Geraldton (Year 5)
Early Morning Work
For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Five focuses on developing key skills in English and maths. The children work through a daily maths task to improve their mental agility and to consolidate and recap key maths skills. They will also have a handwriting task, which has a spelling, grammar or punctuation focus. This is also when we listen to the children read and have some group work going on. Every child will be heard once every other week, which also includes reading comprehension and guided reading tasks. On Fridays, the children will be tested on their spellings and mental maths skills.
English is taught Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings with the aim of developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. English units are usually taught over a two-week period. Where possible, these units will link in a cross-curricular way with the class topic. Guided Reading as a class or in groups occurs once over each unit. During these two terms, Geraldton Class will cover the following genres:
- Classical texts (2-week unit): Shakespeare – Twelfth Night
- Playscripts (2-week unit): Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
- Poetry (1-week unit): Shakespeare – Sonnets
Maths is taught daily Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Maths units vary in length and are split into weekly blocks. The children build on their previous knowledge to extend their understanding of different aspects of mathematics. They also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge when solving mathematical problems and puzzles. Geraldton class will cover the following units in term two:
- Fraction (3-week unit): Adding and subtracting, simplifying and problem solving
- Decimals (2-week unit): Understanding and relating decimals and fractions, rounding and problem solving
Science is taught once a week, through both practical and theoretical activities. The children will develop their skills as a scientist through investigations, practicing their predicting and concluding skills and gaining an understanding of controlling variables. The children are taught, and should then apply, key scientific vocabulary in relation to the current science topic. The science topic for the following term is related to space and they will be learning the following in this term:
- To describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun
- To describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
- To explain and demonstrate how night and day are created
- To understand that the Sun, Earth and Moon are approximately spherical and how we know
PSHE is taught each term and is mostly based on class discussion. In Terms 3 and 4, we will be exploring the topic of ‘living in the wider world’ and thinking about economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen. We will be exploring the British Values and how to respect our own and the cultures of others. In addition, we will be using PSHE to explore the needs of the class and to support constructive team and group work.
In Term 3 and 4, we will be looking at the Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings. They will be exploring a variety of questions that the children create and research themselves. We will be investigating who the Anglo-Saxons were and the primary sources of evidence that they have left behind for us to study. In addition to this, we will be thinking about the reliability of sources and why it is important to check information on multiple websites before using it.
PE is taught twice a week. During this term, PE will be taught on Tuesday and Friday. On Tuesday, Geraldton class will be supported by Miss Goodwin from PH Sports and learning the key skills involved in Tri-Golf. They will be learning the correct technique of how to hold a golf club and setup a shot. They will be thinking about how they can aim effectively and use the correct power in a swing. On Friday, they will be completing health and fitness sessions. During these sessions, they will think about what happens to their bodies when they exercise and the importance of regular excise for them. In addition, they will focus of the key skills of endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, coordination, agility and balance through a variety of different activities.
In Geraldton Class this term, we will be exploring how to create effective PowerPoints and uses these to present information about the Vikings. The children will be able to create and research a question of their choice. They will explore the different animations, transitions and designs that they can use and create their own presentations.
In DT this term, we will be exploring and thinking about cams and gears and how they allow structures to move. They will be designing and making their very own toy which uses cams to allow the structure to move. In order to do this, we will explore what cams are and how they are made by looking at a variety of different mechanisms. Furthermore, we will think about the various movements that we can create by using cams and using this to evaluate what will be needed for their toys. The children will be developing and using woodworking skills and thinking about the safety measures needed when using various tools.
In French this term, the children will be revising greetings questions and answers and responding to classroom instructions.
Through games, songs and simple stories the children will be learning further vocabulary in these areas and building their confidence in speaking and using French.
They will learn how to use a bi-lingual dictionary for translating and for grammar help. French grammar work will cover: masculine and feminine nouns, position and agreement of adjectives, plurals, question words, negative sentences and some prepositions.
The children will be writing simple sentences using a language scaffold. They will be extending their knowledge of French phonics and using these to read stories from a reading scheme.