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Teacher - Miss Rhiannon Williams - rhiannon.williams@turnerschools.com

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End of Year 5 Expectations

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End of Year Expectations - Year 5

TERM 5

Maths

In Maths this term, we will be continuing our topic on decimals and moving into a world of geometry! Once we have learned how to add and subtract a variety of decimals we will begin to measure and draw angles and calculate lengths and angles in shapes - an exciting end of year topic! Some of our Year 5s will be competing in a Maths Challenge day, they will have the opportunity to meet other Year 5s across primary schools in Folkestone and partake in exciting activities. Good luck to our Year 5 team, you will smash it!

Reading

Our final book of the year is Journey to the River Sea. There’s nothing like saving the best for last, as our strong female character moves to the Amazon to live with her extended family. Maia soons finds out her cousins aren’t all she thought them to be and has an adventure of her own.

English

This term, we will be writing non-chronological reports about the Amazon Rainforest. We will discover new and interesting facts about the biodiverse place that is a rainforest. We have even transformed our classroom into a rainforest. We would welcome any type of rainforest addition to join our new learning environment: animal toys, bugs, vines or flowers!

History

This term, we are learning all things America and Independence! You’ve guessed it, our focus will be on the American Revolution, Boston Tea Parties and The American War of Independence. Our class has loved role-playing over the last few terms and there will certainly be an opportunity for the children to recreate the Boston Tea Parties this term!

Geography

From South America to North America, we will be taking part in a comparative study between Jamaica and Northern Ireland. We will locate different countries in North America, understand the diverse environments that are found there and compare them with life in Northern Ireland.

Science

In Science we will be continuing our topic States of Matter. So far we have learned about solids, liquids and gases, we have even made oobleck to see the changes in states between a solid and a liquid. This term we will weigh gas, make a barometer and learn about water cycles!

Enrichment:

Fortunately in Y5, we have been offered a number of additional enriching activities during our final term. We will take part in a first aid morning, learning about CPR and the recovery position. Instead of Outdoor Learning this term, we will take part in Beach School for two weeks! Then, we have two wonderful cross-trust sporting events: a rounders friendly with the Y5 classes at Folkestone Primary and Morehall, and an Olympic Day held for all of the Folkestone primary schools to enjoy a variety of sports for the day. The whole school will also be partaking in Enterprise Week. Year 5 had divided up into small groups to create, design and produce a product of their choice to sell during Enterprise Week. The groups will be growing fresh produce, creating vibrant tie-dye tops, designing delectable bath bombs and will make stylish headbands to sell during the week. They will also have the opportunity to write and record their own advert for the product! We are so pleased to be able to offer these enriching experiences, as we work towards the end of Term 6 and, sadly, our time together in Year 5. I am beyond excited for the term ahead.

TERM 4

Maths

To kick off the term, we will be recapping our multiplication knowledge from last term. We will learn how to multiply 4 digits by 1-digit, while swiftly moving into multiplying 2-digits by 2-digits using the long multiplication method. Finally, we will round up the unit by learning short division. Then, we move on to all things fractions! We’ll be identifying equivalent fractions, then we’ll convert improper fractions to mixed numbers. In addition we will spend lots of time adding, subtracting and multiplying a variety of fractions. This is our largest unit of the year and touches on some of the most complex concepts, but as we always do in Year 5, we will tackle it head on and succeed!

Here are some fraction jokes for you to enjoy:

Whole Class Reading

This term is one of my favourite books of the year: Varjak Paw! Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on the hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about ‘The Way’ – a secret martial art for cats. Varjak must use ‘The Way’ to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the strangest of them all, the mysterious vanishings. Make sure to ask your children about our class book because that’s all we’ll be talking about this term!

In addition to this, we will also be celebrating World Book Day! This year’s theme is British Classics. There are so many wonderful British authors to celebrate, so don’t forget to come dressed up as your favourite book character on Thursday 3rd March!

English

In English this term, we will be focusing on non-fiction writing around our class book Varjak Paw. Firstly, we will be writing a balanced argument about whether Varjak should leave the family home. He feels the cats are in danger when a new owner of the house takes over. Should he leave to find help or stay like his family has suggested? Secondly, we’ll be creating a non-chronological report on Martial Arts. We will be discussing ‘The Way’ from our class book and creating an information report. The children will research different martial arts moves and incorporate them into their writing.

History

From Oliver Cromwell’s significance in history, we begin to look at life after Cromwell in the Glorious Revolution. The monarchy has been restored and King Charles II sits on the throne but due to the Great Plague and The Great Fire of London, James II becomes the king, an unpopular king at that!

