12 September 2014

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another busy and exciting school year. It is wonderful to see how well the children have settled into year 5 and are sensibly negotiating their new time table as well as moving around the school to different class rooms. The autumn term is always a busy term and we have many exciting events planned. I also thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next term. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.

English – This term pupils will be either be reading ‘ Why The Whales Came’ By Michael Morpurgo or ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis. The books will provide the stimulus for creative writing and for drama activities. Regular exercises will be taught to improve the pupil’s spelling ability and to encourage the use of accurate punctuation. Pupils will also be examining instructional texts and reading and writing poetry in particular shape and picture poems. Finally on 13th November Andrea Flynn from Enter CIC will be working with our pupils developing their ability to recite and perform poetry to an audience. There will be no additional charge for this activity.

Maths – In the autumn term, pupils will extend their understanding of place value and develop efficient methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Pupils will also explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, develop a greater understanding of equivalent fractions and decimals and use metric measures. In data handling, pupils will organise and interpret data represented in bar line graphs.

Science – In the autumn term, pupils will study life cycles. In this topic pupils will discover how flowering plants reproduce and learn more about the differences in the life cycles of creatures such as insects and amphibians. Pupils will also develop their scientific skills through planning investigations, taking measurements recording data and reporting their findings within a topic of forces. Also Dr Pam White, Dr Hardy and Dr Donkin from the Durham University Outreach Scheme will be working with our pupils on Monday 22nd September. During the workshop session the pupils will be learning about hearts and circulation: drawing a full size circulatory system on paper, using dopplers to find pulses and take blood pressure.

Art – This term pupils will explore colour and mood. They will experiment and research colour and examine the techniques used by Monet. They will then produce their own painting based on their own home.

French – This term, pupils will cover the topics of our sporting lives and healthy lifestyles; animals and their habitats through the ʺCarnival of Animalsʺ; and the weather. They will learn to make simple statements about activities and diet; to describe animals and their habitats; and to describe the weather and what they wear. They will also learn how to ask and answer simple questions; use adverbs; and develop complex sentences starting with a clause using ʺquandʺ.

Games – Boys

During this term, year 5 boys will cover a range of physical activities including rugby, swimming and cross country running. In games, the programme is aimed to develop an increased level of understanding of basic tactics and rules, and how to apply these in a competitive environment.   In other individual activities, pupils will continue to work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored.

Games – Girls

During this term, year 5 girls will cover a range of physical activities including hockey, netball, swimming and cross country running. In games, the programme is aimed to develop an increased level of understanding of basic tactics and rules, and how to apply these in a competitive environment.   In other individual activities, pupils will continue to work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored.

Geography- Pupils will study volcanoes in the autumn term. They will learn about the structure of the earth, plate movement and the formation of different types of volcanoes. They will look at past eruptions and complete a project on a chosen volcano.

History – In the autumn term, year 5 pupils study the Victorians and how developments at this point in time changed the way we live today. Pupils cover the topics of schooling, working conditions, rich and poor families and Victorian Medicine.

ICT – Pupils will continue to work on the VLE, develop their keyboard skills and complete a unit called ‘We are statisticians’.

Music – Pupils continue to develop their knowledge of music notation, playing short melodies with or without accompaniments. They sing songs in varied styles. Pupils listen to music that portrays a journey and perform alongside a backing track. They use classroom instruments to compose and record music illustrating a night-time scene. Some lesson time is given to learning music for the Christmas concert and service.

PSHE- This term pupils will discuss the idea of being in a group or a gang and how this changes their behaviour and how to cope with loss or change.

RS – Year 5 will study two units in the autumn term: ‘What is the Bible and why is it important?’ and ‘Why do Christians call Jesus the ‘light of the world?’. Pupils will obtain an insight into the Gospel nativity stories, the similarities and differences between them and the reasons for this. Pupils will evaluate critically the impact that these stories have on Christian celebrations of Christmas today. In the second half of this term pupils will study the use of symbolism in the Bible and how this impacts on Christians today.

Technology – During the autumn term pupils will investigate a range of mechanisms and linkages. They will apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of these mechanisms in a practical application. Pupils will also experiment and use design and decorative software, also applying these skills in further practical situations.

I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their learning. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch tiffany.white@redhouseschool.co.uk.

Yours faithfully

Miss T White

Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator

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