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Flying Bull

Year 5

Spring 2019

Planet Earth

This term, as part of our topic in Year 5, we will be investigating the planet we live on.

Our main focus for this topic will be Geography where we will be studying the impact of weather and natural disasters, specifically focusing on real life situations where these events have occurred.

In our English lessons, we will be looking at a range of genres this term. Beginning with our own plastic pollution speeches before creating our own David Attenborough-style voice overs. We will then use our learning in Geography to write newspapers and personal recounts about these events.  

In Reading, we will be building up to taking part in the Portsmouth Book Awards. We have been chosen to read and then vote on the four books which will be announced in February. We will be reading, discussing and learning from these books within our reading lessons.

In Design Technology, we will be looking at how bridges are structured and creating our own bridge prototypes. In STEM we will be looking at how to make a box waterproof and watertight so that we can appreciate those who have to have such items in case of a natural disaster.  

In Science, we will be learning about the life cycles of animals, how they reproduce and how plants can be cloned from their roots.

In PSHCE, we will be continuing our understanding of natural disasters through learning about what constitutes a crisis and how to react to these situations.

As part of our work in the community, we are offering Bikeability in March which will teach the children who wish to learn, how to cycle on the roads safely. More information about this will follow.

Finally, we are excited to offer a trip to the Marwell Zoo in March with more information coming about this soon.

We hope you enjoy the term!

The Year 5 Team.

Autumn 2018

Who Let the Gods Out?!

We are excited to start our Greek topic for the Autumn term. Within it, we will be looking at the book "Who let the Gods out!?" which is a hilarious book written by Maz Evans and is available at all good bookstores.

In English, our writing will be focused on looking at a variety of ancient myths, the beasts and heroes of ancient Greece and the adventures of famous faces like Hercules and Theseus, whilst after half term we will be focusing on using non-fiction to explore our understanding of Ancient Greece. 

Our maths focus will be on place value, the four calculations and fractions with working on our varied fluency and developing our ability to use our understanding within reasoning problems. 

In art, our focus will be on Greek pottery and within our design and technology lessons, we will be looking at creating a variety of famous Greek dishes whilst in ROB we will be developing our understanding of Faith alongside our PSHCE work on values and diversity. 

Our science topic will focus on the wonder of reversible and irreversible changes wherein we will be looking at a series of experiments and theories, writing our own methods and creating our hypotheses. 

We are very much looking forward to this topic and exploring the world of ancient Greece. Any additional research done at home can be added to our class padlets. 


Summer 2018


This term, in Year 5 our topic will be FESTIVALS (#Glastonbury not Christmas!).

As part of this topic we will be investigating different types of festivals, using our geography skills to understand suitable locations and map skills to be able to identify appropriate terrain. Using our PSHCE and ROB learning we will develop our understanding of how festivals began and look at different types of festivals celebrated around the world.

By the end of term, we will be putting on our festival as a celebration of our learning. This will incorporate the digital music learning we will be doing to create our own festival soundtracks as well as our design and technology work.

Our book for this term is The Matilda Effect and has been chosen due to its strong female character and the inspiration she brings to Science and Engineering. We will be using this book in our Reading lessons to unpick the genre of adventure stories and the characters needed to make them a success.

In addition, this term, we will be going to see War Horse at the Mayflower in Southampton. This will see the end to our Is it right to fight? topic and give the children the experience of going to the theatre to see a West End Show.

Other elements to this term will see Year 5 attend the Portsmouth Short Book Awards as well as beginning their Relationships and Sex Education lessons. At the end of term Y5 will transition to Year 6.