Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Summer Term 2021

Head Teacher Message
On behalf of the staff we would like to thankyou for your fantastic efforts during the Spring Term lockdown due to the global pandemic of Covid19. The way, with your tremendous support that our children accessed their remote learning package via See-Saw was absolutely wonderful to see. You all deserve an even bigger medal than last time!

As you know the school staff worked tirelessly around the clock to provide the children with the high-quality work that they needed.
However, nothing can beat face to face teaching with children learning in a real classroom environment.
So, it gives me ENORMOUS pleasure to welcome you all back to the Summer Term.  Lets all hope that we can finally get back to some sort of normality.

I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the Easter holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’ since January. 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.

I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Summer term. Their resilience and hard-working attitude astounds me.
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 (via the telephone), and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading remains 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

English
In English this term Year 5 will be writing a persuasive letter to the head of education to persuade him how important break times are to children and that they should not lose their break to gain extra learning time. Following this we will write a diary entry based on the class story A Series of Unfortunate Events. The diary will be written from the perspective of Violet Baudelaire. Then we will move onto writing a narrative story to link to our topic Scream Machine. The story will be based on two children going to a theme park. We will be focussing largely on using conjunctions correctly in our writing, dialogue and using lots of different sentence types.

Maths
This term we will have a large focus on fractions. We will start with what is a fraction and how we can then find equivalent fractions? We will look at what a mixed number is and an improper fraction and how we can convert between them. We will encourage children to be able to compare and order fractions, again mastering the skill of equivalent fractions. Children will become confident in adding and subtracting fractions, both when the denominators are the same but also when they aren’t equal. We will also multiply fractions by a whole and finally we will be finding fractions of an amount.

Topic
Roll up, roll up. You’re going on a day trip to a theme park, to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and plan a trip to the fair. Design a theme park and read fairground maps. Time for some mini-investigations: cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work as we learn about friction, gravity, centripetal force, air and water resistance in science. Good news. The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death-defying new drop ride for their theme park. Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster.

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:  Monday 12th April 2021 – Friday 16th July 2021
May Day:           Monday 3rd May 2021
Half Term:         Monday 31st May 2021 – Friday 4th June 2021