Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Autumn Term 2020

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 2020/2021 is a good one for our whole school community and we can finally get back to some form of normality.
I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous home-schooling efforts you went to during the nations Covid19 lockdown. You all deserve a medal!
I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the summer holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’. I’m positive with your continued support and our excellent teaching, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
We will one day look back on this period in time with immense pride of how well the children of Beech Grove did. I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term.
As always, 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. Reading is the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

This term we will be producing a wide range of writing, all focusing around Emma Carroll’s book ‘Secrets of a Sun King’. We will first be producing a letter from Lillian to Grandad – focusing on informalities before writing our own adventure story, set in the Egyptian desert around the discovery of a cursed tomb. We will be teaching the children to use a range of different sentence types to help make their writing exciting.

This term we will begin with the importance of place value. Children will be taught how to identify the value of each digit in six-figure numbers and to be able to round to the nearest 10 and beyond up to 100,000. We will then move into number: where we will teach children to be confident in adding and subtracting numbers as well as multiplying and dividing. Lastly, we will be having a large focus on times tables and making sure our children are fluent up to their 12x tables.

During the first half term our topic is ‘Pharaohs’. We will be learning about Ancient Egyptian life and what it was like to live under a pharaoh. We will focus on the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and also learn about other famous Egyptian pharaohs as well as some of the Gods and Goddesses.
Our topic for the second half term is Stargazers. We will discover the wonders of space and look at some of the famous people through history such as Galileo and Isaac Newton. We will learn about the ‘Space Race’

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)

Dates for your Diary:

Spring Term: Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 26th March 2021
Half Term:     Monday 15th February 2021 – Friday 19th February 2021