Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 5
Our topic this term is The Ancient Maya!
In English this term, the children will learn about the textual features of traditional tale narratives. The children will read and respond to a range of Maya myths and legends, learn stories off-by-heart using a story map and develop their understanding of character and plot to write their own story. In addition, the children will be writing a persuasive write to promote the protection of Maya ruins and the Tikal National Park Alongside this, the children will continue with their daily reading sessions.
The children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. We will then recap on the four operations (x, +, - and ÷). After that, we will learn how to draw, recognise, compare, estimate and measure angles. We’ll also work on identifying a range of 2D & 3D shapes and describe their properties. Furthermore, 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.
In our science lessons, 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.
In History and Geography, 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 and creating a virtual space. In R.E. we will be reflecting on what matters to ourselves and what matters to others. We will also recap on The Golden Rule and what it means to us and others. For Art and D.T. we will research, design and make Mayan masks. In P.E. we will learn a Maya inspired dance and also participate in striking and fielding activities. We will also be preparing for Sports Day in our athletics lessons. 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 creating music inspired by the Maya.
Reading books will be needed in school every day. Homework will be given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday. Spellings will come home on Friday and will be tested on Friday. P.E. is on Wednesday and Friday, but the children will need a full PE kit in school every day.
· HM Royal Marine Band Concert
· Natural History Workshop
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.