Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 5C
St Oscar Romero!
Welcome back Year 5! I hope you all had a nice break away from screens last week. The good news is that from March 8th we are all back in school. The last half term was very different for all of us, but as always, you showed us how resilient you all are and produced some fantastic home learning.
Don't forget that PE is on Monday and Friday!!
In our English lessons this half term, we will begin by reading 'Interview with a Tiger' by Andy Seed. Author Andy Seed ‘interviews’ a horde or scary animals, including a tiger, a fierce honey badger and a snow leopard. He asks them some really interesting questions too and we learn all sorts of things – why humans are scared of wolves, how a massive animal like a giant anteater survives eating teeny little insects, what lionesses think of male lions (not much actually!). It reminds us how many of these animals are threatened too and what we can do to help.
Throughout this exciting unit, we will be working on our reading skills by finding information from the text and conducting research to learn more about the author 'Andy Seed', before virtually meeting him for a questions and answers session. We will then be looking at some of the techniques used to interview characters, before conducting our own interviews.
In Maths this half term, we are going to begin by completing our statistics unit that we began before half term, where we will be solving problems including line graphs, and gathering data from time tables. We will then move onto our decimals unit, which will take us up to the end of this half term.
Throughout this unit, we will be learning to:
- Read and write decimal numbers as fractions
- Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
- Round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place
- Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places
- Solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places
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!
Our topic for this half term is 'North America'. During this topic, we will be learning about the location and climate of North America, looking at locating the world's countries on a map with a focus on North America. We will also be looking at the environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities in North America, before moving onto locating some of the most famous landmarks. As part of this unit, we will also be choosing a location in the UK to compare with an area of North America, focusing on the similarities and differences of these areas.
Our Science unit for this half term is 'Forces'. This unit will also carry on into next half term, as there are a lot of fun experiments for us to carry out! Some of the things we will be learning to do are:
- Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
- Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
- Recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
Throughout the unit, we will be conducting experiments and working scientifically to report our findings.
We will begin our RE learning this half term by making links to the story 'Only one you', looking at how we are all unique, some of the experiences we have had in school and how we can use our school mission statement to help guide us. Following on from this, we will begin our Eucharist unit. We will learn about how our own memories can be kept alive, before remembering some of the most important events in the Catholic calendar. In the run up to Easter, we will be remembering the Pass over, making links between this event and the Last Supper, as well as remembering the Easter story by reading about other people who have sacrificed themselves for the love of others.
Throughout this unit, we will be linking ideas to PSHE lessons and discussing our rights in school.