Curriculum Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Our Year 5 Team sees  Mrs Gardner and Miss Ingram teaching the year group.

Home Learning – if you need to send anything to the school  electronically, please email to:

Y5@gomerjuniorschool.co.uk

Below is an overview of each term. For more detailed information regarding subject areas, please visit: http://gomerjuniorschool.co.uk/our-school/curriculum/

Autumn Term 2019

As soon as Year 5 are back at school we will be jetting off  to the delights of South and North America. ‘The Explorer’ by Kathrine Rundell will form the basis for all of our Guided Reading, Writing and Topic. We will learn how to answer questions from the text in full sentences and using point and evidence to support our 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 the Amazon rainforest. This will provide us with the knowledge to write our own adventure stories as well as a fact file. Whilst we are writing this we will be learning and embedding a number of different SPAG skills and learning how to use these in our writing. In the second half of the term we will travel to North America and learn about the native American tribes and create news paper reports and poetry. 

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 we understand this we will find all other aspects fall quite quickly into place. From here we will move into looking at the four operations. Maths on a Friday will be focused on consolidating our knowledge in a weekly arithmetic paper.

gSTEM begins with a trip to Paultons Park, learning about forces and then moves into how we can use this knowledge to propel our own vehicle. Using the information from Practical Action, we will be looking at Fair Trade and the use of solar drying. We will then apply our engineering brains to finding a solution as to how the local people can preserve food. Plans will be analyzed, evaluated and adjusted based on feedback. Once a suitable solution has been found, scaled models can be made to establish if they truly work. We will be investigationing current affairs and global impact of the Amazon rainforest fires.

Scratch, a computer programming software will enable the children to create their own maze game and begin coding enabling a sprite to move across different levels. E-safety will underpin all of this learning, allowing us to navigate the interactive world that we live in with confidence and security.

PE is all about collaboration, teamwork and fairplay – skills which we will establish through sport and then apply to all other aspects of learning. This will be taught through basketball  and football, although the main focus will remain on good sportsmanship. Inside, we will be learning exciting new skills within the areas of Archery and Musical Theatre.

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Summer Term 2019

Groovy Greeks – Myths and Legends of the Ancient Greeks

Who was Helen of Troy? What were the twelve Labours of Hercules? Orpheus and Eurydice – were they in love?

Catapulting into the summer term year 5 will be fully submerged into the life, legacies’ and myths of the Ancient Greeks. Leaping on board Percy Jackson’s quests and morphing into Demi-gods, the children in literacy will be fully immersed in creating our own myths, writing newspaper reports on the nine-headed Hydra and 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 practising, to really make their stories (and especially their beasts) come alive.

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 volume and capacity and using their knowledge gained from previous terms to explore reflection and translation.

Physical challenges face the year 5 Demi-gods in the form of tennis and cricket sessions- making the most of the glorious weather.

But it doesn’t stop there, the epic journey continues 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. An exciting visit to the Winchester Science Centre will see year 5 looking at the Webb Telescope and learning how light is used in telescopes to explore the Universe beyond our reach. If that wasn’t enough we will be treated to a show in the planetarium – the universe beyond!

As the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus said ‘Big results require big ambition’. Year 5 will definitely be reaching for the stars, as the sky’s the limit…

Spring Term 2019

We begin the Spring Term by stepping back in time to meet the Anglo-Saxons. As explorers we will come across many ancient challenges and beliefs including the mysterious and superstitious Sutton Hoo. Through a number of exciting investigations, we will endeavour to complete a quest of Saxon discovery in a submersion of experiences that would make any true warrior proud.

Continuing to immerse ourselves in Anglo-Saxon culture, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘The Sleeping Sword’. We will use this as a basis for our reading, writing and topic work. Within Literacy we will begin by exploring biographies and autobiographies, followed by suspense stories and instructional writing. During these units we will not only focus on written aspects but also presenting, speaking and listening skills within Literacy.

In Guided Reading we will become reading detectives, using our skills of comprehension, inference and deduction we will explore a wide variety of pictures, scripts, song lyrics and stories. Assisting us in hunting reading clues are our six VIPERS – vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve and summarise. These six essential reading skills will form a focus for our Guided Reading lessons and allow us to build on these techniques.

In Art we will look at and design traditional Anglo-Saxon outfits before we begin looking at decadent Saxon jewellery. We will use our metalwork skills to make a piece of wearable art.

Continuing to stretch our creativity, we will become architects in Maths and design our own Zoo enclosures, allowing us to explore measurement, scaling and shape. We will also be drawing on our gSTEM thinking and reasoning skills to answer ‘fermi’ questions. We will explore statistics and data handling as well as simple probability and a return to fractions, decimals and percentages.

During ICT we will be entering the modern world of coding. Using the Scratch programme we will design and code our own video games, writing complex algorithms in the process.

The adventures never end in Year 5, as after half term there will be challenges from the Vicious Vikings beating down the classroom doors. Using our creative skills we 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 longboats live up to their legendary resilience?

Autumn Term 2018

As soon as Year 5 are back at school we 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. We will learn how to answer questions from the text in full sentences and using point and evidence to support our 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 the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. This will provide us with the knowledge to write our own adventure stories as well as a fact file. Whilst we are writing this we will be learning and embedding a number of different SPAG skills and learning how to use these in our writing. In the second half of the term, we will be using our experiences at Stubbington Study Centre to inspire persuasive and recount writing.

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 we understand this we will find all other aspects fall quite quickly into place. From here we will move into looking at the four operations. Maths on a Friday will be focused on consolidating our knowledge in a weekly arithmetic paper.

gSTEM begins with a trip to Paultons Park, learning about forces and then moves into how we can use this knowledge to propel our own vehicle. Using the information from Practical Action, we will be looking at Fair Trade and the use of solar drying. We will then apply our engineering brains to finding a solution as to how the local people can preserve food. Plans will be analyzed, evaluated and adjusted based on feedback. Once a suitable solution has been found, scaled models can be made to establish if they truly work.

Basic hardware operating, word processing skills and blogging will be visited in ICT which will allow us to develop these practical skills. E-safety will underpin all of this learning, allowing us to navigate the interactive world that we live in with confidence and security.

PE is all about collaboration, teamwork and fairplay – skills which we will establish through sport and then apply to all other aspects of learning. This will be taught through hockey and football, although the main focus will remain on good sportsmanship. Inside, we will be learning exciting new skills within the areas of Archery and Musical Theatre.