Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn Term (first half)
A very warm welcome back to Christ Church and Year 5! I hope you all had wonderful summers and are now ready for a very busy term ahead with lots of exciting activities planned. I shall be teaching Year 5 for the majority of the school week; on Thursday mornings, Mrs McCabe and Mrs Bremerkamp will teach the class. We are also fortunate enough to have Mrs McCabe as our Year 5 classroom assistant. Set out below is some information on the topics we are covering this half term.
Our focus this term will be Wolf Brother, an adventure/fantasy novel set 6,000 years ago in pre-historic Europe. We will be using the novel’s themes of fear and survival to produce writing that creates tension and suspense. Drama and spelling, punctuation and grammar workshops will also feature heavily over the course of the term and year.
Handwriting and Spelling – cursive handwriting practise take place 3-4 times a week and it is vital that you practise these skills where possible. Spelling tests will be conducted every Thursday: although spelling rules are taught and practised during school time, it is imperative that they are also practised at home. The first box of spellings are to be learned by the spelling group – the second box is the main class list (although I highly recommend revising the words in the first box too)!
Should anybody misplace their half-termly spelling sheet, they should let me know as soon as possible or look online – no excuses for not learning your spellings!
Year 5 will begin the year looking at place value: ordering, writing and rounding whole/decimal numbers (up to 6 digits), as well as learning multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We shall also explore number sequences and identify patterns and relationships within numbers.
Times tables will feature heavily throughout the year. Having a secure knowledge of these is fundamental to speeding up the calculation process and underpinning much of the work that goes on in class. I therefore encourage you to work with your child to practise and improve speed and recall as much as possible. A times table test will take place every Thursday.
This year, children will continue to complete their maths homework using the home learning and school assessment tool, IXL. This homework is weekly and based on what the pupils have been learning that week. The number of problems and skills to be practised will be set by myself, along with a minimum pass mark. It is expected that you supervise your child’s use of IXL, as completion of maths homework will be monitored.
Individual login and password details for IXL will be distributed at the start of the year. It is advised that you keep these somewhere safe, but please let me know if they are misplaced at any point!
In Science, Year 5 will be learning about the Earth and beyond. We will be finding out about the solar system, the sun and the changing states of the moon. We shall explore why we have day and night, as well as different seasons.
This term, the children will be trying their hand at becoming game developers; using software to design and then create their own game.
During this half term, Year 5 will explore the topic ‘The Journey of Life and Death’. The children will understand the important milestones in a person’s life, as well as sensitively discuss the different ways in which Christians and people of other faiths respond to loss and bereavement.
This term, we will be studying the Greeks: a fascinating civilisation and an incredible chance to uncover a rich tapestry of ancient history, art, geography and science. We will begin by placing the Ancient Greek period in chronological order, then: look at their religious beliefs and practices; uncover the many Gods and Myths that featured heavily in their lives; study Greek architecture and domestic life; and discover what it really took to be a Spartan or Athenian.
In keeping with our topic ‘Space’, we will be learning about ‘Space Art’ or ‘Astronomical Art’; a genre of modern artistic expression which aims to show the wonders of the universe. We shall also learn about and create our own cave paintings in a bid to understand more about Neolithic life (linked to our core text, Wolf Brother).
Tied to our Science topic of ‘Space’, Year 5 will discover the work of Gustav Holst and his orchestral suite ‘The Planets’. We will compare and analyse the different pieces of music, as well as think about how the combined musical elements of pitch, duration, tempo, texture and silence can be organised within musical structures and used to communicate different moods and effects.
French shall continue to be taught by Madame Sarah once a week. This term’s focus is ordering food in a restaurant: learning the names for different items of cutlery, food items and polite phrases.
This half term, Year 5’s PE focus on a Tuesday is football (taught by Mr. Arter) and hockey on a Thursday (taught by Mrs Grabham). If possible, please provide shin pads and mouth guards respectively.
If your child does not have access to online tools for learning at home, please let me know so that I can make provisions for this during the school week. I thank you in advance for your support in this.
I am extremely excited about this year and teaching a new Year 5 class, and I really hope your child continues to enjoy their learning and development at Christ Church. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me, or alternatively, make an appointment to see me with the office.