Year 5 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 5
|Rowan class||Larch class|
|Rowan class is taught by Miss Carpenter.||Larch class is taught by Mr Bell.|
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a brilliant Easter break and that you are feeling refreshed and ready to learn.
We are very excited about starting the summer term and we have lots of fun, exciting activities ahead.
Don't forget to keep an eye on our School Twitter page where we upload photos of some the things we get up to in Year Five.
Please see the summer term curriculum letter and topic web to see more information about what we will be learning (located at the bottom of this page, under 'Files to Download').
Let's Get Learning!
Our new topic is Mexico and the Maya!
Our topic for the first part of the Summer term is ‘Mexico’. During this topic, children will learn about key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, as well as a minor focus on volcanoes and earthquakes. We will also be exploring the human features in the locality, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
Following this, we will be focusing on the Ancient Maya and pupils will have the opportunity to see the stark contrast between their own history and that of the Maya. Pupils will learn about who the Maya people were and where they lived, as well as how the Maya empire grew to become so important. As part of this unit, pupils will also explore the remarkable achievements of the ancient Maya which will include looking at their perspective of time, writing and calendar systems.
To learn more about Mexico and the Maya, please click on the websites below.
Click here to learn a bit more about Mexico.
Click here to learn more about volcanoes and earthquakes.
Click here to learn key facts about Mexico's history, geography and people and culture.
To view further facts about Mexico, including its landmarks and attractions, click here.
To see a range of maps that highlight Mexico's main geographical features, click here.
Click here to watch short clips introducing the Ancient Maya and to see every-day life, farming, beliefs and archaeological remains from this ancient civilisation.
To learn more about the Maya, click here.
To learn about key site and cities of the Maya civilisation, click here.
To find out about the Ancient Maya's achievements, click here.
Click here to view some of the fascinating art and sculpture produced by the Maya people.
This half term we will be reading 'The Hunter' by Paul Geraghty. The outcome of this unit will be writing a story about finding an endangered baby animal.
Children will also be focusing on developing their punctuation and writing through the use of adverbs, modal verbs and relative clauses. With each new writing style we encounter, we will focus on: planning, drafting, writing, editing, proof-reading and publishing our work.
This term, we will learn some key spelling patterns (e.g. homophones, 'ough' words, silent letters etc.).
At the beginning of every term, children will be tested on both year 3/4 and year 5/6 statutory spellings. Please do revisit these at home to ensure no spellings are forgotten. See 'Files to Download' at the bottom of this page to download these statutory spelling lists.
Take a look at these spelling activities:
In addition to 'Pathways to Write', we are now following 'Pathways to Read'. This half term we will be reading ‘African Tales: A Barefoot Collection’ by Gcina Mholphe and Rachel Griffin.
Within 'Pathways to Read', every lesson focuses on a specific reading skill (e.g. predicting, inferring etc.). Reading VIPERS explains the key reading skills very clearly. Click here for more information.
Take a look at the '50 Recommended Reads for Year 5' in 'files to download' at the bottom of the page. How many have you already read? Why not set yourselves a challenge to read one new book every month?
|Author of the Month: Eva Ibbotson|
Our current topic is ‘Types of Change'.
If you would like to learn more about 'Types of Change', why not take a look at some of the videos below?
- What are freezing and melting?
- Melting metals
- What is dissolving?
- What are irreversible changes?
- Boiling an egg
- Chemical reactions in cooking food
- Changes in the state of materials
- Changing materials - rust
- Freezing point and boiling point
- Glass blowing
- Soluble and insoluble materials
Create Your Own Volcano!
To create your own volcano at home (with adult supervision), click on this link.
|Scientist of the Month: Edward Jenner|
Find out more about Edward Jenner on these websites:
In maths this term, we will be learning about perimeter and area, multiplication and division, and fractions.
Our current maths topic is area and perimeter.
- If you would like to watch a video on calculating area and perimeter, click here.
- What is perimeter? Click here to find out.
- How do you calculate area? Click here to find out.
- Click here to learn more about area and perimeter.
- To show how area and perimeter are calculated by building squares and rectangles with blocks, click here.
- Click here or here to explore how the area and perimeter of rectangles changes as the size increases or decreases.
- To practise your problem solving skills, click here or here.
Why not practise some other mathematical topics too?
Single-Step and Multi-Step Word Problems
- Click here to solve word problems from the wildlife park.
