Year 5 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 5!
Term 3 - Let’s get ready to rumble!
Happy New Year!
This term we have decided to focus our attention on volcanoes and earthquakes.
During our topic lessons, we are going to be using the atlases and globes to locate the most famous volcanoes and earthquakes in the world. Once we have identified their locations, we are going to learn about the geography and landscape of areas, particularly those in North and South America. In art we will be drawing and creating our own volcanoes using a range of mediums and will be constructing earthquake proof buildings.
We will be using our reading sessions to find out facts about volcanoes and earthquakes and learning the names for the different types of volcanoes. All of our writings linked to our topic and will include; writing a setting description about a volcanic landscape, writing a letter as though we have survived an earthquake and writing a newspaper report about an earthquake. When writing these pieces, we are going to be trying to include more features into our writing such as subordinate clauses, modal verbs and relative clauses.
Maths this term will focus on division and fractions. We are going to revise division and fractions before using our new skills to solve a range of problems.
Early in the term, we have our Pea pod but will keep you posted about this.
Many thanks for your continued support – especially with hearing your children read at home.
Term 2 - The Icy Kingdoms
This term the class have chosen to learn about the Polar Regions (The Arctic and Antarctica) We have started the term learning about where in the world these places are and what the physical geography of both places is like. We will be using maps, atlases, globes and the internet to gain a deeper understanding of the Arctic Circle and what the terrain is like. During this topic, we will be learning about the life cycles of various mammals and birds, which live in the Polar Regions. We are going to create some landscapes inspired by the regions to develop our art skills.
During writing sessions, we are going to write setting descriptions. We will be learning how to include a range of features such as adverbial phrases and ambitious adjectives to help up-level our writing. Later in the term, we will be writing diary entries following our learning about famous explorers and poems based in these icy regions.
In maths, we are going to improve our understanding of measures and negative numbers. We will use these skills to help us solve a range of problems relating to our topic.
We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term!
Many thanks for your support,
This term we will be learning about:
A big warm welcome to year 5, I hope you are ready for an exciting year. We are starting the year by learning about the fantastically imagined planet – Pandora. Some of you may recognise the planet and its inhabitants from the film ‘Avatar’. We will be using this as the basis for our learning this term. In English, we will be writing a non-chronological report about the planet. Our topic work will involve learning about rainforests and the different layers, locating them on a world map and learning about the physical geography of them. Our class book this term is ‘Cosmic – It’s one giant leap for all boy-kind’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will use this book during our reading sessions along with helping us write on introduction for our own story. Linked to this, in topic, we will be learning about the moon, sun and planets and the way they rotate to assist our understanding of day and night. In maths, the class will be consolidating their understanding of place value and Roman Numerals. Towards the end of the term, we will be using our maths skills to plan a trip to Disney World to visit Pandora at the Animal Kingdom. Throughout the term there are many other experiences taking place including: Harvest, Pea Pod and a visit from the fire service. We will keep you updated as the term progresses!