Old Hall Junior School

Old HallJunior School

Year 5 

All the staff in Year 5 would like to extend a 

very warm welcome to our year group.

We are really looking forward to working together for success for each and every child. We have lots of fantastic learning planned for the year ahead and our exciting curriculum will help to inspire and engage all our children and challenge them to fulfil their full potential.  We hope that the children will regularly share these learning experiences with you.

 

The Year 5 Team

Our Teachers

Miss R Davies (5D) Mrs R Dunnachie (5CD) Mrs R Cauldwell (5CD)

 

  Our Teaching Assistants   

Miss C Hammond Miss E Warnock Mrs M Moore

 

PPA Teachers

Our PPA teachers replace class teachers for half a day each week. 

Miss S Scarborough Mrs R Homan

 

 

Our Learning This Year 

Let's Explore 

 

(Autumn) 

 

Geography focus

The Amazing Americas

 

In this topic Y5 will learn about the geography of North and South America.  They study the Amazon River and the river system.  They will learn more about the plants and animals that live in this area and will also find out about the economic activity in this area and the environmental impact of this human activity in this region of the world.  The children will consider the geographical similarities and differences of this region with that of an area of the U.K. They will develop their geographical skills by using maps, atlases and globes as well as digital mapping to study these areas. 

Let's Discover 

 

(Spring) 

 

History focus

What did the Ancients do for us? 

 

Learning in this topic is based all around the achievements of the earliest civilizations of our world, including the Ancient Greeks and Mayan civilizations.  During this topic the children will use a wide range of resources to learn more about life in these ancient times, society and beliefs.  They will consider how the achievements of these ancient civilizations have influenced and impacted on the world we live in today

Let's Create  

 

(Summer)

 

Art and Science focus

Create Term 

 

Learning this term  will have a Creative focus.

Science in Year 5

Autumn

Earth and Space

Forces

Spring

Properties and changes of materials

Summer

Living things and their habitats

Animals including humans

Links for Year 5 Learning

 

Let's Explore South America

 

 

 

Lonely Planet

 

South America

 

Brazil Fact-file

 

South America

 

Rainforest Biome (YouTube)

 

Bitesize

Rivers 

25 Amazon Facts

 

More Amazon Facts

South American

Countries

 

 

Let's Explore North America 

 

 

 

Destination World

 

 

Explore Canada

 

 

Countries of North America

 

 

 

Lonely Planet 

  

 

Explore North America

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Discover Ancient Greece 

 

Ancient Greeks

 

10 facts about Ancient Greece

 

 

Groovy Greeks

 

 

 

BBC- Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece Summary

 

A Day in Ancient Greece

 

5 Things to Know

 

 

Explore this gorgeous map

 

 

Greek Gods

 

Greek Myths

 

 

Let's Discover Ancient Maya 

 

 

 

Ancient Maya

 

 

Ancient Maya

 

 

  

 

Mayan facts for kids

 

 

 

Ancient Maya

 

 

 

Mayan buildings

 

 

 

 

Ancient Maya

 

 

Let's be Scientists

 

 

The Solar System

 

 

What is a force?

 

 

 

Friction and Resistance

 

 

 

The force of gravity

 

 

 

Buoyancy

 

 

 

Changing Materials

 

  Life Cycles

 

 

Let's be Mathematicians

 

 

 

Let's improve our English skills

 

 

 

Weekly Overview

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

PE

PE

Swimming 

Homework due

Homework set

 

Swimming

 

Swimming is always on Friday mornings.  Each class participates in lessons at Queen’s Park for a term and a half.  

 

PE lessons

 

PE lessons are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays and cover a range of skills.  Lessons may be inside or outside depending on the unit being covered and, of course, the weather! 

 

Wednesday

 

Teaching is split into half-days on Wednesdays: children will be taught by the PPA teachers, Mrs Homan and Miss Scarborough (R.E, and Music).

Important Information

Times Tables

 

The expectation is that the children will be fluent in their recall of the times tables facts up to 12 x 12 as well as the corresponding division facts by the time they reach Year 5 and Upper Key Stage Two.  Of course, some children find this easier than others to achieve, therefore regular practise will really help children to learn and retain these key mathematical facts which support them to be fluent in other areas of maths. There are lots of different ways to support children to learn their times tables including singing songs and online games including those provided through school such as Times Tables Rockstars and Doodle Maths.  Links to these sites can be found on this page.

Spellings  

 

Spellings are set every Friday and tested the following Friday morning.  There are 3 levels of challenge, depending on your child’s ability.  There are usually 6 spellings which may include statutory spellings and those relating to a weekly spelling rule.  Every half term, the children are tested on all the words from that half term. The word-lists in the National Curriculum for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list are taught within the four years of key stage 2 alongside other words that teachers consider appropriate.  For some children approaches such as flash cards, mnemonics and games can help them to learn and retain these more difficult spellings. 

Trips in Year 5

Holmebrook Valley Park

 

This trip provides and exciting, hands-on introduction to our ‘Rivers’ part of our Explore Term. The children become expect geographers as they map a river bed, chart the flow of the river and dip for aquatic life.

The National Space Centre

 

Also in the Explore Term , this is a ‘WOW’ day that really engages all the children’s senses as we discover more about our solar system, space exploration the sun and even the weather.  This is an interactive day in which the children can push buttons, predict outcomes, forecast the weather and even drive a research vehicle!

Residential Visit to Whitehall

 

As part of our Discover Term, the children have the opportunity to take part in our exciting Year 5 Residential.  In line with the National Curriculum’s ‘Outdoor & Adventurous Activities’, our explorers get to orienteer, zip wire, rock climb and even brave the network of caves!