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Phoenix Primary School ‘Where We Rise to the Challenge’

SPRING 1

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Happy New Year from Year 5. There are lots of exciting things happening in Year 5 this half term. The children are very excited and eager and have already made a fantastic start.

 

In Maths, children will be learning all about fractions;

-Comparing and ordering fractions

-Adding and Subtracting fractions

-Recognising equivalent fraction and fractions as decimals

-Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions

-Multiply fractions

-Round decimals and compare decimals up to 3 decimal places.

-Relate fractions to percentages

-Solve problems with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Children will be relating their Maths learning to everyday life as much as possible, and it would be great if you could support this at home too. Challenge them with finding fractions of things and relating decimal and percentage learning to money and shopping in sales after Christmas.

 

In English, children have been introduced to a brand-new text; ‘The Savage.’ They will be learning how to;

-Use prediction skills, create narratives and setting descriptions.

-Write letters and dialogue in writing

-Create a villain character description and comic strip style graphic writing

-Create character viewpoints, diary entries and newspaper articles.

Children will be encouraged to read for pleasure as much as possible. Our class read this half term is Mr Stink by David Walliams and children are encouraged to read a range of books which vary by author and style at home as well to even further develop their reading skills.

 

In Science, children will be learning all about Animals including humans;

• Describe the changes as humans develop to old age, including developmental from babies, toddlers, teenagers (through puberty) to old age.

• To represent scientific data in graph forms

• To look for patterns in animal gestation periods and draw logical conclusions

• Use software to create a labelled diagram and growth graph

• To write informative fact files

• To use software to create an FAQs page, a glossary and to create a Venn diagram

• To write using plain English, bullets and subheadings

• To use software to create a labelled and annotated timeline diagram

 

Through the Thematic approach, children will learn all about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation;

- Where in the world?

- When were the Mayans in existence?

- Follow in the footsteps of a Mayan Archeologist

- Letters and Number in Mayan times

 

 

- Legends of Maya

- Mayan temple building

- Everyday life as a Mayan child

- Mayan culture and language

- Mayan cuisine

Through the thematic approach children will have a visit from a real-life archaeologist and will have lots of opportunities to extend their learning using the 4D room.

 

Through Art and DT children will;

- Create a Mayan mask design

- Compare African and American art

- Make a Mayan mask with clay

- Build a Mayan temple

- Make Mayan Cuisine

 

In R.E., children will learn about and visit places of worship in order to;

- Recognise signs and symbols

- Reflect on the importance of places of worship

- Appreciate how food is a symbol of worship and why

- Recognise fasting and festivals

- Appreciate how song aids worship

 

This half term through P.E., children will take part in gymnastics and ball games with a focus on;

Traveling in different ways

-Performing in teams using what they have learnt

-Balancing skills

-Working Co-operatively in groups

-Catching and throwing skills.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Thank you, 

 

Mrs Easom

 

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School ends for Spring Break on Friday 25th May - Children return to school on Monday 11th June 2018.
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