February 2020

As a school, we are currently in the process of completely overhauling and re-writing our school curriculum.  The one we currently have in place has been thoroughly interesting and has served us well, but now is a decisive time to move on to something more dynamic and ultimately better for our school.

We want to design and deliver a curriculum that is right for the children at our school.  We do not want to adopt a generic scheme that does not match the needs, interests and abilities of our children.

Over the next half term, we will be working closely together to create new and exciting topics and units to ensure that the children are experiencing a knowledge rich, skills based,  vibrant and dynamic curriculum.

 

 

 

January 2020

Christmas 2019 was the end of a long term in Year 5!   We have completed lots of work and assessments and finished off in competitive spirit by seeing who was the best class act to put forward for ‘Churchfields's got Talent!’  After a closely contested heat, we selected Zac, Cayden, Henri, Seth, Jacob and Josh to represent us.

Our first unit of learning in 2020, after our whole school author project on the work on Philip Pullman,  will be 'Saxon and Vikings.’   During the unit, we will be finding out about how different people have invaded and settled in Britain and what they have contributed to our culture.  We will be researching family life, houses, education, religion, transport, famous leaders and battles and will be linking our English lessons by reading some Norse mythology and writing our own quest adventures.

We will be using the 'Scratch' computer coding website to create computer games by following instructions.  If at all possible, it would be useful if your child could create their own Scratch account, which is entirely free, as this will enable them to save their own games and work on them at home.  For children to create their own account they require parental permission via a form which would be sent to your email.

As usual, home learning will be weekly spelling sentences and multiplication or division practice.  In the first week, pupils will also bring home a project sheet with ideas for creative home learning tasks linked to our class topic.

 

 

November 2019

We begin the half term looking at how propaganda was used during the world wars and their effect on people's everyday lives.

Our second unit this half term will be ‘Investigators’ where we use our scientific detective skills to solve an imaginary crime.  We will be investigating the properties of different materials to find our criminal.

During English, we will be reading stories from other cultures such as “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” and “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman, which tells the story of Lila who wants to be a firework maker like her father Lalchand.  Her father disapproves and so she goes on a journey to get Royal Sulphur. We will also complete work based on some of the short film “The Birthday Boy” from the Literacy Shed.  Towards the end of term, we will be looking at narrative poetry and Christmas poetry.

 

 

 

September 2019

In September, we will be starting the term by taking part in a whole school topic about ‘Journeys,’ which will lead into our first year 5 unit of work called ‘Moving People.’  We will be finding out about our country and how it is split into regions, counties and districts.

When we get onto our 'Moving People.’ topic.  We will start by imagining that there has been a disaster which will mean that we have to leave home in a hurry with only having five minutes to pack a bag with whatever we think will be useful. 

Following on from this, we will be looking at the reasons why people move to other countries.  We will be developing geographical and map work skills by looking at continents and countries around the world.  We will also be focusing on current affairs and citizenship by finding out about natural disasters and conflicts around the world and how international charities such as the Red Cross help refugees.  We will also be thinking about British values and what makes our country a safe place to live.

Our second unit this half term will be ‘Investigators’ where we use our scientific detective skills to solve an imaginary crime.  We will be investigating the properties of different materials to find our criminal.

During English, we will start by reading ‘The boy at the Back of the Classroom’ then moving on to stories from other cultures such as “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter”s and ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman, which tells the story of Lila who wants to be a firework maker like her father Lalchand.  Her father disapproves and so she goes on a journey to get Royal Sulphur.  We will also complete work based on an extract from the short film, “The Birthday Boy” from the Literacy Shed.

We have PE on Thursdays and will all be learning to play a brass instrument on Monday mornings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mrs K Jones

 
 
 
 
 

Miss Sale

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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