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.

RE – Christianity

We will focus on four areas of Christianity:

Church

  • learn the cycle of the Christian year, the meanings of the major festivals and how they are celebrated including the use of symbolic colours and special hymn
  • Know the significance of the BC/AD dating system, while understanding that this is not applicable to all faiths or in all contexts.
  • Know that there is variety in Christianity and explore / compare their different structures and discover how these can reflect distinct practices and beliefs
  • talk with believers from the different churches.

Jesus

  • Know an outline of the ministry of Jesus, with some significant events and explore how he related to the marginalised of society
  • Know major aspects of teachings of Jesus; the “Two Great Commandments”, some parables and sayings, Kingdom of God

The Bible

  • Know that the Bible is a ‘library’ of books and contains different ‘genres’
  • Understand that the different books all teach something about God and His relationship with humankind.
  • Know that there are four gospels giving ‘good news’ about Jesus.
  • Know how to find a reference in a Bible using chapters and verses.

Christian life

  • Hear stories of people who have tried to follow Jesus
  • Festivals - find out how the Christians celebrate some festivals such as Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension Day Pentecost.
  • Investigate why and how people pray. Hear and talk about some famous prayers.
  • Find out about Christian weddings in a church and compare with other weddings known to our pupils

English - Film Narrative

We will view a range of visual film shorts and explore characters in a range of settings using a variety of drama techniques. During learning will explore how to use make inferences about the story shown. The writing outcome will be creating the narrative for one of the film shorts.

Maths

This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number
  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to 'number of parts per hundred', and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal
  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25
  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths

 

Science - 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.

French

Our French lessons address the skills of speaking, reading, listening, writing, responding, singing and performing.

We will continue learn several songs and rhymes and work towards the presentation of a familiar children’s story.  We will learn about and appreciate the culture of France. We will continue to develop our knowledge of grammar and experience the use of a bilingual dictionary. We will be learning to recognise and say the months of year, days of the week, the alphabet, likes and dislikes, numbers to 100 and we will continue to develop our knowledge of how to build sentences and widen our vocabulary.

PE

Our PE sessions this term will be taught by Premier Sports and will cover

athletics and lacrosse.

PSHE

During this term we will learn about being healthy (Healthy Me), including mental health week. We will cover the topics of: smoking, alcohol, emergency aid, body image and relationships with food.

Computing

The unit ‘We are artists’ gives pupils the opportunity to design an art gallery and piece of artwork using Google Sketchup.

Year 5 Spring Term 2

Curriculum – Pharaohs – History Focus (continued from Spring 1)

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? (continued from Spring 1)

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

This unit 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.

Using a range of drama techniques and the text ‘The Village that vanished’ we will learn to use our inference and deduction to answer questions about the story and predict what might happen. The writing outcomes include: a setting descriptions; a prayer, a motivation speech; a dialogue between two of the characters and retelling the story from a different perspective.

Maths

This term will we cover the following area in Maths:

  • · identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • · recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number
  • · read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • · compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • · add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
  • · recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number
  • · multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams

 Computing – We are Artists (continued from Spring 1)

This unit allows pupils to use a variety of software to design and create digital content in the form of geometric art. The unit provides an opportunity to develop programming skills, draw on sequence and repetition ideas and use logical reasoning and algorithmic thinking and debugging.

PE – Premier Sports will lead our PE sessions. This term we are focussing on hockey and outdoor and adventurous activities. 

Science – Types of change

In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can you make a meal from a mixture?’ They will design a recipe and identify the types of change used throughout the menu. Some of the activities will cover:

  • · dissolving by seeing how many drops of water it takes to dissolve the same amount of different substances and will use the terms solute and solvent.
  • · use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes.
  • · recognise which changes of state are reversible changes.
  • · find examples of irreversible changes

They will learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases.

Whilst working scientifically, children will use evidence gathered from their own and others’ investigations into dissolving and evaporation to draw conclusions and offer explanations. They will apply previous understanding about melting to predict and investigate which substances will melt. They will plan, carry out and review a complete investigation related to the action of acid on bicarbonate.

French

Our French lessons address the skills of speaking, reading, listening, writing, responding, singing and performing.

We will learn several songs and rhymes and work to add actions or dances to them.  We will learn about and appreciate the culture of France.We will continue to develop our knowledge of grammar.We will be learning to recognise and say the months of year, days of the week, the alphabet, likes and dislikes, numbers to 100 and we will continue to develop our knowledge of how to build sentences and widen our vocabulary

 

PSHE – 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