Year 5

Hello and welcome to the page for both Class 11 and 12! The teachers in Year 5 are called Mr Goff (Class 11) and Mrs Hickling (Class 12). We are also extremely lucky to have Mrs Walker-Jones and Mrs Vaughan supporting both classes. 

Our last term was certainly an interesting one. As you know, during the first half term the majority of the children were engaged in home learning while a number of children continued to come to school. This meant we did have to reorganise some areas of our curriculum but we managed to provide high quality home learning by using a combination of teaching videos and worksheets. Most children engaged with this really well and are enjoying the benefit of this by being able to hit the ground running when everyone returned in march. I am sure we all hope that that will be the last time lockdown forces us to reduce the number of children in school. The year 5 team would like to say a huge thank you for the support of parents during this difficult time and a huge well done to all children who worked hard during that period.

The summer term is upon us. Our topic for the rest of the year is going to be about climate change. We will learn about how climate change is affecting our world. We will look at the impacts of real people on a local level as well at investigating why countries find it hard to tackle this problem on a global scale.

Our English work will link to this. Our main piece of writing will be a persuasive letter where we will use persuasive language and adventurous vocabulary to convince somebody that protecting our environment to negate climate change is important. We will also learn how to use adverbs to suggest degrees of possibility within our writing. For example, ‘cutting down trees might/will lead to climate change. We will revisit the learning we have secured throughout the year during these last 2 half terms and draw them together to produce some wonderful writing we can be proud of. We will also be continuing with our VIPER reading activities.

In Year 5 we will continue the work on fractions we have just begun. These will include a wide variety of objectives such as learning about fractions of quantities, counting in fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and many more. Once our work on fractions is complete we will move to decimals and percentages as they are all linked. In decimals we will also look at counting in decimals, ordering and comparing decimals, linking decimals to real life problems using money as well as using decimals in calculating using the  four operations. We will then learn about percentages and how these three things are very similar

In Spring 2, we will be writing biographies and to help us we will use the following texts: ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan; ‘Anne Frank’ by Josephine Poole; and extracts from ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank. All our writing will be supported by research using non-fiction texts to add historically accurate context. Within our writing we will explore the difference between formal and informal writing; we will apply our knowledge of relative clauses; we will learn to use commas, brackets or dashes (informal) to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity. Throughout our writing, we will focus on selecting from a wide range of known imaginative and ambitious vocabulary and use it precisely. The text we will study and use to inspire our writing will be ‘The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare  by Zillah Bethell.

Our topic in science will be properties and changes in materials. This is wide ranging topic that will include sorting materials based on their hardness, solubility, transparency and conductivity. We will also learn about separating, filtering, sieving and evaporating as methods for sorting and separating materials. We will show the difference between reversible and irreversible changes in states of matter.

PE in the Summer term will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure children come ot school in their PE kits. Spelling tests will be on a Friday.