Science

This term we are carrying on with our Term 3 unit: Forces, Magnetism and Simple Machines. We kicked off the unit last term with some great investigations into friction and understanding that forces come in pairs. Building on that understanding, we will look closely at magnetic fields and how we can use force to push and pull different objects. We love Science in Year 5!

Geography


Two words for this term: Sustainability and Brazil! This term, we have the opportunity to learn about challenges and opportunities in urban areas of Brazil. Firstly, we’ll locate where Brazil is on a map; we’ll identify some of the human and physical features of the area; understand some of the push and pull factors of urban areas; discuss the opportunities and challenges urban areas face and then finally design our own sustainable city! We have lots to discover and I am incredibly excited to teach this unit of Geography.

Art

Excitingly, this term for Art we will be learning about the painter Joseph Turner. Turner is a landscape painter, traveller, poet and teacher. Turner always carried a sketchbook around with him and particularly loved drawing sunrises and sunsets. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Turner gallery in Margate and sketch the glorious coastal landscape.

Computing

Come in Planet Earth; this is the Mars Rover! This term we will learn about the automated motor vehicle, Mars Rover, we’ll explore how and why the Mars Rover transfers data, and understand how messages can be sent using binary code. Finally, we’ll have the opportunity to programme a Mars Rover, calculate binary addition and represent binary as text. What a unique unit we have for Computing this term!


PSHE

In our wonderful class discussions this term, we will be discussing how to stay safe online using mobile phones and video games. In addition to this, we’ll identify when something is real news or fake news and the dangers that are presented when reading reports that aren’t from credited sources. The important skill we will learn is to spot the difference between fact and opinion, and how it can be easy for people online to believe all manner of different stories!


RE

As we edge towards the end of Term 4 our big question this term is: what would Jesus do? We will look at different scenarios and understand what Jesus would do in those situations. There will also be time to touch upon Easter celebrations and take part in some exciting activities.

TERM 3

Maths In Term 3, we will be focusing on our first strand of Multiplication and Division in Year 5. We will be developing our knowledge on multiples, factors, prime numbers, then multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. From these small steps, we will be applying these skills to our second focus this term: Area and Perimeter. Using our times tables knowledge and our first strand of Maths learning, we will find the area and perimeter of rectangles and eventually find missing lengths of a mixture of rectilinear shapes. Complex stuff!

Whole Class Reading

Our class book this term is Kensuke’s Kingdom: a wonderful adventure story written by Michael Morpurgo. Washed up on a desert island, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He curls up to sleep with no water and no food. He wakes up the next morning, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit and a bowl of water. Then he realises… he isn’t alone. Make sure to ask the children about the story this term, as it is an adventure of a lifetime

English


In English, we will be writing our own adventure narratives. We will discuss different punctuation and grammar aspects of writing and pick apart what makes an exciting adventure story that you wouldn’t want to put down. We will also be focusing on different types of figurative language to use in our writing. After we have written our narratives, we will create Black Out Poetry that uses words from pages of the book to form a poem in an artistic shape.

History


This term, we’ll be extending our knowledge from the civil war of Charles I and Olivier Cromwell. Together we will look at other reasons as to why Olivier Cromwell is an important person in British history. We’ll be discovering his involvement within a Puritan group and what Purists believed and how this affected the country.

Geography

We have an exciting case study project in Geography this term, we will be learning all about The Warren! We will discover what makes The Warren a unique place in Folkestone but also try to answer this question. The Warren was once a popular beauty spot. To what extent has this changed? To answer this question will uncover the social and economic impact of landslips and particularly famous landslip that happened in 1915. We will also be going on a school trip to The Warren to learn more about the human and physical geographical features of the site and search for fossils!


To support our case studies, as part of our home learning termly project, please create a piece of artwork inspired by The Warren. This can be completed in pen, pencil, watercolour whatever is available to you.

Science


May the force be with you… no, really - this term we will be learning about Forces and Magnetism in our new topic. We will have lots of opportunities to use magnets, explore different forces and discover the effects of both. Together we will uncover that magnets attract and repel towards a variety of materials, in addition to this, forces are a push or pull action allowing an object to stop and start moving.

Art


We have a very exciting Art project this term: we will be creating and designing a marble run out of cardboard! The children will have to carefully consider their design, create and be sure of the sturdiness of the frame and then test out their marble run to see if it’s effective.

PSHE

Money, money, money! This is our topic in PSHE this term. The children will have the opportunity to talk about how to save money, be aware of media scams when taking out loans and uncover whether supermarket offers are as good as they say they are. Feel free to talk to your children at home about life with money and how important it is to save.

Music

We are incredibly lucky to spend the year working with a guitar instructor for our music lessons. James will be focusing on picking techniques and reading sheet music.

