Our topic for this half term is Stargazers and we will be looking in depth at the universe,our solar system, the planets and the stars within it. Year 5 will be working scientifically to investigate gravity; the key force that holds the universe together and make simple, accurate models of the solar system. All this leads up to building our own rocket for an important test mission. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?
Our featured text this half term is ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and from this we are going to explore both recount texts and voyage and return stories.
For our first focus, this half-term, we will be learning how to write a newspaper report. This allows us to focus on using speech and reported speech, and to learn the difference between them. Also, we will be consolidating our paragraph work by checking their structure, and making sure we link within and between them.
Then finally, we will move on to voyage and return stories, using Cosmic as our inspiration. Through this, we will be continuing to practise our paragraphing and speech, but we will also be looking at our choice of vocabulary, sentence structure and which pieces of punctuation we choose to use. We will be looking at the affect we have on the reader.
Our focus for this half term will be predominately based around measurement. We have looked at different measurements for length during Spring 1 and now we are looking at the metric measures for weight (grams and kilograms) and capacity (litres and millilitres). We will then move to converting between metric and imperial measurements and learning their equivalents! To help us with this, we will be improving our division skills, learning to use the short method (or bus stop method). We will progress to use remainders and present them either as remainders, fractions or decimals. We will also be consolidating our multiplication skills moving on to multiplying 4 digits by 1 digits and even 2 digits multiplied by 2 digits. We will also be looking at our fractions by finding fractions of amounts and converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions.