Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Spring Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to spring term 2019. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September.
On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2019 is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to pick up where we left before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard working attitude of them and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which created such a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I was bursting with pride!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!)

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development that we can’t stress that enough. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

Here’s to a really positive spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
This term we will be producing a wide range of writing, all focusing around ‘The Black Death’. We will write a non-chronological report detailing the events around the plague, we will be writing a fantasy story, which will introduce a mysterious figure known as ‘Pestilence’ and we will be writing poetry where we will attempt to bring Pestilence to life.

Maths
This term we will be heavily focusing on fractions. We will be making our lessons engaging and fun through hands-on activities, enabling children to see fractions in a lot of different areas. We will be starting with a couple of weeks revising multiplication and division to feed into fractions. We would really encourage our children to practise their times tables as much as possible to assist them with this! We will continue to rehearse our arithmetic skills through 5-a-day and rapid recall.

Topic
Our topic for this term is ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’. A lot of our work will center around the Black Death. We will be looking at what happened and why it spread so far. We will even look at some of the symptoms you would be likely to suffer with! We will look at some of the royals from the 14th century and what life was like depending on your place in society. We will also be looking at the events leading up to and surrounding the peasants revolt.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During circle time we will be recapping our school’s SMART Rules and how they help us to stay safe when using the internet and social media as this is most important. We will also study the health of the human body, the dangers we face and how to avoid them to remain healthy, safe and happy. We will continue to discuss friendships and building relationships.

Dates for your Diary:

Spring Term:                Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half Term Holiday:      Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
PD Days:                      Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 22nd March 2019
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February 2019
World Book Day:      
Thursday 7th March 2019