Curriculum Information 

Term: Spring

Home Learning:

Maths home learning is set on Monday and must be completed by Thursday. Every other week children either complete a task on ‘my maths’ or focus on learning their rapid recall target. Children must remember to bring their maths folders back in on Thursdays so we can change their rapid recall targets when achieved. Children will also be sent home a review of each chapter we complete in maths, to consolidate their learning with parental support.

English home learning is sent out on Thursdays and is due back on the following Monday. On alternate weeks, the home learning is a task from the CGP spelling book. Please encourage your child to read at home every night.

 Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! We encourage the children to try their best, even if they might make mistakes.

 Learn at home- click on the links below:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables  - Great way to practise rapid recall targets!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f

 

PE Days and Swimming days:

In the Spring Term Y5M will be going  swimming every Monday afternoon until the end of this term. Please make sure they bring their swimming kit to school. Children must have a swimming cap, towel and streamlined (not baggy) swimming costumes. No flip flops please.

 

Y5C have PE on a Monday and Wednesday and Y5M on a Friday, where they focus on gymnastics and dance with their class teacher and net games with Sean and Tommy. Children must have a full PE kit. Please make sure all items are labelled. PE kits are sent home to be washed every half term.

 

RE:

We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion and the gospels. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs. 

 

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

 

The topic we will be focusing on in spring term are as follows;

Topic 4: Mission

During this topic we will be thinking about how the Church, the Christian family, is made up of smaller Christian families called dioceses. Each diocese is led by a bishop who continues the work of 'the twelve', the apostles who continued the work and mission of Jesus. We will be thinking about our own diocese and learning more about our bishop.

Topic 5: Memorial Sacrifice

During this topic we will be thinking about the memorial of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, through which Christ gives his body and blood for the salvation of his people and provides hope. We will think about how we keep memories alive and how the Eucharist keep the memory of Jesus' sacrifice alive and present in a special way.

Topic 5: Sacrifice

During this topic, we will explore giving and refusing to give; appreciating the cost of giving. We will develop our understanding that Lent is a time of giving in preparation for the celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus which is remembered in the liturgy of Holy Week, especially the Easter Triduum. 

 

English:

At OLM we use the Wordsmith teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on a variety of different texts.

Tell me a story 

 In this unit, the children explore narrative poems, focusing in depth on the work of two poets. They learn about information retrieval, answering questions that require literal comprehension, inference, deduction and imagination. They watch and enjoy a poet reading his work. They write the ‘back story’ to a poem in narrative form and compose an autobiographical narrative poem.

 'Orange is a no man's land' by Elizabeth Laird

 In this unit, the children explore a fiction set in Lebanon. They read the interactive eBook, asking questions and developing understanding of inference and the author’s use of language. They use discussion and role-play to explore characters and the impact of civil war. They develop editing, proof-reading and peer-review skills. They plan, edit and write a story from a different character’s point of view.

The Museum of fun

In this unit, the children explore the mission: to run the Museum of Fun! They read the interactive eBook, scanning and summarising information and relating it to their lives and experiences. They complete the mission, planning, writing and presenting television adverts to encourage people to visit the museum

 

Maths:

At OLM we use the Maths No Problem teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.

 

This term we will be focusing on:

 Graphs

In this chapter, pupils read and interpret information in tables and line graphs.

Fractions

This chapter develops pupils' ability to handle more diverse problems involving fractions, including dividing and multiplying fractions by whole numbers. To begin, pupils divide whole numbers by whole numbers, giving rise to fractions. Pupils then show improper fractions and mixed numbers using pictures. As they progress, they find equivalent fractions, compare and order fractions and utilise the number bond strategy. Next, pupils review adding fractions, with a focus on fractions with different denominators and fractions that create improper fractions and mixed numbers. Then they subtract fractions that are different, finding common denominators and subtracting mixed numbers and improper fractions. At the end of the chapter, pupils begin to multiply fractions by whole numbers and multiply mixed numbers by whole numbers. 

Decimals

In this chapter, pupils explore decimals. To begin this chapter, they learn to read and write decimal numbers. This is followed by comparing decimal numbers to find which is greater and smaller. Pupils then add and subtract decimals before turning decimals into fractions. The chapter ends with pupils rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and decimal position.

 

Science:

In Spring 1 we will be exploring Earth and Space. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky

In Spring 2, we will be exploring Living things and their habitats. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals

Use this link to help support your child’s learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/

 

Computing:

In the Spring term, we will be learning how to use the programme Prezi and will see if we can create our own presentations about the Shang Dynasty, while developing our typing skills.

 

E-Safety

At Our Lady of Muswell we believe children need to be digitally literate, resilient and safe online.

This term we will understand the potential risks of providing personal information in an increasing range of online technologies both within and outside of school.

 

How to make ourselves SMART online.

SAFE - keep safe, do not give out personal information 

MEET - don't meet someone you have met/spoken to online

ACCEPTING - don't accept messages from people you don't know

RELIABLE - information may not always be true

TELL - tell your parent/carer if something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried

  

A useful website for e-safety:

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

 

History:

In Spring 1, we will be learning all about the Shang Dynasty. By the end of the term we will be able to:

  • draw a timeline with different time periods outlined which show different information, such as, periods of history, when famous people lived, etc
  • use dates and historical language in their work
  •  use mathematical skills to work out exact time scales and differences as need be

 

     

    Geography:

     In Spring 2, we will be learning all about Brazil with a physical focus. We will also make comparisons with London.

    We will develop our:

    Location knowledge – by using maps and atlases 

    Place knowledge – by understanding geographical similarities and difference

     

     

    Art and DT:

    In Spring 1, we will be working with mouldable materials. Can we create authentic ancient art?

    In Spring 2, we will be developing our sewing skills. What will our wall hanging celebrate?

     

    Music:

    This term, children will be continuing to learn about the key concepts of music.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w