Class 5 – Pay de la Loire

English
In Class 5 we will start by learning about persuasive writing. We will link this to our theme work on Brazil and will write persuasive reports about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and the impact that this has on the environment. 
Later in the term, we will be writing biographies and will write about a local scientist, William Harvey, who was the first scientist to map out the circulatory system. This piece of writing will link to our science work.
Finally, we will finish the term by writing a narrative piece based around our class novel- ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ by Terry Jones. 
Alongside this, we will be looking to improve our use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures, punctuation and grammar.  

Mathematics
We will start the term by learning about statistics and data. This will include reading, interpreting and drawing bar graphs, line graphs and pie charts. We will also explore the terms: mode, mean and range.
Later in the term, we will develop our knowledge and application of number, including place value and working with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science
The focus for this term is ‘The Circulatory System.’ This topic explores the human heart and how the circulatory system works, including the function of veins, arteries and capillaries. There will also be some time set aside to explore the work of a scientist who worked in this field- William Harvey. This unit will involve working with data and graphs.      

Theme
Our theme this term is Brazil. This topic will include map and atlas work; exploring the physical features of Brazil, such as the Amazon river and the rainforest; studying the major towns and cities of Brazil and finding out more about carnivals, a Brazilian tradition. There will also be time for some rainforest inspired art and music.  

RE
This term the children will be learning about Judaism. We will explore Jewish festivals, symbols and beliefs as part of this unit of work.

PE
PE, this term will be games, with a focus on tennis and badminton. PE will take place on a Wednesday 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
Year 5 - 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.
Year 6 - There will be a short piece of maths or grammar homework set every night for Year 6 (Monday- Thursday). This will be collected in and marked every Thursday. An additional piece of reading comprehension homework will be set each Friday, which will need to be completed over the weekend and returned by Monday.