This term in Year 5 we will be looking at the global theme of identity and diversity. The children will look at the impacts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on our mental health. They will also discuss and learn techniques, such as mindfulness and meditation to maintain a positive mental health.
In English, we will be reading our new core text, ‘The Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis, which explores the theme of identity and diversity. Children will be writing diary entries from the point of view of the protagonist, Parvana, who lives in Afghanistan whilst it was under Taliban rule. She is forced to change her whole lifestyle and pretend to be a boy in order to provide for her family after her father was taken away by the Taliban. Children will also link their learning to the character skills, looking especially at empathy and how Parvana’s life and culture differs to ours.
In maths, children will be looking at fractions. They will be comparing and ordering fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. They will also look at improper and equivalent fractions. As well as this, they will be revising all prior learning; applying it across a range of reasoning, problem solving and multi-step problems.
In science, we will be learning about Earth and Space.
In RE, we will be looking at different religions and what their beliefs are about how the world began.
In RSE, we will explore how to keep our bodies and minds healthy, as well as learning about puberty and the changes our bodies go through as we grow older.
In PE, the children will continue with their weekly swimming lessons, which will take place every Wednesday.
In French we will be learning the days of the week as well as numbers and how to say how old we are.
In art we will be looking at the artist Shamsia Hassani. We will be using photo shop and different mediums to create our outcome of a silhouette of Parvana.