Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 5C
St Oscar Romero!
Welcome back Year 5! I hope you all had a nice half-term break and that you're raring to go. I hope you recharged your batteries and had some exciting adventures. I spent most of the 2 weeks recovering from cycling all the way to Blackpool for the charity bike ride!! It's our last half-term of Year 5 - just 6 more weeks and then it's "Hello Year 6!"
Don't forget that PE is on Monday and Friday!!
In English, we are going to begin Summer 2 by basing our English learning on a book linked with our Mayans topic - Rain Player. ‘A year of terrible drought, the charts and calendars proclaim, and the people resign themselves to starvation – all except Pik, a young ballplayer. He stakes their survival on a game of pok-a-tok with the fierce rain god. If he wins, the rain will come. If he loses, however, all will be lost. The Maya Civilisation is the setting for this original tale of a boy who takes his fate, and his people’s, into his own hands.’
Whilst reading this story, we will be writing a narrative as our first writing outcome, before writing a factual report about the Maya Civilisation towards the end of Summer 2. Throughout both of these pieces of writing, we will be recapping some of the skills we have learnt previously, like punctuating direct speech, as well as covering some new objectives, such as using dashes to indicate parenthesis.
In Maths this half term, we will move on from our 'Angles' unit and onto our new unit of measurement. During this unit, we will be covering the following objectives:
Throughout the unit, we will be recapping some key skills from previous learning, and practicing our reasoning and problem solving skills.
Don't forget a really easy way to practice your times tables at home is by using TT rockstars. Knowing your times tables up to 12x12 helps with a lot of different units in Maths!
During this half term, we will continue with our new unit of The Mayans. During this unit, we will be learning about the Maya civilisation, their religion and gods explaining the religious beliefs of the Maya people, understanding how they worshipped, naming some of the main gods and learning about what they represented to the people. We will be linking our Maths learning with our topic later on in the unit by learning about how the Maya number system works.
Our final Science unit in Year 5 is ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. We will be recapping some of our states of matter objectives from year 4, before moving onto learning all about different materials and their properties. There are lots of fun experiments to do in this unit, including identify reversible and irreversible changes.
Some of the things we are going to learn are:
Throughout the unit, we will be conducting experiments and working scientifically to report our findings.
Our religion topic this half-term is based the topic of 'Reconciliation: Freedom and Responsibility'. We will be asking questions such as: "How can rules bring freedom?" and looking at the importance of admitting wrong and being reconciled with God and each other. In addition, we will be learning that freedom means responsibility.