Class 5 – Arc de Triomphe

English

In Class 5 we will be looking at story writing. We will start by looking at historical stories, including exploring the text ‘War Game’ by Michael Foreman. We will then write our own historical stories. We will also begin reading a new class novel called ‘Street Child’ which links to life for children in Victorian Britain. Later in the term, we will explore poetry and figurative language like similes and metaphors.

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 improving our knowledge of the multiplication tables. We will also develop our knowledge and application of fractions. This includes equivalent fractions; ordering fractions; simplifying fractions and finding fractions of quantities.  Later in the term, we will further improve our data handling skills. This will involve working with tables, charts and graphs. We will develop our reasoning, problem solving and application, as part of our maths learning this term.

Science

The focus for this term is ‘Materials.’ This topic covers describing and classifying materials. It also includes changing materials, which involves dissolving, melting, condensation and evaporation. We will also explore the Water Cycle as part of this.  

Theme

Our theme this term is ‘Make it!’  This is a Design Technology unit of work and explores how toys move. We will then particularly look at cams and how cams can be used in moving toys. We will plan and make our own moving toys, using cam mechanisms. 

RE

This term the children will be learning about Christianity. The unit explores authority and links to the authority of Jesus and some of the stories in the New Testament about Jesus.

PE

PE, this term will be Handball and Netball, with a focus on throwing, catching and marking. These are both fast-paced team games. 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.