Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn 2016
Welcome back to school and to Year 5 of the National Curriculum! The children and I are quickly settling into the routines of school life and we are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive academic year. At the beginning of a new term it is useful to know about each year group’s routines and curriculum information. Our main project during the Autumn Term will be ‘Images of Africa’…
GEOGRAPHY – The children will make links with Moselinyane Primary School in Lesotho. They will use maps to locate Lesotho; ask geographical questions, collect and organise information about the characteristic natural and human features of Lesotho, in comparison to Newport. They will be presenting information and ideas using geographical terms.
ICT – Throughout our project the children will use Word and PowerPoint to plan, create, develop and combine information with a sense of purpose and awareness of audience. They will also learn how to use the internet for research, following safety guidelines & discussing issues relating to internet safety.
ART – The children will be investigating how artists, such as Tony Hudson, show people in motion within their artwork. They will develop their drawing and painting skills, applying these to depict movement in their own images of Africa.
HISTORY – During our project the children will be using their historical enquiry skills to find out about when the slave trade started, how the slave trade worked and the extent of the suffering that slaves had to endure. They will learn how and when things started to change, including what finally ended slavery.
ESDGC/PSE – Children will be encouraged to empathise with others’ feelings and experiences; understand that there is value, both in the similarities and the differences between aspects of life in different countries and understand that the behaviour of individuals has an effect on the lives of others.
LITERACY – Where appropriate, Literacy is linked to our class project work. This allows us to establish meaningful contexts in which to develop oracy, reading and writing skills. Texts we will be using as part of our ‘Images of Africa’ project include: ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ and ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ During the course of the year we will be developing the children’s narrative writing skills and exploring the language features associated with a range of non-fiction genres.
READING: This year the children will continue to be introduced to a range of reading material through individual books, group guided reading books and whole class shared texts. All children will take part in group guided reading sessions with the class teacher and/or another member of staff. They will be required to complete a reading journal in class to reflect upon what they have read. Pupils are expected to read at home under the guidance of parents and can select from books in school and/or their own reading material.
SPELLINGS: Lists are taken from the Literacy Strategy and may also include class or project spellings.
Pupils will normally bring home spellings to learn on a Friday to be tested on the following Friday.
NUMERACY – We follow the teaching objectives outlined in the Newport Scheme of Work. Class lessons include mental maths activities followed by a main teaching activity and plenary session. The children will continue to develop their understanding of place value and written methods of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction; alongside improving their application of shape, space and measures. Pupils are encouraged to practice their multiplication tables at home on a regular basis. Their mental maths skills will be tested for speed and accuracy on a Friday.
SCIENCE – Our science topic during the Autumn Term will be ‘Curious Changes’. This topic will include learning about materials and their properties, including: reversible and irreversible changes, grouping and separating materials. Throughout the topic, learning will take place through scientific investigation, enabling your child to develop scientific skills alongside knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts.
MUSIC – We will be exploring traditional African music this term, including djembe rhythms. We will be composing our own pieces using these rhythms using both body percussion and percussion instruments.
PE – P.E. lessons are on a Thursday morning (outside) and a Friday morning (inside). I would be grateful if you would ensure that the children have appropriate kit in school on these days, in particular a warm kit for games outside during the winter months. The children will be reminded of the school health and safety policy of no jewellery being worn during these lessons. We are very fortunate to have the support of Gwent Hockey Club who will be helping to coach and train all Year 5 children.
HOMEWORK – In addition to learning spellings and tables, Year 5 pupils will be required to complete weekly homework tasks. This may be either Literacy or Numeracy reinforcement work or extension work in another curriculum area. Homework sessions will normally take place on a Friday, during this session we will go through the previous week’s homework and new homework will be given.
HABITS OF MIND – HoM is all about learners developing qualities and skills that will help them become better at learning. In Year 5 we will be developing the children’s capacity to use the HoM. Please see our school website for further details.
PUPIL VOICE – At Glasllwch School we continue to adapt and improve our school curriculum to encompass the interests and experiences of the children. We believe that asking pupils about what they would like to learn is fundamental to providing an engaging and inspiring curriculum. Please discuss with your child what they would like to learn about this term.
It is important that we work in partnership in order for your child to flourish and reach his or her potential. If you have any questions concerning your child’s education, do not hesitate to contact me. I will look forward to seeing you soon.
Mr Jones (Year 5 Teacher) Mrs Parker (Teaching Assistant)