09 September 2016

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. 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 reading ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis. The book will provide the stimulus for creative writing and for drama activities, including descriptions, non-chronological reports and newspapers. Regular exercises will be taught to improve the pupil’s spelling ability and to encourage the use of accurate punctuation. Pupils will also be reading and writing poetry in particular shape and picture poems.

Maths – In the autumn term, pupils will extend their understanding of place value, including decimal numbers up to 2 decimal places. They will develop efficient written and mental methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Pupils will also convert times from 12 to 24 hour clock, and start to use a protractor to measure and draw angles.

Science – In the first half of 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 on how light travels and what affects how it travels, including how shadows are formed.

Art – This term pupils will create Egyptian inspired art work. They will use knowledge gained in history lessons to develop, design and make an Egyptian mask or headress and dress. These will be the costumes the children model in the fashion show later this year.

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 an independent project on a chosen volcano.

History – In the autumn term, year 5 pupils will start to learn about Egypt. Pupils will study some of the major themes of Egyptian history such as hieroglyphs, mummification, and religion and look at the importance of The River Nile.

ICT – Pupils will use the internet to support their research related to the Egyptian history topic. They will also continue to work on the VLE to communicate their work and ideas with others, including using, and commenting on, blogs. They will also create an adventure ‘choose your own’ story using PowerPoint.

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 individual worth and how they can express their feelings. They will look at relationships with peers and discuss how we show respect to others.

RS – Year 5 will study the Jewish faith in the autumn term. They will look mainly at the key beliefs and celebrations that Judaism has, including Havdalah and Hanukkah. They will make a variety of artefacts and objects that are used in the Jewish faith.

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 to a Christmas card. Pupils will also develop skills of drawing 3d objects, using a protractor and isometric paper.

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 sincerely

Miss T White

KS2 Co-ordinator

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