Year 5

Topic Overview Summer 2 Newsletter Term: Summer 2
Topic: Life Through Time

Our final topic in Year 5 will be 'Life through time' with a particular focus on the Victorian era. Our topic will be based on the text 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty and we will be exploring life for children less fortunate in the Victorian era compared to modern day life. Through our history lessons we will place the Victorian era on a timeline, discuss Queen Victoria, her long reign and life and we will also look at the Industrial Revolution and many of the inventions and changes that happened during this period in time. We will also explore the changes to the British Empire, locating the countries that were once part of the Empire and also the ones that still are. Whilst looking back in time, we will look at how children were treated in the Victorian era, how workhouses were used and the impact on the society. During maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and how to use them to solve problems. We will also develop our confidence of problem solving with measure, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: Lost and Found

In Year 5 our topic for the Summer term will be 'Lost and Found'. Our topic will be based on the text Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo. It is set against the dangerous landscape of South Africa, and is the inspiring story of two brave children who will do anything to save their little sister; including travelling to Johannesburg 300km away. Along the way they are faced with many challenges and struggles that people had to face every day in South Africa during Apartheid. As part of our topic we will hold many discussions about segregation and laws and will also discuss inspirational black people including Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks who stood up for their rights and fought for equality for all.Within our English lessons we will be focusing on showing empathy through our writing and we will be writing letters and creating biographies. During our maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and will apply our knowledge to a range of reasoning and problem solving tasks. We will also develop our confidence of problem solving with coordinates, fractions and decimals.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Chocolate Fever

Our topic for the remainder of the Spring term is 'Chocolate Fever.' We will be discussing the life and times of the famous author Roald Dahl and his inspiration behind his world famous books; focusing our learning around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will design our own chocolate bar and hope to find our own golden ticket! We will look at the origins of chocolate and the countries which produce the cocoa bean. Within our English lessons we will be creating an explanation text to explain the chocolate making process and we will also be creating our very own persuasive adverts for a brand new Wonka product! During maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and how to use them to solve problems. We will also develop our confidence telling the time and solving problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Science lessons will focus on changing materials. We will discuss solids, liquids and gasses and also reversible and irreversible changes to state.

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Vicious Vikings

During this half term we will be basing our learning on the Vikings and will be reading How to Train Your Dragon. We will be exploring explanation texts and Myths and Legends. In Maths, we will extend and challenge ourselves within the number topic. We will look at reasoning and problem solving through all aspects of the maths curriculum. In History we will be researching the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods in Britain. As part of our Science work we will be looking at magnetism around us. In Design and Technology we will be creating our own Viking shields and longboats. Our RE will focus on what the Bible teaches us about Jesus. If you have any ideas or comments to make about the topics we are covering in the Spring term it would be greatly appreciated. We really value your contributions in your child's education.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Narnia

During this half term we will be basing our learning on Narnia and will be reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We will be exploring descriptive writing and creating poetry. In Maths, we will extend and challenge ourselves within the number topic. We will look at reasoning and problem solving through all aspects of the maths curriculum. Our Geography will be looking at maps, as well as the environment around us and how we can look after it. As part of our Science work we will be looking at living things and their habitats and learning about life cycles in plants, animals and humans. Our RE will be looking at different beliefs that Christians have. If you have any ideas or comments to make about the topics we are covering in the Autumn term it would be greatly appreciated. We really value your contributions in your child's education.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: Blast Off

During this half term, our topic is 'Blast Off' and our learning will be based around space. We will be writing an adventure story and will be looking at journalistic writing. We will be reading 'Cosmic' a story about a boy who accidentally ends up in space. In Maths, we will extend and challenge ourselves within the number topic, we will look at problem solving through all aspects of the maths curriculum. Our Geography will be looking at the water cycle and the importance of water around us. As part of our Science work we will be looking at space, including research of the planets, creating shadow clocks and investigating the moon's movement. Our RE will be looking at different beliefs that Christians have. If you have any ideas or comments to make about the topics we are covering in the Autumn term it would be greatly appreciated. We really value your contributions in your child's education.

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