Welcome to Class 5
This term we will be reading a range of brilliant books including: Riddle of The Runes by Janina Ramirez, Vikings in 30 Seconds by Philip Steele, Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, In A Galaxy of Her Own by Libby Jackson and finally… Cosmic Disco by Grace Nichols (Poetry). We will be developing our knowledge of Newspaper Reports, Persuasive Texts, Letters and Narratives. We will apply our skills to writing our own versions linked to each text. We look forward to sharing our excellent writing with you.
In maths this term, we will be consolidating our knowledge of Perimeter and Area, as well as moving onto a new topic of Statistics. We will then begin our Summer Term units which include: Shape, Position and Direction, Decimals, Negative Numbers, Converting Units and Volume. We follow the White Rose Mastery Approach so all of our lessons include elements of varied fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We will be working hard to build upon our prior knowledge and develop an excellent mathematical knowledge base ready for transition to Year 6.
In Science this term we are learning about Animals including Humans. We will be researching how our bodies change as we grow up and how we can stay healthy. We will look at the changes in humans from babies to old age and we will learn more about what a baby needs to grow up healthy and safe. We will also be learning about the Scientist, Sir John Charnley who was an English orthopaedic surgeon.
In History, we will begin by carrying out historical enquiries before placing the Anglo Saxons, Scots and Vikings on a timeline in relation to other historical time periods. We will then explore who the Vikings were, where they came from and why they invaded Britain before looking in more detail at the very first Viking raids. We will explore what life was like for those living in Viking Britain and we will explain the role of Alfred The Great in defeating the Vikings, and the impact this had on Britain.
Our topic this term is called Trade Routes. We will be finding out what our climate is like and which seasonal plants we can grow outside. Then, we will discover where coffee beans are grown and how they get to England as well as researching which items are made in China and why there are so many. After that, we will find out why our clothes are made in India and we will embark on a mini project to research which medicines GSK produce and where they send them to. Finally, we will explore and discover where gold comes from and what it can be used for.
This term, we are going to: recall what a religion is and name the six key religions, discover what the holy texts are for the six key religions, explain the purpose and content of holy books, discuss how holy books are used, suggest how the story of Rama and Sita may affect the way Hindus act, and summarise our findings to explain why holy books are so important to a religion.
We will be continuing with our swimming lessons this term so that we have accessed a whole year of specialist swimming instruction. Lessons will take place every Thursday and children will need their normal swimming kit. In addition to this, children will be taking part in a Monty Mile each week – this will be around the school field or on the yard when the weather is wet. Children will also take part in additional sessions which we have planned including cricket coaching, athletics competitions, orienteering events and sports day. We will keep you informed about PE kits via the school app Weduc.