Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Summer Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Where did the spring term go? 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 Easter break. Let us hope that the sun keeps its hat on and that term is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to continue with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to their tremendous hard working attitude and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which creates such a lovely, warm and caring atmosphere around school. I am immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I think I might just pop, as I am bursting with pride!

We hope to make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson times and maybe plant some wonderful flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). It is wonderful to see our children participating in their outdoor learning. They get so excited and engaged.

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. (remember x3 a week reading at home is our minimum expectation)

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)

On a final note I would personally like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me this year as Headteacher. It has meant a great deal.

Here’s to a really positive summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
In English this half term, we will be studying the classic novel ‘The Secret Garden’ and writing our own stories based on the book.  We will also be writing a report about allotments and poems about gardens.
In Summer 2, we be writing a persuasive letter to a potential buyer of a theme park ride, and also we will create an information leaflet about a new theme park. Our final piece of writing will be a narrative poem about riding a roller coaster.

Maths
During the first half term we will continue with our work on decimals. For the rest of the term, we will begin to explore shape and particularly focus on angles. Throughout our maths topics, we will look at building on our fluency strategies through variation and we will continue to introduce children to reasoning and problem solving questions.
We will continue to practise our arithmetic strategies through 5-a-day, Rapid Recall and weekly arithmetic tests. We would like the children to continue to practise their times tables at home – using Times Tables Rockstars where possible.

Topic
Our topic for the first half term is called Allotment. Our children will be learning about a wide variety of both foods and plants. Children will get the opportunity to take a closer look at different flowers and their parts as well as different vegetables. Children will also see how flowers are planted and the processes involved in helping them grow. Our topic for the second half term will be Scream Machine. This will see us focus on forces and take a closer look at theme parks and how some of their rides work!

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
We will teach children about the importance of staying safe online and how to be safe now the nights are getting lighter.

Dates for your Diary:

Summer Term:          Tuesday 23rd  April 2019 – Friday 19th July 2019
Half Term Holiday:    Monday 27th May 2019 – Friday 31st May 2019
PD Days:                    Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd July
Bank Holiday:           Monday 6th May 2019