Cedar Class Year 5

Welcome to Cedar Class
Our theme this term is: The skies above my eyes

Spring term!

In English, our books  for our theme this term include Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Skies above our eyes by Charlotte Guillain Through these brilliant texts we will be exploring and writing a range of different texts including narratives, recounts and explanations. We will experiment with adventurous language and descriptive features, as well as some non-fiction writing devices.

Through all of these texts we will also be developing our comprehension skills in our reading lessons with a focus on retrieving information and using evidence to support our responses to questions.

In Math, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will build on our times table knowledge to help us solve harder multiplication problems up to 4-digit x 2-digit numbers. After half term we will build on our knowledge of fractions and decimals, as well as introducing percentages. By the end we will know equivalences        between fractions, decimals and percentages

 In Geography, we will be revisiting our learning of using maps and aerial photographs to recognise and locate places and features on  maps, in atlases and on globes. 

We will also be using satellite images from space to help us further explore our skills of identifying different parts of the world on a world map, including the USA, Canda and South America. We will also explore and identify physical features from satellite images such as rivers and mountains.

In RE, we will be learning about the Judaism faith. We will look at holy texts, symbols and objects and how people of the Jewish faith show their beliefs.

We will also  be revisiting our learning of Christianity  and we will explore gospel texts and interpret the lessons and teachings Christians learn through these parables and narratives.

In PSHE, we will be thinking about and exploring our future goals and dreams, such as  our dream job for the future. During the second half of our term we will be learning about the impacts of healthy and unhealthy lifestyle decisions.

In French,  we will be learning about the weather using simple descriptive language. We will also learn to order food in a restaurant and finally describe how we look, combining our prior descriptions with new vocabulary around the parts of the body and new descriptive words.

 In Music, we will be listening to and appraising a variety of science fiction  music. We will be exploring how genres of music add suspense and drama to science fiction movies. This will help us to collaborate and compose our own piece of science fiction music. We will use this in our advert for our space rover design which connects our art, music, DT and computing curriculum topics.

In DT, we will be researching design of the famous space rover. We will be examining the design of the space rover carefully and use our evaluations of the design to create our own design suggestions so that we can design our own space rover with new suggested improvements and designs.

Later on in the term we will use our art, computing and music learning to create an advert for our new design.

In Art, we will be experimenting with and creating our own digital art using digital applications. We will research digital artists and evaluate and take inspiration from their work.

At the end of the term we will use our knowledge of digital art to create our own digital artwork for an advert of our new design of a space rover.

In History, we will be doing a local history study. Initially we will look at the history of space travel in the South West, culminating in a study of Airbus UK.

 In science, we will initially be looking at space. We will describe the movement of Earth and other planets around the sun, describe the movement of the moon in relation to the Earth and understand that the rotation of the earth is what causes day and night. We will also investigate if there is a correlation between the size of a planet and the length of a day.

We will also look at forces. We will explain what gravity is and the effect it has on objects and measure the force using Newton Meters. We will also identify the effects of air    resistance, water resistance and friction. We will then     investigate the speed in which different parachutes allow an object to fall and the reasons why.

Key Information
Cedar Class will continue to have 2 PE lessons per week. These will take place on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is named and in school at all times. 
Children are expected to be reading at home at least 3 times per week to support their learning. Reading Records need to be handed in on a Thursday. 
Times tables
Children are encouraged to continue using Times Table Rockstars to practice their times tables each week. They will also be completing one of our 21 Facts activities each morning to support their understanding not only of their times tables, but their relationships between number facts. This will take place during registration.
Purple Mash
All children should now have a purple mash log in. Please speak to Mr Francis if you don't. 
Throughout the term work may be set on there to support the children's learning. This is not compulsory but will be beneficial to support the learning done in class. This is also a good tool for additional research and creating some of the theme homeworks.