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Summer Term 1 2021

Arabian Nights

Welcome back!  We hope you had a great Easter break. We have an exciting half term with lots of learning! Our topic for this half term is Arabian Nights.  We will be exploring Early Islamic civilisation and examining how and why it developed to be so influential.

What do you know about Islam?  Perhaps you could come into school with some facts you can share with the class!

Our class text is Arabian Nights by Wafa Tarnowska.  The book holds eight stories from ‘A Thousand and One Nights’, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, including Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. The book is framed around the stories told by Shahrazade to Shahriyar.

 

 

Maths

We will be learning about decimals where we will learn how to read and write decimal numbers as fractions. We will learn how to read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places and solve problems involving numbers with up to three decimal places. Then we will move onto learning about percentages, in particular, how to recognise the percent symbol (%), understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal. Then we will move onto learning how to solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25. Finally, we will explore properties of shape where the children will identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D representations. e will learn that angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles.

Understanding the world

In History and Geography, through our topic, Early Islamic civilisation, we will be looking at the building of Baghdad and the important developments made during this time. What did they develop that we still use today? We will be testing our geographical, map reading skills when we follow the route of the Silk Road and think about why this was such an important trade route.

In Science, we will be working scientifically to investigate, ask questions and draw conclusions using enquiry skills through our unit ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’.

 

 

 

In RE our focus is learning about Sikhism. We will find out about how the Gurdwara is a centre for the Sikh community and place of prayer and worship, and about the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. We will also explore what it means to belong to the Sikh community, including: celebrations, naming and Amrit ceremonies and the Khalsa.

 

 

In computing, our unit is ‘We are Web Developers’ where we will learn how to create a website. We will learn how to manipulate content on the page – embedding images, text and video, plus linking to other pages on the websites. We will also develop our research skills to decide what information is appropriate; understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results; question the plausibility and quality of information and develop our understanding of e-safety and responsible use of technology.

Expressive Art and Design

In DT we will create a simple mechanism using cams, pulleys or gears. We will learn how to recognise the movement of a mechanism within a toy or model; understand that a cam will change rotary motion into linear motion; understand that different shaped cams produce different movements and learn about the relationship between a cam and a follower.

 

 

 

In music, each child at some point this year will spend a term learning to play the steel pans. When not doing this, they will look at the production of digital music with the use of Bandlab.

 

 

Mental and physical wellbeing

As a school we have just invested in an incredible resource called My Happy Mind which will be taught across the school in weekly sessions. My Happy Mind helps to create positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self esteem and character. It consists of five units:

 

Meet Your Brain – Learning about how our brains work;

Celebrate Understanding our character strengths and celebrating ourselves;

Appreciate – Developing gratitude as a habit;

Relate – Building positive relationships;

Engage – Engaging with the world.

Communications and language

We will be developing our oracy skills with discussions relating to our topic, including answering the question: Which of the early Islamic achievements has had the most effect on our lives today?

In French, we will identify similarities and differences in eating habits and customs between the UK and France. We will take part in a conversation expressing likes/dislikes of different foods.

Don’t forget to continue practicing your times tables on Timestable Rockstars – please ask if you need reminding of your log in details.

Links to web sites to support your learning at home:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/religion/Islam.htm

http://www.spellingcity.com/mrbarberturnham/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar04

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

http://tablestest.com/

http://www.mad4maths.com

Online Resources

Remember to make use of both Bug Club and TT Rockstars. We subscribe to these as a school because we think they are excellent resources: please use them! If you need to be reminded of your password, ask your teacher!

BUG CLUB

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

BUG CLUB LINK

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Maria, Sarah, Martha and Nora

Spring Term 2 2021

What a strange start to the New Year! It has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone. All of the teachers in Year 5 are really proud of how well the children in their classes have coped with the challenges of remote learning (as well as the adults at home offering them support).

Finally, we are back at school face to face and we have a busy and fun rest of the half term planned. Our topic is Space and we will be thinking about the question: What is the value of space exploration? In order to do this, we will look at the history of space exploration, current space exploration and the future of space exploration.

Mental and physical wellbeing

Looking after our mental and physical wellbeing has never felt as important as it does right now. At school we will continue learning methods and techniques to help us maintain our mental wellbeing. We will also continue with regular Time to Talk sessions, which we know many children found particularly beneficial during the lockdown period.

We will really focus on our physical wellbeing as many of us have been unable to undertake much activity during lockdown. We will try to do Daily Miles as much as possible. In outdoor PE this term, we will be learning the skills required to play hockey.

 

In indoor PE we are going to focus on multi-skills.

PE Days

ClassIndoor PE DayOutdoor PE Day
Maria's ClassThursdayFriday
Martha and Nora's ClassWednesdayThursday
Sarah's CLassMondayFriday

PE Kit

The children can bring a PE kit to change in to for PE sessions. Alternatively, they can come to school on their PE day already wearing their kit, and bring a change of clothes for after the lesson.

