Spring Term 2020
Is it right to fight?
This term, as part of our topic in Year 5, we will be investigating the question ‘Is it right to fight?’
During our History lessons we will be studying major conflicts including World War 1 and World War 2 and the impact of conflicts on the world we know today. We will be looking at what life was like during these wars, not only for those people fighting, but also for those who did not go to war. We are going to be researching and reading about various key events and people involved in these conflicts and we will be producing many interesting pieces of writing based on our research. Finally, we will be researching the effect of the war on our local area.
Geography – we will be studying the impact of war on human and physical geography through the study of aerial photographs taken during the war and acting as a ‘War Cabinet’ to decide upon suitable sites for invasions and bombing raids, based on maps and photographs.
In our English lessons, we will be looking at various recounts from the World Wars and using these as inspiration to write in a range of genres. We will also be writing our own recounts of famous events in History alongside creating our own newspaper articles.
In Design Technology, we will be looking at hydraulics and programming and in Art we will looking at sihouettes.
Within our Science we will be learning about Light and Friction as well as developing our understanding of STEM through a separate project.
Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that it is vital that your child is reading at least 5 times per week at home (minimum). All classrooms are open from 8:35am for children to come in and read with an adult. This is highly encouraged as reading is shown to be the number one way to improve your child’s learning.
We hope you enjoy the term!
The Year 5 Team.
Welcome back to a very exciting term, with a brand new topic to Year 5: Be Extraordinary.
Over the course of this term we will be covering a range of learning all about our Earth and the people that live on it.
In Geography, we will be learning about rivers and how they are formed. By the end of our learning journey, the children will know the various features of a river, will have had the opportunity to build their own river as a class, have visited a real life river and completed experiments on it.
In Science, we will begin the year by learning about evolution and inheritance: how we have evolved as a species and what we inherit from our parents. After half term, we will be moving on to learn about the Circulatory System. This is a very exciting part of our term as we will be making our own blood, investigating how our heart works and even dissecting animal hearts to better our own understanding.
Within our PSCHE lessons. we will be learning about Body Image, how the media alters images, how to love ourselves and be accepting of all body types.
The artist BANKSY will lead our Rebel Artist unit: looking at the differences between graffiti and street art, creating our own tags and using BANKSY as our inspiration to create our own protest art work.
In our History learning, we will be taking inspiration from our staff to look at people who have had an impact on our planet.
It would be great if at home, families can talk about who they consider to have had an impact on the planet – this might be inventors, leaders, scientists, painters, musicians – and why they have had such an effect.
We will be covering many more elements in our curriculum with Reading, Writing and Maths being affected by this non-core learning so that the subjects link together where possible.
All classrooms will be open from 8:35 every morning for children to come and be heard reading, with ERIC continuing on Thursday mornings, 8:35-9:15. During this time, class teachers and teaching assistants will be checking reading logs.
Infinity and Beyond
What an exciting topic our last one is going to be! What is our Solar system really made up of? What is our place in the Universe? How has technology improved and developed to where we are today in 2019? Can you think of any other questions you might want to ask?
For English, we’ll be continuing our cross-curricular link with Geography, learning all things ‘Tsunami’. We look forward to reporting about such events in journalistic styles and as if we had been there (fortunately none of us have!)
In Reading, we’ll be looking at understanding the meaning of unknown words by using the context, summarising and making comparisons within texts and between texts. Keep reading at home, sharing excitement around books and giving suggestions of ‘new reads’ to Miss Hewitt, Mrs Stapenhill and Mr Charlton – we love it!
In Maths we’ll be covering a variety of topics, to ensure we have covered everything by the end of the year, so we need to make sure our brains are fully switched on! We will have a fresh look at fractions, percentages and decimals (and their relationship) and shape in terms of volume, co-ordinates, translation, reflection and enlargement!
Computing’s a good one, with all things animation and film being taught – do we have any Steven Spielberg’s in our midst I wonder? The humanities subjects will cover the Space Race (looking at how different countries competed to get to Space first), alongside discussions around Fair Trade and our moral role.
We will be becoming entrepreneurs in PSHCE and STEM. This will include researching renewable energy sources and looking at how we can play our part in developing a sustainable world.
We are super looking forward to a term of swimming and our wet and wacky trip. Get those bathers and goggles out and ready!