- Year 1 98.2%
- Year 2 95%
- Year 3 98.2%
- Year 4 97.3%
- Year 5 98.2%
- Year 6 96.5%
- Year 7 94.5%
This half term, we will be following a text-based approach to literacy; a very effective and popular way of teaching the English curriculum. Using a high quality text, we can support children to develop speaking and listening skills, reading and writing in a fun, engaging and motivating way.
-Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
-Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
-Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
-Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100 000
-Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
-Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
-Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
-Solve number problems and practical problems that relate to all of the above (number and place value)
-Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
-Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
-understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America
-physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and eartquakes, and the water cycle
-human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
-use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
-use the 8 points of a compass, 4- and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
-use fieldwork to observe, measure record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
-a local history study
-a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed above
-a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)
-a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
Art & Design
-to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
-to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
-about great artists, architects and designers in history
Science: Living things and their habitats
Pupils should be taught to:
-describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
-describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
Pupils should study and raise questions about their local environment throughout the year. They should observe life-cycle changes in a variety of living things, for example, plants in the vegetable garden or flower border, and animals in the local environment. They should find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, for example, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.
Pupils should find out about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants, and sexual reproduction in animals.
Pupils might work scientifically by: observing and comparing the life cycles of plants and animals in their local environment with other plants and animals around the world (in the rainforest, in the oceans, in desert areas and in prehistoric times), asking pertinent questions and suggesting reasons for similarities and differences. They might try to grow new plants from different parts of the parent plant, for example, seeds, stem and root cuttings, tubers, bulbs. They might observe changes in an animal over a period of time (for example, by hatching and rearing chicks), comparing how different animals reproduce and grow.
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
-use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
-play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
-develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
-perform dances using a range of movement patterns
-take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
-compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Pupils should be taught to:
-design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
-use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
-use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
-understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
-use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
-select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
-use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Christianity, Islam & Judaism
-What do people believe?
-What makes a good leader?
-What is the importance of Abraham’s family tree?
-How did Muhammad (PBUH) become an authority figure?
-Why are holy books important?
-How are they used?
-What are the similarities and differences of the Jewish and Christian scriptures?
-Sacred texts, Creeds, Statements of belief…
-What is a creed?
-Why do people of faith have a creed?
-Why are creeds recited regularly by people?
-Stories from the Bible
-What do we mean by ‘traditional Christmas’?
-Why were Anna and Simeon so pleased to see Jesus?
-What can older people teach us about faith?
For this last half term, Mr Gobey will be taking the children for English. This is to ensure a smooth transition from Year Five into Year Six.
Children will be looking at spooky texts and The Highwayman, a narrative poem. These are fantastic opportunities to develop vocabulary and writing styles.
What you can do at home
Listen to your child read every night. Remember to write pages read in their Reading Journal. This is so important. Mrs Mills and I will change books regularly!
Encourage your child to read a range of books, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Equally as important, encourage your child to read newspapers to develop their understanding of writing styles.
The children will be revising mathematical processes: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Also, children will revise fraction, decimal and percentage conversions. They will explore strategies required to reason their work and to estimate and check answers.
Additionally, we will continue to develop cross-curricular maths and Everyday Maths
What you can do at home
Continue to help your child to learn their times tables. Times table facts are often a problem for children so any practice is extremely valuable. Always draw your child’s attention to the clock and telling the time as this is a very valuable skill and will help them, not only in maths lessons but also in everyday tasks. Make sure your child is familiar with money and is provided with opportunities to handle it on a day-to-day basis
We will be looking at Ancient Greece and the influence it has had on our lives.
We will also be looking at Africa; the countries and main features of the continent and
will create African inspired prints
We will be looking at how we develop and change as we age. We will answer the question, will we be like our grandparents when older?
Also, we will have lots of activities during Science Week, including a visit to St. Francis Xavier’s science department.
Thank you for your continued support. This is a very busy term, with lots of activities.
We look forward to meeting you again.
Miss Cusack and Mrs Mills
A fantastic day at Aisdale Beach for our Attendance Reward!
Welcome to the Spring term. We have lots of exciting activities planned.
