The summer term
As we approach the summer term, we will have two new topics to clench our claws into. In the first topic ‘Firedamp and Davy lamps’, we will travel back in time to explore the coal industry. We will explore mining, locating mines in the local area, identifying mining disasters, risks and pressures and also the legacy and future of mining.
After this, our second topic of the summer term is ‘Time Traveller’. In this topic, we will develop our knowledge of human change, learning all about reproduction, ageing and changes over time. We will explore what happens to our brains and bodies as we become older and how we cope with these changes. We will be asking questions such as, how long does a baby take to grow in the womb? Does it take longer than an elephant calf? If you could time travel, would you visit the past or the future? Tick, tock, tick, tock – the hands on the clock never stop!
Using our maths scheme, Maths No Problem, for the second year now, our children are thriving from the pace of the lesson, as well as using different equipment to help assist their learning. The scheme is a real hands-on approach to maths, with children using practical equipment to represent, replicate and solve problems. With a variety of different stages to the lessons, the children are able to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to achieve a greater understanding of maths.
English lessons are based around rich and engaging texts covering a wide range of genres. Through the study of such genres, the children will gain an invaluable collection of skills to embed within their own writing. This foundation, alongside regular grammar, spelling and handwriting lessons, is the perfect combination to further enhance English skills and knowledge.
Reading lessons are based upon the chosen book linked to writing lessons. Children are taught vital skills each day in order to gain a broader understanding of the text. Skills include inference, retrieval, vocabulary etc. Alongside this, we follow Accelerated Reader, which is focused upon the individual child. Each child in Year 5 will receive a reading book which will be matched to their ability. From this, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the texts.