Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will start by looking at biographies. We will be exploring the life of Mary Seacole and will then plan and write biographies about celebrities that we have researched ourselves. Later in the term, we will explore poetry and figurative language like similes and metaphors. We will also be writing a longer narrative piece, to include all skills and grammar learnt throughout this year. Alongside this, we will be improving our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, including looking at tenses and word classes, such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. During the term, we will focus on a few aspects of sentence punctuation. We will also look at complex sentences and connectives. 

Mathematics

We will be further improving our knowledge of the multiplication tables. We will also develop our knowledge of measure. This will include looking at area and perimeter; converting measures, as well as telling the time and reading timetables. 

Science

The focus for this term is ‘Living Things.’ This topic explores food chains and how animals are adapted to their environment. We will also study humans in more detail including human growth and development. This will involve working with data and graphs.      

Theme

Our theme this term is Dover before 1900. We will therefore be studying Dover in Victorian times and will look at transport in Dover at the time, including rail and tram travel. We will also look at the local geography and will expand the topic to cover Kent and its hop- farming history. This will link to our trip to Kent Life, which was originally a hop farm. 

RE

This term the children will be learning about Christianity and the Pentecost. We will also look at more Bible stories. 

PE

PE, this term will be athletics, with a focus on throwing, jumping and running. PE will take place on a Tuesday afternoon. Occasionally, PE may have to be on a different day, so I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions.  Swimming is also taking place this term. Children will need to bring their swimming kits each week on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.

Homework

Homework will be set every Friday. I would appreciate it if the homework could be completed and returned to school on Monday. It will consist of Mathematics and English. The Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to a forthcoming topic.