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.

In Year 5 this half term, our global curriculum will be based on the themes of ‘Social Justice and Equity’. The learning will be focusing on the role of political protests in influencing policy as well as the changing face of London. The children will build on their understanding of migration and will study the inequalities within society and challenge viewpoints which perpetuate inequality and injustice. The Windrush generation will be the focal point of the learning journey and how they contributed to the evolution of London through the decades. They will also critically analyse major events that have happened more recently such as Brexit and the Grenfell Tower incident and develop a sense of solidarity with people who suffer from injustice and exploitation. Their learning journey will lead towards planning and delivering a political campaign for justice and equity in school.

In English, children will begin to use ‘Windrush child’ by Benjamin Zephaniah as a core text. This award-winning book is about Leonard, a Jamaican boy, who arrives in the port of Southampton, England. The story is written from a child's perspective on the Windrush generation, highlighting the importance of social justice and equity. The children will use the text as a stimulus to write their journal entries. To build towards this writing outcome, they will be immersed into the book, its characters and the author’s writing style. 

In Maths this half term, our main focus will be on multiplying fractions by integers. The children will use their knowledge of adding fractions as well as converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. There will be a focus on using and applying this knowledge to solve problems in a real-life context and reasoning from known facts. The children will then move onto decimals and percentages. Finally, we will continue to review our learning from Year 4 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.

In French this term, children will learn the names of some places found in town.  They will develop their vocabulary of time to include sequencers.  We will look at daily routines, focusing closely on the sequencing of their day.  In doing so, the children will ask and talk about routes to and from different locations in town.

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 classroom.

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 savings and investments work.

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.