Curriculum Newsletter - Friday 18th March 2016

Grade 5 - Unit 6

After the Easter break we will begin an eleven week unit on Fairgrounds. This focuses on physical processes such as forces, light, sound and electricity through the exciting of topic of fairground rides.

What we will be learning

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • What keeps our feet on the ground
  • About other forces that act upon us
  • How to identify and measure forces
  • How forces act on everyday life
  • How to use electricity as a source of power
  • About magnetism: how and why magnets work
  • How light travels and how we see
  • How sound travels and how we hear

In ICT, we will be finding out:

  • How to enter data into spreadsheets
  • How to use a formula to calculate values
  • How to use a spreadsheet to calculate profit and loss

In international, we will be finding out:

  • About fairgrounds and theme parks in our host and home countries
  • How international agencies are helping to increase energy efficiency and tackle the problems of noise and light pollution
  • About international aid agencies and their work

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to solve problems to understand how everyday objects work
  • How people use technology
  • How to design and make a model fairground ride.

Our Key Learning Goals for this unit:


Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue.


Technology 3.06 Be able to devise and use step-by-step plans

Technology 3.10 Be able to test and evaluate their own work and improve on it

Personal Goal

Resilience: Be able to stick with a task until it is completed

This goal has been chosen as the children will be working with quite challenging science and technology equipment during this topic. The goal of resilience will be called upon as their experiments and ride constructions may not always work first time. They will need to problem solve in order to find out why their ride is not working and try again and again, changing variables until they reach success.


Our study of this unit will help develop the children's global understanding and internationalism by highlighting the different types of entertainment around the world. In particular, we will be focusing on the availability of electricity and power in different places. Showing the children that something we take for granted is regarded as a luxury by others. We will also be comparing theme parks and attractions in our home countries.

Across the Curriculum....

In Language Arts next term we will be studying three units:

The Power of Imagery

In this Poetry unit children will be given the opportunity to read and discuss a number of poems including: City Jungle (Pie Corbett), The Great Water Giant (Ian Souter), The Sea (James Reeves), Fog (Carl Sandberg), Daffodowndilly (A.A.Milne) and Silver (Walter de la Mare).

As a class and in groups, students will go on to text mark a number of selected poems, highlighting poetic devises used by poets and evaluate their effectiveness and impact on the reader before demonstrating their creativity by writing their own versions.

Myths, Fables and Legends

In our final narrative study, the children will study a variety of stories from a wide range of places and cultures. There will be an opportunity to research and present stories which have been passed down over many thousands of years. We will carefully consider the key elements within this style of writing before planning, drafting, editing and finally writing our own stories.


To link to our IPC unit, final Language Arts unit will focus on reviewing rides, attractions, films and documentaries. There will be many opportunities for children to choose what they review based on their own preferences. This will include writing to persuade and offering a balanced viewpoint.


As we progress into our last term of the academic year, we see that we have only a few more units to cover. We have 4 units to get through and at the end of these, we will be conducting an end of year test that will require us to look back over all the units that have been completed over the course of the year.

The units that we will be covering in the summer term are;

Percentages: We will be reading and interpreting percentages as a whole and expressing a percentage as a fraction and vice versa while using algorithm’s to simplify our answers. We will also be looking at how to calculate part of a whole given the percentage.

Triangles: We will be revisiting our knowledge on the different types of triangles, looking at the sum of the angles within a triangle and looking at finding an unknown angle of a triangle by calculating the angles that are given. We will also be attempting to draw a triangle, with the given measurements of sides or angles.

Averages: This concept can be a little tricky as we have to find the average of a set of data and the average given the total amount and the number of items. We are mindful of the perseverance needed to achieve greatness in this unit.

Four-sided figures: Our last unit for the term involves identifying the types of four-sided figures and attempting to draw our own four-sided figure.

In Chinese, we will be studying the topic of school.

We will:

  • Learn basic conversation regarding one’s school

  • Learn names of various subjects and to describe one’s preference

  • Learn the various ECAs
  • Learn to say the name of our school and one’s current grade
  • Learn names of facilities in the school and associated activities
  • Learn to describe the relative location of the various facilities


In Art we will be working on a ‘Stand Alone’ project. This means our unit is not connected to the IPC classroom unit, but will focus on core skills and techniques in a particular medium, this time in clay. We will be viewing and exploring clay products from around the world as we gain inspiration for our own designs. Children will become knowledgeable about various tools used when working with clay. To help with this project, we will develop skills in hand-building techniques, particularly slab building and coil as well as using tools to create texture.

Music - World Music

In this Unit, we will discover that music is an international language and it communicates across all cultural and social barriers. The children will discover how music from other cultures has managed to integrate with other cultures thus forming new musical genres. The children will learn to listen and appreciate the sounds and rhythms of cultures that may be unfamiliar to them. They will also discover instruments not found in the standard western orchestra.

In this Unit, the following will be included:

  • Learning about various musical instruments and sounds from other countries

  • Discovering different instruments from other countries

  • Creating own ‘world music’ in smaller groups

  • Opportunity to perform their own creations to the class


CDo and SBa will be continuing with swimming and starting a new Unit of striking and fielding games. All classes will be revisiting their track and field work in Preparation for Sports Day.

In swimming activities students will continue to:

  • develop power and endurance in arm and leg action in the full range of swimming strokes and be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in own and others’ performance
  • Use effective breathing technique and body position to aid speed and efficiency in the water
  • be able to show a range of starts and finishes with improved efficiency, including racing starts and tumble turns in preparation for swimming Galas

In striking and fielding, students will:

  • Consolidate throwing, catching and batting skills
  • Be able to choose which direction to send the ball when batting
  • work effectively with others in creating a fielding pattern
  • Be able to umpire a range of striking and fielding games with confidence


This term we continue with our exploration of new, innovative and exciting technologies with our look into creating a virtual theme park experience using both 3D and virtual reality technologies.

Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Using a range of Google apps for research, design & sharing of ideas

  • Being a responsible digital citizen

  • Effectively moving from a 2D idea to a 3D result

  • How Unity 3D can be another effective tool that they can now use to present their work in an interactive and innovative new way

  • What Google Cardboard is and how it can be used to help create virtual reality projects

To help us with the unit, we will develop technical skills of:

  • Confidence in using their school Google accounts to manage the planning of their unit of work

  • Proficiency of using a computer to experiment with, and manipulate a range of 3D objects, including: Terrain tools for terraforming, textures for creating a realistic terrain, and being able to import and work with a range of other 3D models.

  • Working with Virtual Reality tools to create an immersive 3D experience

  • Being able to think critically, self-assess and formulate feedback to better direct future experiences


In RME, we will be focusing on interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that will enable students to better understand themselves and form healthier relationships with friends and family. In workshops, we will be looking at social skills for pre-teens that would be helpful for them to cultivate to transition well into high school, playing an active part in family life and understanding the various dimensions that make up who we are and how these are affected by the choices we make. With growing self-knowledge, students can better appreciate their strengths of character and be in a better position to make good moral choices.

How you can help........

The focus of the unit is to understand how fairground rides work. If you are traveling over the holidays and have the opportunity, please do visit a fair or theme park. Discuss the different types of rides. What movements do they have? How are they created?

Which is their favourite? What themes have you seen?

A large part of our learning will be further developing our scientific investigative skills. The children will be looking at a range of physical properties and will be encouraged to question why and how things occur. Please encourage these discussions at home.

As we will also be looking at electricity and how different types of circuits work. Please discuss how the different circuits in your home work. Why are there two light switches for one light? How would that look on a circuit?

If anyone has any expertise in this field and would be willing to speak to the children please contact Miss Douglas.

Miss Claire Douglas

Head of Grade, Teacher of 5CDo and Maths Group 1

Paul McGrath

Teacher of 5PMc and Maths Group 2

Scott Gericke

Teach of 5SGe and Maths Group 3

Sally Baines

Teacher of 5SBa and Maths Group 4