welcome to year5

YEAR 5 Spring Term 2017

As we start the Spring term, we would like to share with you an overview of the learning journey your child will take over the coming months. We have planned further engaging and exciting lessons to continue your child’s progression in Year 5. We hope that we can rely on your support, so that together we can help them reach their full potential.

We will structure the majority of learning around our learning units. Some subjects will be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite with the overall theme.

We are really excited about this term’s GEOGRAPHY learning unit: ‘A Tale of Three Cities!’ This geography based unit gives ample opportunity to look the wonders of our human geography around the world. This unit will involve comparing the cities of Portsmouth, Barcelona and Lima. The children will be investigating the physical and human geography of the three locations.

In MATHS our aim is to consolidate and revisit the formal written methods for the four functions, with an increased focus on word problems and applying their knowledge to different contexts. We will also be looking at a range of mathematical topics including statistics, units of measure and geometry.

Our ENGLISH lessons have been designed to enable children to learn and apply new grammar skills, equipping them with skills required by the new curriculum for real-life learning. In class we will be reading ‘The Highwayman’ and other narrative poetry. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that reading records are kept up to date and signed off by an adult. This term we will launch a new class reading initiative where children will have the opportunity to win a place at the Portsmouth Book
Awards held at the Kings Theatre in June.

In SCIENCE lessons will be covering ‘Light’, looking at how light travels and interacts with the world as well as how we see things. We will also be taking part in a science based day at Paulton’s Park in March, a letter will be available shortly.

In ART the children will be enhancing their painting skills and experimenting with multimedia applications, this will also link to our learning unit of ‘Tale of Three Cities!’ In order to further our understanding of art in the real world we will be conducting an artist study, analysing their work, inspirations and influence.

In RE the children will be introduced to Islam and the life of Mohammed. We will also be looking at the Easter message from a Christian perspective.

In PHSE our Dare to be Different learning unit will help us look at differences and how we can respect them.

In COMPUTING we will be continuing to develop our research skills and we will explore on-line mapping work also linked to our topic.

P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance). May we take this opportunity to remind you that it is essential that your child has the appropriate clothing for each lesson. That includes a warm outdoor Games kit and T-shirt and shorts for indoor PE. In PE we will be working on the dance unit, focusing on Barn/ Line Dancing. In games we will be focusing on Volleyball and Cricket.

We will continue to be guided by the Tout-le-Monde programme of study for FRENCH, taking a look at members of the family and hobbies.

We are very much looking forward to another term of exciting learning activities with our fabulous Year 5s!

Kind regards,

Mr Kilsby, Mrs Sumner, Mrs Collings, and Mrs Atkins

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