Class Teacher - Ms Gill
Teaching Assistant - Miss Brownbill
Welcome to year five! We have a very exciting and busy term ahead of us as we explore Victorian Britain, with a particular focus upon the lives of working children. Indeed, we will be gaining a ‘hands on’ experience on 6th October as we visit Quarry Bank Mill and imagine what life was like as a Victorian apprentice. All aspects of our curriculum during the autumn term will link, in one way or another, to the changes and influential figures that represent Victorian Britain.
Literacy and numeracy homework will be given out every Friday with the expectation that it is completed and returned to school for the following Wednesday. Homework is usually based upon class based tasks thus keeping you informed in terms of what your child has been learning that week. Please ensure that your child has their reading book in school with them everyday as we progress with our 'accelerated reader' programme.
Topics for Autumn Term 2017
Local Church – Community – Mission.
Eucharist – Relating – Memorial sacrifice.
Lent/Easter – Giving – Sacrifice.
Novels and stories by significant children’s authors.
Streetchild- Berlie Doherty.
The children will be writing in the style of Berlie Doherty - adding a chapter, or changing a chapter, from our class novel.
Narrative poetry - The Highwayman.
The children will read this classic narrative poem, learn sections of it by heart and perform as part of a group. The children will also explore character and motive when writing from the perspective of various characters.
Biography and autobiography.
After reading biographical texts (Dr John Barnardo) the children will produce their own biographies for fictional characters who supported the rights of working Victorian children.
Older literature – Film narrative - The Railway children.
After studying and reflecting upon the impact of access to railways during the Victorian period, we will read extracts and watch clips of ‘The railway Children.’ The children will write their own adventure, to be added to the text, with particular attention being given to language choice and sentence structures.
During all units, the following basic skills will be taught and applied -
Create and punctuate complex sentences using - Ing openers, ed openers, simile openers.
Demonstrate complex sentences using commas in order to clarify meaning.
Use devices to build cohesion within a paragraph.
Use expanded noun phrases to to convey complicated information concisely
Blend action, dialogue and description within and across paragraphs
Use suffixes -ate, -ise, -ify to convert nouns and adjectives into verbs
Investigate verb prefixes, eg dis-, de-, re-, pre-, mis-, over-...
Develop skills of planning, drafting and writing plus evaluating and editing - see KLIPS document
Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1000000 and determine the value of each digit. Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000000.
Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers including through zero. Round any number up to 1000000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and 100000 Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above. Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers. Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction) Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy. Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph. Complete, read and interpret information in tables including timetables.
Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts. Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers. Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared ( 2 ) and cubed ( 3 ) Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes. Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non -prime) numbers.
Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m.
Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, cm 2 ,m 2 estimate the area of irregular shapes.
Our enquiry question is - Did anything change to improve the lives of children during the Victorian period?
After comparing differences between the lives of the rich and the poor, during Victorian Britain, the children will learn about the different jobs children did as well as their conditions of work. They will hear about key characters who campaigned for the rights of children and be aware that various acts were passed through parliament during this time. Historical skills, such as chronology, identifying the difference between primary and secondary sources of information and cause and effect are integrated into our learning.
Focus study - William Rathbone was a philanthropist who introduced district nursing into poor areas of Liverpool during the Victorian period. He corresponded, through various letters, with Florence Nightingale seeking support and advice.
Cars- The children will create, using Scratch, a detailed two player game that includes racing cars around a track.
The children will set commands for their ‘sprites’ and ensure variables are set.
Website designers- The children will create their own website using templates from Wordpress.
The children will present their website to the rest of the class providing a rationale behind choosing the content that they have used which will link to a curriculum area.
Using the 'Charranga' scheme of work, the children will be exploring 80's rock! Our theme is Don't Stop Believin'!
Netball - Invasion games. The children will gain a greater understanding of positioning, roles within a game and adaptations of rules during this unit.
Dance - Machines - The children will compose and perform a group dance to represent a machine, possibly a machine which would have been used in a textile mill!! The children will respond to the beat and tempo of a selected piece of music moving from individual, to group, to whole class
Earth and space. Will we ever send another human to the moon?
Forces – Can you feel the force?
Science teacher Mrs Brett ensures that Science is as interesting and exciting as is possible by providing lots of opportunity for practical investigation.
Printing - inspired by the work of William Morris.
After studying the work of William Morris, children will produce their own block print based on a similar design.
Children will experiment with design and colour prior to the printing process. Their end task will be to print wallpaper suitable to decorate the drawing room of a Victorian house.
Cooking and nutrition. Tapas - (links to the MFL curriculum.)
Children will prepare some tapas meals - patatas bravas, Spanish omelette or stuffed peppers - a delicious treat!