Autumn Term 2nd Half
We began our Literacy in Autumn 2 by reading the Greek Myth Pandora’s Box, the children wrote a balanced argument for whether Pandora should open the box or not ensuring they used formal words and phrases. We then read Theseus and the Minotaur and the children then wrote their own ‘quest’ myth. We have also shared several Aesop’s fables and discussed the moral of the tales. The children then created their own fables choosing animals which fitted the characters within their tale.
In history this half term we have looked at how the Ancient Greeks have influenced our everyday lives in the 21st century. Furthermore, we have undertaken work on timelines and ordered important dates to the Ancient Greeks on a timeline.
In geography, we have studied the physical geography of Greece and focused on the climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts and the mountains. We have then been able to use this to understand how and why the Ancient Greek civilisation developed in the ways that it did.
In numeracy our focus has been multiplication. We have identified multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers. We have also used formal methods to multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one and two-digit number, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers. Furthermore, we have studied prime, square and cube numbers.
Autumn Term 1st Half
All of the children were very excited to get back into school and begin Year 5, they have settled into the new routines very well. The children have quickly adjusted to working and playing together as a bubble and are showing a mature understanding about the need to keep our hands clean and socially distancing from other bubbles as we arrive too and from school.
In the first week of learning, we focused on emotions and discussed ’we are all in the same boat, we are not all in the same storm’ and thought about how this referred to our feelings during lockdown. We realised that everyone’s experiences would have been very different and used the poem below to look at the different storms.
The theme of our first topic this year has been Journey into Space. This topic has really grasped the children’s imagination and through this they have engaged with the learning and produced some fantastic work. We have looked at the skills of pencil control and how to achieve tone and texture within our art work. We also looked at using and mixing paints correctly to achieve the perfect palette of colours for our work. This skill was then applied to create some fantastic abstract art work of images of rockets and space, which was inspired by the art of Peter Thorpe.
The Journey into Space topic, has also led to some fascinating scientific exploration and discoveries for the children. They have been exploring our solar system and finding out lots of amazing facts about the planets and moons within it. We have explored many different scientific concepts through investigations such as why we have gravity and who discovered it, how scientists eventually came to the conclusion that all the planets are spherical bodies, why it is we have day and night and also the different phases of the moon. In addition to this, the children have also used the geographical skills to explore what our planet looks like from space. They have used images taken by astronauts alongside atlases to identify were certain physical features are on our planet, such as continents, mountain ranges, rivers countries and cities.
Within literacy, Year 5 wrote space themed poetry, exploring the patterns and language of free verse poetry and raps. Continuing with space as our inspiration the children wrote some fantastic sci-fi stories, exploring the language and discovering plots of stories set in imaginary worlds, following on to plan and write their own narrative of a sci-fi voyage. The children then became journalists and their task was to report on the first moon landing. We watched documentary footage of the First Moon Landing on 20th July 1969 and researched facts. From gathering all their notes the children wrote newspaper articles.
We have also looked at diary writing from the point of view of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Using primary historical evidence, the children planned and wrote, in chronological order, a diary entry for the 20th July 1969.
In numeracy we have concentrated on number and place value to partition, order and compare numbers with up to 6 digits. We have also been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have focused on the addition and subtraction of numbers to 4 digits using column addition, rounding to check answers to calculations and solving multi-step problems. Every week we are continuing to work on multiplication facts (and linked divisions) up to 12 x 12. Using the TTRockstars login will help your child further develop rapid recall of their timestables.
We have been blown away by the quality of home learning produced for this half term. Well done Year 5.