Year 5 - Summer 1

Curriculum – Allotments – Geography Focus

To kick off our allotment topic we have a visitor who will explain all about allotments and the types of produce grown there. The following week we have an exciting visit the Botanical Gardens in Leicester to learn about sustainability. Over the unit we will learn where our food comes from and use maps, atlases and technology to learn more about these places. After planning a meal we will calculate the food miles to appreciate how far some of food actually travels. Using secondary sources will identify land-use across the different geographical regions of the UK and then compare our land-use with another country.

Time travellers – Art Focus

By exploring the work of different artists and how they represent portraits and times we will develop our own artistic timeline. A virtual time travel machine will allow us to travel to different points in our own personal timeline where we will research features of the time and then draw images of what we did or might look like in that period of time.

RE – Beliefs and Actions

We will focus on the work of two charities to explore how beliefs and their impact on followers of that religion. After making comparisons to identify the similarities and difference of a religion in action, pupils will reflect on their own beliefs, developing their understanding of community and to relate what they learn to their own questions of value and commitment.

English – The Village that Vanished

During the unit we will use a wide range of drama techniques to explore character’s thoughts and feelings. Ending the study with a choice of writing outcome: retelling the story from a different point of view; continuing the story; creating a new story about courage or changing the problem writing a new resolution and ending.

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

This book has as its main character Bradley, a ‘bad’ boy who is always in trouble. Through the text we get right into Bradley’s heart and mind and will discuss issues of friendship, bullying, and the links between self-esteem, behaviour and learning.  By drawing inferences about characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives we will explore different dilemmas before writing our own stories.

Princess’ Blanket

This story about a young princess who appears to be destined to feel eternally cold poses a challenge to her parents and the people of the kingdom who are tasked with trying to resolve this bitterly chilly dilemma. By using art as a stimulus for writing we will explore writing from the perspective of different characters, considering what motivates the actions and choices of the character in different situations.

Wolf Brother

Wolf Brother is an exciting adventure set 6,000 years ago during the time of the hunter gatherers. There are strong themes in this story, including bravery, loyalty and a deep respect for the forest and its inhabitants. Exploring these themes we will create an imaginative picture of a different world and the dilemmas of characters. Finishing with a debate and the writing of a decree.

Cosmic Disco Poems

This wonderful collection explores a range of themes vividly and beautifully expressed to create images and stir emotions that stay with the reader long after the book has been put down. We will use art as a stimulus for writing and poetry as a stimulus for art. Through drama and talk we will discover how the language and structural devices used in poetry can create powerful responses.

Maths

This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • Read, write and order numbers with up to 7 digits and understand the place value of each digit
  • understand place value in decimal numbers as tenths and hundredths; multiply and divide by 10/100/1000/10 000 using a place-value grid;
  • rehearse mental addition strategies for decimals and whole numbers;
  • solve missing number sentences;
  • use mental strategies to solve multi-step word problems;
  • use rules of
  • identity prime numbers; revise finding factors of numbers; find squares and square roots of square numbers;
  • use mental multiplication and division strategies; relate mental division strategies to multiples of ten of the divisor
  • know properties of equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles;
  • convert from grams to kilograms and vice versa, from millilitres to litres and vice versa, and from metres to kilometres and vice versa;
  • use a written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence; add 2-place decimals using written column addition;
  • subtract decimal numbers

Science – Life Cycles

We will learn that plants and animals have life cycles and that reproduction is a part of this cycle and that each life cycle has distinct stages but that these can vary between species. We will understand the importance of reproduction for the survival of a species. Whilst working scientifically, children will plan and carry out investigations and observe, measure and record the growth of animals and/or plants over time, drawing conclusions from their investigations, and present their conclusions in a variety of ways.

Using secondary research they will develop their understanding of life cycles in different species,

Earth and Space

In this unit pupils will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. Also describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies.

