Class 5 – Spring Term 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

I hope you have all had a lovely break with your family and friends.

PLANET EARTH

ENGLISH

To begin with, we will be writing non-chronological reports using the book ‘Dragonology’ and then we will move onto discussion writing and story writing.

Later on in the term, we will be reading “Phoenix” by SF Said and “Shackleton’s Journey” by William Grill.

There will also be stand-alone spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons during the week.

For whole class reading, we will continue to follow ‘Pathways to Read’ and the children will access this daily. We will be finishing the text ‘Odd and The Frost Giants’ before moving onto ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by the same author, Neil Gaiman.

MATHS

This term Maths’ lessons will consist of: addition and subtraction; multiplication and division using mental and formal written methods; calculating area and perimeter; comparing and ordering fractions, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying them; comparing, ordering and rounding decimals; finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. Times tables will be a clear focus throughout the year.

SCIENCE

This term we will finish off our last few sessions on materials, before focusing on forces and then Space.

We will start by looking at air resistance, water resistance and friction. Following this, we will look at the planets, how night and day is formed and the phases of the moon.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

During the first week back in school, we will complete our last few lessons on the Vikings.

Our theme this term will then be ‘Planet Earth’.

To begin with, we will be completing a short unit of work on Rivers.

After that, we will be finding out about the significance of Ernest Shackleton’s journey across Antarctica as well as looking at the physical features of the Earth such as mountains. We will be using maps of the UK and World to study: time zones, longitude and latitude, hemispheres, mountains and biomes.

ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

First, we will work on our clay Viking work from before Christmas, which I know the children will really enjoy.

We will then be linking our art unit of work with our work on Planet Earth where the children will learn how to use line, tone, shape and colour to represent movement and depth. They will also use a range of media to create mood and feeling.

COMPUTING

In computing, the children will be completing a unit of work on microbits before moving onto a unit of work about search engines. The children will be able explain what a search engine is, suggesting several search engines to use and how to use them to find websites and information. Children will also suggest that things online are not always true.

MUSIC

The children will continue to experience lessons taught through our music scheme, ‘Charanga’ where we will be  discussing the features and structure of a pop ballad and learn to sing/clap in the style of Hip Hop.

RE

This term’s focus will be Judaism – Places of Worship and Jesus’ teaching and its impact on people.

PSHCE

We will be investigating why ocean plastic is a key issue and how this affects us all as individuals, communities and the environment.

The children will also understand if news reports are based on fact, opinion or if they are biased.

Later on in the term, we will be looking at different job roles, understanding why someone might choose a certain career and know and the different routes they can take towards a particular career.

P.E.

PE will be Tuesday’s and Friday’s this term. Please be aware only the children with school track suits may come into school wearing them. Children without a school track suit will need to bring their kit in a bag to change into. Thank you for your support with this.

HOMEWORK

English and Maths homework will be set every Friday on Google Classrooms and is due to be handed in on or before the following Wednesday.

If children have no home access to their online work, they will be expected to complete this in school during their lunchtimes.

A list of spellings will be added to Google Classroom first thing on a Monday morning. As a class we will make our own spelling cards on a Monday in school and children will come home with these(in the wallets on the front of their planners).

Reading at home needs to be daily, with parents listening and questioning their child about what they have read each day. Children need to bring their reading book and their planner (signed by an adult) to school on a daily basis so it can be checked by an adult and Class Dojo points can be awarded.

All children must spend at least 10 minutes every night on TT Rockstars.