Year 5B Class Page
Meet The Class
Welcome to 5B’s page. We are a hard working group who are always making strides to do our best. Our inquisitive and caring nature means we are always supporting each other to learn new skills and apply them in a variety of ways.
Subjects This Term
During the autumn term, we will be focussing on both place value and calculation skills. We will be using a range of equipment in our classroom to represent calculations and build our confidence when using a range of different methods. To demonstrate our understanding we will then apply our knowledge to problem solving and reasoning tasks.
Our English topics this half term will take us both into outer space and into our past. First, we will explore the first moon landing and recall the events from the first person recounts of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge. Our second text is a fictional journey to the times of World War 1 where a boy observes his father’s dream of being able to fly…but at what cost?
This term we will be looking at the solar system and where our planet fits on a much grander scale. We will also be taking a look at our neighbouring planets and the roles they play in keeping our solar system turning. In our other unit, we will look at the forces acting around us and how an unbalanced force can be affected by friction, wind resistance and gravity.
What would it have been like to have lived during the Ancient Greece days? Our unit will explore the gods, the mythical creatures and the morals of living in a culture built around war and sacrifice.
What is happening underneath our feet right now? This term, we will be looking at how tectonic plates can cause one of the biggest natural disasters we could ever face. Whether it is a small shake or a ten on the Richter scale, earthquakes can be some of the most deadliest events to happen on our planet and we are going to explore where, when and why they happen.
Linked to our English unit, our class will be designing NASA’s next lunar rover, which will consist of a frame, wheels and a motor. The children will have to consider the layout, the purpose and the practicality of their design in order to be chosen to be blasted onto the moon’s surface in search of the next big discovery.
In RE, we will be exploring the beliefs of a range of different religions throughout the year. This term, we will be investigating why some people believe a God exists and whether we can live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century.
This term, we will be exploring how movement can be portrayed through art, especially through sculpture. We will be studying artists including Eadweard Muybridge, Umberto Bocciono and Ju Ming.
Throughout this term, we will be studying and performing Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and we will also explore bossa nova and swing. We will use glockenspiels and singing, explore pulse and rhythm and learn about the importance of vocal warm ups.
Each week the children will be given a set of spellings, which will be tested the following Thursday. The children are encouraged to return their completed sheets to earn their raffle tickets.
The children also have access to Spelling Shed, an app and online gaming site focussed around securing their age appropriate spellings.
To improve our times table skills, the children are encouraged to complete daily 5-minute sessions on the TT Rockstar app. This helps build mental recall and will support them in many different areas of their mathematical learning.
Reading is extremely important in Kensington Primary as it holds the key for our pupils to be able to access their work and reach their potential. Reading at home each night has a massive impact on this.
Rainbow Challenge: Each week, the children will earn a raffle ticket for reading at home 4 times over the week. This will enter them into our weekly raffle and will set them on their way to completing their rainbow challenge in their reading record.