Year 5 Summer Term 1

English

The Village That Vanished

Using a range of drama techniques and the text ‘The Village that vanished’, we will learn to use our inference and deduction skills 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.

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 we will cover the following area in Maths:            

  • 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
  • solve problems involving number up to three decimal places
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents

Topic – Allotments – Geography Focus

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

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 and 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

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, to 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. They will 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

This term, we will continue to develop the skills of reading listening speaking and writing in French.

From our 5 Hands of Millbrook Vision of what the children want to for themselves, we will encourage them to be independent, confident, tolerant, open to new learning, eager to learn and inquisitive. Through their learning, they will be given opportunities to respect and appreciate the culture of others.

Their learning will be delivered through the online resource, Linguascope and can be accessed at home to enable our children to practise and consolidate at home. Other learning opportunities through stories and poems will be shared.

They will consolidate their prior learning and will study the following topics:

  • House and home;
  • Describing personality;
  • Weather;
  • Numbers to 100.

Computing

Our unit is entitled ‘We are bloggers’.  Blogging provides a worldwide audience for pupils’ work. Commenting on others’ work extends pupils’ sense of membership of a learning community beyond school. In this unit, we will create a media-rich blog, comment on blogs and respond to comments.

PE

Our PE sessions this term will be taught by Premier Sports.

PSHE

This term our focus is on relationships. We will learn to:

  • have an accurate picture of who I am as a person in terms of my characteristics and personal qualities
  • understand that belonging to an online community can have positive and negative consequences
  • understand there are rights and responsibilities in an online community or social network
  • know there are rights and responsibilities when playing a game online
  • recognise when I am spending too much time using devices (screen time)
  • explain how to stay safe when using technology to communicate with my friends

Year 5 Spring Term 2

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 skills 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

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

We will 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.

Science – Types of change

In this unit, we will identify the types of change. 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 recognise that these are reversible changes.
  • recognise which changes of state are reversible changes.
  • find examples of irreversible changes

We 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.

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.

Computing – We are Web Designers

This unit allows pupils to create content that could be uploaded to a website explaining online safety and responsible online behaviour.

PE – Premier Sports will lead our PE sessions.

French

In French, we are continuing to build on previous learning experiences, using our online resource, Linguascope. We are developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a range of engaging activities and practice. This can also be reinforced at home. The work is linked to the MFL Programme of Study. 

In Spring 2, we will be learning new vocabulary related to the classroom, developing sentence structures building on prior learning, reinforcing numbers and using them in context and learning how to describe the weather and seasons. 

PSHE – Dreams and Goals

The six areas we will explore during our PSHE 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.