Curriculum Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Autumn Term 2017

As soon as Year 5 are back at school they will be jetting off  to the delights of South and North America. The Boy Who Biked The World (Part 2) will form the basis for all of our Guided Reading, Writing and Topic. The children will learn how to answer questions from the text in full sentences and using point and evidence to support their answers. For the first half term we will be focusing our attention on South America and learning all about climate, location and culture with a detailed study of Brazil and specifically Rio. This will provide the children with the knowledge to write an extra chapter for the book. Whilst the children are writing this chapter they will be learning and embedding a number of different SPAG skills and learning how to use these in their writing as well as just learning about them in isolation. In the second half of the term, this knowledge of South America will flow into Art where the children will create rich and colourful pictures based on the Rainforest. Topic will move onto North America and the writing will be based around Anthony Browne ‘The Gorilla’.

Maths will  focus on number and truly understanding what numbers mean and represent. We will begin the year looking at Place Value and what each digit in a number represents. Once they understand this they will find all other aspects fall quite quickly into place. From here we will move into looking at the four operations. gSTEM maths on a Friday will be far more practically based with an initial focus on angles – how do we measure them, what are the different types of angles, how can we calculate an unknown angle. This knowledge will help support their gSTEM projects.

gSTEM begins with reviewing their learning on forces from Paultons Park and then moves into how they can use this knowledge to help solve water issues in other countries. Using the information from Practical Action and Water Aid, the children will form a knowledge of the different water issues facing the world focusing specifically on countries with a water shortage. They will then apply their engineering brains to finding a solution as to how the local people can access water from either underground or having to transport it up a hill. Plans will be analyzed and redone based on feedback. Once a suitable solution has been found, scaled models can be made to establish if they truly work.

Scratch skills will be revisitied in ICT which will allow the children to develop the programming skills to take to Brune Park Lego suite where they can apply these to the Lego Mindstorms.

PE is all about collaboration, teamwork and fairplay – skills which the children can establish through sport and then apply to all other aspects of their learning. This will be taught through football skills but the main focus will be on these fair play skills. Inside, we will be building on our gymnastic skills from last year with a particular focus on balance and flight.

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Summer Term 2017

Demi-gods to the ready

What was in Pandora’s box? Why did Arion need help from the dolphins? Orpheus and Eurydice, where they in love?

Vaulting into another portal, year 5 will be fully submersed into the life, legacies’ and myths of the Ancient Greeks. Leaping on board Percy Jackson’s quests, morphing into Demi-gods, the children will be fully immersed in the great adventures, influencing creative myth writing, play script writing, culminating in the invention of their own heroes and monsters. This will be an opportunity to draw together all those skills that the children have been practicing, to really make their stories (and especially their beasts) come alive. As teachers we are looking forward to a few sleepless nights where the dynamic descriptions have brought the beasts to life maybe a little bit too much.

In numeracy we will be challenging the year 5 Demi-Gods to power up their brains by building on their knowledge of place value looking at decimals and percentages and using their knowledge gained from geometry to learn all about areas and perimeters. On Fridays they will be challenged to complete a quest, enabling them to exercise the mathematical powers gained within the week.

In support of year 5 Demi-gods training, they will undertake physical challenges in the form of tennis and healthy active sessions, they will also experience the musical challenges of the recorder, Greek dance and the creative arts.

But it doesn’t stop there, the epic journey will continue traveling back, as in gSTEM we will be exploring the reasons behind night and day, exploring what causes eclipses, the seasons, moon phases, why we have tides, the stars and a whole collection of mind blowing phenomena.

Parents and carers be warned as the creation of these cosmic stars will be mind blowing, they will be exercising their brain muscles, obliterating their targets as the sky has no limits for these year 5 Demi- Gods, setting challenges in a new dimension.

Spring Term 2017

Sutton who?

