Termly Overview

Spring 1 2018
Beaver Road Curriculum Newsletter
Dear Parents/Carers,
Here are some details about the topics we will be studying throughout this half term, along with information about supporting your child. Our challenge question this half term is: ‘Why should the rainforest be important to us all?’
English- The children begin this half term by looking in detail at poetry. We will be writing our own poems, as well as performing some famous examples, such as Walking With My Iguana.  Our Talk For Write book will have strong links with our Rainforest topic: The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. We will be looking at writing our own versions of this exciting rainforest story, as well as studying many story writing techniques.  
Topic- In our topic lessons this half term, we will be looking at many different aspects of Rainforests, including their geographical locations, issues regarding the rainforest and deforestation, Rainforest animals and survival. The topic will culminate in a Survival Day.
SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)- We will continue with our SPAG work focusing on punctuation through our written work and grammar essentials.  The children will be continuing their work in a SPAG book. The children will continue to work on Year 5 core spellings.  
Mathematics-  Topics will include:
Can I count forward or backward in steps of 100,1000,10,000 in numbers up to 1,000,000?
Can I round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10,100,1000,10,000 1nd 100,000?
Can I interpret negative numbers in context, counting forwards and backwards through zero?
Metric measures.
Read and write Roman Numerals to 1000(M) and recognise years written in Roman Numerals.
Science- In Science, we will be answering the question: “Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?” This is an interesting topic which looks at life cycles and reproduction in plants and animals.
PE Games: Under the guidance of Coach Knowles the children will learn the basic skills and rules of traditional team games and also learn how to invent their own small games, and how to implement them to work with younger children. Outdoor PE for Year 5 is Thursday and Indoor PE is Friday.
PE KIT REMINDER: No Football Shirts Please.
Thursday - Outdoor PE – White/Yellow T-Shirt/Jumper and Blue or Black Shorts/Tracksuit Bottoms
Friday - Indoor PE – White/Yellow T-shirt and Blue or Black Shorts/Leggings
Computing- iPads will be used to enhance the children’s work across the curriculum.  The children will be continuing their theme of Computational Thinking.  During this session we will be looking at how to code using Scratch.
Modern Foreign Languages- This term your child will continue to develop their ability in speaking and understanding French.
Please check our Year 5 objectives on the website as these will help you to support your child throughout the year. Remember that your child receives each week: a piece of maths and literacy/topic homework.  Our homework is given out on a Friday and is due back in on Wednesday.
Once again, many thanks for your support.
The Year 5 Team
Mr. D. Berry
Miss K. O'Brien
Mr. T. Walsh