Welcome to Year 5

year 5

Our 2016/7 curriculum maps can be found here:

We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-

CLICC– to be a confident communicator

L– to learn

I– to improve their health

C– to be part of a community

At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning. With this in mind, please take some time to see what we have been up to in class.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.

Autumn Term

We kicked off a fantastic start to the year in English with a biographical theme hooking the children in with an mind-blowing performance of Twelfth Night which was both interactive and exhilarating. Following this we were able to be judges in the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award competition, considering the illustrations in a chosen selection of books, voting for our favourite. We also wrote Autumn poems focussing on our use of imagery.

Our Space topic in Science then brought the children back to reality, in discovering the wonders of the universe and the relative size of Earth compared to the vast expanse of the universe. This included the transforming of our field into the universe! The children walked the relative distances between the planets showing the colossal distance of some planets to the sun.

Fabulous work!

A journey closer to home – we have been studying the Hajj which is a significant pilgrimage for Muslims. We explored some key aspects including the story of the prophet Mohammed, the details of the pilgrimage and the meaning to the individual. We will be continuing with the journey topic looking into Christian journeys with the significance of prophecy.

In maths we have been on a journey of discovery, discovering that Maths can be interactive and exploratory too. With great influence from the new mastery curriculum, we have been looking at problems in different contexts and trying to explain how to do a problem (as if it was to an alien).

The topics have been: reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000; rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000; using rounding to check answers to calculations; identifying multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number; multiplying and dividing numbers, drawing upon known facts; multiplying and dividing whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100; solving problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; and comparing and ordering fractions.

In P.E. we have been playing basketball, doing gymnastics, finding our way around in orienteering and showing off our moves, James Bond style, in Capoeira (dance fighting). Our Art topic has focussed on perspective and we enjoyed writing our names from different viewpoints.

It’s a busy term and the children are endeavouring to do their best!

Spring Term

In the Spring term Year 5 have been studying the book Journey to Jo’berg which explores the recent historic events of South Africa during the apartheid years. We were also studying North America in Geography so we wrote leaflets encouraging people to go there! In Science we were looking at the life cycles of plants and different types of animals. In Art we studied weaving and made dream catchers, which also linked with our North America topic!

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Mrs Hance and Mrs Rook— Sellwood

Miss Crowton —- Moore

Mrs Sanders —- Heath

We would like children to have their PE kit in school every day, however, we understand that they do need washing!

PEOur PE days are-

Sellwood: Wednesday and Thursday

Moore: Tuesday and Thursday

Heath: Tuesday and Friday

Homework is given out on a Friday and is collected in on the following Wednesday.

Homework includes an English and maths task related to the work taught that week or may be a revision of a concept taught earlier in the term. Weekly spellings are also given and these will include important key words, as well as words with a particular pattern or rule.

Occasionally there may be a project based task related to our class topic which would be completed over several weeks. This may be science, geography or history based and would encourage the children to complete their own research on an area that interests them.

Children are also expected to read regularly and practise their times tables.

Tasks should take approximately an hour a week.