Welcome to Year 5
This area contains helpful information and reminders. It will also be updated regularly throughout the year with photos and updates about what we get up to as part of our learning journey.
Year 5 Staff
Our class teacher is Mrs Parker.
Mrs Parker loves being out and about with her husband and two boys exploring our beautiful city and countryside. Mrs Parker enjoys keeping fit and tries to fit in workouts around her busy job as the Deputy Head teacher and being a mammy. The Parker family’s favourite superhero is spiderman – can you guess why?
We are supported in our learning by Mrs Phillips and Miss Johnston.
Miss Johnston attended St Michael’s as a child and loved it so much she returned as a member of staff. In her spare time she enjoys walking and reading. She loves having her nails done, sometimes the children even like to decide what colour and pattern she gets next.
Mrs Phillips enjoys spending time with her family. She is a fantastic runner, you can often spot her out running in the village or nearby villages.
- To be resilient
- To develop independence
- To be kind to our classmates
You can find our more about our learning by visiting the Curriculum section of our website.
You can see our long-term learning overview here to see what we are learning about this year: Long Term Overview
Science– Materials and their properties. We will be finding out about solids, liquids and gases and looking at how some liquids and solids interact/react with each other. This topic involves lots of investigations and observation work.
History– We will start our journey through time by looking at elements of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Geography– We will be building the skill of map reading during this topic including the use of co-ordinates to find locations.
Art: Our first project is based on Durham miners. We will be creating mini sculptures of miners, inspired by the sculpture in Langley Park.
Computing: We will be up-levelling our PowerPoint skills and producing our own presentations
Music: We will begin learning musical notation such as the names of the different notes as well as developing our listening skills and understanding of certain musical terms.
On Wednesday we have P.E. with a Mr Storey and will be developing or football skills.
On Thursday we have wheelchair basketball led by a professional coach.
Science- We will be learning about the different forces around us, such as gravity and air resistance, and how these forces affect our daily lives. We will then explore how we make the most of forces to help us through the use of pulleys, cogs and levers.
History- We will learn about some key aspects of life during the Ancient Egyptian period: Why they mummified the dead; the significance of hieroglyphics; and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Computing- We will be learning how internet search engines work and how to use these search engines safely and efficiently.
Art- We will be developing our dying, printing and weaving skills using images from Ancient Egypt as our inspiration!
Design and Technology- To develop our sewing skills, we will be designing and making our very own felt phone cases.
Music- We will be developing our singing and composition notation skills. The songs will all have an Ancient Egyptian theme.
P.E.- On Wednesdays we will be working with a Sports Coach on our Gymnastics skills and on a Friday, we will be developing our tennis skills with Mr Storey!
Science-This half term we will be learning about Earth and Space. We will learn about the Solar System and in particular about the movements of the Earth and Moon.
Geography- We will be finding out all about the marvellous mountains all over the world! How were mountains made? What are the key features of a mountain? Where do we find mountain ranges? How do humans use mountains?!
Computing- We are going to develop our Scratch skills. We will learn how to add characters and backdrops to games and will eventually create our own game!
Design and Technology- Our topic this half term is ‘Marbulous Structures’. Basically, we will be designing and making our very own marble runs using various joining and constructing techniques.
Music-We will be learning about Blues music and in particular will learn to play the Blues scale and in turn create our own Blues music.
P.E.- This half term we will be going swimming on a Thursday afternoon and will be working with the Sports coach on a Wednesday afternoon.
Science– We will be finding out about the life cycles of both plants and animals this half term. We will learn how flowering plants reproduce as well as how the key animal groups reproduce in different ways.
History- Our topic this half term is ‘Crime and Punishment’. We will learn about how the types of crimes and their related punishments have changed through the ages and will learn about how our modern day police forces came about.
Art- we will use the work of Hundertwasser and Frank Auerbach to create images and portraits using different drawing techniques as well as layering and working in the negative.
Computing- this term we will by producing and editing our own videos using a storyboard as a starting point.
Music- This half term we will be using a story as inspiration to compose a piece of music with a focus on rhythm and timbre.
P.E. – We will be continuing with our swimming lessons on a Thursday afternoon and will be developing our basketball skills with Mr Storey on a Friday
Science– This half term we will be learning more about…ourselves! In particular we will be learning about the different stages of the human cycle all the way from birth to old age and the changes associated with these different stages.
Geography- Within this topic we will be learning about world resources and why humans have settled in various locations. We will look in particular at where our food comes from and how we can make decisions to reduce our carbon footprint.
Design and Technology- Nicely linked to our geography topic, we will be taste testing and following recipes using a selection of skills to make food from around the world (Mexico, China and Germany!)
Music- This half term we will be fine-tuning our singing skills- literally! We will also become more confident at using and reading music notation. The topic will finish with us performing to each other!
Computing- This half-term we are going to refine and improve our word processing skills and in particular improve our use of Word and Power Point so that we can use the software to create presentations and interesting texts.
P.E.- This half term we will continue to go for swimming lessons on a Thursday and will be improving our Rounders skills with Mr Storey on a Friday.
Science– we will complete our Human Life Cycles Topic and then refine our investigation skills (planning and carry out practical tests to answer a question)
History- In our final history topic of the year, we will be learning abut the events that led up to the start of World War 2 and how this impacted life in Britain i.e. evacuation, the Blitz, changing roles.
Art- will be practising various different drawing techniques and developing our sketching techniques
Computing– the children will enjoy learning how to programme a micro:bit to carry out various functions including sending a message and acting as a pedometer.
Music- this half term, the children will learn about the pentatonic scale with the context of the Chinese New Year.
P.E.– the children will be thrilled to hear that wheelchair basketball will be returning this half term! With Mr Storey, they will be improving their athletics and ‘fielding and striking’ skills.
We use knowledge mats to learn about our topics and the vocabulary and sticky knowledge we need to remember after this topic.
Autumn Term Knowledge Mats
Spring 1 Knowledge Mats
Spring 2 Knowledge mats
Summer 1 knowledge mats:
We should be reading as regularly as we can throughout the week (at least 3 times) and recording it in our reading records. We should bring our reading records and any completed books into school each Friday.
We also have a specific set of words to practise spelling each week and must make sure we understand what they mean and can use them in a sentence. Our spelling test is on Friday morning.
We also have a weekly times tables/ mental arithmetic test. This term, we will be given specific times tables to practise.
We start receiving weekly Maths or English homework after October half term.
Children can access their spelling lists, reading questions and homework lists on their e-schools page.
Children are to return their reading records and books each Friday.
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