The KJS Curriculum in Year 5

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Welcome to Year 5. We would like to give parents some important information about the coming school year and to offer advice as to how best you may be able to help your child in Year 5 at Kowloon Junior School.

Our general aims for children in P5 are as follows:

  • to encourage within them greater independence by developing a strong sense of responsibility
  • to reinforce their organisational skills
  • to provide more opportunities for pupils to use their own initiative
  • to emphasise and practise problem solving and investigation strategies
  • to develop skills required to research information

During September, parents are invited to an evening to meet their child’s new teacher. This meeting allows for important introductions and enables the class teacher to inform parents of the class systems and expectations for the year ahead. Parents are encouraged to ask questions regarding the curriculum and the process of supporting their child through the next academic year.

Across the year group, the teachers provide work of a similar nature to ensure all our children's experiences are consistent and relevant. Care is taken over the choice of projects to make them as meaningful to the children as possible. Emphasis is placed on the skills of co-operation and respect of others and their opinions or ideas.

 

Homework

Children in Y5 are required to complete 3 or 4 pieces of homework every week depending on topics being studied at the time. These will be English, Mathematics and Inquiry Topic related. In addition, spelling words will be taken home regularly for revision. The homework reflects work covered in the class. We strongly recommend that homework is completed throughout the week rather than at one sitting. This helps to foster time management skills and if a problem arises the child has enough time to seek advice or clarification about the task from home or school. If a child does have a problem with the homework, then a note from the parent should be written in the child’s homework diary. Parents may give assistance, but the final work should reflect the efforts of the child. Homework should take approximately 30 minutes a night.

 

Reading

Between 15 and 30 minutes a night should be devoted to reading. Some of this reading time should be spent in a shared reading experience with an adult. The children will bring home a wide range of reading books including fiction, non-fiction, levelled texts from our reading book library in addition to a free choice text from the school library. The children will focus on different reading strategies using this range of books. As part of the timetable, children visit the library weekly to select books. They can also choose additional books in between class visits when the library is open at break or lunchtime. We encourage the children to select a variety and appropriate level of book at this time.

 

Diary

The children have their own school diary in which they will record both their reading and homework. Please check your child's diary regularly and sign it, as appropriate. If you wish to make an appointment or have any queries please do not hesitate to write a message or note as it is a good tool of communication between home and school.

 

Outings

On occasions throughout the year, the children will be taken on visits to places of interest connected to their work. Full details of all such visits will be sent to parents well in advance. Parental assistance on the day is often requested and very much appreciated.

 

School Camp

We plan to take the children to camp at Treasure Island on Lantau Island in December. Camp is a very important part of student development and all students are encouraged to attend. Camp will be for 3 days – 2 nights. Full details of this will follow later.

 

INQUIRY

LANGUAGE

English

English is taught in all its aspects as our language of communication and the programme includes the skills of:

  • Reading – children are exposed to a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction texts for the purpose of enjoyment and gathering or developing knowledge. Pupils will take part in shared, guided and individual reading sessions. The children are encouraged to borrow books regularly and are taught a variety of library skills
  • Writing – children write in a range of genres, organizing and developing their ideas logically. They are taught to use appropriate vocabulary, spelling and correct grammar
  • Speaking and Listening – children’s oral communication skills are developed through discussions, story-time, role play and drama activities
  • Spelling – children follow an individual spelling programme as well as learning topic and subject specific vocabulary connected to class work. These are given out regularly and should be revised both at school and home.
  • Handwriting is expected to be joined and legible.

Mandarin

Children will learn simple communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, days and dates, time, festivals, food and drinks, sports, hobbies and other activities. While emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking skills, more reading and writing of Chinese characters are encouraged. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively in a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, artwork and other related activities. Pinyin is taught to enhance their pronunciation.

 

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics, pupils in Year 5 apply mathematical concepts and operations to investigations and problems through a variety of topics:

  • Number – place value, times tables, fractions and decimals.
  • Shape – investigating 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and symmetry.
  • Measure – length, weight, volume, area, angles and time.
  • Data Handling – pupils collect, record and interpret information in graphs, charts and tables.
  • Mental Mathematics – pupils are taught strategies for solving problems mentally.

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE)

PE

The P.E. programme encourages children to be active through challenging and enjoyable activities in all areas of P.E.: - athletics, dance, gymnastics and outdoor adventure activities. Children are expected to work cooperatively, showing an awareness for safety at all times. Competition is actively encouraged, with an emphasis on pupils developing positive attitudes to the conventions of teamwork and fair and honest sporting behaviour. The children learn to cope with success and failure.

P.S.E.

THE ARTS 

MUSIC

The music programme encourages all children to develop their musical awareness and skills, both in class and particularly in ensemble work, eg. choir and orchestra. Songs are used to learn about musical language and score reading is introduced. Music theory linked to practical performance is developed, as well as composition. Solo work is encouraged. Listening and appraising skills play an important part in the programme and are related to music theory.

ICT

Pupils are taught a variety of skills which are used across the curriculum:

  • word processing and desk top publishing – to manipulate and print text and graphics
  • Logo – a programming language
  • spread sheets – combining the skills of data collection and interrogating information
  • E-mail – to support class work
  • Internet – how to access relevant information for use in the curriculum
  • data bases – to sort and search for information
  • keyboard skills

All classes have access to a range of laptop computers to reinforce the use and value of ICT across the curriculum 

All parents are sent a termly update of this curriculum information which will provide more specific details of the learning objectives to be covered and allows for further support at home if required.

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