Welcome to Year 5
Our topic this term is The Maya!
During this term, we will continue to work on place value. We will then focus on the four operations (x, +, - and ÷) and the written and mental methods associated with calculating. We will learn how to draw, recognise, compare, estimate and measure a variety of angles including acute, obtuse, right angles and reflex angles. We’ll also work on identifying a range of 2D & 3D shapes and describe their properties. We will also be calculating and comparing area and perimeter. In addition to this, we will be learning about a range of measurements and how to convert them. All of our work will involve reasoning and problem-solving skills to ensure children are mastering the skills necessary within year 5.
In English we will be developing the skills needed to produce a range of different text types. For non-fiction, the children will be writing an information text on the Maya. We will be focusing on using a range of interesting vocabulary to engage the reader and expanding ideas to sound informed. They will also be producing a recount of an event focussing on sentence length and structure. For fiction, the children will learn about the textual features of traditional tale narratives. The children will read and respond to a range of stories to develop their comprehension, learn stories off-by-heart using a story map and develop their understanding of character and plot to write their own story. They will also be exploring poetry with a focus on rhythm and rhyme in addition to writing a nonsense poem based on ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. The unit will end with a chance to perform their poems to another year group.
In science we will be learning about ‘Forces’ and ‘Earth and Space’. In the forces unit, we will look at a range of different forces: gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will also develop an understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces and their effects. In Earth and Space, we will explore how the Earth’s rotation can be used to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. We will learn how to describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies and also explore a lunar and solar eclipse. We will name all of the planets within the solar system and look at what stars actually are.
In History our topic is The Maya civilisation. We will learn where in the world the Mayan people lived and consider the different elements of their culture. For computing we will be building a website. In R.E. we will be reflecting on what matters to ourselves and what matters to others. For Art/DT we will design and make replica Maya jewellery and masks. In P.E we will learn a Maya inspired dance and also participate in striking and fielding activities. In S.M.S.C we will consider the British values and look at how the choices we make impact on our relationships with others. Spanish will see us learning about the colours of the rainbow and saying sentences about them. In Music, the children will be learning the ukulele and composing music inspired by the Mayan culture.
· Reading books will be needed in school every day but please ensure your child enjoys reading regularly at home too.
· Homework will be given out each Friday to be returned to school on Thursday along with their reading records.
· Spellings will come home on Friday and will be tested on the following Friday.
· P.E. is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the children will need a full PE kit (including plimsolls) in school at all times.
· It is important that all children have water in school. Water bottles can be bought from the school office.
Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support.