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 Autumn 1, our curriculum will be linking with English around the theme of sustainable enterprise and self-sustainability. We will be using LYFTA software to engage the children and bring the learning to life as we explore the conditions of Awra Amba. This is a region in Africa that has managed to develop sustainable systems that has allowed the area to thrive. The children will explore ways of developing enterprise and will build up to creating their own Dashiki bags with African print designs and selling them to the members of the local community to raise money for the “Water for South Sudan” organisation – linking to our core text in English - A Long Walk to Water.

In Maths, to begin this term we will be building on the children’s understanding of place value, ordering numbers correctly, including decimal numbers. This will lead on to rounding numbers to the nearest 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 accordingly. Using this understanding of decimals and place value, the children will then progress to count in tenths, hundredths and thousandths. Further in to the term we will look at recapping addition and subtraction, including using inverse strategies to calculate and solve these problems.

In English, the children will be engaging with the theme of sustainable enterprise and self-sustainability. This will be linked to our core text “A Long Walk to Water” where the children will explore the geographical features of South Sudan which has made water scares in this region. We will look at how the lack of water has knock-on effects for a variety of reasons for the development of an area and we will look at the initiatives that are in place to resolve these issues. The children will be writing a split narrative to express the feelings of the main character Salva Dut. This will provide the opportunity for children to use descriptive writing features as well as direct speech effectively.  We will then look to write a biography on the life of Salva Dut and his experiences of surviving in his country.

In Science we are exploring materials and their properties. This will include building on prior knowledge around the states of matter. This will include engaging activities around sorting the materials into relevant categories and applying variable they can cause these materials to change their state. Further to this, we will be exploring new properties such as hardness and transparency and the reasons for these properties to be present.

In Art, we will be exploring the work of the artist Megumi. This will include activities from observational drawing of silhouettes to painting of various colourful sunsets. Year 5 will also be participating in an art competition where we will use a variety of techniques to produce outcomes that will be submitted to a board for review.

In RE, we will be exploring how the world began through the creation stories of various religions and make comparisons between these stories through similarities and differences. We will be engaging with these stories through a series of roleplay activities and discussing the importance of understanding different perspectives and showing values such as respect and relationships.

In RsE we will be learning about community and well-being, this will begin by developing an appreciation that all individuals are different in their own way. This will lead on to discussions around how families can be different and how to seek help with any worries or concerns in general. Finally, we will be exploring our sense of self-worth and belonging within our own communities.

In French, the children will learn to say what others do and do not have.  They will match descriptions to characters, then building on this to write brief character descriptions of their own.  Through interviews, they will ask one another about their families.  Finally, they will broaden their knowledge of greetings to have a simple conversation.

In PE, we will be working on building the skills needed to play a game of cricket. This will include looking at developing our concentration, focus, hand-eye coordination and throwing and catching 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, and information books. Children are encouraged to record their comments in their reading journal regularly.