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Autumn Term 2019


This term in Numeracy, we will begin by recapping on the four operations, learning and consolidating new methods to solve more challenging calculations. During the term 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.


This term the book we are studying is ‘Journey to the River Sea’. This links in with our topic of Water by taking us on a journey up the Amazon River. A range of different genres will be covered, both fiction and non-fiction. Throughout the term we will continue to work on our reading skills, placing a further emphasis on inference. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be a key focus within writing and lesson time.


This term the children will be investigating materials and how they change. First we will begin by testing the properties of materials, before looking at how materials dissolve, what a solution is, and evaporation. Finally the children will compare reversible and irreversible changes. We will be conducting many fun experiments such as ‘Elephant Foam’ and making materials react in ways that give off heat, noise and gases.


Our Topic lessons come with a history focus asking why people explore. In the second half term we will consider all things linked to water. We are researching famous explorers, where they went and why they chose to travel to these parts of the world. We will then look at water and parts of the world where clean water is difficult to come by.  We will investigate how this affects everyday life especially where water is a very scarce resource. There is also an opportunity to look at extreme weather conditions, linked to water, and how this can also affect those who live there and how it changes the environment over time.


In music we will be developing our singing and playing skills, working on tune and melody and discovering different ways to perform compositions. We are also developing our understanding of musical scores and notation and using these to help improve our performances. We will also learn how to create a mood and atmosphere by using different instruments and notes.


Our RE focus this term is Christianity and the Bible. We will investigate the way that the Bible is presented and consider some of the key stories that can be found within its pages. We will also consider the different genres of stories that are in the Bible and the lessons it provides to Christians on how to live their lives.


We will be focusing on the topic of friendship this term. The children will look at what makes a good friend, how to deal with fallings out and understanding their own emotions alongside their peers.


In our Art lessons we will investigate the world of architecture and look at the work of a number of famous architects. After considering and evaluating the designs of buildings we will move onto creating our own designs as inspired by the work that we have investigated. We will then link our Art to the Water topic, investigating artists who have incorporated water into their pieces. We will also use watercolours to produce our own pictures and paintings.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our teamwork and individual skills in netball and tag rugby. 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. During the term Year 5 will also go to the Regional Pool for swimming lessons.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will become bridge builders, looking at the designs of bridges around the world and making decisions on the types of materials and designs we could use for our own model. We will then develop ways of testing our design to ensure that they are being fit for purpose.


Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to improving their computing skills. We are using a range of software and apps to improve the way we write sequences of instructions to achieve a given result. In particular we are using a piece of software called Scratch which allows us to become computer programmers and create animations and even mini-computer games.