Welcome to a new school term at Mosscroft Primary School. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Miss. Adcock is our teacher and Miss. Corrigan is our teaching assistant. We would like to welcome you to our Page; you can find important information about our class.
Please click on the link below and take a look at our curriculum map to see what we will be learning about this year:
Homework is an essential part of your child’s learning, children are expected to read at least three times a week (every day is even better!) and complete a Maths and Spelling activity each week. In Year 5, we also receive worm sweets if we read at home; these are kept in our ‘Be A Bookworm…’ Display in our reading area. We can also receive certificates for demonstrating commitment to reading, including at home. Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on the following Friday. Remember you don’t want to miss out on getting dojo point!
Snowy Weather Day
If school is closed due to the bad weather, we have lots of activities for you to do at home! When you come back, bring your work into school and show us what you have been up to!
PE will take place every week on Monday. Please ensure your child has their full kit in school on this day in order to be prepared for the lesson and to receive a class dojo point.
Children will have a music lesson every Tuesday with a specialist music teacher.
During this term we are going to be writing biographies and a mystery story. We are going to be reading the story, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne. Also, we are going to be reading the poem The Highwayman in our Guided Read and then completing more work about the ballad in our English sessions.
Multiplication and Division
- identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers
- establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19 § multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts § multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
- divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
- multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
- know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
- compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
- identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
- recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number
- add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number
- multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
Decimals and Percentages
- read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
- solve problems involving number up to three decimal places
- recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal
- solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of , , , ,
- and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25.
IPC – Invaders
In History, we’ll be finding out:
- When and where the Vikings came from and why they raided Britain.
- About significance of Anglo-Saxon kings during the Viking period.
- Who King Ethelred II was and say when and why Danegeld was introduced.
- About key aspects of Viking life.
- How the legal system worked in Anglo-Saxon Britain.
- How the last Anglo-Saxon kings shaped Britain
In Design and Technology, we’ll be finding out:
- Different designs of a Viking longboat.
- How to develop and design a longboat using sketches and annotations.
- How to use a wider range of materials and tools to make a longboat.
- How to use a wide range of ingredients to make Viking dishes.
- About evaluating ideas and products again their own design criteria.
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
- About different Viking shield designs.
- How to design our own Viking shield.
- Art techniques including drawing and painting with a range of materials to create a Viking shield.In
International, we’ll be finding out:
- About the effects of invasion on countries around the world
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
- Identify and describe the position and significance of: lines of latitude & longitude, equator, north & south hemisphere and tropics of Cancer & Capricorn
- Identify and describe the position and significance of: Arctic & Antarctic circle and time zones (including day and night)
This term, we are going to learn about Living Things and Their Habitats and Electricity:
Living things and their habitats:
- 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.
- describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animal
- give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
We have started the term by focusing on place value; we have taken our time to ensure that we understand the value of each digit in large numbers – even up to 1,000,000!
Each of our Maths Lessons begins with a Hook; this allows us to look at concepts together as a class. We then practice what we have learnt.
During this term we will be focusing on the following objectives:
- Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
- Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
- Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers including through zero.
- Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000, and 100000.
- Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above.
- Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
Addition and Subtraction
- Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers.
- Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction).
- Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.
- Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
- Convert between different units of metric measure (for example, KM and M; CM and MM; G and KG; L and ML)
- Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
- Solve problems involving converting between units of time
Multiplication and Division
- Multiply and dive numbers mentally upon known facts
- Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10,100,1000
- Identify multiples and factors
- including finding all factor pairs of a number and common factors of two numbers
- Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared and cubed
- Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
- Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers
- Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19.
During this term we will be focusing on:
We will be using The Queen Of The Falls by Chris Van Allsburg to explore the different writing genres.
We have begun the Autumn Term by looking at different descriptive writing tools including: expanded noun phrases, relative clauses, similies, metaphors and personification. We have been describing Niagra Falls and in particular the scene from the story above.
IPC – The Great, the bold and the brave
The big idea
The history of western civilisation begins with the Greeks. Their expanding empires helped to spread ideas about architecture, food, entertainment, literature, science, medicine and politics across the globe. As their empires ended, other cultures rose to prominence, absorbing and passing on their own ideas and cultures –creating the world we know today.
In History, we’ll be finding out:
Finding out about the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta
Exploring the political systems in Athens and Sparta
Finding out about the Persian Wars and their impact on Greece
Learning about Athenian life by studying the Parthenon
Finding out about the origins of the Olympic Games
Planning and performing our own Greek play
about people and culture through archaeological evidence
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
Learning about the role of the Greek chorus and writing our own songs
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
Finding out about Ancient Greek art
Creating our own piece of art in a Greek style
In International, we’ll be finding out:
Finding out about the effects of invasion on countries around the world
Autumn Term Topics:
- Animals, including humans.
Animals, including humans.
We have begun by exploring the function of the heart. We made our own stethoscopes and experimented listening to the heart, and the changes if we made the stethoscope longer or if our partner did some exercise.
We have learnt more about the double circulation that happens in the body, and the function of the heart. We imagined that we were blood cells and wrote about the journey around the body; we had to think about the correct order and including technical vocabulary in our story. The stories can be found in class on our Science Display.
Throughout the we will:
- identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
- describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans
After half term we are going to be learning about light. We are going to:
Pupils should be taught to:
- recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
In Religious Education we have been looking at how others can demonstrate their faith. We began the year by looking at the life of Corrie Ten Boom and how she has demonstrated her Christian Beliefs throughout her life. We put ourselves in Corrie’s shoes and wrote a post-card to a friend as if we were Corrie Ten Boom. We wrote some very thought-provoking postcards!
We are also going to look at the life of Mother Theresa and how she demonstrated her faith.
After half term, we are going to be learning about and thinking about promises.
Our Learning In Action
Keep visiting our Webpage to see updates of our work, and photographs of us in action.
School Council Votes
We wrote speeches so that we could be considered to be School Councillors or Captain and Vice Captain. We read our speeches out to the class. After that, we voted in class for who we would like as our school councillor. We have displayed our speeches in class. Here are some photographs of us reading our speeches.
We did a fact finding treasure hunt in the school hall. We are not going to find out more about how Mother Theresa demonstrated her faith.
In science we have been learning about the Circulatory System. In this lesson we were acting out the double circulation of the blood around the body.
English Persuasive Brochures
In English, we have been learning about ways a writer can be persuasive.
We planned, wrote and edited brochures persuading others to come and visit Mosscroft Primary School.
Would you be persuaded? Can you recognise the persuasive tools that we have used?
During the Autumn term we have been learning about coding and programming. Click on the links below to watch our videos which explain what we have learnt throughout this topic.