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Year 5

Teachers: Mrs Short and Mr Hardy

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Wood, Mrs Smith and Mrs Robson

Mathematics Overview

In year 5 children work with properties of numbers up to 1 million as well as read and write years in Roman numerals.  They learn to recognise angles as well as use conventional markings for parallel lines.  The children investigate and identify the properties of different quadrilaterals, as well as determining between regular and irregular shapes.  They begin to identify factors and multiples of numbers and are actively encouraged to make connections within their mathematics.  There fluency is developed using formal written methods for addition and subtraction as well as using short methods for multiplication and division.  The fluency of recall of multiplication facts continue to be promoted within year 5.

Squared and cubed numbers are taught with the children identifying relationships.  Where fractions are involved the children order and compare fractions as well as identifying equivalent ones.  In statistics they work with line graphs and begin to select ways for representing data in the most suitable way.

Throughout the year, as in all years, the children are taught and given the opportunity to apply their mathematics in a wide range of contexts.  They are encouraged to explore and investigate in order to become confident mathematicians who can solve problems.

English Overview:

Within year 5, the children are taught a range of text types and are able to apply their grammatical knowledge within their writing. The children revise the stages of writing and are encourage to develop their writing through proof reading and evaluating.

Stages of writing:

  • Planning
  • Drafting
  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Sharing
  • Proofread
  • Evaluate

The children are encouraged to use dictionaries and thesauruses independently.  They are taught how to edit their writing with a heavy emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling.  They apply what they are taught in their grammar lessons to aid this process.  Children are actively encouraged to recognise that their writing evolves from the planning stage to their final piece. 

Through careful planning to create engagement the children are promoted to become confident writers who have a passion for the written word in a wide range of genres.

In supporting your child’s English learning, you could ensure they read at home each night and discuss the text with your child. The children will receive weekly spellings, they will need to learn these each week supporting their spelling knowledge and developing the language they use in their writing.

Science Overview:

Our children are encouraged to be inquisitive about the world around them and we strive to actively promote this through our curriculum including science.  We ensure that our children have vast opportunities to work practically and carry out investigations.  Our science topics in year 5 are outlined below.

Term 1 – Plants and Animals

  • Describing changes in plants and animals
  • Different life cycles
  • Reproduction of animals and plants

Term 2 – Forces

  • Identify and recognise the effects of different forces
  • Recognise how pulleys and levers work

Term 3 and 4 – Earth and Space

  • The movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • The movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • Explain the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night

Term 5 and 6 – Materials and their properties

  • Reversible and irreversible change
  • Recognise properties such as transparent and translucent
  • Recognise the difference in structure of solids liquids and gases
  • Complete fair tests and comparative tests
  • Recognise how different materials respond when put in a liquid

Topic Overview:

Terms 1 and 2: Vicious Vikings

Who were the Vikings?  Who were the Anglo Saxons?  Do the Vikings deserve the reputation which history has portrayed?

The children will learn about the Vikings and their struggle with the Anglo Saxons.  They will learn all about the everyday life of Vikings as well as how they carried out their raids.  In addition they will learn how England became one country and how the Anglo Saxons implemented their laws (you needed to be able to pay because if you didn’t then you might lose a valuable body part!). 

They will design and make structures for a range of purposes using a wide variety of tools and materials.  They will look at the design of clothing and consider how fashion also had incorporate practicality.

Terms 3 and 4:  Space

What is a solar system?  What is a star?  Why was the space race important?  What if gravity did not exist?

The children will learn about and investigate the world and beyond!  They will look at the history of the moon landing and famous people (and animas) in the history of space travel.  They will learn why the Earth is suitable for life in a wide range of ways and what helps our planet be unique.

They will learn to read six figure grid references and learn the symbols which are used on ordinance survey maps.  They will learn about different climate zones and what it takes to survive effectively within them.

Terms 5 and 6 – Chocolate

What is chocolate?  Where did it come from?  Where was chocolate more valuable than gold?  Why was the village of Bournville so important to how workers were treated?  Which chocolate bar is the most popular amongst children at St John’s?

During this topic the children will learn about the Aztec civilisation, from their use of chocolate and exquisite jewellery to their constant execution of slaves and prisoners at their pyramids. 

They will learn about the British isles and locate the major cities on maps.  They will learn how and where chocolate manufacturing took place.  The children will explore 3D structures and make models.

Whilst being a healthy school it is accepted that a certain amount of chocolate will need to eaten during the learning of the topic.  Of course this is strictly for learning purposes!

R.E. Overview:

Term 1  – Jews and Judaism

  • How belief in God impacts on people’s lives
  • The main beliefs of the Jewish faith
  • Key festivals within the Jewish faith
  • Symbols of Judaism

Term 2 – Christianity values and beliefs

  • What are Christian values?
  • How do the beliefs of Christianity impact on people’s lives?
  • Parables and how Jesus used them to instil values

Term 3 – What made people want to follow Jesus?

  • How was Jesus perceived by different people?
  • Who were the disciples?
  • How is forgiveness promoted by Jesus?
  • How did Jesus live his life?
  • Why do people still follow Jesus?

Term 4 – Christianity values and beliefs

  • Which symbols are important in Christianity?
  • How do the Old and New Testament differ?
  • Why is the Old Testament still important to Christians?

Term 5 – Religion in the Neighbourhood

  • The features of s church.
  • The Saints of the churches within Grantham
  • The mother church

Term 6 – The life of Mohamed

  • The key beliefs of Islam
  • The key values of Islam
  • The life of Mohamed
  • Symbols of Islam