Bake It!

Curriculum Newsletter Week 1 EASTER TERM 2016

A focused Science unit to increase our investigative skills.

For the first part of the Easter term Grade 5 will be following a unit of work which looks at the science of materials through baking.

Please get in touch if you feel that you can offer your expertise to this Unit of Work. If you have any other queries please contact Miss Douglas.

Our Learning Targets

In Science we will be learning:
  • How live yeast grows
  • How carbon dioxide behaves
  • Which solids dissolve in water
  • About water vapour and evaporation
  • What happens when foods are heated
  • About the properties of water
  • About solids, liquids and gases

In History we will be learning:

  • How bread and its production has changed over time

In Technology we will be learning:

  • How to design and make a new brand of food

In International we will be learning:

  • Why bread has importance for people all over the world

Our Key Learning Goals for this unit:


3.2b: Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue

3.2d: Be able to explain and justify their predictions, investigations, findings and conclusions.


3.10 Be able to find out about aspects of the past from a range of resources.

Personal Goal:


This goal has been chosen as the children will be working together in teams throughout the unit. They will need to show their flexibility, tact and purposefulness to design and bake their chosen bread product.


Our study of this unit will help develop the children's global understanding and internationalism by highlighting how food plays an important part in everyone's daily life. However, not all communities are as fortunate as us here in Singapore and we will be looking at the growing problems associated with world food shortages and manufacturing practices.

Language Arts

To coincide with our Science work we will be studying Explanation Texts in Writer's Workshop. We will be looking at the language and structure of this non-fiction genre and writing our own texts. We will begin by studying a range of examples and analysing their features. We will then use the knowledge gained about yeast and dough on our Science trip to write a text together in class. The children will then use their ideas from our IPC learning to write their own Explanation texts on a science topic of their choice.

This term there will be a focus on handwriting skills as we begin to award UES pen licences for consistent cursive handwriting. All children will need to achieve this goal before moving into Grade 6.

In Guided Reading Sessions, the children will be studying the genre of Realistic Fiction, with focused group work on 4 novels from different cultures.


In Mathematics this term we will begin by studying Ratio. This is a new concept for many, although it is one which is used practically in many different situations. The children will be given opportunities to carry out practical work to check their understanding.

The second topic is Volume. This builds on from the Grade 4 unit of Area and children will use the formulas for both to solve word problems.

The final topic of the Easter term is Decimals. This is an important concept in Mathematics which progresses from our earlier units on place value. The children will also be developing their problem solving skills and the use of the model method.


In Grade 5 children will be taking part in a Net Games Unit and a Gymnastics Unit between now and Easter. They will also be continuing their Grade 5 Swimming programme which will take place either before or after CNY.

In swimming activities children will:

  • 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
  • enter the water using a range of appropriate methods
  • develop knowledge of and be able to articulate water safety and survival techniques
  • respond to survival emergencies appropriately

In Net Games children will:

  • participate in a range of tennis movement games to develop footwork and agility
  • develop forehand and backhand skills, showing low to high swing
  • understand and be able to demonstrate slice and topspin in groundstrokes
  • refine ability to volley and serve with improved accuracy and power
  • understand scoring and be able to umpire short sets

In Gymnastics children will:

  • perform a wide range of gym skills with control, coordination, precision and consistency, including rotations, jumps and turns
  • plan their own gym performance using canon, unison, symmetry and asymmetry
  • work in pairs and small groups using balance and counter-balance to create sequences, showing controlled landing from height
  • identify the features of a good performance and be able to give feedback on others’ performances


A Musical Journey - We continue to learn the songs and scenes for the musical production scheduled for this term. The songs are musically challenging with upbeat rhythms, quick tempo, and a wide range of dynamics. They are fun and children will enjoy learning and singing them. Besides learning and developing these songs to a high standard of singing, the children will incorporate actions and movements to go with the songs. They will also learn what it means to prepare for a full on musical production.


In Art, we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Bake It. We will be creating packaging and labels for the food items created in the classroom. Children will become knowledgeable about Graphic Design, the rules for choosing colours, type and images and how to reach a particular audience. To help with this project, we will develop skills in in drawing, designing and communicating through images.


To start off this term, we’re going to be doing things a little differently. Over the next few months in Grade 5 ICT, we will be exploring many new pieces of software, and even discovering some new bits of hardware! This will all help us to better express ourselves in this digital world. As we progress, we will also look to introduce some more challenging software and activities to really help develop a broad range of ICT skills and abilities.

Students will become more knowledgeable about:

  • Using sound and technology to express mood and emotion

  • Telling stories using traditional 2D animation

  • How to go about making a fun, challenging & educational 3D game

  • Designing and creating their own 3D printed object

  • What a Raspberry Pi is, and what can it be used for


  • The process and techniques of developing an Android application

  • How music can be used to enhance and manipulate mood and emotions

  • The art, science and maths of 3D movie making

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

  • Learning how to compose, arrange and produce music & soundscapes using Sony’s ACID Xpress software

  • Creativity and dexterity, while using a mouse to accurately be able to produce a watchable short 2D animation using Animationish

  • Digital storytelling within a game world using Atmosphir

  • Working with industry software, while learning what goes into making a successful 3D print

  • Electronics, simple programming and basic computer know-how while working with one of the world's smallest computers


  • Problem solving while developing helpful, fun and useful apps working with MIT’s Android App inventor

  • Spotting a film, choosing appropriate music, and then demonstrating critical listening skills as we premiere the finished movie, produced by the whole class

  • Visualisation and patience, while developing new, professional technical skills and knowledge, using the leading movie and game creating software, Unity


This Easter term, students will continue with lessons in Semitic religions of Christianity and Islam. Apart from learning about the founders, they will have opportunities to investigate and understand the responses which the different religions can offer on the meaning and purpose of life and the central message of the practice of compassion.


Unit 5 Occupations

· Learn different occupations

· Learn to describe parents’ occupation and what they wear for work

· Learn to describe one’s aspiration

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