Welcome to the Year 5 area! The Year 5 teachers this year are Miss Sheehan, Miss Matar and Mr Byrne.
This half-term we are learning about earthquakes and volcanoes. We are also reading ‘Earthquake Terror’ by Peg Kehret – an exciting adventure story about a family who become stranded on an island during an earthquake. We will learn about the places in the world where earthquakes and volcanoes occur, and about some famous events from history – including the eruption of Vesuvius which buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
5LM and 5MB will have their indoor P.E on Tuesday, 5JS will be on Thursday.
All Year 5 classes will have their outdoor P.E on Wednesday.
5LM and 5MB- Children will receive their spelling words on Monday and be tested on them on Friday.
5JS- Children will receive their spelling words on Friday and be tested on the following Thursday.
Times tables challenge
Reading 20+ minutes daily
Challenge Homework ideas – please bring in before the last week of term!
Create a model volcano
Make an earthquake diorama
Create a news story about a recent earthquake
Make top-trump cards about major volcanoes
As stated above, we will be reading ‘Earthquake Terror’ by Peg Kehret. After twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer’s mother breaks her ankle on a family camping trip, Jonathan and his partially paralyzed younger sister, Abby, are left alone on a deserted island off of northern California. Then a devastating earthquake hits, and suddenly, Jonathan and Abby are fighting for their lives. The text will give the children an insight into the effects of earthquakes on a habitat and it’s inhabitants. We will learn how to write with clear paragraph structure, openers/conjunctions to include evidence from the text and empathize with Jonathan. In addition, we will write newspaper articles to warn others of the devastation caused on Magpie Island, write informative leaflets to teach children how to protect themselves from earthquakes in schools and poems using figurative language.
5LM and 5JS- Our Maths focus will be on numbers and place value. This will include reading, writing, adding and subtracting tens, hundreds and thousands from numbers up to one-million and rounding numbers. We will use a range of manipulative (including base ten blocks, dice, cuisinaire and unified cubes) and pictorials to ensure the children can show and verbalise addition and subtraction equations. We will increase their understanding of number lines and rounding numbers to estimate the product of an equation.
In science we will learn about materials and their properties. We will perform exciting experiments to find out how new substances can be formed, and test the properties of different materials. In addition, we will dissolve, mix and heat various materials and substances to show their change of state and whether they can be reversed. By the end of the term, children should be able to describe various properties based on properties such as: hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and their response to magnets.
Art and Design Technology
This term we will blend and layer paint in variety of ways in order to create texture, bake cupcakes with layers to replicate a volcano and design/create out own volcanoes using plaster of paris. This term Year 5 will also focus on Alberto Giacometti, a famous sculptor.
Year 5 will go through the grammatical and phonetic differences to the English language and some of their own. In addition, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, ask how old someone is and respond appropriately. Afterwards, we will introduce ways to describe a volcano and sentence structure.
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This term year 5 will be focusing on different styles of dance. They will explore, improvise and choose appropriate materials to create new motifs in a chosen dance style after learning about different genres of dance. To build from last term, children will be able to independently warm up, cool down and explain how each exercise is geared towards a different group of muscles.
Through football, hockey and a range of activities, the children will practice and enhance their skills defending and scoring against their opposition. They will learn the difference between attacking and defending skills and know when they will need to use them in a game. They will learn how to think about their position and how they can best help out their team.
This term, Year 5 will be creating their own Ipad Digital Project to reflect what they are learning about Pompeii. In addition, they will have a week devoted to anti-cyber bullying.
Autumn 1- Term 1
This term we will be focusing on the Romans. We will learn about the way they lived- including their clothes, diet and daily routines, their gods and their goddesses. We will learn about their influence, battles, defeats and successes through our Literacy and Art lessons.
Maths- Design your own Roman road using a mapping grid. Be sure to think about where they created their roads and how they designed them.
Literacy- Rewrite the myth of Romulus and Remus in first person. Imagine you are Romulus or Remus to include details, thoughts and feelings.
Art and DT- Design and create a Roman themed restaurant. Plan what will your restaurant look like, create a menu to outline what types of food would you serve and a dress code-what would your guests need to wear?
What We are Learning this Autumn Term
This half term we will be reading and discussing a range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction to better understand the Romans and their culture. We will be reading Roman myths and legends to increase the children’s familiarity with a range of texts and learn about the origin of some of their beliefs. Eventually, we will create our own simple settings, characters and basic narratives to write our own myths. In addition, we will learn about the Roman roads and track where they started from and how they were created. Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner.
This term, our Maths focus will be on numbers and place value. This will include reading, writing, adding and subtracting tens, hundreds and thousands from numbers up to one-million and rounding numbers. We will introduce new vocabulary and solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples. By focusing on the four operations this term, we will be both revisiting and introducing fractions, negative numbers and percentages.
Art and DT
The Romans were known for taking ideas and adapting them to suit their elegant lifestyles. In Art and DT we will design and create mosaic tiles with Roman inspired details, learn how to make intricate Celtic knots and carve Roman designs into necklace pendants.
Our topic this term is ‘Earth and Space’. We will begin by learning how to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We will learn about the Sun and Earth and be able to describe the phases and movement of the Moon. We will go on to use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
This term year 5 will be focusing on balances, turns and traveling on a range of apparatus and beams. We will also explore a range of stretches and warm-up activities before and after every lesson, while ensuring the children understand which muscles they are stretching and why it is important to warm up/cool down.
Through basketball and range of activities, the children will practice and enhance their skills defending and scoring against their opposition.
This term will begin with a review of the our school’s Online Safety Policy and then building their coding skills, including speed, direction and coordinates.
This term, we are exploring the origins and changes of Roman gods and goddesses. We will learn about their temples and traditions to understand the influence of religion on their daily lives.
Year 5 will begin by revisiting the core vocabulary of the Spanish language, specifically colours, numbers, days of the week and months. We will go through the grammatical and phonetic differences to the English language and some of their own. In addition, we will learn how to introduce ourselves, ask how old someone is and respond appropriately.