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Angels - Year 5

Miss Edney

Teacher

Well where do I begin with talking about The BFG? This book has and always will be a firm favourite of mine! As a child, I would read this book and then pick it up and re-read it to envelop myself in a world of mystery, magic and wonder. From the mysterious yet emotional beginning, where Sophie finds herself in an orphanage to the suspense-filled moment where she is snatched and whisked into a new, alluring and dominating world full of giants and adventure, you simply can’t put it down! Not only this, but I couldn’t help but love this book just that little bit more because the main character shares my name! The connection I had and still have with this book, and the enjoyment I get from this book means it has secured its place in my bookshelf forever more.

Mrs Provis

Support staff

As a child I loved Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree trilogy. The wonderful worlds at the top of the tree were an adventure to read and the characters were fascinating. Even now, as a grown up, I would still love to whizz down Moonface's slippery-slip!

Summer 2

In our maths learning for this half-term, our main focus is going to be Geometry: properties of shape, position and direction, before moving onto converting units of measure. Our learning for this half-term begins with a recap of the properties of both triangles and quadrilaterals, before distinguishing what is meant by the terms 'regular' or 'irregular' polygons. Once we have understood this, we are going to spend some time looking at how shapes can be manipulated on a grid. We will be exploring what it meant by symmetry, before completing a range of symmetric figures and then will be looking at how to translate and reflect shapes within the first and second quadrant. Our final unit of this half-term will be converting units of measure. In this unit, we will be converting both metric and imperial units of measure, before exploring units of time and how to read and understand timetables. Furthermore, we will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback4's to encourage retention.

During our topic this half-term, we are going to be exploring America. We are focusing on The Americas as a case study, to increase our sense of place and our understanding of the geographical location of America, and the variation of both places and biomes which are found within America. We will begin by locating America and the states of America, before we focus in on the Geography or our local area, and how it compares to America, particularly in terms of the weather and climate. 

In our English this half term, we will be studying short stories from the book, 'Survivors' by David Long. Each week we will be focusing on a different story and we will have opportunities provided to produce a range of mini writing outcomes. As well as this, there will be a poetry focus for one lesson each week, where children will learn about different poetry styles such as: blackout poetry, Tanka poetry and list poetry. As our final outcome, we will be producing a survival guide for an adventurer, to practise and apply all of our learning through this year. 

 For our Guided Reading this half-term, we will continue to work on our reading skills to answer questions. We will explore a range of texts and genres and practise applying our key reading skills. These will include retrieval, inference, prediction and summarising. In addition to this, we will be continuing to develop our love for reading. 

In RE this half term, we will be thinking about the question ‘Does faith help people in Cornwall when life gets hard?’ This unit offers children the opportunity to draw together some previous learning about Christian, Hindu and non-religious beliefs. It explores religious and non-religious responses to life and considers why some people, particularly Cornwall, find that their faith can help them celebrate the good times in life but also to cope with the difficult times. The unit question may imply that faith does always help, but of course the answer can be, ‘It doesn’t help at all!’ Non-religious responses may be that religious faith only offers a fantasy rather than concrete help.

 In Science, we will be looking at the Year 6 unit of Animals Including Humans. During this unit, the children will be identifying and naming the parts of the human circulatory system as well as describing the functions. In addition to this, children will be planning a scientific enquiry around how exercise impacts on the human body. Children will also be able to explain the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body, as well as describing how scientific evidence highlights the dangers of smoking. 

 Our PE for this half-term will be athletics. We will be focusing on developing sprinting techniques, hurdling with control and rhythm, demonstrate appropriate body positions for throwing greater distances and to improve distance from take off to landing in one jump.

 For our music lessons, we will be continuing our Ukulele course. The children have already learnt how to correctly position the ukulele for play, and how to play the ukulele correctly, sing a variety of simple songs and strum open string patterns rhythmically and in time.  During Summer 2, children will be practising changing between chords fluently as well as improvising different chord rhythms.

In our computing unit, children will be creating a game. They will be exploring the 2DIY 3D tool on Purple Mash, as well as exploring what makes a good computer game, before creating their own through planning, designing and creating a game environment and then going onto design and create the game quest, before finishing and sharing the game with others in the class.