- Click here to solve word problems from the fair.
- Click here to solve word problems from the football match.
- To solve problems that are focused on school, click here.
- To solve some real life word problems, click here or here.
- If you want to tackle some tricky multi-step problems, click here.
Properties of Shape
- Click here to learn about what angles are and the different types of angles there are.
- Click here to use an online protractor to practise making your own angles.
- To practise your protractor skills and become confident at measuring angles, click here.
- To see how angles in a circle total 360 degrees and how angles can be applied in real life, click here.
- Click here to have a go at estimating different angles.
- Click here to learn all about how angles are degrees and fractions of a full turn.
- To learn about regular and irregular polygons, click here.
Multiplication and Division Websites
- Click here or here to practise factors, multiples and primes.
- What are prime numbers? Click here to find out.
- What are square and cube numbers? Click here to find out.
- Want to solve some puzzles on factors and multiples? Click here to choose from a variety.
- Fancy putting your knowledge of multiples and factors to the test? Click here to play a factors and multiples game.
- If you want to put your understanding of multiples to the test, click here or here.
- Want to put your understanding of factors and prime numbers to the test? Click here.
- If you would like to practise handling data, click here.
- If you would like to practise reading and interpreting tables, graphs and charts, click here.
- If you would like to practise data handling and interpretation, click here.
- If you would like to practise reading and interpreting bar charts, click here or here.
- If you would like to practise reading and interpreting pictograms, click here or here.
- If you would like to practise interpreting data (creating tally charts and converting them into graphs), click here.
Place Value Websites
- If you would like to watch some videos to help with rounding numbers, click here, here or here.
- If you would like to practise rounding numbers, click here, here, here, here or here.
- If you would like to practise negative numbers, click here, here or here.
- If you would like to practise ordering numbers, click here or here.
- If you would like to practise ordering numbers on a number line (including negative numbers), click here.
- If you would like to practise using Dienes base ten blocks, click here.
- If you would like to practise using place value charts, click here.
- If you would like to practise your number skills against the clock, click here.
- If you would like to put your place value skills to the test, click here to play 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.
- If you fancy practising your maths with interactive manipulatives (such as place value counters and cuisenaire rods), click here.
Addition and Subtraction Websites
- To practise basic addition, click here. Work your way through the levels as your confidence progresses.
- To practise basic subtraction, click here. Work your way through the levels as your confidence progresses.
- For a wide variety of addition and subtraction games, click here.
- To watch a video to learn a bit more about column addition, click here.
- To watch a video to learn a bit more about column subtraction, click here.
- BBC Bitesize has some fantastic resources to support your learning. Click here for information and videos relating to fractions.
- If you fancy some games relating to fractions, click here.
- If you fancy solving some fraction problems, click here.
- For excellent videos on area, perimeter and volume, click here.
- To support your understanding of converting between mm, cm and m, click here.
- A great game to practise taking measures is available here.
- To practise counting cubes to calculate the volume of shapes, click here or here.
- To practise setting an analogue clock to different times, click here.
- If you would like to practise using the 24-hour clock, click here.
Times Tables Websites
- If you would like to play some games to practise your times tables, click here.
- Become a Times Tables Rockstar by clicking here.
Mental Maths Websites
- If you would like to play mental maths games, click here.
- If you want to listen to a funky song to learn more about mental maths strategies, click here.
- To learn more about mental strategies, click here.
Mathematical Vocabulary Websites
- A useful online tool to define those tricky maths words! Click here for a maths dictionary.
Not sure what you want to practise? Click on one of the links below for a wide range of games and activities
Please remember to come into school wearing your PE kit. Every lesson will be taken outside so make sure you have suitable, warm clothing.
|Thursday A.M.||Wednesday A.M.|
|Friday P.M.||Friday P.M.|
Please see the P.E. page (click here) to see the topics we will be covering in P.E. this year (located at the bottom of the P.E. page).
Our homework is set on Google Classroom.
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In Year 5, we use all of our learning muscles in different ways. We work together, showing one another new learning strategies and support each other every day. We are resilient - never giving up and ensuring that we have tried our very best in every activity. We are resourceful - using resources in and around the classroom to scaffold our learning and support us in lessons. We are reflective - we look back on our achievements and accomplishments. We ask ourselves questions in order to improve. What went well? What did I learn? What do I need to improve on? How can I be even better than what I am already?
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