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.

For the summer term our focus will continue to be based on the themes of ‘Power and Governance’ and ‘Social Justice and Equity’. The children will gain a deeper understanding about how the role of political protests contribute and influence policies. They will build their understanding of migration and assess the inequalities that the Windrush Generation have faced within society and begin to challenge the viewpoints of others who perpetuated the inequality and injustice. Following this, the children will then be able to develop a sense of solidarity with those who had suffered from exploitation and injustice. For the project outcome, the children will lead a political campaign, creating an online petition on and writing a persuasive piece of text campaigning to stop the threat of deportation of those from The Windrush Community who are still being denied their legal rights. They will then present their campaign and gather signatures from the local community in Woolwich.

During Arts Fortnight, the whole school theme is community and reconnections. Year 5 will be focusing on online communities and how these supported people during the pandemic. We will begin our arts fortnight by reflecting on our experiences during the pandemic, focusing on relationships and in particular online relationships. We will think about how we connected with our local and global community and how we felt about the events that occurred during last year including the lockdown, Black Lives Matter protests and online learning.

The children will also write an online blog reflecting on their experiences and the individual art pieces will be in the form of self-portraits. These will incorporate different sketching techniques as well as photography and photo-editing methods using photoshop.

In English, children will begin to use ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf as a core text. This award-winning book is about Ahmet, a Syrian boy, who arrives at a new school. The story is written from a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

The children will use the text as a stimulus to write their diary entries. To build towards this writing outcome, they will be immersed into the book, its characters and the author’s writing style. They will analyse the language and explain how best to create engaging and atmospheric writing.

In Maths this half term, our focus will be on shape and space. We will be drawing, identifying and measuring angles and categorising regular and irregular shapes. We will also be learning how to reflect, translate and rotate 2D shapes across an axis. We will also be exploring different types of triangles and quadrilaterals and learning how to describe and categorise 3d shapes. At the end of the term, we will spend time recapping key skills and knowledge in preparation for entering Year 6.

In science, Year 5 we will be learning about Living things and their Habitats. We will be thinking about the life cycle of different animals, their environment and habitat and how they adapt to it. We will also learn about how plants and animals reproduce and the conditions that make it ideal for a plant to grow. We will link our science topic to outdoor learning and begin to plant and grow our own vegetables in the school allotment.

In RE, the children will be learning about Islam and in particular Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr. The children will learn to describe the origins of Ramadan and explain why Muslims fast in the month of Ramadan. We will also discuss the importance of observing Ramadan in the UK and how Eid is celebrated around the world.

In RSE/PSHE, we will learn about ‘Living in the Wider World’ and the aim is to prepare children for the future. We will look at money and work and what possible careers that we are interested in. Children will also learn how to savings and investments work.

Finally, in PE children will be refining their athletic skills ahead of our mini-Sports Day! We will be revisiting and recapping our throwing, sprinting and javelin skills.