Year 5

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During the Autumn 2, the learning in Year 5 will continue to be based around the global theme of 'Sustainability. The focus of the term is on developing an understanding of enterprise and self-sustainability; we will be analyzing successful sustainability projects that are currently happening globally and creating strategies to implement into our own project. The children will explore the impact of self-sustainability initiatives that are already in place. The children will be selling their own t-shirts and bags with their designs to visitors during the Christmas festivities.  They will be able to reflect upon their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to make a meaningful change in their school and wider community.

In Maths this half term, Year 5 will be focusing on statistics, followed by finance and enterprise. We will begin by reading, analysing and organizing a range of graphs and data before moving onto finance and enterprise linking to our project. The children will create and manage a budget for their project; including an excel balancing sheet and a line graph representing sales and profit gained. We will also continue to review our learning from Autumn 1 and practise key arithmetic skills. Knowledge of the timestables will be essential this term so please encourage your child to use TimesTables Rockstars to recap and review the timestables.

In English will focus on fictional writing and will be reading our core text ‘A Long Walk to Water’ by Linda Sue Park. We will be using the text as an inspiration for writing a biographical recount and a missing persons article. We will be exploring how to create atmospheric writing and analyse an author’s language choices. We will be learning how to create historical recounts in our narratives before building up to our writing outcome.

As part of our Science learning journey, we will be learning about Forces. What are forces? How were they discovered? Why do we need forces? Where do we see the use of forces in action? How do forces contribute to the functioning of our everyday lives? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding of how forces work around us. We will also learn about key scientists such as Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei and their theories of gravity.

In geography the children will develop their key knowledge linked to exploring a range of geographical processes and their effects on people and places. They will learn to define human and physical geography in Ethiopia before exploring the impact the physical features have on the human; as well as making connections between the human geography and sustainability in a small community in Ethiopia.

In Art/D.T the children will be designing their own African inspired prints and using them to create their own t-shirts and bags to sell. They will explore the art of North-eastern Africa and the significance of different patterns and colours. The children will also analyse the work of Michel Rauscher create and experiment which rich acrylic paints to create a final outcome.

In RE, the children will be learning about the religion of Christianity. The children will learn about the central Christian teachings and beliefs before comparing and contrasting different religious beliefs and practices. We will use artefacts to explore beliefs and practices. In PE, the children will be focusing on handball. They will practise key skills including sending, receiving and travelling techniques, before playing team games. As part of the statutory guidance on RSE, this half term the children will be looking at healthy relationships; including different family structures, communities and belonging.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to visit the Woolwich contemporary print fair and participate in a print making workshop in order to support them on their learning journey when creating their own prints. The children will also be visiting the Royal Ballet and experiencing an immersive day into the world of contemporary arts. Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, information books. Children are encouraged to change their book every week and record their comments in their reading journal. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.