Spring Term

Happy New Year and Welcome Back

We are looking forward to learning lots of new things during this Spring term.

During the first half of this term, we will be learning about inspirational people in our religious education lessons and discussing why we are inspired by certain people.  The main focus will then be on Lent in preparation for our Easter celebrations. 

In English, pupils have been studying the poem The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. This is an exciting topic which includes drama, movement, reciting, exploring nonsense words, and musical composition. Children wrote non-chronological reports about the Jabberwock! Each week, we practise our spellings and are tested every Friday.

Year 5 Term 2A (Spring 1) Spelling Overview

Year 5 Term 2B (Spring 2) Spelling Overview

       

In our maths lessons, we completed our fractions topic, moving onto percentages and decimals. The next topic that we explored was Shape, Space and Measure, involving reflection and translation; co-ordinates; and units of measure.   We will have  daily mental maths sessions which cover all four operations, as well as our weekly arithmetic tests and multiplication tests.  

Year 5 fractions knowledge organiser

For our Science lessons, we focus on two topics: Forces – different types of forces and how they act upon an object; Properties and changes of materials. 

Forces knowledge organiser

Properties and Changes of Materials knowledge organiser

Our geography topic this term is Marvellous Maps. Children explore map reading, symbols, use grid references and explore 8 compass points. 

Maps knowledge organiser

We are very fortunate in our class to have some wonderful artefacts from Guatemala and Mexico, which we investigate during our archaeology lessons. 

Later on in the term, we  studied different aspects of Tudor life including: life in a Tudor town/village and exploration during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  Children were given a project to complete at home about the Tudors, choosing from a list of various topics. 

The Tudors knowledge organiser

                                                                                Elizabeth I | Biography, Facts, Mother, & Death | Britannica

In Art, we research and produce portraits of Tudor monarchs and their wives.

In our computing lessons, children learn how to use spreadsheets, databases and how to create their very own games, using Kodu. 

During French lessons, we learn how to order food and drinks, and talk about our family, where we live and what animals we know.  We had great fun trying to make the noises that animals make, in French.

That’s Tasty knowledge organiser

Family and Friends knowledge organiser

Swimming lessons restart on the 6th January and continue every Thursday afternoon.

Music lessons continue with a mix of composition and instrumental lessons – please make sure your child brings their instrument every Friday. 

Home Learning

During these unusual times, it is important to check Purple Mash every day as this is our main method of communicating with our class – from 2Dos, spelling overviews and emails to the class blog.  Work will also be uploaded for any children that need to stay at home due to isolation. 

Spellings are uploaded to Spelling Shed and tables to Times Table Rockstars.  We ask that children practise these each night, making sure they complete 7 games/minutes of each one.  
 
Gallery of Children’s Work
Here is a selection of photographs showing children’s work in class.