Welcome to Miss Knowles’ class - Year 5
Miss Knowles, Year 5, Autumn 2
Our topic this term is based around the book The Firework Makers Daughter by Phillip Pullman
How the curriculum will be covered
In English we will be basing our work on the text The Firework Makers Daughter by Phillip Pullman. During the term the children will have the opportunity to write different types of text. These include; Non-chronological reports (formal letters and diary entries), narratives (prequel and character descriptions. We will also be looking at how to include both the year 4 and 5 grammar in our work, such as:
- Prefix and suffix rules
- Indicating degrees of possibility using adverbs or modal verbs.
- Devices to build cohesion within a paragraph.
- Linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time, place and number.
- Using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis.
We will be continuing with our whole class guided reading and this term we will continue to focus on inference and developing comprehension skills using different types of written information. Using our reading with RIC starter this will give the children the chance to answer questions based on a wide range of texts and multimedia.
We will be using the Power maths scheme of work in our lessons looking at how to develop our reasoning and problem-solving skills. Our topics will include: Graphs and tables, multiplication and division and measure, area and perimeter. These topics will be supported by class discussions and we will recap daily what the children have already covered. Each week we will also be completing a memory maths task whereby the children look at what they have covered last half-term, in the last topic, in the last week and the previous day to help support retention of information.
In science we will be focusing on Earth and Space
-Relative size of planets
-Phases of the moon
-Conducting a fair test
-How our solar system has changed
We will be using a range of scientific skills to investigate these forces which will include planning, measuring, recording, predicting, presenting, concluding and testing.
In art this term we will be looking at a range of Ancient Chinese artists and styles of art, replicating some of their work. The techniques we will be looking at are collage, painting, modelling and sketching. To be able to replicate these artists work we will have to explore the artists life and inspirations, allowing us to appreciate the art as a whole.
Our computing theme this term is creating media and audio editing. We will be looking at digital recordings, recording sound, creating a podcast, editing digital recordings, combining audio and evaluating podcasts. Within this we will be making additional links to the curriculum and looking at creating podcasts based on topical issues.
Our History work is based on the Shang Dynasty. We will be looking at:
- What was the Shang Dynasty?
- The social hierarchy in the Shang Dynasty
- Religious beliefs at that time
- The discovery of oracle bones
- Examining artefacts
- Fu Hao
We will be looking in particular at the chronology of events in the Shang Dynasty and where and when in history this happens, we will be raising questions and investigating answers to find out about this underreported part of history, whilst making links to our literacy.
PSHE will be taught across the curriculum and we will include topical and relevant discussions within our curriculum. Each week in our PSHE assembly we will focus on a different area of the curriculum and as topical issues arise we will discuss them in a safe and supportive environment.
This term PE will focus on athletic skills and developing fitness levels. Limited equipment will be used due to current restrictions and we will be making the most of all outdoor space where possible.
Our RE topic this term is based on the Christian meaning of Christmas and we will be focusing on both Christianity and humanism. We will also be focusing on more contemporary ideas of Christmas looking at Christmas cards and the reasons behind the images displayed on them and the children’s own Christmas traditions.
How can you help?
-Please support your child by reading regularly at home and where possible uploading a video to your child’s portfolio for me to give feedback and Dojo’s!
- Encourage your children to go on Times Table Rockstar’s and spelling shed to complete their weekly homework. It is really important that the children are up to date with these skills as it will support both their maths and writing.
-Please ensure that homework is completed on time
-Finally, please remind your children that doing their best is all that I could ask for!
I look forward to working with you all and please feel free to contact me via Dojo. If you have any concerns or questions.