largely, they will focus on selecting evidence from a text to support an argument or to validate an opinion. Spellings will continue to follow the National Curriculum outlines.

In writing, we will continue to focus on developing pupils’ fluency in writing a range of styles. We will incorporate the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar into our topic based lessons. At the beginning of term, we will study the famous myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’; the children will retell, re-imagine and recount the tale in the form of a dramatic newspaper report. We will progress to writing information texts about the Greek gods. In the second half of term, we will look at Greek drama and will study a children’s version of the text of “Antigone”, before finishing the year with a unit of poetry – both writing and performing our own.

Over this year, the children have loved using the library and we will continue to provide opportunities for the children to visit – remember that it is also open after school on some days! We will continue our focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, looking at more complex punctuation, writing in a variety of tenses and voices and using a larger range of conjunctions.

The Year Five children will continue to develop their maths skills in the following areas:

  • Number: Children will be learning to count forwards and backwards through zero and solve problems with negative numbers.
    They will be reading Roman numerals up to M and recognising years written in Roman numerals.
  • Calculations: Children will be developing their written methods for addition, multiplying, subtraction and division. They will be applying those skills in problem solving contexts. We will be introducing the Singapore Bar Model to help their understanding of worded problems.
  • Fractions and Decimals: Children will be adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, swapping between mixed numbers and improper fractions. They will know what % means and write percentages as fractions and decimals. They will also be solving problems that involve fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Geometry: Children will be using their knowledge of rectangles to work out the length of missing sides and the size of missing angles. They will be able to tell whether a polygon is regular or irregular based on its sides and angles.
  • Measurement: Children will learn how to calculate the perimeter and area of irregular shapes and estimate volume and capacity.
  • Statistics: Children will learn how to interpret line graphs.

In Science, children will begin by studying the solar system and come to understand how the celestial objects within it are placed and structured, as well as how they move and their relationships to each other. This will lead to the children making their own model of the solar system. Children will also learn about Galileo’s ideas and their ongoing impact on our understanding of the solar system.

In the second half of term, we will begin to look at the different types of matter extant on Earth under our topic: Animal, Mineral and Vegetable. This topic will also include the study of microbes and fungi.

Children will learn about the Ancient Greeks by studying sources and information that we have found through archaeology. The children will learn about the Greek city states; the first Olympic games and some of the major battles fought in this era. The children will compare the ancient civilisation with other ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians. We will also look at how the Greek language, culture and process of democracy still plays a role in modern society.

In Computing, pupils will learn how to be a ‘digital citizen’ – they will come to understand the responsibilities this carries and how to both behave and protect themselves online. Children will learn about online privacy, spam, passwords, cyber-bullying and data protection,as well as coming to understand how photographs and information can be manipulated online to make a particular impression.

Art / Design Technology
We are lucky to be working with Ms Byers and Mr Yusuf this term to make Greek warrior’s helmets; we will combine this with looking at vases. Both of these projects involve looking at symmetry and learning about the shapes, forms and uses of various types of vessel. Children will then draw them and use wax crayons to make a scratched pattern. We will study the proportions of the body and do lots of drawings in order to be able to draw figures on the vases. This will include life-drawing (getting a child to stay still whilst everyone else draws them). We will then look at modelling some from clay. This develops the children’s drawing and design skills as well as their abilities to make 3D models using paper-mache.

Our work with the London Youth Choir will culminate this term in a performance at the Royal Festival Hall. It is certain to be exciting and we hope that you will come and watch our big show!
In Year Five, following the musical bonanza of last term with the jazz project, the children will continue to develop their musical muscles through weekly singing assemblies. They will learn both choral and solo singing and have a chance to participate in the Eisteddfird.

This term in Year Five we will be describing the planets, in conjunction with our Science topic. Children will be answering questions about the planets in French as well as learning to write compound sentences about them. Children will also learn how to describe themselves physically. The highlight of the year will be the French trip in July – Ms Jacobs, Ms Faist and ms Buchanan can’t wait to take their intrepid Year 5s on a cultural tour of Northern France. It will be a great opportunity to practice all the French they have learnt over the term.

This term, the main focus of children’s PE lessons will be on athletics. The children are preparing both for an athletics tournament and the school sports day. The pupils will practice running – individually and in teams – hop, skipping and jumping, long jump, javelin throwing and many other skills. Please ensure that your child has his or her trainers and PE kit in school on PE days as they won’t want to miss out – the best method for ensuring this is to send your child to school with their PE kit on Monday morning and then have them bring it home on Friday to be washed.

In RE, we will be learning about Sikhism. The children will be learning about the origins of Sikhism. We will consider Sikh beliefs and how these might apply to our lives. We will look at some Sikh stories and consider the moral messages held within them, as well as learning about Sikh places of worship and key figures in the Sikh religion. Children will also be asked to compare the Sikh traditions to those of their own life or religion and to identify how those traditions are similar to and differ from their own, thereby improving their understanding of the web of world religions.

In PSHCE, the children will be learning about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. We will discuss when it is acceptable to use (medicinal) drugs and to drink alcohol in moderation. We will then learn about different types of illegal drugs and why their abuse is a dangerous and illegal occupation. We will find out about the risks of alcohol misuse and alcoholism and will also consider the pressures of peers which may be placed upon them in secondary school.

Special events/ enrichment opportunities:

As part of our topic studies on Ancient Greece this term, Years Five and Six will be visiting the British Museum to see their exhibition of the Elgin Marbles. We will also be visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich as part of our science topic: the Solar System. We will also be visiting Dulwich park for a fun Sports activity day and, of course, rehearsing and performing the legendary Year Six show!

How parents can be involved in home learning

As for Year Five, we will continue to send home weekly home learning and spelling tests. If your child has not yet mastered his or her times tables (equivalent to passing the “Platinum” times table test in school) please consider spending a little more time on these skills this term as fluent knowledge of times tables will be extremely helpful when your child enters Year Six.

Year Five team