Into the dark, back in time, our Year 5 explorers will come across many ancient challenges and beliefs. Meeting the deadly duo on their Saxon re-enactment will give them an appetite for future discoveries, quests and the creation of historical documents. Not only will they discover why wearing a pig on your head is lucky but also how you can make a dead Saxon happy. Through the art of literacy investigations, Year 5 children will endeavour to complete their quest of Saxon discovery in a submersion of experiences that would make any true warrior proud. Be prepared for those Saxon encounters to venture home in the form of Saxon Scoffers, Pester your Parent quizzes and wild weaponry construction.

The awesome adventures never end in Year 5, as after half term there will be challenges from the Vicious Vikings beating down the classroom doors. Using their creative, all inspiring talents, the children will be confronted with tasks from bionic boat building to scientific experiments, researching properties and changes in mind blowing materials. Will the robust, central spine long boats live up to their legendary resilience?

Marine extreme will be the focus of our SeaSTEM project, with questions to investigate from ‘How clean are our seas?’ to ‘How to encouraging young people to appreciate and understand the importance of a sustainable coastline’. Year 5 will also have the opportunity to be part of a BAE System inspiring visit – ‘Guess My Job’ and visit CEMAST to develop their gSTEM skills.

There is no stopping the ‘iCan’ creative and inquiry minds from the Year 5 Gomer pupils. 2017 here we come!

Autumn Term 2016

Enjoying the feeling of being on holiday and wanting to maintain the momentum from the Rio Olympics? Year 5 will be spending Autumn Term returning to Rio and The Americas. Jumping straight into the saddle, we will set off our on adventure – beginning in Patagonia – through the eyes of Alastair Humphreys (Tom) as he completes Part 2 of his adventure ‘The Boy Who Biked The World’. This will form the basis or our class guided reading sessions and our English work where we will be writing an additional chapter. In our stories we will take young Tom to Rio where he will truly see this is a tale of two cities.

Through our art work and our topic work we will look at South and North America – their geographical location, their climates, the populations, capital cities and what makes them unique. Particular focus will be on Rio and looking at the favelas and the impact of the Olympics of the people and the landscape, as well as creating relief paintings from an array of different media inspired by the rich colours of nature when researching the Amazon Forest.

Continuing with this mind-blowing term of experiences, gSTEM will have a focus around the mechanics of the Paralympics and investigate the statement, ‘the way humans make and use tools is what sets our species apart more than anything else.’ What will the awesome Year 5 gSTEMers come up with?

Jumping back onto the Roller coaster that was Paultons Park, we will be formalizing our forces learning in science and carrying out some of our experiments relating to these. Towards the end of Autumn 1 we will be looking at the human body and reproduction within both animals and humans.

Securing our number knowledge will be the primary focus for maths whilst looking at using maths in a real life context during our gSTEM sessions. Multiplication facts, problem solving and arithmetic questions will form the basis of our maths Home Learning. After lunch, we will have a quick CLIC session each day before we take off for our daily 15 minutes run. Each time we will count the number of laps we can complete and see who can improve the most over the term. Those that have shown the greatest progression will be top of our medal table.

Just before the half term rest, our courageous adventures will be experiencing the ore and wonder of Stubbington Study centre. They will be creating animal hotels, shelter building, beach exploring and much more. Look out Stubby Fox here we come!

Summer term 2015

Sutton who?

Into the dark, back in time, our Year 5 explorers will come across many ancient challenges and beliefs. Meeting the deadly duo on their Saxon re-enactment will give them an appetite for future discoveries, quests and the creation of historical documents. Not only will they discover why wearing a pig on your head is lucky but also how you can make a dead Saxon happy. Through the art of literacy investigations, Year 5 children will endeavour to complete their quest of Saxon discovery in a submersion of experiences that would make any true warrior proud. Be prepared for those Saxon experiences to venture home in the form of Saxon Scoffers, Pester your Parent quizzes and wild weaponry construction.

