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Year 5

Autumn Term 2020 


This term we will begin by recapping on the four operations, learning and consolidating new methods to solve more challenging calculations. There will be an emphasis on improving our mental maths skills and abilities in problem solving. Children will be expected to continue to learn their times tables in order to rapidly recall these facts. Other areas to be covered are fractions, shape, data handling, patterns and sequences.


The children will use ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, to capture the children’s imagination and enhance their vocabulary and setting knowledge. We will be working hard on our spelling skills, considering rules and patterns to help us to spell tricky words. There will also be an emphasis on grammar and punctuation this term, learning the terms for different kinds of words and tenses.


In Science this term we are looking at forces and what causes an object to start moving, stop moving, speed up, slow down or change direction. We will investigate gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. In addition, we will research how the work of scientists such as Galileo and Newton helped to develop the theory of gravitation. The lessons will be hands on and will give children the opportunity to work scientifically to investigate a range of theories and ideas.


Our Topic lessons will include catch up lessons from last term. After this we will move onto a look at the Ancient Egyptians, considering their place in history and investigating the way of life for both rich and poor citizens. After half term we are learning some Geography focussing on modern day Egypt including its continued reliance on the River Nile to sustain both agriculture and tourism, two of its most important industries. We will also take a close look at the capital Cairo and the way it differs from British cities.


The focus in music this term will be on listening, appraising and music history. The children will revise the inter-related dimensions of music and learn about significant composers who had an impact on the development of music through time. The children will also continue to develop their sense of pulse and rhythm through movement, games and body percussion using the Charanga scheme and Table Tops. They will listen to the song ‘Amazing Egyptians’ and device their own actions.


We begin our RE focus this term by looking at the way that Christians look to their beliefs to teach them how to behave. This includes famous Bible stories such as the Good Samaritan and the lessons this provides for believers of Christianity. We will then look at other religions such as Judaism and Islam and the guidance their followers receive as part of their faith.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover “beginning and belonging”, thinking about the groups we belong to including our families, our friends and our classes. We will then move on to considering ways of tackling bullying. This includes recognising when someone is being bullied and developing strategies to deal with it.


Our Art lessons will begin with a distinctive Egyptian theme, with a focus on canopic jars and the way they were decorated. We will then move on to looking at hieroglyphics and ways in which they were painted before considering ways of emulating the Egyptian tradition of using pictures to tell stories.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our skills in football and netball. Meanwhile, inside we will work on a variety of physical skills under the theme of agility. This will include developing speed, co-ordination and balance and will involve a series of fun and challenging activities using the equipment in the hall. We will also work on a unit of dance during Indoor PE.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will be designing and creating our very own Egyptian jewellery. This will include creating an Egyptian collar and bracelet. These will be created using a variety of skills and craft techniques. The children will then assess and review the finished products and consider how they could improve their work.


Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety the children will make full use of the netbooks and iPads to create eye catching brochures, texts and signs. We will also look at ways of creating animated texts that move and change in different ways on screen. There will also be an opportunity to improve our typing skills. The use of technology will also be deployed across the curriculum to support all our learning.