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Jennifer Hill
Year Five Teacher and Science Subject Leader
Benjamin Atkinson
Year Five Teacher
Christina Saullo
Year 5 Teacher (Maternity Leave)

Useful things to know and reminders from the team

PE Days are Monday and Friday.

Our Music Day is Thursday.

Homework is Reading, Spelling Shed and Times Time Rockstars. These are checked weekly.

Explore what we're learning this term below...

The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton

Complemented by our History topic. 

  • Writing a setting description 
  • Non-chronological report writing
  • Balanced argument
  • Poetry and performance

Spring 2

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson 

  • Non-fiction news report writing and presentation
  • Extended narrative writing including dialogue 

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  • Number and Place Value: Reading, writing, comparing and rounding to 1,000,000, Roman numerals to 100, and M for 1,000
  • Calculations - Addition and Subtraction: Counting on, counting back, formal column method, regrouping/renaming
  • Calculations - Multiplication and Division: Multiples and factors, prime and composite numbers, square and cubed numbers, multiplication by 10, 100 and 1000. Long and short formal methods including ‘bus stop’ division, with and without remainders.
  • Graphs: Reading tables and line graphs
  • Worded Problems: Solving worded problems including multi-step problems

We use the Maths No Problem scheme of learning which uses a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. We also incorporate journaling activities where children can ‘show what they know’ and explain how they approach maths problems while developing mental models. The MNP topics for Autumn term will include:


  • Fractions - proper and improper fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering; adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.
  • Decimals- writing decimals, reading and writing decimals, comparing, writing fraction and decimal equivalents; adding, subtracting and rounding decimals.
  • Percentages- writing percentages, equivalent fractions, percentages and decimals, comparing proportions using percentages.

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Djembe and Recorder Ensemble

Unit Aim - To learn how to make different sounds on the djembe drum, to learn compositions on the recorder and to combine these in whole class ensemble pieces.

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  • Art: Repeat pattern making, colour and painting
  • Key focus: Hindu mandalas
  • Artists: William Morris, Kehinde Wiley
  • DT - Food and Nutrition: Scottish shortbread

Spring 1

Art: Drawing 

Greek God portraiture

Complementing our History and English Studies 

DT: Frame structures  

Catapults 

Complementing our History Studies  


Spring 2

Art: Printmaking

Key focus: Local area buildings and landmarks 

Complementing our English and Geography Studies 

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  • Being Me In My World - Who am I and how do I fit? Setting goals, dealing with challenges, rights and responsibilities (democracy), how behaviour, choices consequences and rewards can impact a group.
  • Celebrating Difference - Respect for similarity and difference, anti-bullying (rumour spreading and name-calling, direct and indirect bullying) and being unique, exploring and respecting culture and cultural differences, what is racism, unconscious bias, consider happiness regardless of material wealth

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals - Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this

Spring 2

Healthy Me - Being and keeping safe and healthy

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  • Hinduism: Beliefs - Origin of Hinduism, gods and goddesses, symbolism, beliefs on life and death, the Om.
  • Hinduism: Practices - Places of worship, Hindu wedding celebrations, Diwali, and Holi.

Spring 1

Ethics: How do Christians respond to war? 

  • What is a conscience? Views of Augustine and Aquinas, morality in The Bible.

Spring 2

Ethics: How do Christians respond to war? Continued 

  • Humanists, Hedonism, Christian responses to violence, the Quakers, pacifism, The Just War Theory 


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  • Earth and Space: The Solar system and its planets, the sun in the centre of the solar system (heliocentric), day and night, time zones, the phases and movement of the moon
  • Properties of Materials: Grouping and consideration of a material’s suitability, thermal conductors and insulators, testing and comparing hardness, solubility - solutes, solvents and solutions, including saturation points, solubility and insolubility, separating mixtures - methods including evaporation, filtering and sieving.


Spring 1

Forces

Children will learn about:

  • Gravity - Isaac Newton, gravity’s role in the universe, weight and mass
  • Air resistance - parachutes, surface area and streamlining 
  • Water resistance- upthrust, buoyancy and streamlining 
  • Friction- resistance, using Newton meters, changing the size of a frictional force 
  • Mechanisms (levers and pulleys) - load, pivot and fulcrums  
  • Gears - types of gears


Spring 2

Changes of Materials 

Children will learn about:

  • Evaporation- separating solutes from solutions
  • Reversible changes- methods to reverse a physical change, such as melting. 
  • Chemical reactions creating new substances- irreversible changes
  • Rusting - ways to prevent rusting 
  • Burning - The Fire Triangle, extinguishing methods
  • Acid /bicarbonate of soda reactions - reactions causing carbon dioxide

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  • History: The British Empire - The origins, development, and end of the Empire, including its legacy.
  • Geography: Changing World, Mapping skills, and local area studies

History: The Ancient Greeks

Complemented by our English text

  • Who were the ancient Greeks? The city states of Athens and Sparta- comparisons and key artifacts, The Peloponnesian war, governance, buildings and architecture. 

Geography: Mapping the World

  • Mapping the globe, longitude/latitude (including the Prime Meridian and tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) climate zones, time zones; contours, keys and symbols.
  • Local area study: London Docklands or Grand Surrey Canals (Peckham) 

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  • Computing systems and networks: Computers can be connected to form systems, search engines, their results and how they are ranked
  • Programming - Selection in physical computing, control a simple circuit connected to the computer, count-controlled loops, conditional loops


Spring 1

Programming - selection in physical 

Spring 2

Creating media-  video editing

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  • Football and Netball
  • Dance


Spring 1

Tag Rugby- Coach 

Hockey- Class Teacher

Spring 2

Cricket- Coach 

Gymnastics - Class Teacher 

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Say, read, write and understand:

  • Talking about us - School subjects, opinion, likes and dislikes
  • In the city and shopping - Buildings and places of interest, simple directions, conversations when shopping, numbers

We use the Primary Languages Network scheme of learning. Children will learn about:


Spring 1

Healthy Eating/ Going to the market - shopping at the market, fruit and vegetables, transactional language, numbers 0-5, instructions to make a healthy dish. 

Spring 2

Clothes, colours and fancy dress - “What are you wearing?”, “I am wearing”, colour, size, description.

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Explore what we're learning this term below...

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