Year 5 Topic: “The Ancient Greeks” Summer Term I, Year 2014/2015 This half term, Year 5 will be learning through the topic, “The Ancient Greeks”. Below is a summary of what your child will be covering in each subject, with suggested activities you could do to support the work done in school. English: Maths: Science: ICT: Our ideas for our writing will come from reading and talking about.... Maths topics: Forces We will be investigating.... Computer Games and Coding Fraction/Decimals/Percentages Decimal numbers and their use in context. Descriptions of characters using adjectives. Building appropriate pace and tension in stories using literary techniques. Myths, Legends & Fables from Ancient Greece. Non-fiction texts about Ancient Greece. Equivalent fraction, simplifying fractions, cancelling fractions, fractions of quantities. Percentages of amounts and percentage increase and decrease in prices. Solving “real life” problems involving addition & subtraction, both written and mental methods. Rewriting myths and legends. Identifying and using powerful verbs and adverbs. Identifying and using metaphorical language Correct use of speech marks. Identifying and using correctly; possessive “s”, (‘s) and plurals of nouns. Parents please would you: Talk to your child about metaphorical language, idioms, etc. Talk to your child about using possessive “s” and the correct pluralisation of nouns. Encourage your children to learn the x tables, (up to 12 x 12), if they have not done so already. Gravity Air resistance Parents please would you: Talk to your child about how forces are involved in everyday life. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/ http://www.channel4learning.com/support/websites/science.html Other: From Easter to Pentecost PE: Games: Rugby Identifying how life in Ancient Greece was different from today and from other times in the past. Contributions the Ancient Greeks gave to the world in the fields of; Science, Maths, Government, (Democracy), Architecture, etc. Parents please would you: Discuss the forthcoming General Election with your child. Discuss the impact the Ancient Greeks have had on the modern world. Art/Design: Using materials to create a variety of Greek artefacts, eg, vases, using clay, theatre masks using papier mache. Paintings of Ancient Greek gods and mythological creatures. Pentecost inspired artwork. Parents please would you: Allow your child to extract information from websites approved by you. http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml R.E: Using “Kodable” and “Tynker” to write applications and games. Use “Espresso” to find information. Take photos using digital cameras. Research using internet websites. Basic programming. Use mental maths in everyday activities, e.g., shopping. We will be: Reading about and drawing maps of Ancient Greece. Skills and Techniques History/Geography: We will focus on pupils reviewing computer games and attempting to write some of their own. Buoyancy Weight Parents please would you: Friction, including using Newton meters. The structure of the New Testament. The lives of some Saints, eg, St Peter or St Paul and how they allowed the Holy Spirit to guide/change them. How the Holy Spirit changes people’s actions and sometimes lives. Parents please would you: Homework: Ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. Each item must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. PE kits remain in school for the duration of the half term. PE lessons this half term are on Wednesdays, although PE lessons can occur on any day of the week, especially if the Wednesday session has been cancelled. Encourage your child to pray at home. Encourage your child to go to mass on Sunday. Discuss God in 3 forms; The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Music Personal, Social & Health Education. Composing patterns and rhythms. Learning songs for performances. Reading musical notation. “Going for Goals.” This theme provides opportunities for children to reflect on themselves as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively. Children have reading homework every night. Please sign the reading record when your child has finished reading their book. Spelling tests from the spelling lists are normally tested on Fridays. Multiplication tables are tested regularly. A written piece of homework, (usually a comprehension), is given weekly.