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 1, we will be following a recovery curriculum where we will initially prioritise re-establishing routines, expectations and the core values we uphold for our communities. We will hold true to our belief in excellence for all pupils and will maintain a focus on delivering high-quality learning outcomes. We will explore themes which help us explain the past 6 months. During the term, all learning will be celebrated through ‘A Museum of Hope Exhibition’, a physical exhibition for children to explore learning across the school.

In English, our core text is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy.  We will be learning to infer meaning from a text and evaluating the choices the author has made.  We will be reading and critiquing a variety of poetry and generating descriptive vocabulary before writing our own free verse poems. Later on in the term, we will be using the core text as an inspiration for writing our narratives. We will be exploring how to create atmospheric writing and analyse an author’s language choices.

In Maths this half term, our main focus will be on securing place value, decimals and fractions.  There will be a focus on using and applying this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context and reasoning from known facts.  Finally, we will also continue to review our learning from Year 4 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 Art, we will learn explore the impact of colour in order to create split art outcomes juxtaposing despair and hope, using the style of the author Charlie Mackesy as well as Claude Monet. The children will be incorporating a variety of mediums, materials and tools to create a series of landscapes which will be showcased during our final exhibition.

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 PE we will involve developing their dance sessions related to their final project. The children will be creating a series of modern dance routines which reflect the theme of hope.

In order to support children back into “normal” school life after months of partial school closures, we will also be undertaking additional well-being sessions. These will include sessions on feelings, relationships, mindfulness and bereavement.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to host local artists host who will be delivering a printing workshop; this will be a fantastic chance for the children to acquire important art skills.

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.