Hello, and welcome to Gandhi Class' page!
I am Mr Sesemann and I am the Year 5 teacher. I look forward to working with you and your children this year!
Here are some of our weekly routines:
PE takes place on Friday. Therefore, children should come to school in their PE kit on that day. Swimming also takes place on Thursday so please bring swimming items in a separate bag.
Homework will be set through our Google Classroom each Friday and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. Please do let me know in advance of Wednesday if you have encountered any problems, so that we can work together to solve them.
Reading every night is a vital part of improving a child's performance in school, and I am excited to hear all about the stories that have captured year 5's imagination. Home Reading Records will be checked everyday so need to be brought to school.
We have two tests a week. Spellings are given out on Monday to be learned by Friday, and we also have a Mental Maths test on Friday to make sure our times and division tables are up to scratch. Spelling Record Books and Timestable Practice Books will be checked weekly.
Our Learning - Summer 1
In RE this half term we will be focusing on our topic of Transformation plus Freedom & Responsibility.
Our Topic for this half term is The Kingdom of Benin. This is a fantastic new topic that we have never taught in the school before. The children will visit the British Museum on a school trip then ask ourselves the question, 'Should the Benin Bronzes be returned?'.
In Science we will be learning about the life cycles of plants. We will be researching different organisms and looking at the vocabulary used to describe their life processes. Please encourage your children to learn and focus on the vocabulary - sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, clone, bulbs, runners, life cycle.
In History pupils will learn about the Kingdom of Benin. They will identify where Benin City is located within the wider context of Africa. We will then visit the British Museum to view the Benin Bronzes taken in 1897. Afterwards, we shall compare parts of Britain to the Kingdom of Benin around the 15-16th Century. Finally, pupils will attempt to answer the importance of Eweka by using a range of primary and secondary sources to back up their points.
In Literacy we will be writing a discussion text. The model text is based off the book Holes where children will discuss the implications of sending delinquents to Camp Green Lake. This discussion text will then manifest itself in some cross-curricular learning with History as debate the British Museum's ownership/stewardship of the Benin Bronzes.
In DT the pupils will learn about building a boat after understanding that Portuguese sailed to the Kingdom of Benin in the 15th Century. This will have cross-curricular links with Science as we learned about forces in the previous term.
In Mathematics we will be continue learning about decimals with the following important vocabulary to consider; tenths, hundredths, thousandths, decimals, decimal places, addition, subtraction and fractions. Pupils then move onto learning about properties of shape.
Computing this half term is based on 3D modelling.
In our PE lessons we will be developing our swimming skills. Please ensure that your child comes into school with their swimming kit on Thursdays and their PE kit on Fridays.
Our Learning - Spring 2
This term's topic is 'The Mayflower'. Come and join Mr Sesemann on the perilous journey the Mayflower to the New world in History.
In Science, we will be learning about Forces and simple machines.
In DT, we will be designing our own ships.
In Computing, we will be learning about creating games.
In Literacy, we will be writing non-chronological reports all about mystical beasts. Let your imagination run wild!
In Maths, we will be learning about decimals and reviewing our learning in fluency lessons. Keep learning your times tables at home.
Our Learning - Spring 1
In RE this half term we will be focusing on our topic of Mission.
Our Topic for this half term is Beast Creator.
In Science we will be learning about planet the life cycles of animals, minibeasts, plants and humans. We will be researching different organisms and looking at the vocabulary used to describe their life processes. Please encourage your children to learn and focus on the vocabulary - sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, clone, bulbs, runners, life cycle, mammal, monotreme, metamorphosis, amphibian, shell membrane and yolk.
In Geography pupils will read maps, understand the ecology and bio diversity across different continents and research creatures found in a range of biomes across the world. Please encourage your children to use the vocabulary - continents, aerial photograph, biome, climate, fieldwork, data collection, sketch, grid references, research and climate crisis.
In Literacy we will be writing a non-chronological report about organisms such as a dragonfly and the platypus. We will be using The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi as inspiration for our writing.
Our Art will also be based on our topic of Beast Creator and pupils will be inspired by the artist Hannah Hch to create collages of minibeasts and other animals. The children's creations shall be used in their non-chronological reports later on in the half-term.
In Mathematics we will be consolidating our methods for the multiplication and division. Pupils then move onto learning about fractions - equivalent, improper, number sequences, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions.
Computing this half term is based on keeping safe online.
In our PE lessons we will be developing our gymnastics skills.
Our Learning - Autumn 2
In RE this half term we will be learning about Judaism before focusing on our topic of Advent.
Our Topic for this half term is Stargazers.
In Science we will be learning about planet Earth and our solar system. We will be conducting experiments to help explain gravity as well as finding out why the moon has craters. We will consider the biggest challenges for working in space and will use our scientific knowledge to design a space rocket.
In History we will be learning about significant figures in the discovery of space including Aristotle and Galileo. We will learn about the space race and the important achievements of both the USA and Russia in space exploration.
In Literacy we will be writing newspaper articles and then we will focus on science fiction stories. We will be reading books including S.F. Said's 'Phoenix'.
Our DT will also be based on our topic of Stargazers and we will be designing and junk modelling spacecraft.
In Mathematics we will be consolidating our methods for the multiplication and division of integers. We will then move onto working with area and perimeter based within our measurement unit of work.
Computing this half term is based on keeping safe online.
In our PE lessons we will be developing our attacking and defending skills through flag football.
Our Learning - Autumn 1
In RE this half term we will be learning about Life Choices and how as Christians we are invited to share in the life and work of God through Baptism. We will also focus on Ourselves and how we are part of God's family.
Year 5 will also be responsible for the 'Harvest Assembly' and more information will be shared with you about accessing this, closer to the time.
Our Topic this half term is called Alchemy Island and we will go on an adventure to find gold.
In Science we will focus on materials and their properties. We will be using our learning to help separate solutions and mixtures. We will look at different reactions and how to classify them.
In Geography we will study maps and develop our plotting skills using grid reference. We will also be finding out about 'human' and 'physical' features and using these terms to describe places.
Throughout our journey we will be in regular contact with an alchemist via our own time portal!
During Literacy we will be writing portal stories, thinking about contrasting settings with an outside world and an inside world. We will be reading C.S Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia' and Diana Wynne Jones' 'Howl's Moving Castle'.
Our Art work will be based on magic portals and creating a layered, mixed media piece, expanding on the idea of two contrasting worlds; one outside world and a world through the portal.
In Mathematics we will consolidate our learning on place value working with numbers up to one million. We will then develop our skills of efficient calculation methods for addition and subtraction. We will finish the half term with a unit of work based on statistics, working with and interpreting data in a range of tables, charts and graphs.
Computing this half term is based on coding and we will be building and debugging sequences that include a range of variables.
In our PE lessons we will be working on our attacking and defending skills through a series of invasion style ball games.