Indoor PE

Children require shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings and t-shirt.

Outdoor PE

Children require weather-appropriate clothing. Ensure they have a suitable jumper for when the weather is colder. They should have a t shirt and tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Please ensure they have suitable trainers for outdoor PE.

English

We are focusing on writing a balanced argument this half term. We will use our knowledge of space exploration to argue both for and against the continuation of this. We will be practising the use of causal and contrasting conjunctions during this piece of writing.

We are also going to look at some space poetry. We will practise our oracy skills in order to perform these in front of the class. We will then look more in depth at When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer by Walt Whitman. We will conclude our look at space poetry by writing our own poems.

Maths

In Maths we will be continuing to look at fractions. We will have a quick recap of the learning done during the lockdown period. We will then continue with adding and subtracting fractions, as well as multiplying fractions and finding fractions of an amount. At the end of this half term we will look at decimals and how to compare and order them. We will also look at percentages and their relationship to decimals.

Understanding the world

In Science our topic is Earth and Space. We will look at the movements of the planets in the Solar System in relation to the sun. We will look at how the rotation of the Earth causes day and night. We will also look at the phases of the moon.

 

 

 

 

In history we are going to look at the history of space travel and the Space Race. We will consider which events we think were the most important and why. Who won the Space Race? (Remember with history your recollection of events depends on your viewpoint.)

 

 

Communication and language

French flag

We will be using our oracy skills to deliver our poetry performances in English. We will also be practising our discussion and debating skills when think about the skills needed to write a balanced argument.

In French we will be practising using our knowledge about hobbies and our likes and dislikes. We will be using conversation to improve our oral skills.

 

Expressive art and design

Each child at some point this year will spend a term learning to play the steel pans. This timetable will be changed to ensure that the children who have not yet done this get a fair amount of time. When not doing this, they will look at the production of digital music with the use of GarageBand.

 

 

In Art we are going to be inspired by the work of Peter Thorpe. We are going to continue with our observational skills to draw rockets. We will also use more abstract techniques, experimenting with texture and colour, to create galaxy backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

Homework

We will not be setting homework for the remainder of this half term. This is as we feel that the children have already spent a lot of time in front of screens and working hard at home. As the weather is improving encourage them to get outside and play.

Don’t forget to encourage them to read. Sit and read your own book whilst they read. Have a family book club where you talk about and share the books that you are reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Challenge: week of 22.2.21

Below is this week’s sports challenge – don’t forget to submit your scores by Friday 26th February via the London Youth Game website !

The Tate Hear My Story Project

In 2018-19 The Tate ran the Yr3 Photography Project with the artist and director Steve McQueen.  The children who are now in Yr5 had their photographs taken and displayed in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.  This year The Tate have launched the Hear My Story Project and we are delighted to announce that Kilmorie are taking part in this.  Kate launched the project in a recent whole school assembly and teachers have shared Part One of the project What Makes You, You? with their classes.

The project encourages students to think of themselves – their lived experiences, cultures, histories, ideas and questions – as the starting point for looking at art and making stories.

Here is a video which explains the first part of the project:

(1) Hear My Story: Part 2 – Introduction for Students | Tate – YouTube

It matters whose stories get told.  It matters whose stories we hear.

Part Two of the project is launched on March 15th and in the meantime, The Tate have produced two additional drawing projects. These are Y is for Who Are You? and W is for Who Are We? Further supporting information can be found in the documents below:

Autumn Term 2 2020

What a great first term we have had! You all settled back into school so well after such a long break from normality and all of the members of staff are really proud of how Year 5 has got stuck in to their learning. The first half term certainly had its changes and challenges, but some great work was completed nevertheless.

This half term we move to a geography focus and look closely at the continent of North America. Did you know North America is made up of 23 different countries? How many of them do you think you could name?

Mental health

Mental and Physical Well-being

After such events as World Mental Health Day last half term, there will be a continuing focus on our mental well-being. Please don’t forget to speak to your teacher if you have any specific concerns. There is also a “worry box” in every class that you can use if you would rather not speak to us directly.

Sport plays an important role in our mental well-being. In outdoor PE this term, we will be continuing to work on our netball skills.

In indoor PE we are going to focus on gymnastics and our fitness.

PE Days:

Maria’s Class:                   Indoor PE – Thursday

                                          Outdoor PE – Friday

Martha & Nora’s Class:    Indoor PE – Wednesday

                                           Outdoor PE – Thursday

Sarah’s Class:                    Indoor PE – Monday

                                           Outdoor PE – Friday

PE Kit

The children can bring a PE kit to change in to for PE sessions. Alternatively, they can come to school on their PE day already wearing their kit, and bring a change of clothes for after the lesson.

