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, ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen, which explores the theme of identity and diversity. Children will develop an awareness of how to maintain a positive mental health as well as how to overcome stereo types. While exploring the text, we will be focusing on how to communicate effectively, through a range of media, about issues to suit the subject, audience and purpose. Throughout this term, we will be developing a range of skills to create a mindfulness session for KS1 classes, to help promote a healthy mind set.
In maths, children will build upon their previous learning of multiplication, column addition and subtraction. They will use different methods, such as pictorial, concrete and abstract to demonstrate their understanding of multiplication. They will use arrays and Venn diagrams to find common factors to support their understanding of multiplication. Children will also develop their reasoning skills by making true or false statements and finding a number based on factor clues. The children will also be developing their knowledge of shape by looking at area and perimeter. They will be exploring how to be exact in their measurements in order to find accurate perimeters as well as looking at how to find the total area of compound shapes. They will then use their application and reasoning skills to apply these to real life situations.
In science, we will be learning about forces and learning about gravity and gravitational pull. We will be visited by Dr Ken who will hold a workshop for us to demonstrate forces.
In art, we will be looking at the artist Colin Ruffell and creating a skyline based on his work.
In RE, we will be learning about Christianity. We will be looking at what makes Jesus special and the values he embedded in Christianity.
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.