Year 5

What are we learning about this half term in Year 5?

As we move into the second half of the first term, we shall be focusing most of our learning through the topic, World War II. Using a variety of secondary resources, we shall be finding out what life was like for people in Britain during this historically important event in world history. We will be looking at how the lives of ordinary people changed during the war, in particular, the many roles taken on by women. Our learning will include investigating the local area of Plumstead, looking at the physical scars left behind after the war. We shall also be visiting the Imperial War Museum and using sources of information to deduce about the past.

In English this half term we will be focusing our learning through the film animation, The Piano, by Aiden Gibbons. Using this video as a stimulus, we shall be using ambitious vocabulary to generate figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. In addition, we will be using looking at features of a diary and war poetry. We will be empathising with a character from the story, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

In Maths we will continue to build upon previous learning, concentrating on arithmetic skills to improve their mental maths and use these to solve multi-step word problems.  We will also be deepening our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages, demonstrating how all three can be linked. The children should be gaining fluency in their times tables, focusing on their x7, x8 and x9 times tables.

In RE we will be learning about Judaism. We will also be acknowledging Hanukkah.

In Science this half term we will be carrying out investigations linked to Forces.

In PE we will work on our gymnastic skills. Out on the playground we will be improving our hockey techniques.

In Humanities (Geography & History), using various primary and secondary resources, we will learn about the chronology of events around the World War II and how it impacted upon life in Britain.

Year 5 Newsletter - Autumn Term Oct 2017

Please click below on the link to the current homework for this topic.

Year 5 Homework - World War 2 - Oct 2017