Prep 5 Curriculum Brief

English

English

English

Spellings will be based on the children’s own targets and focus on Year 5/6 spelling rules. Spelling tests will be held on Thursdays and new spellings (10 in total) will be given each week.

Grammar – within our grammar work this term, we will look at using devices to build cohesion within a paragraph and think about how we link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time and place or tense choices. We will also, link ideas across paragraphs by using a wider range of cohesive devices: repetition of a word or phrase and grammatical connections. In our non-fiction topics, we will revise using variety of descriptive devices but also focus on layout devices (e.g. headings, subheadings, columns, bullets, or tables to structure text). In our poetry topic, we will recap poetic devices (rhyming, personification, onomatopoeia, similes/metaphors etc) whilst using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely and using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.

Punctuation – we will again revise key punctuation learnt in lower KS2 and KS1 whilst mastering our ability to use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis.

Reading/ Comprehension – in our reading this term we will continue to read our own target books but also read a variety of genres and gain a deeper understanding of different writing styles and widen our vocabulary. We will continue to answer comprehension questions that get us to support answers with evidence from the text and be able to identify key literary devices in our model texts.

Creative Writing – During this term, we will write our own tension write based on the book ‘A Word in Your Ear’ by Tony Ross. We will also write a class book about different species of animals – focusing on ‘Animalium’ by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott as our model text. After this, we will read ‘The Sea by James Reevs and use this model text to create our own extended metaphor poem.

Mathematics    

Mathematics    

During the spring term, prep 5 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths sessions to improve the children’s speed of calculation. They shall be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics as we consolidate skills and introduce new maths concepts. The main topic areas include the following:

Place Value: Understanding negative numbers and inequalities.

Calculation: Addition including the addition of decimals, subtraction, short division, short multiplication, multiples, factors and divisibility rules, and mental multiplication strategies.

Measurement/Data handling: Coordinates and line graphs, reading scales, perimeter, area and volume.

Fractions: Comparing fractions and finding fractions of amounts, multiplying fractions by whole numbers.

Many word problems and problem solving challenges will be used to test the children’s application of the above skills.

Science

Science

For the first half term Prep 5 will be learning about properties and changes of materials. This will include exploring the uses of material, changes of state, reversible and irreversible changes and reactions.

After half term Prep 5 will be learning about Earth and Space. This will include exploring the Solar System, the Earth and Sun and the Moon. They will 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 and use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Geography   

Geography   

This term we will be looking at OS maps in greater depth and developing our understanding of their key features.  We will be using keys to identify key features, recognise important symbols (and explain what makes a good map symbol), find locations from six-figure coordinates and give six-figure coordinates for a location. By comparing maps of the same place, including digital maps, we can compare differences and discuss why a place may have changed.

History

History

This term Prep 5 will be completing their studies of the Tudors, learning about the leisure activities which rich and poor Elizabethans enjoyed and discussing the achievements of Queen Elizabeth during her reign.

Prep 5 will then be learning about the Benin Kingdom. They will learn about where the ancient Kingdom of Benin was located and how it came to thrive, what the people there believed in and how they showed this in their artwork. They will also explore western attitudes towards African civilisations, comparing the achievements, oral tales and artefacts of ancient Benin to those in Europe at the same time. The children will also learn about the story of Eweka and finally discover how European invaders threatened the civilisation of ancient Benin.

French

French

We will learn how to form questions in French using the phrase, “est-ce que?”. We will revise how to describe ourselves and our families and expand our vocabulary through exploring les passe-temps.We
will learn how to tell the time. We will learn the phrases “j’ai besoin” and learn how to use the negative form of the verb.

Latin     

Latin     

We will continue to learn Latin using Minimus, a Latin course for children, based on the lives of a real Roman family living at Vindolanda. We will be looking at noun and adjective agreement and learning the vocabulary for animals and appropriate adjectives to describe them.  Roman banquets and food will also be discussed and how the family would have prepared to entertain an important visitor – Marcellus the Governor.  We will begin to about what it was like to be a slave for a Roman family and how the ending of a Latin verb tells us who is doing the action.

RS  

RS  

During this Spring Term, we will look at how Christians believe that Jesus is always listening and always available to everyone. The children will learn about the miracles that Jesus performed and how they showed that he was being helped by God.  Prep 5 will read through a selection of Parables and see if they can find the meanings in them. During our ‘Faith Week’ we will be learning about the traditions of Islam. After our half-term break, we will then focus on Lent. We will develop our understanding of this time for Christians and at the end of term the children will learn how Christians celebrate Easter.

 

Art

Art

This term the class will be creating art inspired by natural forms, using the two and three dimensional work of different artists as inspiration, continuing to look and draw from observation and from imagination. They will also extend their water colour techniques.

Music   

Music   

This term, all of Prep 3, 4, & 5 will be learning the recorder. For some this will mean improving their skills and for others this will be a new venture into music making. By learning an instrument together, the children will be able to take part in individual and group music-making. They will also be able to improve their understanding of musical notation through practical experience. Alongside this, we will be looking at the history of the recorder and of woodwind instruments, and will be listening to music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

DT

DT

Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach.  New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject  to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity.  This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.

Weeks 1 and 2  – Helter Skelter designs using 12mm PVC tubing, ball bearings, blockwood, plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.

Weeks 3 and 4 – Board Game designs starting with roll a dice. Card or plywood base, design and make players/pieces and incorporation of instructions.

Weeks 5 and 6 – Designs involving experimenting with cams and cam followers to create different types of movements with chosen models.  Materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

Weeks 7 and 8 – Miniature torch/light designs involving simple circuits with switch, bulb and battery connected in series.

Weeks 9 and 10 – Picture frame designs involving mounting board card, blockwood and dowelling.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will complete a scratch project to code for a pedestrian crossing.  They will create tables in word and excel and be able to format and presentation of data.  Prepare a presentation using powerpoint on the Solar System gathering data and pictures from the internet.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Basketball. Handling, dribbling, movement into space and passing skills will be developed, especially in small game situations.

Handball. Learning the fundamentals and rules of the game. Passing and moving into space, attacking and defending and developing these skills into game situations.

Games: Cross Country, Football and Netball. Skills will be developed through various drills and activities, with game situations. Pupils will be asked to think about team and positional play.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils In their drama lessons will learn to create dramatic narratives and evaluate their performances.  This will mostly be done using improvisation, we will also use mime and text.  Children will continue to work on improving presentation skills, vocal strength, and diction.

PSHE

PSHE

Living in the wider world. This term, we will start by looking at how we belong to a community – specifically looking at how we impact the environment around us. We will then move onto looking at media literacy and digital resilience where we will identify different types of media and their purpose. Moving onto looking at recognising safe/ unsafe online content. Finally, we will identify job interests and aspirations and discuss how there is a variety of jobs and routes to work.