Year 5 - Giraffes & Kangaroos

Your year 5 teachers are Mr Warren in Kangaroo Class and Mrs Atkins in Giraffes Class. They are assisted by Mrs Procter and Mrs Hall.
Year 5 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 2017
Our theme this half term is 'The Vikings'. We look at many different aspects of the Vikings topic. The children will investigate how the Vikings lived, how and why they came over to England and how they had an impact on the countries in which they settled. In the second part of the autumn term we will be looking at the rainforests and deserts. The children will develop their atlas skills and research what each area is. They will also compare wildlife from each area and understand how they are suited to the environment.
As usual, ICT is central to topic work and all other work through the curriculum. The children will use the laptops and ipads to research and present their ideas in both topic and English work. we will also be learning how to use Scratch, a visual programming language that is associated with instructions. The children will be learning to instruct a sprite to make shapes, patterns and greet their friends!
Art and Design Technology
Art and DT this term will have strong links to our History and Geography topics. we will be making Viking hats, thinking about our drawing skills to create a pencil/charcoal picture of a Viking and using clay to write our names in Viking runes. We will be thinking about how bto use pastels correctly by blending. Furthermore we will be using our DT skills to make Christmas stockings and collage calendars.
This term we will be looking closely at fiction and non-fiction texts with a heavy focus on SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar). Before half term, the children will be learning about instructions and the story of 'Hiccup, the Seasick Viking'. After half term we will be learning how to write a discussion text and making our own nonsense poems.
Each class will be reading a class story. For the first term both classes will be reading 'Viking Boy' by Tony Bradman. After half term, we will be reading 'Wonder' by R J Palacio and every week we will have a 'Poet of the week' to promote poetry. This will happen every Friday with one child in each class choosing their own poem to share.
This term our focus will be on the four rules of number, including mental calculations. You can help your child by practising their tables regularly. They will learn how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1,000 and this will include decimal numbers.
The children will learn about the properties of numbers and will practice plenty of ordering and sequencing. The children will be set a weekly task for maths homework to consolidate skills taught that week.
Every week the children will take part in multiplication Olympics where they have the chance to receive a certificate if they complete all of them correctly. They do need to complete them three times before receiving a certificate.
Our topic this term is working scientifically. The children will be learning the skills needed to conduct an investigation. They will predict, measure, plan, discuss and form conclusions based on what they have found.
This term we will be covering areas mostly associated with Christians. We will be looking at what it means to belong to a religion.  
The children will be expected to read each night to an adult and have their reading record signed each night. These will be checked and the children will be rewarded accordingly at the end of each week. They will have a spelling list which they will need to learn each week in preparation for a test. As part of their weekly homework, the children will be required to write a sentence for a number of their spelling words.
In Maths the homework will be set on a weekly basis and stuck into their maths homework books.
All homework will be due in on a Monday and re-set on a Tuesday. 

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Eastover Primary School, Wellington Road, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5EX