Maple Class

Welcome to Maple Class

Our Class teacher is Mrs McKenzie and our teaching assistant is Mrs Richardson. Mrs Abbot will also be working with us as a key worker.

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

Term 1

Welcome to Year 5. It has been a long time since you have been in school but we are very excited to welcome you back and into your new class. We hope you all managed to have 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. 

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. We will also continue to revise our quick recall of multiplication and division facts.

Throughout the term, we will be completing two enquiries. The first is our historical enquiry where we will be learning about what life was like in Ancient Greece as well as their lasting legacies. At the end of term, 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 be basing our writing around a make believe planet called Pandora. We will use this as stimulus to help us with writing diary entries, newspaper reports and non-chronological reports. 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 factors and multiples as well as 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. 

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.

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 4 (starting back from Week Beginning 8th March)

We are all really looking forward to being back in the classroom from Monday 8th March. You have all worked exceptionally hard on Seesaw and we are very proud of all of your achievements. 

When we return to school, we will be having a whole school STEM week where we will be completing lots of different activities around science, technology, engineering and maths. Keep your eyes peeled for a whole school blog announcement to see what we get up to.

Following our STEM week, in English we will be working hard to increase our writing stamina as many of us have not been writing as much. We will also be focusing on how we can use different sentence structures in our writing as well as learning about relative clauses.

In our maths work, we will be focusing on fractions for the whole term. We will be revising what a fraction is and then using this to add and subtract fractions as well as find equivalent fractions. We will also learn about mixed and improper fractions.

Our enquiry this term will continue to be about the Victorians. Throughout all of our enquiry work, we will be trying to answer the question, "Was the Victorian era a dark age or a golden age?"

Term 5

Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic Easter holiday and are looking forward to another fantastic term of learning.

In English this term, we are very lucky that we will be participating in a News Wise project. This will give us the opportunity to learn about what it takes to become a journalist and we will then be writing some news reports of our own. We will start the project with a virtual workshop and then, throughout the project, we will have the opportunity to talk to, and get feedback from, a real life journalist! We will also be studying "Just So Stories" and then using this to write our own creation stories. Throughout both English tasks, we will continue to develop our understanding of relative clauses as well as developing our understanding of more advanced punctuation such as brackets.

In maths this term, we will be returning to our work on division and multiplication. We will start the term revising multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 100. When we are secure with that, we will be revising short division before starting work on the formal written method for long multiplication. We will then return to our work on fractions where we will be using equivalent fractions to help us add and subtract fractions with different denominators. 

During Term 5, we will be completing 2 enquiries. The first is a scientific enquiry based on plants and animals. We will be trying to answer the question, "Are all life cycles the same?" At the end of the term we will be working on an RE enquiry where we will be answering the big question, "What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?"

Click here to see a our Term 5 Timetable.


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