Summer Term Planning 2022

For the first half term, a lot of our work in class will revolve around immersing ourselves in Ancient Greek life. Our main class text will be the novel “The Adventures of Odysseus” by Hugh Lupton, where we will walk every step of Odysseus’ long and troubled route back home. In English, we will be writing to entertain, first making up our own chapter in Odysseus’ journey before writing a discussion about the differences in life between Athens and Sparta. In history, we will study Ancient Greek artefacts to learn more about this period of time and we will write a travel guide about a well-known Greek city state. As part of our art unit, we will design and make our own Greek pottery using clay to form the shape, carefully considering how to draw a frieze on our finished product. In ICT, we will continue working together to learn how to become game designers and through our work with the GREAT Project, we will learn about the importance of healthy relationships.

In the second half of the spring term, we will look closely at the culture clash between modern-day life and Ancient Greek gods through our shared text “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. We will continue writing to entertain, rewriting a graphic novel as a narrative text and using our persuasive skills to write a grovelling letter to a headmaster as Percy. In D&T, we will be cooking some Greek food and writing a menu for a traditional meze. In science, we will study the topic Earth and Space, discussing the role of the diverse NASA mathematicians who supported the successful 1960s space launch. In ICT, we will begin to look at the world of 3D modelling and in RE we will discuss spirituality, discussing how this links to religious architecture.

Spring Term Planning 2022

For the first half term, a lot of our work in class will revolve around the novel “The Boy at the Back of the Class” by Onjali Rauf.  In English, we will be writing to inform, first penning a formal letter to the Queen before completing a missing person’s report later on in the term. In science, we will be learning about the properties of materials. In art, we will make links with our science by looking at and creating textures of magnified materials through the media of collage. In RE, we will focus on spiritual expression in Christian music and worship. In music, we will enjoy looking at how music improves our world.  In ICT, we will be learning how to create and use databases. Finally, in PSHE we will be exploring how to achieve our dreams and goals.

In the second half of the spring term, our focus will shift to the Vikings as part of our history topic. We will learn about where the Vikings fit on our primary timeline, key Anglo-Saxon kings who reigned during the Viking era, the role of longships and study some of the key invasions. In science, we will move on to studying forces and meet some of the key scientists who drove forward our understanding of how forces are constantly at play in our world. This learning will support our D&T topic of mechanisms, where we will build our own pulley systems to form working marble runs. In music, we will study how songs can teach us about the concept of community and, in ICT, we will be learning how to become game designers. In PSHE, we will better our understanding of feeling healthy in ourselves.

Autumn Term Planning 2021-2022

For the first term in Year 5, we will be delving into the rainforests of South America…

Our focus novel will be “The Explorer”: an adventure story following the lives of four children stranded in the Amazon rainforest. In our writing, we will discuss the impact of deforestation, develop an alternative chapter for the book and we will also describe a setting through our use of figurative language.

In Geography, we will plan a journey from the United Kingdom to Costa Rica, analyse the water cycle within a rainforest setting and we will learn about the different layers of the rainforest.

In Art, we will develop a range of watercolour techniques in order to create a final painting: a watercolour pattern of different leaves found within the rainforest.

In D&T, we will design and make our own cushion cover, taking inspiration from aspects of the rainforest, through the use of batik printing.

This term, our PE session will be on a Thursday: your child will need to wear their school clothes on this day and bring their PE kit in a big into school with them.

We will be reading many fantastic books in class this year, but we do hope that each child in Year 5 will also be an avid reader at home! There will be weekly rewards for children who read regularly at home each week and always make sure that their diary is signed.

Summer Planning 2020-2021

Spring Term 2 Planning 2020-2021

This half term, we will be focusing on learning about the Anglo-Saxons in our history topic, which will be further enhanced by studying the epic poem of Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo.  In English we will be writing newspaper reports on Grendel’s attack and formal letters by the Anglo-Saxon King, Hrothgar. In RE, we will be studying about religion and the individual and how this relates to Christian practices at Easter. Our DT project will be linked to our science focus on forces, where we will be learning all about pulleys. In PSHE, we will explore how we can make informed choices in order to be the healthiest versions of ourselves. In music, we will be getting funky as we rap with the Fresh Prince of Bell Air!

Spring Term 1 Planning 2020-2021

For the first half term we will be doing lots of work all about the classic narrative poem The Highwayman.  In English, we will be writing character descriptions of the Highwayman himself, using figurative language, and writing diary entries in the role of Tim the ostler. In Science, we will be learning about forces such as gravity, air resistance and water resistance. In art, we will be looking at creating textures of magnified materials through the media of collage. In RE, we will focus on spiritual expression in Christian music and worship. In music, we will enjoy romantic ballads by artists such as Adele.  In ICT, we will be learning how to create and use databases and in PSHE we will be exploring how to achieve our dreams and goals.

Autumn Term Planning 2020-2021

For the first term in Year 5, we will be delving into the rainforests of South America…

Our focus novel will be “The Explorer”: an adventure story following the lives of four children stranded in the Amazon rainforest. In our writing, we will discuss the impact of deforestation, develop an alternative chapter for the book and we will also describe a setting through our use of figurative language.

In Geography, we will plan a journey from the United Kingdom to Costa Rica, analyse the water cycle within a rainforest setting  and we will learn in greater detail about the different layers of the rainforest.

In Art, we will develop a range of watercolour techniques in order to create our final painting: a watercolour pattern of different leaves found within the rainforest.

In D&T,  we will design and make our own cushion cover taking inspiration from aspects of the rainforest through the use of batik printing.

This term, our PE session will be on a Wednesday: this means that your child will need to wear their kit to school every Wednesday.

We will only be swapping books once a week from now on. Our book swap day in Year 5 will be on a Friday, so please make sure that your child brings their borrowed reading book in on this day so that they do not miss their opportunity to select a wonderful new book.

Spring Term Planning 2019/2020

Anglo Saxons

How do we know? What does historical evidence reveal about Anglo Saxon life? We look forward to learning about the Anglo Saxon invasion and life in those times through the exploration of a range of primary and secondary sources, particularly as we search for clues while looking at some real Anglo Saxon artefacts. We will also look closely at how this period fits on the historical timeline and compare it to other historical periods that we have studied. We will also be holding an Anglo Saxon day in school this term, which will enhance and bring our topic alive! Our class book, Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo, will keep us entertained with tales of Anglo Saxon and Viking feuds. As many Anglo Saxons converted to Christianity when they arrived in Britain, we will link this topic with our RE, where we will look at spiritual expression and describe the impact of religious music on those who sing and play it.