Our learning during the Autumn Term will have an overarching theme of Mental Wellbeing, and will be based around our core texts: ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen and ‘Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis. 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 mental wellbeing and how their current decisions can impact their future.
Over the first half term in English, we will be developing our fictional writing. As we read our core text, ‘Boy in the Tower’, we will be building an awareness of the characters, the relationships they create and the choices they make by writing a narrative based on key events in the story. We will be looking at how figurative language and sentence structure have an effect on a reader. During the second half term, we will be learning the skills required to write a split narrative perspective from two main character’s points of view.
In Maths, we are focusing on developing our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. We will then apply our knowledge of these methods to solve a range of real-life problems. In the second half of the Autumn term, we will continue our learning of the four operations by moving on to multiplication and division before moving on to statistics, area and perimeter.
In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Properties of Materials’. We will be sorting and classifying everyday objects based on their properties. We will be conducting lots of experiments to investigate reversible and irreversible changes, and which solids and liquids will create a solution. 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 Colin Ruffell; we will explore his approach to landscapes to create our own tower blocks. The children will consider mark making and observational drawings, linking closely to our core text. Linking to our core text in Autumn 2, children will be exploring portraits through the use of various media.
This term, we will be exploring the global theme of “identity and diversity”. During Autumn 1, the children will take part in a project that highlights and builds awareness of positive mental health through various activities. In Autumn 2, we will look at gender/gender stereotypes in our community and wider communities and will complete a project based on this.
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.