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Year 5

Autumn 2019

Be Extraordinary

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.


Summer 2019

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!


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.