Topic: Traders and Raiders
In topic this half term we are going to be learning about ‘Traders and Raiders’. Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. We will be sailing back to the Dark Ages, where the battles were rife and fear reigned. We will learn all about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land!
In English, our class read will be ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will use this to write in a variety of genres with the aim to us being able to confidently apply key writing, spelling and grammar skills expected for year 5. We will be focusing on writing a ‘Defeating a monster’ tale and newspaper reports linked to this text. Please continue to use spag.com to brush up on grammar skills! If you would like to know of more recommended reads for Year 5 then please visit:
Mathematics: Decimals and Percentages
In this unit, pupils explore decimals. To begin, they will learn to read and write decimal numbers. This is followed by comparing decimal numbers to find which is greater and smaller. Pupils then add and subtract decimals before turning decimals into fractions. The unit ends with pupils rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and decimal position. We will then be moving swiftly onto percentages. Lessons will begin with comparing quantities and exposing percentage as an amount out of 100. The unit finishes by having pupils convert fractions to hundredths, both by expanding fractions and by simplifying them.
In science, we will be focusing on space. We will learn all about how the planets move around the sun and how the moon moves around Earth. We will also be learning about how the Earth’s rotation can explain day and night through the movement of the sun across the sky. We are also excited for our trip to Jodrell Bank on 4th March!
We will be concluding our work from this half term before moving on to look at why Christians read the bible and the importance of Holy books in other faiths.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mon - Weds: Mrs Holmes (Y5 Teacher, Phase 3 Lead and English Subject Lead)
Weds - Fri: Mrs Bleasdale (Y5 Teacher)
Mrs Cross (HLTA) & Mrs Awan (LSA)