Welcome to Class 5
Miss O Grocott
Summer Term 2022
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Our Class Saint
Year 5's class saint is St Teresa of Calcutta. We celebrated her feast day (5th September) on Friday 3rd September 2021. We enjoyed learning all about her life and even applied her Catholic teachings by donating food to a local foodbank.
Our new English topic is film narratives. We will be exploring 'the Piano' by Aidan Gibbons. Once we have explored the video in detail through the use of drama and other means, the children will be writing a narrative which they will record to go alongside the video as it currently is wordless.
Our next maths topic is decimals. The children will be building on their knowledge from previous years and applying this to new contexts. The children will be learning how to:
- Add and subtract decimals
- Add whole numbers to decimals
- Subtract decimals from whole numbers
- Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of decimals including money problems
- Multiply and divide decimals and whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000
Year 5's next RE unit is Easter. In this unit, the children will explore the Easter Vigil. They should be able to explain what the Easter Vigil is, describe its structure and identify the meaning of a range of symbols used during the Vigil. They should also be able to recall the story of the Resurrection of Jesus and explain the importance of the Christian belief in eternal life.
In science this term, the children are exploring two topics. The first is Animals including Humans. The children will be exploring the human life cycle and the changes that occur from the creation of human life (an embryo) until old age.
The children will also be learning about materials with Mrs Johnson. They will be investigating how materials can be changed by looking at reversible and irreversible changes, as well as exploring solubility, filtration, evaporation and oxidation.
Year 5 will be returning to swimming for the first half of the Summer term. Please ensure they bring their swimming kit on a Wednesday. Mrs Pemberton and Mrs Morrison will be accompanying the children to Cheadle Leisure Centre.
For our spring history topic, we will be exploring the Mayan Civilization. They will be exploring what life was like for the Mayans and their beliefs in human sacrifice. Children will be investigating a range of artefacts to deduce information about how they lived and how the civilization came to its end so quickly.
In the summer term, we are exploring South America. The children will be using their knowledge and understanding of human and physical features to compare South America to North America and other continents such as Europe.They will develop their locational knowledge by examining South America's location on a map in relation to the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, and in terms of longitude and latitude. They will also be exploring the impact of migration.
In their next unit of work, Year 5 will be exploring Game Creator on Purple Mash. They will be creating their own game by digitally designing the background, characters, sound and animations for the game, as well as writing their own instructions to inform others on how to play it.
Our art focus this term is looking at the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The children will start by exploring his artwork and will compare this to the work of Pop Artist, Andy Warhol. The children will be working towards creating a self-portrait in Basquiat's neo-expressionist style.
Miss Jones will be teaching the children DT. In Design and Technology, our skill focus will be food and within this we will be making different dips to represent different cultures. Students will learn about different food cultures around the world as well as key skills needed to be learned in the kitchen.
Miss Gould will be teaching the children Music. They will be singing, playing different instruments, improvising and composing their own music. Their first topic explores how music shapes our way of life. They will be looking at how to connect musical notes and feelings.
For our vehicle in the summer term, the children will be becoming entrepreneurs. With a donation of £25 from Alton Castle, the children will invest the money into an idea to earn a profit. The children will be tasked with coming up with an idea, pitching it, carrying out market research, designing a logo and marketing the project.