(Here is a picture of a super fun P.E lesson with Mrs Goldfinch!)

TERM 2

Whole Class Reading

This term, our whole class reading book is The Boy at the Back of the Class. This story is about a young, Syrian refugee boy, who joins an English primary school. He seems strange because he doesn’t like lemon sherbets, however the more our main character learns more about Ahmet the more they want to help! (I’m using the pronoun ‘they’ as we don’t find out whether the main character is a boy or a girl until the very end!)

English

In English this term, we will be writing diary entries about Ahmet and what our first impressions are of the new boy in the book. Then we will be writing a newspaper report based upon an exciting event in the book. (Spoiler: it’s to do with the Queen’s Guards!) We will be continuing to work on our handwriting and presentation skills this term, with the additional focus of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and using a variety of punctuation.

Maths

Continuing on from our fantastic Place Value knowledge, we will begin to focus on addition and subtraction using the column method. Together we will learn how to exchange, when adding and subtracting, and extend that knowledge to five-digit numbers. Once we have a solid understanding of addition and subtraction, we will swiftly move into the world of line graphs. We will look at data on line graphs, answer questions, identify patterns and even make comparisons! As you already know, learning our times tables is incredibly important, as a class we will learn our Rolling Numbers for the 4s, 6s and 8s. Make sure to practise at home and play Times Table Rockstars.


Science

Following on from last term, we will be continuing our topic Living Things and Habitats. This term we will learn about hibernation, human life cycles and what happens to our bodies when we grow old. As always, we will work scientifically when planning our investigations and collecting data.


History

In History, we will learn all about King Charles I and his ultimate downfall, as he was tried and executed for his involvement in the Civil War. Charles I inherited his father’s belief in the Divine Right of Kings - he believed that kings were chosen by God to rule and only God could overrule them. However, with the changing times and democracy and Parliamentarians becoming ever more popular under the lead of Oliver Cromwell, Charles I attacks with an army! Over the term we will learn why he was put on trial and executed. Check out the link below if you’d like to learn a bit more at home!

https://www.hrp.org.uk/banqueting-house/history-and-stories/the-execution-of-charles-i/#gs.enczub

Geography

In Geography we will be learning about Heritage Coasts! As a class we will look at the history of heritage coasts and conduct our own research of when they were established and how many there are. Did you know there are 43 heritage coasts in England and Wales? We will discuss the Folkestone-Dover heritage coast and know the special characteristics and qualities of Kent’s Heritage Coasts.

Art

In Art, we will be focusing on print and printmaking. Over the term, we will create monoprints inspired by our class book, design and create relief and intaglio prints and most importantly as we edge closer to Christmas, we’ll design Christmas cards for our friends and family using our new printmaking skills!


Spellings and Home Learning:

In Year 5, we are working incredibly hard to improve our handwriting, spelling and reading. Each week, home learning gives the children an additional opportunity to work on these skills. Please make sure home learning is being completed and reading at home is happening daily. Don’t forget we also have a fantastic program called Bedrock to help with reading and learning new vocabulary!

TERM 1

Maths

In Maths this term we will be focusing on our place value knowledge. We will learn to represent numbers up to a million and be confident in using part whole models and number lines. The children will also be challenged to apply their knowledge to a variety of deeper understanding questions.



English

This term, we will be writing informal letters and a set of instructions on how to get to the midnight garden - based upon our class book Tom’s Midnight Garden. We will also be focusing on spelling and handwriting in Year 5, so make sure to practise those spellings every week ready for our weekly spelling test!



Reading

Our first book of the year is Tom’s Midnight Garden. The story of a young boy, who is forced to quarantine away from his brother who has the measles. Very quickly, he begins to discover an old grandfather clock that strikes thirteen and transforms the house into a garden. Make sure to ask the children about our class book as each chapter is an adventure!


History

Our first History topic this term is the Gunpowder Plot. An exciting and well-known part of History that all children love to learn about! In Year 5 we will discuss in depth about the Catholic and Protestant feuds, who reigned at the time and if Guy Fawkes really signed the confession of the plot. Was he tortured or was it a fraudulent signature - you decide!

Geography

In Geography this term, we will be looking closely at the local area, neighbouring towns, OS Maps and types of settlements. The children will also learn how to use a four-figure and six-figure grid reference. There'll be lots of opportunities for us to look at Google Earth and watch drone footage of Folkestone.




Science

In Science, our topic for Term 1 and 2 is Living Things and their Habitats. Over the two terms we will investigate the growth of beans, create rain gauges and landfills. We will also collect microbes and see which handwash is the most effective when stopping the spread and growth of microbes. We will also look at different types of habitats and will make a habitat for a cricket! Our scientific skill this term is planning. We will learn how to plan an experiment, form a scientific question, write a prediction and follow a method to set up an experiment. Lot’s to look forward to in Science this term!




