Topic: Spain and Mexico
In the Spring term, Y5 will be focussing on a geographical study of Spain and Mexico. Over the holidays, why not engage in a conversation with your child about what they already know about these countries? Maybe they have read about Spain in a book? Perhaps they have watched a film set in Mexico? What would they like to find out about? We can’t wait to hear what interesting facts or questions the children will come up with!
In English we will continue to write in a variety of genres with the aim to us being able to confidently write in a range of genres by choice. We will be focusing on the use of fronted adverbials, description, conjunctions and the use of new punctuation such as parenthesis, colons and semi-colons. Our class read in Spring term will be ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.
Mathematics: Multiplication and Division
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.
We will be learning about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. We will identify forces and complete force diagrams; find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity; we will look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects. Furthermore, we will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat.
We will be exploring the lives of significant women in the Old Testament. Our focus will be on Ruth and we will also learn about Esther through an exploration of the Jewish festival of Purim. We will reflect upon the actions of these women and consider what we can learn from their stories.
'For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.' Corinthians 13:12
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)