Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Summer Term 2018

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new summer term. 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.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts. We are very close to our target of £4,000 and you should soon be hearing about the free summer trips your children will be enjoying!

Sheila Hauxwell
John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
This term we will be writing a non-chronological report based on our topic work about allotments and plant care, as well as a creating our own poetry based on a secret garden – describing feelings and characters, using simile and metaphor. We will read The Secret Garden as our class book and will be writing our own story based on it.

Maths
We will be focusing on angles this term, naming, ordering and sorting them. We will learn how to use a protractor in-order-to measure and draw angles with accuracy. We will continue to learn more about fractions, decimal and percentages, which will certainly keep us busy. We will be continuing a focus on our Times Tables and division facts to boost speed in mental calculations. We will also concentrate on area and perimeter, building on skills from last term where we looked at skills needed, but this term, we will be doing more practical activities, making it real with real life problem solving.

Topic
Our topic this term is Allotments. We will look closely at life cycles of plants, amphibians and birds. We will also investigate the reproduction of flowering and non-flowering plants and will investigate scientific plant-life processes including germination. We will find out about growing fruit and vegetables and try to visit a garden centre / allotment. There will be lots of opportunities to get creative in class and at home with artwork and design and technology.

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.

This term we will also be completing our cycling skills and using the roads safely, hopefully achieving ‘Bike-ability’ stage 2 certificates.

Dates for your Diary:
Summer Term:                Monday 16th April 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Half Term Holiday:          Monday 28th May 2018 – Friday 1st June 2018
Autumn Term:                 Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Friday 21st December 2018
Bike-ability:                      Y5B 25th April         Y5P 26th April

Consents from last term will stand and we will send out reminders with children to bring in their bicycles.

Also, we hope to be visiting an allotment, weather permitting, this half term. Date to be arranged nearer the time. You will receive a letter with all the details.