During the first half term, our theme in Year 5 is Earth and Space.
For our religious education lessons, we learn about The Creation Story and Adam and Eve, which are in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Later on in the term, we also learn about the Ten Commandments and the journey that Moses took his people on. Small groups of children plan and lead prayer and liturgy each week based on the theme or topic in our RE lessons.
For our maths lessons, we follow the Maths No Problem scheme of work. This terms it covers: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. We will have daily mental maths sessions which cover all four operations, as well as our weekly arithmetic tests and multiplication tests.
During English lessons, we look at a range of evidence around the phenomena of UFOs. Children write their own alien landing story. Later on in the term, we learn about deforestation and the effect this has on orangutans and their habitats. Children write their own persuasive letters about palm oil production. Towards the end of term, children will write their own Christmas calamity stories based on Judith Kerr’s book. Each week, we practise our spellings and are tested every Friday.
Our history topic for this term is The Ancient Maya. We explore this fascinating and advanced civilisation, who created their own number system and calendars.
In our geography lessons, children will be introduced to maps and map reading with a particular focus on Mexico. They will make comparisons between Mexico and England, in terms of: climate, landscape and population (physical and human geography).
During our art lessons, we will study the work of Frederick Catherwood, who was an English artist, architect and explorer, best remembered for his meticulously detailed drawings of the ruins of the Maya civilisation. We will have the opportunity to produce our own sketches and carving Maya Stela. Also will be producing impressionistic silhouette landscapes inspired by poppy artist Jacqueline Hurley, which you can see in our photographs below.
We will, of course, be continuing to learn French, enjoy our singing lessons in class and enjoy various sports with our PE coach. A new lesson for year 5 is swimming, which we will do every week on Thursday afternoons.