Indoor PE

Children require shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings and t-shirt.

Outdoor PE

Children require weather-appropriate clothing. Ensure they have a suitable jumper for when the weather is colder. They should have a t shirt and tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Please ensure they have suitable trainers for outdoor PE.

English

Marcus Rashford
We are focusing on writing to persuade this half term. We will begin by looking at Marcus Rashford’s free school meal campaign and the persuasive techniques that were used, comparing this with persuasive speeches. We will write our own speeches linked to this topic, and rehearse and record these. Our grammar focus is on imperative and modal verbs as well as continuing to work on complex sentences.

We will then continue with writing to persuade as we use these skills to campaign for a local climate issue. What issue do you think has the biggest environmental impact on our local environment?

Understanding the world

Animal pics
In Science our topic is Living Things and their Habitats, specifically learning about life cycles and processes of reproduction. This will link to the work we will be doing in RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) about puberty in humans. We will also examine issues of stereotypes and diversity.

World
In Geography we will be focusing on North America. We will use atlases and different kinds of maps to explore the human and physical geography as well as the climate. We will be making comparisons between different parts of this enormous and diverse continent. There will be opportunities to link to our maths statistics topic to help us understand the continent in greater depth.

Communication and Language

French flag
We will be using our oracy skills to present our persuasive speeches and discuss and debate environmental issues in our local area.

In French we will be becoming more confident with naming days of the week and months of the year, and using these in conversation.

Expressive Arts and Design

Steel pans
Each child at some point this year will spend a term learning to play the steel pans. When not doing this, they will look at the production of digital music with the use of GarageBand.

Bread
We will continue our observational drawings of sunflowers and work toward creating a final piece.

We are also going to be investigating, designing, making and evaluating bread in DT. We will look at some of the different breads that are connected with North America.

Online Resources

Rockstars
Remember to make use of both Bug Club (see below) and TT Rockstars. We subscribe to these as a school because we think they are excellent resources: please use them! If you need to be reminded of your password, ask your teacher!

 

Autumn Term 1 2020

Welcome back! It is very exciting to have you all back in school after our enforced break. We are looking forward to a packed term, which will include lots of exciting activities. Our first topic of the year is Crime and Punishment Through the Ages. We will be thinking about how crime and punishment has changed through the ages, from 1066 to the present day. How do you think that crime and punishment might have changed over the centuries?

Mental and Physical Well-being

This is something that we always try to focus on as a school, but as we return after what may have been challenging times, we are going to spend quality time looking at our mental well-being. Please speak to your teacher if you have any specific concerns.

Sport plays an important role in our mental well-being. In outdoor PE this term, we will be doing netball.

In indoor PE we are going to focus on our fitness.

 

 

PE Days

Class Indoor Outdoor
Maria Thursday Friday
Martha and Nora Wednesday Thursday
Sarah Monday Friday

PE Kit

The children are required to bring a PE kit to change in to for PE sessions. We are aware that some schools are not currently expecting this, however we are able to ensure that they change in a COVID secure way.

Indoor PE

Children require shorts and t-shirt

Outdoor PE

Children require weather-appropriate clothing. Ensure they have a suitable jumper for when the weather is colder. They should have tracksuit bottoms and leggings or a t-shirt. Ensure they have suitable trainers for outdoor PE.

ENGLISH

We are focusing on writing to entertain this half term. We are going to begin by looking at narrative poetry. We will be reading the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We will unpick the archaic language and study the language features that the author uses to set the scene and tell the story. Perhaps you could research about highwaymen.

We will then develop our descriptive and figurative writing skills to write a mystery story. We will be reading a mystery story during whole class reading sessions to give us some ideas.

 

 

 

MATHS

In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of place value. We will be looking at numbers up to one million. We will look at how to order, compare and round these numbers. We will then move onto using column method for addition and subtraction.

Throughout the year we will be looking at mental strategies that can be used to answer some questions.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

In Science we will be exploring forces. We will look at the effect of gravity, air resistance, friction and more on the world around us. We will also look at the use of gears, pulleys and levers.

 

In RE we will be learning about Christianity and its history in Britain.

In History we will be focusing on crime and punishment through the ages. Which age in history had punishments that you think fitted the crime? What can we learn from different periods of history? Does punishment deter people from committing a crime?

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

We will be using our oracy skills to discuss issues around our crime and punishment topic. 

In French we will be looking at finding our way around a high street. We will learn the names of shops as well as how to ask for directions.

 

EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

Each child at some point this year will spend a term learning to play the steel pans. When not doing this they will look at the production of digital music with the use of GarageBand.

 

We will be looking at the illustrations by Charles Keeping in The Highwayman and we will create our own pictures that tell the story of the characters.

 

 

 

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