Welcome back for our final term in year 5! We are moving on to the exciting topic ‘Groundbreaking Greeks’.
In the Groundbreaking Greeks project, your child will learn about different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. They will understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They will get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant. Your child will learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They will explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, your child will decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.
I hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and that the children are excited to be returning to school for the Spring Term!
Our topic topic this term will be 'Sow, Grow and Farm' where we will be studying the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.
In Maths this term, we will continue to follow the Abacus scheme. This will enable us to ensure we are continuing to build on the knowledge of our Autumn Term studies and ensure that we are doing everything we can to prepare the class for Year 6.
In English, our novel study is 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We will also follow the Cracking Comprehension guide which will allow us to develop their Year 5 reading skills. Our Read Write Ink spelling scheme will continue throughout Year 5 and will again be used to ensure that the class continue their progress onto the Year 5 and 6 common exception words. We will also be using the Rising Stars Grammar scheme to ensure the class continues to learn the different complexities of the English language.
In Science this term we will be looking at Food chains and webs; Life cycles; Plant reproduction; Growing plants; Modern farming.
In Computing we will be looking at Spreadsheets and Data Bases through Purple Mash. This will ensure the children are capable of using computers to a high standard.
PE will have a focus on dance and gymnastics and encouraging the children to live a healthy lifestyle where possible.
We will be studying the Sikh religion throughout this term.
Finally, our music lessons will follow the Charanga scheme and we will be looking at the songs ‘Make You Feel My Love' and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'.
Ways you can help your child this term:
The children will be coming home with homework each week. It is vital that they are completing this to continue practicing the skills they learn in class regularly. They also need to continue reading daily to build their vocabulary and understanding.
Please get in touch on Dojo if you have any questions.