Summer Term Learning
Our text in Summer 1 is the classic poem, ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We will spend time learning about the story, looking at the vocabulary and images to enhance our understanding of the story as we progress and writing an alternative ending to the narrative poem. After our Wildchild trip, we will reflect on our adventure by writing a brochure to advertise the company, using persuasive devices. Following this, we will study ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to introduce children to Shakespeare, writing a journal. In Summer 2, we will look at The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden, linking our topic and literacy learning.
In Summer 1, we will be continuing with our work on fractions. In this unit, we will be performing various calculations with fractions including finding a fraction of an amount, comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions. We will then be exploring the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers. In Summer 2, we will be converting units of measure and using our knowledge to solve problems as well as identifying, comparing, measuring and drawing angles. Weekly times-tables tests will continue (all children should have fluent recall of all tables up to 12). Arithmetic tests will occur every other week and regular ‘Maths Meetings’ will continue in order to keep the required range of knowledge and skills sharp.
In Summer 1, we will investigate Earth and Space. We will research the planets and moons of our solar system, describe the relationship between the earth and the moon, examine the changing of the seasons and how shadows change over time. In Summer 2, we will study Living Things and their Habitats. Children will be able to describe the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds and describe the process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
In the first half-term, we will be producing mini ‘episodes’ using movie-making software on the iPads, linking to our science learning about Earth and Space. In Summer 2, we will be creating web pages to teach people all about our Ancient Greece learning from our topic lessons.
In Summer 1, we will be working towards answering the question ‘Would you rather be an Ancient Greek man, woman or child?’ We will be looking at the roles of men, women and children in Ancient Greek society and deciding which one would have been the most favourable and why.
In Summer 2, we will be working towards answering the question ‘How did the Ancient Greeks change the world?’ We will be looking at different elements of Greek society ranging from the concept of democracy to the Olympic games, Greek thinkers and Greek theatre. We will be discussing how we can still see these themes in the modern day.
The art curriculum will link with our topic and science work and will include designing Greek statues and creating a planet mobile. We will also be designing and making fairtrade cereal bars to build on our last topic.
This term, we will utilise the Charanga software to teach children about different times and cultures around music, learning to sing and play songs throughout.
This term, we will continue with the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) scheme from the Chris Winter project having done one session before the holiday. We will also continue our Mind Up and Zones of Regulation work in order to support children’s emotional literacy.
We will be continuing with our bi-weekly 1-hour Spanish sessions this term with our Spanish teacher, Mrs Celero.
Our PE lessons will be as they were in Spring 2. Please ensure your child comes into school on those days (Mon and Weds for 5G; Mon and Thurs for 5C) wearing their PE kit.
The focus for the summer term will be on outdoor games and athletics.
This term, we will be focusing on Islam to answer the question ‘What is the ummah?’ We will be investigating beliefs about God and Muhammad as well as looking into the Islamic belief of giving to charity (Zakah).
Trips and Special Events
‘Wildchild’ overnight trip (5th – 6th May for those signed up to go)
Paradise Co-Op Forest School (9th June)
We are also looking to book an in-school workshop linked to Ancient Greece, as well as other opportunities for trips in London so watch this space!
Spellings and times tables will be tested each Friday, with arithmetic every other Friday – please look at this with your child when you can to support improvement.
Formal homework (Maths and English) will be set on Friday each week, to be handed in by the following Thursday.