The awesome adventures never end in Year 5, as towards the end of the half term there will be challenges from the Vicious Vikings beating down the classroom doors. Using their creative, all inspiring talents, the children will be confronted with tasks from bionic boat building to scientific experiments, researching properties and changes in mind blowing materials. Will the robus, central spine long boats live up to their legendary resilience?

Carnival creations, Olympic challenges, survival in our ever-changing world will be some of the areas for discovery in the second half of the term. Year 5 will be immersed in a mind exploding adventures that will be talked about for many years to come, ending in a sensation celebration to sum up their fantastic achievements this academic year.

Spring term 2016

Let the adventure begin…

Teamwork, adrenaline adventures, blasting personal goals, scientific challenges and an exhilarating residential expedition to Stubbington are just a few of the stimulating opportunities that Year 5 are going to encompass this spring term.

Focusing on genres of biographies, journalistic and mystery story writing we will be investigating and following the lives of some Great Britain’s most awesome adventurers, survival and wildlife experts. Ever fancied surviving a night in a zebra’s carcass or cycling 42000 miles around the world on a bicycle? Submersion within these inspirational personal journeys will motivate pupils to strive towards their own personal goals.

Voyaging across the Atlantic Year 5 will discover the continents of North and South America and all their amazing counties cities and landscapes. On the way they will explore various geographical features of different areas of both these fascinating and diverse continents, comparing them with their own.

Within our scientific studies, pupils will be researching life cycles of our local wildlife as well as plants and animals from a variety of environments around the world as well as looking at plant cloning and animal behaviour. There will be something to intrigue everyone!

Linking with our scientific adventure we will be challenging ourselves to survive in a different habitats within Stubbington Study Centre and exploring how animals are perfectly suited to their environment, use our engineering gSTEM skills to tackle the Egg stream Challenge, build shelters and becoming survival cadets to tackle the Earthquake mission..

After surviving this mind blowing term the pupils will be sharing their experiences by holding a year group Ultimate Survival exhibition. The final challenge will be held after the exhibition in the form of a TOUGH MUDDER obstacle course. This will challenge the physical determination and stamina of the fantastic year 5 pupils. Will they survive or shout out “I’m a Gomer pupils get me out of here!”

Autumn Term 2015

This autumn term in year 5 we will be embarking on a cosmic journey, visiting unusual planets and using our engineering skills to design a Roamer for the planet Alderaan. But it doesn’t stop there, the epic journey will continue traveling back to the future which will enthuse our epic time travelers to write about their experiences in the form of a Sci-Fi story. This integrates nicely with our Year 5 science topic Earth and Space where we will be exploring the reasons behind night and day, exploring what causes eclipses, the seasons, moon phases, the stars and a whole collection of mind blowing phenomena’s.

Vaulting into another portal the children will be fully submersed into the life and legacies’ of the Ancient Greeks. Leaping on board Percy Jackson’s quests, morphing into Demi-gods, the children will be fully immersed in the great adventures influencing creative myth writing, culminating in them inventing their own heroes and monsters.

In numeracy we will be challenging the year 5 Demi-Gods to power up their brains by building on their knowledge of place value, practicing the four mathematical operations, fractions, measurements and mental maths. On Fridays they will be challenged to complete a quest, enabling them to exercise the mathematical powers gained within the week.

In support of year 5 Demi-gods training, they will undertake physical challenges in the form of tennis and gymnastics, they will also experience the musical challenges of the ukulele and the creative arts.

Parents and carers be warned as the creation of these cosmic stars will be mind blowing, they will be exercising their brain muscles, obliterating their targets as the sky has no limits for these year 5 Demi- Gods, setting challenges in a new dimension.

Building on the stamina and resilience from the spring terms adventures, the children in Year 5 will set themselves personal, athletic challenges and gain terrific tennis skills; ensuring that all efforts are made to enhance their extraordinary physical abilities for the remaining epic warrior battle of all time!