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Coxheath Primary School

Term 1

Term 1

This term, our core text is Idia of the Benin Kingdom by Ekiuwa Aire. This book helps to build a picture of the rich history West Africa has to offer, through the magic of a story. The children will be learning how to entertain their reader through their writing, beginning with character descriptions of warriors.  As well as being a beautiful story with incredible illustrations, we have chosen this book to coincide with our focus in History, where we will be studying the Benin Kingdom in more detail.  Providing children with this global coverage and the depth of themes, which focuses on identity and social justice, we will allow children to make connections across time and help to foster curiosity of this in this area of the world and beyond.

In Maths, Year 5 focus on place value focusing on numbers up to 1,000,000. Children will use our previous knowledge 10s, 100s and 1000s to develop their understanding of larger numbers. Concrete resources and pictorial representations will help to consolidate their existing knowledge in these areas. Using mathematical language, the children will explain their reasoning in a number of problem-solving activities. Additionally, we will continue to focus on rapid recall of times tables.  Focusing on times tables in class and at home will allow children to recall these facts efficiently. We have a number of class incentives running and children will be using the new iPads to participate in Arena battles in TT Rockstars. To ensure continuous progression in this area, we are encouraging all children to use this app at home, ideally for 10 minutes, 3 times per week, or whenever possible.

For Reading, we will be focusing on core skills such as retrieval, vocabulary, and inference throughout our guided reading sessions.  There will be many opportunities for class reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home for at least 10 minutes per day. If you do not have your Bug Club login details, please contact your child’s class teacher.

In DT, we will become true innovators, designing and making Kalimba drums.

In Computing, children will be using Purple Mash to learn how to code.

In RE, children will consider if it is better to express your beliefs through arts and architecture or through charity and generosity.

Throughout all our teaching and learning we will have a strong focus on Oracy and listening.  We will inspire the children to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them by developing learners who can think critically, reason together and have the vocabulary to express their knowledge and understanding.