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Year 5 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2023).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

 

Spring Term

RE

  • Christmas – In this unit the children will hear about the story of Christmas from different gospels. They will explore the difficulties faced by Mary and Joseph and the tensions that arose from King Herod.
  • Baptism – This unit explores the role of John the Baptist in the Baptism of Jesus and provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of the signs, symbols and prayers of the sacrament.
  • Parables and sayings of Jesus - In this unit the children gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the parables. They will explore how these parables can relate to us as Catholics today.
  • Lent -  In this unit children will be thinking about the concept of temptation which ties nicely in with their PRE learning. Children will reflect on what nurtures and damages human relationships and explore key texts from the New Testament.
  • Holy Week - In this unit the children will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the last week of Jesus’ life.

Literacy

Class book: Tom’s Midnight Garden and Kamala Harris

  • Stories by from other cultures:
    Children will explore stories from other cultures such as Russian Folklore, Aboriginal Dream stories and Greek Myths. The children will explore traditions in these stories, characters and moral (linking to their previous work on Aesop’s Fables). This unit will tie in nicely with their next unit:
  • Graphic Novel: Hercules.
    Children will explore telling stories in creative ways such as comic strips, graphic novels. Focusing on the use of illustration, colour and text help move the narrative along.
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom:
    This lovely book by Michael Morpurgo will be our focus for the end of term. Linking to our Geography topics. The children will explore descriptive writing in non-chronological order – diary entries/ship logs and narrative.
  • Fantasy Story – A Secret Garden
    Children will take inspiration from the secret garden’s characters, plot and setting to create their own fantasy narrative.
  • Recounts/Newspapers – A Murder Mystery
    Children will create exciting and suspense newspaper reports based on recounts their have written.

Numeracy

  • Perimeter and area
    Children to be able to solve perimeter and area problems confidently.
  • Number: Multiplication
    Children will focus on different methods for multiplication of ten’s by one’s numbers.
  • Number: Equivalent Fractions
    The children will focus on how to identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths. The will explore comparing fractions, multiplying fractions by an integer. The fractions studied will involve those with the same denominator, denominators with the same multiples (linking to their previous work on multiples).
  • Decimals and Percentages:
    Using their knowledge from fractions children will consolidate their learning with decimals and percentages. The previous learning will support children in this unit. Children will be making comparisons between percentages and decimals.

Science

  • Life Cycle of Animals and Forces

PE

  • Gymnastics
  • Handball

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History

  • The French Revolution:
    This unit is focussing upon the time between 1774 when Louis XVI became King of France to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The children will explore key figures such as Napoleon.
  • The Abolition of Slavery

Art

  • African Art
  • Chinese Art

Geography

  • Australia and New Zealand - We will explore the history of Australia, its fauna and biome. We will be comparing the differences between Australia and our home in the UK. This topic links to some of our writing topics.

ICT

  • Digital literacy and computing – focus on safety online

PRE / PSHE

  • Healthy Me
    Making good choices, alcohols and smoking, positive body image and healthy eating.
  • Dreams and goals
    Jobs and careers, money matters, budgeting, when I grow up and gifts and talents.

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on a Friday. This will involve targets from the week in subjects such as English and Maths. 

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Autumn Term

RE

Creation
This unit outlines key beliefs about the creation of human beings and the creation of the world. It introduces the children to the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator, rather than a re-telling of the order of the created world

Miracles and the sacrament of the sick
In this unit children learn about some of the miracles of Jesus and the work of the Church to heal and care for the sick in Christ’s name.

Baptism
This unit explores the role of John the Baptist in Jesus’ Baptism and provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of the signs, symbols and prayers associated with it.

Literacy

Class book: Tom’s Midnight Garden
Stories by significant authors – Roald Dahl. Children will learn to plan, draft and edit effective stories, with an especial focus on grammatical accuracy as they begin working towards the Year 6 SATs.
Poetic Style - Pupils will experiment with poetic style such as dialect poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Aesop’s Fables - Children will analyse Aesop’s fables and plan to create their own didactic tales.
Instructions - Pupils will develop their use of vocabulary and understanding of written and planning structures in order to produce effective instruction texts.
Classic/narrative poems – Highway Man, Choral/Performance, pupils will memorise and perform work from important poets adapting their ideas in their own writing

Maths

Number: Place Value
Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1000000 and determine the value of each digit.
Round any number up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000
Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
Number: Addition and Subtraction
Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy. Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Number: Multiplication and Division
Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers.
Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)
Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.

Science

The human body - Children will compare and contrast the different gestational periods of animals, including humans and will understand that human infants need care and attention for many years before they are independent. They will consider growth stages and the features of these for animals and humans. Recognising that all living things have growth stages. Children will learn about changes to the human body in old age and the importance of a healthy lifestyle at all ages.
Materials - In this unit children will revisit the concept of conductivity. They will look at the most suitable material for thermal conductivity and will analyse different materials and their properties. After revisiting this knowledge, children will move on to studying solubility; which materials are soluble and what it means to be soluble. This knowledge and understanding will form a foundation of understanding of chemistry. Children will then take their science learning on further to look at separating mixtures through sieving, filtering and evaporating. They will work scientifically to separate a mixture using a range of tools and methods. They will learn about the scientist Jabir ibn Hayyan, who is thought to have invented a crucial tool for the distillation process; the alembic still. Reversible and irreversible changes will be studied as children deepen their understanding of dissolving, mixing and changing state.

PE

Netball

  • learning different types of passing
  • key movements in netball: pivot, landing on one foot…
  • positions in the game

Dance

  • Movements, space, working in a team
  • Linking to music: rhythm, tempo, pace, pitch

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

History

  • Baghdad and the British Empire

Art

  • Drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • Abstract
  • Islamic Architechture

Geography

  • Spatial sense and mountains of the world.

I.C.T.

  • Digital literacy and computing
  • focus on safety online

PRE / PSHE

  • Being in my world – goals for year 5
  • Dreams and goals, celebrating differences – when I grow up, jobs, different cultures, racism, rumours (links in with ICT, RE)

 Homework

Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. This will involve targets from the week in subjects such as English and Maths. 

 Spellings

Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.

Year 5 Class Blog

Welcome to Year 5 ‘Thursday Twitter’ take over. We hope you enjoy having a sneaky look inside our class today

We enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl and his writing styles, preparing us to create our own ‘marvellous medicine’ potions! We even got a chance to make the potions and bring our writing to life!

We have been learning about our special class saint this year, St Josephine of Bakhita. She is an inspiration for the strength she showed through the challenges she faced in childhood. We pray that she guides us this year in Y5. We enjoyed creating artwork in dedication to her

Yes it may be September but why not think ahead to Christmas! We are busy being creative with our Christmas card designs that will go off to the printers this week if our families would like to order them ready for December. Hope you enjoy the finished card!

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II, we created our own special prayers. May she rest in peace.
Thanks for joining us for our Twitter takeover.