Welcome to Year 5
Miss Jones and Mrs Harbour
Spring Term- Rainforests
Why should the rainforests matter to all of us?
Welcome back Year 5! Happy New Year! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Our theme this term is called, ‘Rainforests’ and is Geography based. Over the course of the 12 weeks, our geography lessons will based around different questions in order for us to have a deepened understanding and be able to answer our overarching question, ‘Why should the rainforests matter to all of us?”.
In Geography lessons, the children will begin the unit by locating the most well-known rainforests on a world map. They will then learn 15 interesting facts about the rainforest and make questions based on the facts to quiz another pair in the ‘Chase Game’ with a view to creating class rainforest champions. The children will then learn in detail about the four layers of a rainforest. The children will then learn about deforestation and arguments for and against. Following this, they will learn about endangered species in the rainforest and will research and make a compelling case for saving the endangered species. Next, the children will recognise the enormous size of the Amazon and know exactly where it is located. They will then learn about the people that live in the Amazon rainforest and the unique plants there. In Art, the following week, the children will use Henri Rousseau’s work as inspiration to create their own rainforest art piece. To finish the unit, the children will present a documentary on a day in the rainforest to reflect upon what they have learned. If you have anything we could borrow for our ‘Rainforests’ working wall please children bring it in (research, pictures, maps etc.). It would be greatly appreciated and the children love to learn from this wall. Thank you.
In English this half term, the children will be focusing on narrative poetry. We will be reading ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes in our English lessons. Some of the vocabulary in the poem is quite complicated so we will be working on the poem in verses to help the children understand it. We will also be identifying different types of figurative language Noyes has used and for what effect. As part of this work, we will be learning some of the poem and completing lots of drama work linked with it. Using The Highwayman as the stimulus, the children will write a newspaper report about an event in the poem. Finally, the children will write a diary entry as if they were a character in the poem.
In Maths, we will be starting with a one-week unit called ‘Perimeter and Area’. We will then move on to fractions and decimals, where we will be comparing and ordering fractions, recognising and using thousandths and relating them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents; we shall read and write decimal numbers as fractions, round decimals and compare numbers with up to three decimal places. We will then start our unit on angles towards the end of the half term. We will learn that angles are measured in degrees, how to estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles, we will also draw given angles and measure them and finally we will identify different types of angles.
In our Science lessons, this half term we will be investigating life cycles of various animals, amphibians and insects.
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.