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ASH/OAK CLASS

In Ash Class, during the Spring Term, our core texts will be ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward, and ‘Garbage Guts’ by Heidi Auman. Our core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During the Spring Term, we will be mastering the skills needed to write a descriptive narrative from the perspective of the main character. Our second core text will inspire us to write a persuasive letter and fact file encouraging others to live sustainably and take care of the environment. Our core texts for this term will enable us to use an increasingly varied and developed vocabulary whilst developing our speaking and listening skills.

In Science, we will be learning about Forces and Magnets in Spring 1. In Spring 2, we will be looking at the topic of Animals, including humans. We will be identifying the different forces that act upon us and objects in everyday life. We will be conducting a range of science experiments to further and deepen the understanding in this area as well as our scientific investigation skills.

In PE, we will learn the fundamental skills required for movement and basketball. In Spring 2, we will also be doing dance and tag rugby. In RE, we are learning about the important beliefs and concepts in Sikhism. We will be developing our knowledge and understanding of Sikh festivals and beliefs. We will be taking our prior knowledge and our own beliefs to find links between different religions. Following on from this, we will be researching Buddhism and gaining a better understanding of places of worship. We will broaden this understanding by visiting places of worship in the local community.  

Over the course of the Spring term, our computing learning will be focused on creating our own informative videos about the importance of sustainable choices and the effects of deforestation within and beyond our community, and blogging about our own, and our community’s, experiences. This project falls in line with our topic exploring recycling, up-cycling and alternative methods to creating clothing.

In Maths, we will continue to focus on multiplication and division as well as money. We will be exploring multiplying and dividing using the grid method as well as discovering different quantities of money. We will be using concrete methods to help us learn and will be applying our skills in a range of different contexts. ​ Parents can help their children over the course of the year by regularly practising their times tables. â€‹

ELM CLASS

Our learning during the Spring Term will have an overarching theme of Sustainable development and will be based around our core texts: ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday and Running Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will use these inspiring novels to explore various areas of the curriculum and the global learning goals in an exciting and creative way, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop via relatable experiences that will allow them to reflect on their own impact on conservation and how their current decisions can impact the future of our environment.

In English this half term, we will be starting our new core text, ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday. A dystopian novel, which tackles some powerful themes. In particular, the environment and the importance of animals.  While exploring the text, we will be writing blogs and a persuasive letter about the key themes. We will be developing a range of persuasive skills for these writing outcomes, including; the use of ‘the power of three’, emotive language and a variety of rhetorical questions.

In Maths this half term, our focus will be on area and perimeter during which we be learning to find the area and perimeter of rectilinear composite shapes. Following on from this, we will begin to learn about fractions. We will be finding fractions of an amount, comparing, simplifying and converting fractions.

In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Animals including humans’. We will be exploring the stages of development in humans, plants and mammals. We will be conducting lots of experiments and investigations. We will be building towards applying our learning when carrying out a scientific enquiry in order to plan a comparative test and explain and present results in a clear way.

In Art, we will be focusing on the work of Jane Perkins; we will explore her approach to drawing animals to create our own collage of a stag. The children will consider mark making and observational drawings, linking closely to our core text.

Our project this term will be based on the ‘Global Theme’ of ‘Sustainable Development’. We will be learning about the impact of deforestation and the importance of conservation across the world. Our final outcome will be a documentary which will highlight all of our learning from the entire term.

In Year Five, pupils are able to change their reading book each week.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  

In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic.