Termly Overview

Beaver Road Curriculum Newsletter
Autumn 1
Dear Parents/Carers,
Here are some details about the topics we will be studying throughout this half term, along with information about supporting your child.
English- The children begin this half term by looking in detail at biographies, autobiographies and descriptive writing.  Our writing will have strong links with the learning challenge question, ‘What’s so special about the USA?’. In our Talk for Write sessions we will be focussing on, ‘The Steel Pan Man of Harlem’. We will be looking at writing our own versions of this Americanised version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, as well as studying many story writing techniques. 
SPAG- (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)- We will continue with our SPAG work focussing on punctuation through our written work, weekly spellings to learn and grammar essentials.  The children will be continuing their work in a SPAG book.
Mathematics- In this half term the focus is on place value, the four written operations and using and applying these strategies to a range of word problems.
Rapid Recall and Mental work- which allows for a deeper understanding of why mathematics is so important- will continue
PE/Games- Under the guidance of Coach Knowles the children will learn the basic skills and rules of traditional team games and also learn how to invent their own small games, and how to implement them to work with younger children. 
Miss O’Brien will focus on Dance and Gymnastics throughout the year. This will include developing strength and control through gymnastics and exploring different movement styles through dance.
Outdoor PE for Year 5 is Thursday and Indoor PE is Friday.
PE KIT REMINDER: No Football Shirts Please.
Outdoor PE – White/Yellow T-Shirt/Jumper and Blue or Black Shorts/Tracksuit Bottoms
Indoor PE – White/Yellow T-shirt and Blue or Black Shorts/Leggings
I.C.T- iPads will be used to enhance the children’s work across the curriculum.  The children will also be starting the new theme of Computational Thinking.  During this session we will be looking at how to code.
Topic–  Our Learning Challenge this half term is ‘What’s so special about the USA?’  During this theme we will be looking at who, and what, makes the USA special, as well as looking at many key figures and events.
Modern Foreign Languages-  This year the children will be learning French with Mr Berry on a Friday afternoon.
Parents- Remember that your child receives each week: a piece of maths and literacy/topic homework.  Please check our Year 5 objectives on the website as these will help you to support your child throughout the year.
Once again, many thanks for your support.
The Year 5 Team
Mr T Walsh
Miss O’Brien
Mr D Berry