Welcome to Year 5
Miss Jones and Mrs Harbour
Autumn 2- War and Peace
Welcome back Year 5! We hope that you had a really good break over the half term holiday!
Our topic this half term is called ‘War and Peace’. The main subject linked with this topic is History. We will be covering the following topics: World War One, Remembrance Day, Norman Conquests and the building of castles across Britain. We would like to invite the children to bring to school and share any memorabilia or artefacts that they have at home which are related to our theme.
In English this half term, we will be looking at discussion texts. The children will be reading discussion (balanced argument) texts and then they will be writing their own. Our next unit of work following on from this will be based on novels and stories, focusing on War Horse and Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (based around WWI). We will then move on to non-fiction texts, which will be linked to the second part of our history theme – The Normans.
In Maths this half term, we will be finishing our current unit ‘Line Graphs and Timetables’ and then moving on to our next unit called ‘Multiplication and division’. During this unit the children will be learning about multiples, factors, prime numbers, how to multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and how to multiply and divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two-digit number using a formal written method. We will then start our next unit called ‘Perimeter and area’ where the children will measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres and calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of non-rectilinear shapes.
In Science, we will be learning all about forces with our unit ‘Feel the Force’. We will be investigating how we can measure force, why objects fall, how we can slow falling objects down, how levers work and how they reduce the force required to move objects.
P.E. lessons this half term will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. However, sometimes there may be unforeseen changes in the timetable, which could mean that P.E. would have to move to a different day. Therefore, it is best if your child brings their P.E. kit in on a Monday and leave it in school until Friday to ensure that they do not miss any P.E. lessons.
All homework, including spellings, will be given on Friday and will be due to be handed in on Wednesday (apart from spellings, which need to be learnt by Friday). Spelling books should be in school daily.
If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me.
We are really looking forward to this half term and hope the children enjoy our exciting new topic.