What we will be learning…
English – we will be exploring Greek mythology in our reading and writing lessons. We will start off with some acting of Greek myths, studying the language and the style, before writing our own myths.
Lenny recommends, “Always go back and check your work for missing punctuation – you may even make it better.”
Maths…we will be starting the term off by breaking down worded problems and working out efficient ways to solve them. We will then continue work on fractions as well as looking at shape, coordinates and measure.
Mia says, “If you know your times tables well, you will be successful in many other areas of Maths.”
GRAMMAR – Our grammar skills are super! We will continue to develop our knowledge of the technical vocabulary for year five whilst revising previous terminology learnt and applying these skills in our writing. Some terminology you may come across: Prefix: a group of letters added before a root word to alter its meaning and form a new word. Relative pronoun: A relative pronoun is a pronoun that introduces an adjective clause. Possessive pronoun: A possessive pronoun is a pronoun that can take the place of a noun phrase to show ownership (as in “This phone is mine”).
History – Through our ‘Ancient Greeks topic, we will explore the gods who were worshipped and major events of this period. We will also spend time studying democracy and thinking about how the ancient Greek system compares with modern Britain. We will also consider sources and their reliability, as well as providing the children with the opportunity to focus on an area of ancient Greek life which particularly interests them.
Science – We will start the term looking at ‘Animals including humans’. As part of this topic we will be questioning and exploring how the body works. We will then move on to the topic ‘Materials and their properties’ We will be planning our own science investigations to test the absorbency and solubility of different materials. We will think carefully about how to carry out ‘fair tests’ and write detailed conclusions.
PE – Indoor and outdoor PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. During indoor lessons we will be learning gymnastics. Outdoor PE will be athletics inspired by the Greeks. Please remember to add a sun hat and cream to PE kits if the weather is hot.
French – We will complete our unit on ‘dining out’ and move on to ‘hobbies.’
Jigsaw (PSHCE) – We will be learning about different ‘relationships’ and will learn about the reproductive system.
Art – In art, we will be creating masks based on Greek mythology; we will then use them in our performances of Greek myths.
Geography – moving into Summer Term 2 we will be looking at renewable sources of energy and sustainability. This is ties in perfectly with our trip to the Magdalen Project in June.
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 5 learning letter here.
All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.
Each week the children are expected to complete the English and math learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.
We also set spelling and times tables homework.
Spellings – 10 words are set as spelling homework each week. It is vital that not only do the children know how to spell these words, but also what they mean. Therefore, the homework involves writing the spelling word into a sentence so children can showcase their full understanding of the word.
Times tables learning – Each week, the children will bring home a times tables grid which reflects the multiplication facts they are being quizzed on at school.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE. We have our PE sessions on: Thursday and currently have swimming on Fridays.
Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.
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