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 Spring 2, the learning in Year 5 will continue to be based on the global theme of ‘Peace and Conflict’. The children will be focusing on planning, developing and delivering their project outcome, ‘The Forgotten People’ virtual exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the children’s learning journey and will performances of their speeches to parents and peers via Google Meet. Children will also create a Go Fund Me page for donations to local church that supports refugees in Greenwich. Profits from the sale will be donated to a local church that supports and helps refugees in Woolwich.

In geography, the countries in focus are Australia and Myanmar. The children will deepen their map skills and use their knowledge to develop an alternative route of travel for the Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar to Australia, justifying their choices with links to science. The children will also make comparisons in the human geography of Australia and Myanmar and will explore the Life expectancy, infant mortality, literacy rates, and unemployment rates (for both genders) within the two countries.

In English, children will continue with the core text, The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. The children will be working towards writing a newspaper article in the style of a reporter, focusing on direct and reported speech. Children will be re-immersed into the learning journey by exploring the lives of celebrity refugees and the impact it has had on their lives. In celebration of world book day, the children will also explore a variety of poetry styles and evaluate the impact the author's language choices have on them as a reader before using this knowledge to write a free verse poem of their own.

In Maths this half term, Year 5 will be focusing on division and applying them in real life contexts. Children will be building on their knowledge of multiplication and division facts before completing a problem-solving outcome. The children will also be learning about measurements and how to convert different units of measure. They will use their knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10s, 100s and 1000s to convert units for length, capacity and mass. At the end of the term, they will learn how to find and calculate the perimeter and area of rectilinear and composite shapes and complete real life problems involving measurements.

In science this half term, Year 5 will be learning about animals including humans. The children will build on their knowledge from Year 4 and deepening their understanding of the human life cycle, including puberty and comparing it to the life cycle of other mammals and reptiles.

In art this half term, the children will be looking at art that follows the theme of upcycling and symbolism, repairing broken ceramics. By repairing broken ceramics, it’s possible to give a new lease of life to pottery that becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.

In music, the children will be exploring how music tells a story, mood or describes a character. They will be analysing classical music and composing their own pieces to tell a story. During French this half term, Year 5 will be learning how to give accurate instructions and directions to their peers and adults. They will also learn how to tell the time and describe the place they are in or may visit. In computing, Year 5 will be learning about tessellations and making real life applications to STEM and architecture.

In RE, the children will be learning from the Islamic religion with a focus on the significance of the 5 Pillars of Islam and the importance of fasting and prayer within the faith. In PE, the children will be developing their ball skills and techniques. Their focus will be on basketball but will consolidate their football skills. They will learn how to use different skills to keep possession of a ball and apply basic principles suitable for defending.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a virtual visit to a local Mosque to deepen their understanding of the Islamic faith through interview style questioning linking to their report writing in English.