The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind

 WELCOME TO YEAR 5

Spring term 2017

Curriculum information 

Dear Parents,

This term we will be learning about a whole range of new topics, as detailed below.

Year 5 staffing

  • Ms Poet/Mrs Goodman - Teachers (5S)    Mr Jones/Mrs Goodman - Teachers (5JP)
  • Mr Williams, Mrs Emms, Mrs Hobbs - Teaching Assistants
  • Mrs Smith - Support Teaching Assistant (5JP)

 Curriculum overview

English

Spelling – statutory word list and spelling lists according to group teaching. Words tested as ‘list test’ and as dictation on a cycle as follows:

  • Week 1 - pattern taught and words to learn
  • Week 2 - list test
  • Week 3 - dictation testing Week 1’s pattern (and Week 2’s list test)

Children are in one of 3 groups according to their spelling needs. Groups are taught by Ms Poet or Mrs Goodman. Tests take place on a Monday and new words are sent home on Monday or Tuesday.

Grammar - use of apostrophes in contractions, written dialogue, modal verbs

Writing - slam poetry, persuasive writing

Maths

 Geometry - properties of shape/position and direction; properties of 2d and 3d shapes
- Identifying shapes from nets and 2d representations
- Plotting shapes in the first quadrant, reflecting and translating shape
- Using precise mathematical vocabulary
- Problem solving                                                                                                                           Number – Fractions – adding and subtracting fractions/problem solving
Place value – rounding 6 digit numbers
Multiplication and division – common multiples/short division
Fluency activities and reasoning
about maths - ongoing
Times tables
- set once a week. Children are tested on Tuesday; books are sent home on Tuesday or Wednesday with tables to learn indicated. Once times tables have been learnt through to 12 x tables children will work on their division facts.

Science

Materials and their properties, including:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • dissolving in liquid to form a solution and recovering a substance from a solution
  • separating mixtures by filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons  for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • knowing that some changes are irreversible

Computing

 Data matters

History/Geography

 Ancient Egypt

Art & Design/Design Technology

Sarcophagus tomb paintings

Music

 Ukelele

Religious education (RE)

Judaism and Christianity - exploring the different faiths and beliefs, the ‘Rules for living’ which underpin these faiths and exploring how rules impact on the way we live our lives.

French

Quelle est la date aujourd'hui? - learning months of the year in French; asking and saying the correct date in French; asking when somebody has their birthday in French and telling them when you have your birthday.

Quel temps fait-il? - learning vocabulary connected with the weather.

Physical education (PE)*

Competitive games, swimming

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled.

Personal, social, health & economic education (PSHE)

Mutual respect

Homework

Reading

Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)

Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.

Spellings will be set on a weekly basis. The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Monday for the test, and will be taken home each Monday. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.

Our Library day is Tuesday this half term, so please can your child bring his/her book in to change every Tuesday, whether it is needed to be changed or not. 

Maths

Differentiated multiplication tables with related division facts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11,12 to the 12th multiple.

Mathletics - up to 3 activities/tasks will be set weekly.

Research Projects

One large project or several smaller projects will be set over the course of each half term. It is recommended that children spend at least 30 minutes/week on the project, although children and parents are often motivated to devote further time to their research.

Home learning must be kept a positive, enjoyable and manageable experience.

Additional homework

Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.

Targets

As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.

 

Year 5 long term plan: 2016/2017

Subject

Autumn

I

Autumn

II

Spring

I

Spring

II

Summer

I

Summer

II

Science

Properties and changes of materials

 

Living things and their habitats

Forces

Earth and space

Animals including humans

ICT

Data matters

Robotics and systems

Morphing image 

History

Ancient Egypt 

 

Local history

 

Victorians (railways/Swanage/ industrial revolution)

Geography

 

Desert biome

Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.

 

Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.

 

Fieldwork on local area (human / physical features)

8 point compass, 4/6 fig grid ref

Symbols/OS maps

Maps, atlases, globes and digimapping.

Topography – Corfe Castle

Coasts

Railway – changes to land

Landuse - holiday

P.E.

Competitive games

Swimming

Competitive games

 

Competitive games

Dance

Competitive games

Gym / dance

Competitive games

Athletics

Swimming

Competitive games

Athletics

Swimming

Art and Design

Sarcophagus

Tomb paintings

 

Objects and meaning

 

Pre-Raphaelite

Decoupage

 

D&T

 

 

Bread making - savoury dishes

 

Moving toys

 

Bridges (Brunel)

R.E

Judaism / Christianity

Rules for living

 

Light as a symbol

Celebrations related to key figures

 

Leaders of religion

Creation stories and questions

Music

Ukulele

PSHE

Democracy

The Rule of Law

Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs

British Values – ‘Celebrations’ (launching Summer 2015)