Prep 5 Curriculum Brief

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.
Handwriting – This term we will continue to develop cursive script and focus on correct letter formation and clear letter joins.
Grammar – within our grammar work this term, we will focus on improving our descriptive language by using detailed noun phrases, use a wider variety of complex conjunctions to link clauses, use adverbial and prepositional phrases to express time, place and cause, continue to use and punctuate direct speech, use modal verbs to indicate likelihood, ability, permission or obligation and continue use clear paragraphs to group related material.
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 the autumn term we will write our own narrative based on the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will also write a Biography and use ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ as our model text. After this, we will read ‘Where My Wellies Take Me’ by Michael Morpurgo and use this model text to create our own poem. To finish the term, we will write a poem based on a special place and special events – using ‘Bethlehem’ by Carol Ann Duffy as our model text.

Mathematics    

Mathematics    

During the autumn term, Prep 5 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths session. The children will be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics covered.
Place Value: decimals, comparing 5 digit numbers, multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
Calculation: column addition, frog subtraction to find change, common multiples, short multiplication, and short division with remainders.
Shape/Data handling – the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, classifying quadrilaterals, time intervals and timetables, 24-hour time and converting measurements.
Fraction- equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, comparing fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions conversions, adding and subtracting fractions.

Science

Science

In the first half term Prep 5 will start learning about life cycles and reproduction. This will include finding out about the reproduction in plants and animals, exploring the life cycles of mammals, birds, insects, amphibians and plants and looking at human growth.
After half term Prep 5 will be learning about animals including humans, describing the changes as humans develop to old age. They will learn about the changes experienced in puberty and research the gestation periods of other animals, comparing them with humans.

Geography   

Geography   

We will initially revise our knowledge of world geography and then move on to study the geography of the British Isles including specific physical features such as mountains and rivers. We will be locating counties which are important to the children and their families and investigating them further. The topic ‘Marvellous Maps’ will also be covered. This topic allows children to explore the range of maps (including digital) available to geographers and to understand their key features. We will also compare maps of the same place to see how places can change over time.

History

History

This term Prep 5 will study the Tudor period and in particular the monarch King Henry VIII, his wives and the reformation. The children will find out about Tudor social history and cover such topics as what it was like to be a child in Tudor times, houses, towns, food and entertainment. We will look at the similarities and differences between our lives today to those of our Tudor ancestors.

French

French

Topics will include how to ask a question and respond to basic questions increasing knowledge of vocabulary in the classroom, rooms and items found in the house and hobbies, sports and activities. Grammar concepts will include the three ways to say my and
yours in French, to learn some basic French -er verbs and to be able to conjugate the simpler ones. We will learn about the use of prepositions and the apostrophe with words starting with a vowel and how to form the plural and negative in verbs. To be sure of the numbers to 40 and beyond. We will continue to follow the skoldo scheme.

Latin     

Latin     

We will be learning Latin using Minimus, a Latin course for children, based on the lives of a real Roman family living at Vindolanda. We will begin to look at how many English words are derived from Latin, the verb ‘to be’ and noun and adjective agreements. We will also study the myths of Perseus and Medusa and Daedalus and Icarus.

RS  

RS  

Creation – We will begin the term by looking at the wonder of Creation; this leads us into following God’s plan for our lives and how we have rules to help us live our lives. We shall spend some time discovering more about the different harvests of the world and consider those with less than ourselves. The second half-term centres on ‘Advent’, exploring the meaning of the word and all that Christ’s birth means to us.

Art

Art

This term the class will create pieces inspired by architecture, to explore the differences and similarities in the work of artists, crafts people and designers in different times and culture.They will continue to experiment with single point perspective and make both two and three dimensional pieces.

Music   

Music   

‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ – through listening and discussion, children will learn about the composer, Edvard Grieg, and ‘Peer Gynt’. They will consider how the contrasting use of the musical elements can be used to manipulate mood and atmosphere in a piece. They will then use their knowledge to compose their own piece in the style of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ based on a Devon myth and will consider ways to notate what they have composed.

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 – ‘Structure Sculpture’ designs using 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 – Hydraulic designs using syringes and plastic tubing to create reciprocal movement. Materials used: syringes, PVC tubing, blockwood, laser plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 7 and 8 – Miniature torch/light designs involving simple circuits with switch, bulb and battery connected in series.
Weeks 9 and 10 – Designs involving Christmas as a theme. Christmas scenes, Christmas cards and miniature Christmas Tree designs. materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be using spreadsheets in various ways to record, input and calculate data. They will prepare a presentation using various applications to include text, images on a topic. They will be introduced to a concept of coding as a sequence of instructions to achieve a desired outcome.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Outdoor adventurous activities and team building activities.
Hockey. Simple skill practices will be followed by a short game. Within the game situation emphasis is now placed on the understanding of positional play and teamwork.
Games: Development of stamina through cross country running. Skill development and progression through to small sided games and then onto full sided matches including fixtures internally (inter house) and externally (against other schools) in tag rugby, football, hockey and netball.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will be developing and creating characters in a variety of scenarios. We will also focus on other acting and performance techniques such as freeze framing and improvisation. There will be a focus on Black History Month where pupils will re-enact historical moments.

PSHE

PSHE

Relationships – This term we will start by looking at friendships and identifying what positive relationships are and how we can deal/ solve arguments that we have. We will also look at managing loneliness and discuss what makes us feel lonely and how we can manage these feelings.