Finally, in PSHCE, we will also be developing our understanding of our own thoughts and feelings, within the overarching concept of a person’s mental health. The children will be developing a secure understanding of the concept, as well as understanding why it is so important to protect their mental health, before developing some strategies to help with their managing of their emotions.

 
Summer 1 
 
Welcome back everyone, we hope that you have had a lovely Easter break!

 For our Maths learning this half-term, we will be beginning  by continuing with our learning from Spring 2, focusing on decimal numbers. More specifically, adding and subtracting decimal numbers with different numbers of decimal places, generating answers both within and above 1. We will also be looking at decimal sequences and recognising the importance of place value when it comes to adding both wholes and decimals. Following on from this, we will be beginning to look at the properties of shapes. Within this unit, we will be learning how to accurately measure angles, as well as recognising angles and calculating them, both on a straight line and around a point. This will help us when we come to identify the properties of shapes, particularly whether they’re regular or irregular and why. Furthermore, we will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback4's to encourage retention.

We will be continuing with our Spring 2 topic 'Marvellous Mayans' for the first part of the Summer term. Children have already compared sources from two ancient civilisations to form hypotheses, have identified why the Maya were so significant, created a poster to show why they were able to be self-sufficient as well as identified important Mayan places. Children will be building on their current knowledge of the Mayans during this half-term. They will be discovering what life was like at the peak of the Mayan civilisation, finding out about Mayan gods, using sources to help them answer questions about the Mayan people and finally, comparing theories before developing their own opinions about the decline and demise of the Maya. 

For English this half term, we will be spending the first two weeks recapping some key grammar learning. Every lesson will provide children with an engaging stimulus (animal related) and will give them the opportunity to be reminded of the grammar rules before completing a range of whiteboard and writing challenges linked to the focus. In addition to this, we will be completing a sequence of learning around the Literacy Shed video stimulus ‘Oktapodi’. During this unit, children will be considering different character viewpoints through emotions and show don’t tell techniques before planning and writing their own narratives from their chosen perspectives. Furthermore, children will be exploring monologues and will have a go at writing an inner monologue with careful consideration to the effect it has on the reader.

 For our Guided Reading this half-term, we will be having a real focus on the individual reading skills needed to answer test-style questions. We will also be spending some time exploring the book Pop! By Mitch Johnson.

 For RE, we will be considering the question, ‘Why do Hindus try to be good?’ To allow us to answer this, we will begin by looking at the concept of, ‘Brahman’, the energy of the universe. When we have considered the importance of Brahman to Hindu believers, we will be determining how a person’s atman (their soul) is distracted by the trivial pleasures of our world today. For example, technology, games and material objects. Another key concept we will be studying is ‘Samsara’, which is the cycle of life, death and re-birth. Within this, we will be exploring how a person’s karma can determine their Samsara cycle. Most importantly, how a person’s karma determines the physical body in which they’re reborn. A case study we will be looking  at within this unit is Gandhi, exploring the importance of non-violence and harmlessness towards all living things, to preserve a living thing’s ‘spirit of Brahman’. Concluding this unit, the children will be tasked with generating a written response to answer the unit question, encouraged to use all their previous learning to inform their response.

 In Science, we will be looking at the Year 5 unit of Animals Including Humans. Children will be able to describe the stages of human development including how babies grow and develop, the main changes that occur during puberty, as well as the changes that take place in old age. Children will also have the opportunity to work scientifically to report findings from enquiries, record complex data using graphs and models and identify relationships between variables.

 Our PE for this half-term will be striking and fielding. During this unit, we will be focusing on effective batting, accurate underarm and overarm bowling and the importance of fielding within a competitive striking and fielding game.

 For our music lessons, we will be completing our Ukulele course. This course of 8 lessons is built around eighteen songs that take beginners from playing open strings to songs that use three chords. Pupils will learn the chords C, F, G7 and G in order of difficulty, beginning with the easiest; the chord of C.

During our computing unit, we will be moving onto the next Purple Mash unit, 'Coding'. During this unit, children will begin to simplify code, understand what simulation, decomposition and abstraction are in computer science before creating a playable game. 

 Finally, in PSHCE, we will also be developing our understanding of our own thoughts and feelings, within the overarching concept of a person’s mental health. The children will be developing a secure understanding of the concept, as well as understanding why it is so important to protect their mental health, before developing some strategies to help with their managing of their emotions.

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
 
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
 
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.