Yr 5 What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 5

Spring 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 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.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
This term we will be producing a wide range of writing, all focusing around ‘The Black Death’. We will write diary entry detailing the events around the plague, we will be writing a fantasy story, which will introduce a mysterious figure known as ‘Pestilence’ and we will be writing poetry where we will attempt to bring Pestilence to life.

Maths
This term we will be heavily focusing on fractions. We will be making our lessons engaging and fun through hands-on activities, enabling children to see fractions in a lot of different areas. We will begin by recapping our knowledge of fractions before moving on to problem solving and reasoning involving fractions.  We would really encourage our children to practise their times tables as much as possible to assist them with this! We will continue to rehearse our arithmetic skills through 5-a-day, rapid recall and a weekly arithmetic test.

Topic
Our topic for this term is ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’. A lot of our work will center around the Black Death. We will be looking at what happened and why it spread so far. We will even look at some of the symptoms you would be likely to suffer with! We will look at some of the royals from the 14th century and what life was like depending on your place in society. We will also be looking at the events leading up to and surrounding the peasant’s revolt.

During the second half of the term, our topic will be ‘Beast Creator’.  We will look at living things and their habits and discover where in the world we would find the deadliest beasts!

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
As part of our PE we will be going swimming this term in the weeks commencing the 9th and 16th March 2020.  More details to follow closer to the time.

Dates for your Diary:

Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020