In maths, we will be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. We will then be moving onto measures, applying all we have learned so far. Additionally, children will be encouraged to look at maths for life - recognising when we use maths on a day-to-day basis, often without realising. I have asked children to bring in receipts or examples of any maths they do at home. We have also started to look at finance, raising an awareness of the importance of money, budgeting and saving.
In English, we will be reading and discussing 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo. This will encourage lots of discussion about racial segregation and the apartheid system that existed in South Africa. as a foundation for this work, we will look at South Africa in 'whole world' context. I am really excited about this book and am confident that the children will enjoy the discussion that will arise.
Can you feel the force? is the topic in science this term, looking at friction, air resistance and water resistance. Have a look at the photographs here!
Our theme this half term is The Maya, exploring ancient civilisations.
If you would like any more information, feel free to message me on the Dojo site. If you have not yet signed up, I will be resending the codes for registraton again this term.
We have a busy half term ahead, with lots to do and preparations for the festive season! Miss Britian, a student teacher from Hope University, has also joined us. She will be working with the children throughout this term and for a period in the Spring term.
We have started this term with a focus on poetry. the first week was Sparkle and Spell across the whole school. Year five looked at a range of spooky poetry and ended the week with Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl. Since then, we have been developing knowledge of poetry by exploring and comparing the poetic styles of a range of poets - Michael Rosen, Kenn Nesbit, Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl.
We will look at classic older texts as we approach the end of the term. Children will read A Christmas Carol together and use this text as a focus for writing.
Daily reading is vital for progression in reading AND writing. Please make sure your child reads at home and brings their reading bag into school each day.
The focus for this half term will continue to be number; using multiplication and division facts across calculation, word problems, fractions, factors and prime numbers. Please make sure your child continues to learn times tables. We will also be monitoring progress in times tables using a 'Climb the Mountain' display, involving secure knowledge at given levels to earn a reward.
Additionally, we are looking at ways in which we use maths in everday life. Encourage your child to join in shopping calculations
or talk about time, money or measuring and bring any photographs or working out into school. Being able to talk about maths and explaining, or reasoning, is an important part of learning. Children are assessed on their ability to reason their thought processes.
Space is the focus of our science work this half term; looking at the relationship between earth, the sun and the moon. Very exciting! Encourage your child to read news or weather reports, to bring in facts they hear, or read, about the position of the moon, sun and earth to each other. This is the best way to apply scientific understanding.
We have lots of activities arranged ... lots of fun and learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Also, the Dojo site is an ideal way to send a message to me. Communication this way is private, other parents are unable to view them.
presently, only eleven parents have registered. If you are unsure how to register, please ask myself or Mrs Mills for support.
Thank you for your co-operation so far this term.
Myself and Mrs Mills would like to welcome you all to year 5!
All children have settled into the new classes quickly.
This is an important year for them, preparing them for year six and secondary school. It is also a year that carries a heavy work load across all subjects … but we have lots of fun activities planned to help them learn. In return, I ask you to encourage your child to read daily; the more they read, the more words they have access to when writing.
Both Mrs Mills and myself are available daily if you would like to discuss anything, but please sign up to the Dojo site to keep in daily contact with us. You will also be able to see photographs of class activities and monitor the dojos your child receives.
This term we are looking at books by Roald Dahl, to coincide with the anniversary of his birthday. We will move onto instruction texts, with the aim of writing our own Revolting Rhymes. Please encourage your child to read and talk about Roald Dahl books.
We will be using place value this half term, moving onto addition and subtraction strategies. Year 5 focuses on application of number skills already achieved in previous years.
Every Friday will be puzzle and investigation day.
This term we are looking at the processes involved when materials change; melting, freezing, evaporation and filtration. This will involve lots of investigative work; making chocolate crispy cakes and toast. Is this a reversible process? This is the question that we will ask. Encourage your child to help you around the home.
The River Mersey is our topic this term. We have several lessons planned along the shoreline of the river. All children loved the visit to Little Crosby and learned so much! This work will link into our Global Learning that is a focus throughout the school, looking at recycling, caring for our environment and environmental schemes around the world.
May we take this opportunity to say thank you for the support you have provided so far and hope that we may continue to work together to support the progression of your child through year five.