What to Expect in Year Five
In Maths this half term we will be learning about decimals and will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with them. As well as this, we will begin to analyse line graphs and learn how to draw them. We will start to understand angles and how to measure then using a protractor and we will also be multiplying fractions! Throughout the whole half term, we will also continue practising our arithmetic skills on Fridays.
We begin with a focus on narrative poetry and study The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Year 5 will then focus on the novel Holes by the author Louis Sachar. Children will be getting into character to write letters and diaries from various characters point of view to retell events from the book. There will be a focus on improving our openers, expanding our vocabulary banks and introducing punctuation such as brackets, dashes and commas.
During this term in Science we will be studying Forces. The super scientists in Year 5 will explore and identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction through practical investigations. Children will also learn about a variety of mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears.
In History we will be exploring how to use a variety of sources to establish what life was like when Hadrian’s Wall was built, investigate the rise of The Berlin Wall, demonstrate their knowledge of significant walls in history and to investigate the defense and attack features of different types of castles.
Walls and Barricades is again our focus for Geography as we delve further into the reasons for comparing and contrasting the information that can be obtained through the use of an atlas or Google Earth when investigating The Great Wall of China.
This half term in ICT, Year Five will take on the role of artists to create different art pieces using a variety of computing software.
In Music we will look at telling the story of The Heroes of Troy through song.
This term in P.E we will be focusing on playing fairly and strategically through ball games including dodgeball and bench ball. Alongside this, we will be developing our skills in tennis for outdoor P.E.
Art and Design
Studying the work of Banksy, in Art we will look at the techniques of graffiti, including font style, colours and layers used to create a piece of graffiti artwork. Design Technology will see the children using the influence of layers within walls to design and make a layered piece of textile art.
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In Literacy, we will be looking at Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom as a stimulus for a range of genres including persuasive writing (including balanced argument), diary, newspaper articles, descriptive writing and letter writing.
In Numeracy, we are focusing on place value and using this to help us with our written methods for multiplication and division. We are looking at the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages. Another focus is the properties of shape. We will develop our problem solving involving reasoning and algebra. We are using rounding and estimating to help check calculations and interpreting timetables.
In Science, we will be putting on our lab coats and entering the world of science by looking at Properties and Changes of Materials. We will be linking it to our Wild Waters topic and investigating a range of different materials and what occurs when they are mixed!
In the second half of the Autumn Term we will be focussing on the topic of Wild Waters. We will be learning about the importance of rivers in our locality as well as the uses of water across the world. We will also look at Rivers across their world and the effect on the environment around them. Art will be linked to water with a focus on the artists of Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe and the creation of our own watercolour. Music too will also be based on a water theme, where the children will create their own water music.