Maple Class

Welcome to Maple Class

Our Class teacher is Mrs McKenzie and our teaching assistant is Mrs Wright.


For more information about the routines in Year 5, please read our Parents' meeting presentation.

Term 1

Welcome to Year 5. We hope you all had a great summer break and are ready for the new school year!

In English this term we will be focusing on Ancient Greek Myths and Legends. We will have opportunities to retell Greek myths and then use what we have learnt to write our own. We will be using a range of texts with a particular focus on the structure of sentences. We will also be revising direct speech as well as the purpose of different conjunctions. Following this, we will begin learning about relative clauses and the correct punctuation associated with this.

In maths we will focus on building a secure understanding of our place value in numbers to a million. This will include being able to read, write, order and compare numbers as well as being able to round them. Following this, we will be looking at addition and subtraction, solving multi step problems in context including deciding which operations to use and why. Throughout this, there will be an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving. 

Throughout the term, we will be completing three different enquiries. The first is based around the Fundamental British Values where we will be answering the two big questions- "Who am I?" and "How do we all live together?". We will then be moving onto our historical enquiry for the term where we will be learning about what life was like in Ancient Greece as well as their lasting legacies. Finally, as part of our RE enquiry, we will be trying to answer the question, "Why do some people believe God exists?"

Term 2

We had an excellent first term and can't wait to get started with term 2!

In English this term, all of our writing will be linked to our enquiry about space. We will have opportunities for creative writing about a make believe planet called Pandora as well as newspaper reports about the first moon landing. We will be working particularly hard to develop the skills we began to learn in Term 1. We will need to ensure we are applying all we have learnt about sentence structure and developing this to ensure we are using it effectively. We will also need to ensure we are using a variety of punctuation (particularly commas) accurately. To develop our description, we will be learning about how to use expanded noun phrases effectively.

Within maths, we will be learning about prime and composite numbers. Then we will have the opportunity to revise our short multiplication method and we will be developing this to multiply four digit numbers by 1 digit. Following this, we will be returning to our work on place value and developing this to include numbers with up to 3 decimal places as well as multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. Just before Christmas, we will be revisiting quadrilaterals and triangles and learning to translate and reflect shapes. 

We will have two main enquiries this term. The first will be a scientific enquiry about space where we will be answering the big question- "The Earth, Sun and Moon, which is the odd one out?" This will also involve learning about the forces gravity and air resistance as well as geography linked with time zones and the Earth's hemispheres. When we found out our enquiry was about space, we decided that we would also really like to find out about life in space so we will also be trying to answer the question- "Are we alone?" 

At the end of the term, we will be completing an RE enquiry based around the question- "If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?" During this, we will have the opportunity to learn about different religious places of worships.

Term 3

Welcome back, from everyone in Maple class, we would like to wish you a happy new year!

We have started the term completing our RE enquiry, "If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?" This has given us the opportunity to develop our understanding of how different religions choose to worship God.

Our English this term will be based around the text "Holes" by Louis Sachar. This will give us lots of different writing opportunities including letter writing, writing persuasive advertisements and writing stories with flashbacks. We will need to ensure we keep using a variety of sentence lengths and structures. We will also be developing our understanding of how we can use words and phrases to link our sentences and paragraphs. 

Within maths, we started the term by finishing off our work on shape and position and direction. Next, we will be developing our understanding of formal written multiplication and division methods and applying these methods to a range of different problems. We will then be developing our understanding of fractions. We will have to apply our knowledge of decimals from last term as well as learn different ways to represent and write fractions. 

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