Yr 5 What We Are Learning
Beech Grove Primary School
Autumn Term 2019
Head Teacher Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
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.
Our work for this term
In English this half term, we will be studying the novel Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll. We will be writing a letter to Grandad, and finishing the story with our own imaginative endings and creating a newspaper report about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. In Autumn 2, we will be writing out own legends and working on character and setting descriptions.
During the first half term we will be recapping our place value knowledge, following this we will be working on using formal methods to work out addition and subtraction questions. Throughout our maths topics we will be building on our fluency strategies and will continue to introduce the children to reasoning and problem solving questions. We will step into multiplication and division and become fluent at using the formal written methods for both of these. We will continue to practice our arithmetic by doing a weekly arithmetic test, 5 a day every day, rapid recall and times tables tests weekly. We hope that the children will continue to practice their times tables at home using the app Times Tables Rockstars where possible.
Our topic this term is Pharaohs. We will look closely at life in Ancient Egypt and the role of the Pharaohs. In Science, we will investigate properties of various materials. We will also be finding out about decay and carrying out our very own mummification – on a tomato! There will be lots of opportunities to get creative in class and at home with artwork and design and technology. In the second half term our topic will be called ‘Stargazers’ when we will be learning about the stars and planets in our solar system and looking at the famous space race!
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:
Autumn Term: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October 2019 – Friday 1st November 2019
Key Dates: Week beginning the 4th November and 11 November 2019 – Bikeability