Curriculum – Why Should the Rainforest be Important to us all?
Using high-quality picture books, such as The Great Kapok Tree, our writing this term will include: explanation writing about rainforests, non-chronological reports in the form of an animal factsheet and persuasive writing on the topic of deforestation. Developing our creative writing further, we will write setting descriptions and poetry in line with our theme.
Our grammar will focus on: securing and varying our sentence constructions, including increasing accuracy using commas to mark clauses. We will develop our use of rich descriptive vocabulary, including well-chosen verbs and adverbs, expanded noun phrases and figurative language. The children will also continue to practise their editing skills in order to make improvements to their work.
This term, our daily read along is the fantastic adventure book called ‘The Curse of the Maya: A Truthseekers’ Story’, which links with our History.
We have daily reading lessons where we will share extracts from a variety of texts, practising our use of expression to show an understanding of what we read.
In every lesson, we practise our VIPERS skills: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summary, with an overall focus on using evidence from the text to support our ideas.
We will be studying living things and their habitats. This includes classification keys, discovering how plants reproduce and the life cycles of different mammals, amphibians and insects, including sexual and asexual reproduction. We will also learn about the life and work of David Attenborough.
As part of animals, including humans, we learn about the stages of human development, covering conception, puberty and old age. This will include investigating animal gestation.
Every day, we are practising arithmetic fluency focusing on mental and written calculations. This term, we continue our work on fractions, including: adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, finding fractions of amounts and fraction problem solving in context.
We will learn about place value with decimals up to 3 decimal places (thousandths), rounding, ordering and comparing decimals before moving on to adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of 10 and decimal sequences. This will be applied by converting to different units of measure, for example: g to kg or ml to l. We will begin learning about percentages, understanding them as fractions and decimals and looking at fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence.
As part of our work on Shape, children will measure and draw lines and angles, using a protractor. They will learn to describe position, using coordinates, identify lines of symmetry, complete a symmetric figure and reflect a shape in the mirror line. Children will develop their knowledge in order to reason confidently about 2d and 3D shapes.
For health and wellbeing, we will learn to recognise the difference between risky, unsafe or emergency situations, identifying how we can be responsible for our own personal safety. This includes basic first aid techniques and how to respond in an emergency.
We will consider healthy sleep habits, sun safety, medicines and vaccinations.
We will consider our own personal identity and learn that it is important to express our individuality.
This term, we will learn to interpret information in a spreadsheet, building our own dataset and formatting cells in order to produce calculations. Finally, we will plan and cost up an event and present the data from our spreadsheet in different visual ways.
We will also learn about databases, beginning with creating and sorting a paper database, searching and ordering an online database, using AND/OR selection to sort data and presenting data visually.
As part of our rainforest topic, we will locate countries, oceans, rivers and rainforests using atlases and satellite imagery. This will enable us to develop an understanding of how the location of a tropical rainforest determines its climate. We will investigate why many cities of the world are situated by rivers and explain the human and economical features of a location, as well as planning a journey to a place in South America, using 8 compass points and grid references.
We will conduct geographical enquiries by collecting information on rainforests and using it in a report, including detailed sketches. This will include investigating how land use has changed over time and how it might change in the future.
As part of our investigation into deforestation, we will look at how humans have damaged the environment and what a place might be like in the future, taking this into account.
We will complete a mini study looking at the achievements of the Maya and their impact on us today.
This term, Year 5 will be developing athletics skills with Mr Kember.
This term, we will be listening to and developing an appreciate of Motown, focused mainly on and Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas. We will further develop our rhythm, practise vocal warms up and keeping the pulse.
Art and Design (or Design Technology)
We will learn about the artist Henry Rosseau and develop mixed-media artwork. We will plan and design a print by creating an accurate design and using a number of colours then collage over a printed background to produce work in a similar style.
As part of the planning and development process, we will use our sketchbooks to draw carefully, using marks and lines for texture.
In Design Technology, we will use equipment to measure out and make a chocolate recipe, inspired by the Maya. Children will ensure they are hygienic, safe and present their finished product well.
Important Information for Year 5
- Weekly homework is given out on a Friday and is due the following Thursday
- Topic homework has the hand in date on the sheet
- Check Class Dojo