Pupils will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky and also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time. When working scientifically, they will have the opportunity to plan an enquiry using a shadow stick and look at changes over time, taking accurate measurements of the shadows formed, deciding how to record them and present their findings.

 

 

 

 

Year 5 Spring Term

Curriculum – Pharaohs – History Focus

We’ll be travelling back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt.  Cruising along the Nile to enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Unravel the secrets of the ancient tombs, using historical sources and artefacts. Research to find out about powerful pharaohs and gods.
Learn about the how to prepare the body of Pharaoh ready for its journey to the afterlife.

RE - Whose World Is It?

We will be exploring the question about how the world was created and issues around the relationship between humans and the environment.

Over the term we will consider the teachings of a number of religions as well as pupils own beliefs. Learning about the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus as well as exploring scientific views about how the world began.

English

To link with our work on Pharaohs our first unit of work will use the text ‘The Egyptian Echo’ (non-fiction). Throughout the unit we will explore poetic structures and then perform the compositions considering the use of intonation, tone, volume and actions.
Using drama and role play we will develop and sustain different roles to inform and enhance our writing including: a persuasive leaflet; an agony Aunt letter; a balanced argument; newspaper report and an advert.

Our second unit only takes us back to the Victorian era when we take a closer look at some of the amusing and entertaining Rudyard Kipling ‘Just So’ stories. By listening to these stories read aloud we will explore the way he played with language to create a sense of fun.  The writing outcome for this unit of work is composing our own ‘Just So’ stories and then sharing them with others.

Maths

This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • read, write and order numbers with up to 6 digits and understand the place value of each digit
  • understand place value in decimal numbers as tenths and hundredths; multiply and divide by 10/100/1000 using a place-value grid;
  • rehearse mental addition strategies for decimals and whole numbers;
  • solve missing number sentences;
  • use mental strategies to solve multi-step word problems;
  • use rules of
  • identity prime numbers; revise finding factors of numbers; find squares and square roots of square numbers;
  • use mental multiplication and division strategies; relate mental division strategies to multiples of ten of the divisor
  • know properties of equilateral, isosceles, scalene and right-angled triangles;
  • convert from grams to kilograms and vice versa, from millilitres to litres and vice versa, and from metres to kilometres and vice versa;
  • use a written column method to add amounts of money in pounds and pence; add 2-place decimals using written column addition;
  • subtract decimal numbers


Science – Separating Mixtures

Separating mixtures gives us the opportunity to learn about the separation techniques of filtering, sieving and evaporation.  There will be investigations to discover which substances dissolve in water and which do not.

Using evaporation we will learn how to separate a dissolved solid from a solution.

Working scientifically, we will formulate our own question about dissolving before planning how they will answer it, predicting possible outcomes and carrying out a fair test. Results will be

recorded in tables and graphs, and the results interpreted, using evidence to support or refute predictions.

French

Our French lesson address many skills: speaking, listening, responding, singing and performing.
We will learn several songs and rhymes and work to add actions or dances to them.  
When speaking will be practise sentence building and begin to add 2 or more adjectives correctly.  We will be learning to recognise and say the months of year.

PSHCE – Dreams and Goals

The six areas we will explore during our Jigsaw sessions are:

  • When I grow up – understanding the need of money to achieve some dreams.
  • Investigating jobs and careers – know about a range of jobs and appreciate the contribution made people in different jobs.
  • My dream job (and the steps to get there) – identify a possible job, understand what motivates us and what we need to achieve our goal.
  • Dreams and goals of young people from other cultures - describe dreams and goals of young people in a different culture and reflect how this may relate to my own.
  • How we can support each other – understand ways of supporting each other and appreciating the similarities and differences we have in our aspirations.
  • Rallying support - discover how to make a positive contribution to supporting others.

Computing – We are Artists

This unit allows us to get creative and fuse geometry with art using Scratch and Inkscape.  We begin by creating simple tessellations before progressing to more complex patterns.  Using our new skills we will create some Islamic-style art and also create our art in the style of Bridget Riley.
 

PE – To be Confirmed

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