And… we found a snail in the soil!

Art

In Art this term, we will be focusing on artistic styles. Our focus will be on Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. The class will have the opportunity to create their own version of The Scream and eventually be able to draw their own. By the end of the term the children will have an understanding of a particular art style in History, make comparisons between Rococo and Modernism and enjoy using the medium of pastels.


P.E

In P.E, we will have the opportunity to learn a variety of new games that involve team building and using different types of skills. Here are some pictures of the fun games we’ve played so far!

Catch Up Sessions

In our Maths catch up session, we will be focusing on times tables, particularly the 4’s, 6’s, 7’s and 8’s. Once we have mastered these, we will move onto 9’s and 12’s!

In our English catch up sessions, we will be focusing on our Term 3 spellings words and handwriting of those spellings words. In addition, we will cover fronted adverbials and relative clauses. Our wonderful TA Miss Yates will also be running Vocabulary Ninjas, which teach the children at least 5 new words a week! We will also have a word of the week challenge, where the children will need to use our word of the week, as many times as they can. This could be in conversations or in their writing.

Maths

In Maths this term, we will be continuing our topic on decimals and moving into a world of Geometry! Once we have learned how to add and subtract a variety of decimals we will begin to measure and draw angles and calculate lengths and angles in shapes - an exciting end of year topic! Some of our Year 5’s will be competing in a Maths challenge day, they will have the opportunity to meet other Year 5’s across primary schools in Folkestone and partake in exciting activities. Good luck to our Year 5 team, you will smash it!


English

This term, we are finishing our non-chronological reports on rainforests and taking part in a ‘Big Write’ across the Trust. We will be writing about the journey of a panda, who is lost and trying to find an owner. We’ll describe his perilous journey in the hope and search for a home. Feel free to watch the video linked below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-evd9B-ZKg


Guided Reading

Our final book of the year is Journey to the River Sea. There’s nothing like saving the best for last, as our strong female character moves to the Amazon to live with her extended family. Maia soons finds out her cousins aren’t all she thought them to be and has an adventure of her own.



Science

In Science, we will be continuing our topic of Irreversible Changes. So far the children have learnt about exothermic and endothermic reactions and that chemical reactions can happen for a different length of time. This term we will be looking at irreversible chemical reactions and even how electricity can cause a chemical reaction! We will continue to predict and collect data through our experiments and learn to write effective evaluations.

RE

This term we will be learning all about Chinese New Year. The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. There is a twelve-year lunar cycle that determines what the year will be called, 2021 is the year of the Ox. According the experts, the year of the Ox is a luckier year than most other years. Fingers crossed for a lucky year ahead for us all!

Computing

This term, we will be learning firstly about the importance of privacy settings and passwords. Feel free to speak to the children at home about online safety and making sure that they are protecting their identities online. You can also check out a cool website that tells you how easy your password is to get and how long it would take them (link added below). Then, we will be creating our own virtual art gallery. The children will have to create their own art works and post them in their own virtual gallery.


https://howsecureismypassword.net

History

This term, we are learning all things America and Independence! You’ve guessed it, our focus will be on the American Revolution, Boston Tea Parties and The American War of Independence. Our class has loved role playing over the last few terms and there will certainly be an opportunity for the children to recreate the Boston Tea Parties this term!

Geography

This term, we will be learning about the East of England. We will be looking at different counties across the East and understanding why it is an interesting place to live or visit!

Some of those things include: Yorkshire and of course their famous Yorkshire puddings! Wensleydale cheese, viaducts, Cambridge University, Humber Bridge and mining history of the land.

PSHE

Money, money, money! This is our topic in PSHE this term. The children will have the opportunity to talk about how to save money, be aware of media scams when taking out loans and uncover whether supermarket offers are as good as they say they are. Feel free to talk to your children at home about life with money and how important it is to save.

(Managing Risk from Term 1)

Music

Make sure to log into Charanga’s Yumu (school home learning site) and learn the rap to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! We’re going to have so much fun at school learning it - make sure to upload a video performing the rap!


https://charanga.com/yumu/login

Art

The entire school will be taking part in a Trust wide project called ‘Bounce Back’, Year 5 will be creating silhouettes that represent them to present in an exhibition of artwork. The children will be collecting images and words that represent them and collaging those materials to create a silhouette personal to their time through lockdown or their aspiration for the future. Bounce Back is on 15th July.

French

Bonjour! This term working on our speaking and listening skills and learning different animals in French. We will begin to form simple sentences about the animals and share with a friend.

Year 5 EoY Expectations.pdf