A Dawlish Learning Partnershp School

Year 5 (Razorbills)

Class Teacher – Mrs Vanderford

Welcome to our Curriculum Parent Overview for Summer Term 2017!

We hope that you have all enjoyed your Easter Break. We are looking forward to an exciting Summer Term as the weather gets warmer (hopefully!) and we are able to spend more time outside making the most of the school grounds and the swimming pool. Read on to find out what we will be learning about in Razorbills class this term.

Miss Jackson will continue to teach Razorbills all day on Mondays and for the first part of Tuesday morning. Mrs Vanderford will be in class from Tuesday mornings after break.

Literacy

We will be continuing our work on the story ‘The Ice Bear’ by Jackie Morris. We will be working towards writing our own story inspired by what we have read. Later in the term we will be studying a non-fiction recount text ‘Where my Wellies Take Me’. We will also be reading and writing our own stories inspired by ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Even if your child is a confident reader now it is important to continue hearing them read as often as you can. Ask them questions about what they have read and talk about their choice of reading books. You could also sign up for AR Home Connect so that you can see how they are getting on with their AR quizzes. I have had very positive feedback from parents who have done this. The children who have made it a priority to regularly read their AR books and achieve high percentages on their quizzes have been making excellent progress with the reading scores. There are also Literacy based homework activities, including handwriting, spelling tasks and the Grammar Passport.

 

 Numeracy

We are continuing to follow the New National Curriculum 2014 Maths sequences. We will begin this term with Geometric Reasoning, focusing on co-ordinates and translations. Later in the term we will be moving on to further develop our number sense and additive reasoning.

Please support your child by helping them to have a sound knowledge of number facts and times tables. They will also have maths homework and maths targets which you can help with. All children have a log in for MangaHigh and can access this from home, even if they do not have any current challenges set by a teacher.

Science

This half term we will begin by learning more about living things and their habitats, including knowing about the life cycles of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals and the processes of reproduction in some of these. After half term our topic is ‘Animals including humans’, where we will be learning more about the changes as humans grow and develop.

Please help by relating the topics to everyday life, and supporting your child in finding out extra information.

ICT

Our topic for the first half of term is ‘We have a Virtual Pet’. We will be learning how to make an interactive game, using variables, a game plan and flowchart. After half term our topic will be We Are ‘Digital Image Creators’. We will be learning how digital images are made up, thinking about pixels, resolution and depth. We will then move on to use some of the key tools in image editing.

If your child has access to a computer, they could develop confidence by practising keyboard skills and exploring different programs. If you do not have Internet access at home the computers at school are often free immediately after the end of school, which would be a good time to work on them with your child.

History

After half term we will be learning about The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, concentrating on Roman Invasion. This will include Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54BC, the successful invasion by Claudius and Hadrian’s wall. We will also learn about British resistance, including Boudica.

Please talk to your child about what they have learnt.

RE

Our theme is ‘How should we live and who can inspire us?’ We will be learning about the lives of inspirational people such as Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln and thinking about how their actions might inspire us.

Please encourage your child to think about different points of view and beliefs and continue to develop their own ideas.

Geography

Our Geography topic is ‘Where does our food come from?’ We will be looking at food and trade, exploring imports and exports as well as fair trade.

Encourage your child to notice where food comes from, by reading the labels on fresh items. You could also look out for fair trade food products and find out more about why the fair trade system is important.

D + T

After half term we will be learning more about electrical systems, using switches and circuits, programming, monitoring and control.

R.E

Our theme is ‘How should we live and who can inspire us?’ We will be learning about the lives of inspirational people such as Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln and thinking about how their actions might inspire us.

Please encourage your child to think about different points of view and beliefs and continue to develop their own ideas.

Art

Our Art focus this term is ‘Drawing and painting’. We will be comparing ideas, methods and approaches in artists’ work, making observational drawings and looking at landscape art. We will be focusing on the work of the artists Alfred Wallis and Edward William Cooke.

You could find out more about the artists we are studying. You could encourage your child to practise some of the skills they have been learning in school.

French

Miss Jackson will be taking Razorbills Class for French this term.

P.E

During the first half of term we will be we will be developing confidence in Athletics and improving our Striking and Fielding skills. We will also begin to use the swimming pool as soon as it is available, which is likely to be after half term. After half term we will be swimming and will also work on our Net and Wall games skills.

Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times, and check that their P.E. shoes are the right size. Once the swimming pool is ready the children will need to have their swimming kit in school all the time in case we need to change our swimming slot or have the opportunity to have an additional session.

 

Music

The children will be developing their music skills with Miss Jackson.

Talk to your child about the music they hear at home, and encourage them to begin forming their own opinions about what music they like and why.

PHSE

During the first half of term we will be thinking about ‘Relationships’. After half term our topic is ‘Changes’, when the children will have the opportunity to think about their transition to a new year group or their new school.

Homework

Your child will continue to have weekly homework, which as far as possible will be set on Friday and handed in on Wednesday. The homework will cover a range of different areas, including reading, Maths or Literacy activities and activities linked to the topics we are studying. These activities are designed to support the work we are doing in school and are an important opportunity for the children to show what they can do!

Please support your child in these activities as far as possible and enjoy sharing your own experiences with them. To help them to get used to the expectations which will be placed on them when they get to Secondary school, there will be a lunchtime homework club for anyone who does not hand homework in. This includes completing the MangaHigh tasks which have been set.