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 Autumn 2, the learning in Year 5 will be based around the global theme of 'Sustainability’. The focus of the term is on developing an understanding of self-sustainability; we will be analyzing successful sustainability projects that are currently happening globally and taking part in a community debate in relation to the Big statement: “Britain prospered as a result of the Viking invasion”.

In History Year 5 will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and their legacy in the UK. We will be finding out who the Angles, Jutes and Saxons were and why they were  influential in shaping British History. We will be learning about the events of the period known as the ‘Dark Ages’ from a sustainability viewpoint and looking at what attracted groups of Europeans to migrate and sometimes invade Britain. As part of our sustainability focus, we will look in depth at the farming methods of people from this period and thinking about what we can learn from the agricultural practices of these groups of people. We will learn about how historians know about this period in British history and assess the validity of historical sources. We will be asking questions, creating enquiries and hypotheses and evaluating historical perspectives of what led to the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will debate the difference between ‘invaders’ and ‘migrants’ and what makes a person ‘British’.

Finally, as part of our outcome, we will be debating whether Britain prospered as a result of the Viking invasion.

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.

In Maths, the focus will be on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be learning how to add and subtract a variety of fractions together and from this, we will develop our fluency and reasoning of how to multiply a unit fraction by an integer. There will be a focus on how to apply the use of fraction, decimals and percentages equivalents in everyday situations such as budgeting. We will also continue to review our learning from Autumn 1 and practise key arithmetic skills. Knowledge of the times tables will be essential this term so please encourage your child to use Times Tables Rock stars to recap and review the times tables.

As part of the global theme of ‘sustainability’, we will be looking at how to work scientifically and investigating the global water crisis and the lack of clean water and sanitation in Science. Year 5 will learn about various waterborne diseases and the consequences these diseases have on humans. As part of our outcome we will create a scientific investigation enquiring about different pH scales and how to conduct a fair test looking at different variables and creating a prediction.

This term, Year 5 will be developing their understanding of Buddhism. Throughout the term we will begin to learn about Buddhists practices and how their express their beliefs. We will also analyse and research different Buddhists teachings on life and by the end of the term we will be able to compare Buddhists values to that of our own Foxfield values.

In Art, the children will be analysing and creating their own canvas painting which will be inspired by the artist Michel Rauscher. Year 5 will be experimenting with mixing acrylic paint and understanding the concept of colour theories. The children will focus on sketching shapes and silhouettes and then create their own canvases by compiling the techniques they learnt during lessons.

In PE, year 5 will be learning and developing different techniques in a variety of athletic sports. They will also engage in circuit training and understand what the benefits and uses of interval training has to the human body and how it contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle.

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 virtually visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.