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SPRING 2 – February 2019

In the second half of the spring term we will be continuing with our theme of the Maya.

Geography will focus on the area we know today as Central America  but referred to as Mesoamerica in relation to the Maya and the other cultures that flourished in that area at the same time.

In science we will be concluding our investigations into properties of materials and then moving on to the Earth and Space—the solar system, information about the planets  and why we have the seasons.

In English we will be writing persuasive texts for the first few weeks, writing our own adverts enticing people to visit the land of the Maya and then recording them.

In Maths we will be consolidating work done to date before moving on to angles, including how to use a protractor.

Children will be undertaking their spring terms tests in the week of the 4th March. If you have any questions or queries , please do not hesitate to contact a member of the  year 5 team.

SPRING 1 – January 2019

With a new term there are new topics that we will be studying in Year 5.

History and geography will focus on the ancient civilisation of the Maya.  These people developed their own system of Maths, built pyramids to rival any in Egypt and were superb farmers.  Their influence can still be seen today.

In science we will be doing some experiments to test the properties of materials and draw conclusions about what they could be used for.  After this, we will move on to thinking about the Earth and Space.

In English we will be studying ‘tales of fear’, particularly ghost stories.  The unit of work is mainly based around the work of M.R James however other authors will be studied too.

 

In Maths we will be dedicating a lot of this half-term to fractions.  These can prove tricky so please let a member of the year 5 team know if your child is struggling.

Important information

Weekly homework will consist of most weeks:

  1. Reading book—minimum of 3 times a week
  2. Spellings
  3. English
  4. Maths—times tables plus work linked to the current topic.

AUTUMN 1 – September 2018

Our work in Science focuses on the life cycles of animals, including how the reproduce.  We will also look at the human aging process.

In History we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  Their cultures continue to have a big influence on our lives today.

In English we will be studying free verse poetry  and myths and legends—the story of Beowulf.

In Maths we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction.  Times tables are still vital in this area of Maths so please make sure your child practises them at home.

Important information

Weekly homework will consist of most weeks:

  1. Reading book—minimum of 3 times a week
  2. Spellings
  3. English
  4. Maths—times tables plus work linked to the current topic.

 

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