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About Year 5
In Year 5, we study six exciting topics over the course of the year.
In the Autumn Term, our first topic is called Terrible Tremors. In this topic, we learn about the structure of the earth; plate tectonics and how they affect the formation of volcanoes and mountains. We explore how earthquakes and tsunamis are caused and the impact they have on their surroundings. During this topic, we also visit the Natural History Museum in London. In the second half of the Autumn Term, our topic is the Stone Age where we learn about chronology, the different eras of the Stone Age, Stone Age tools, settlements, and prehistoric animals.
Our science topics for this term are materials and their properties and light. Throughout these topics, we conduct a range of practical investigations to develop our working scientifically skills.
In English, we explore the writing of Roald Dahl, create our own characters and Twit tricks in the style of Roald Dahl. Nearer Christmas, we write our own version of the Snowman by Raymond Briggs. To link with our work on Terrible Tremors, we write recounts based on the book Escape from Pompeii and non-chronological reports about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes.
During the Spring Term, we have a history-based topic on the Ancient Greeks. Children will learn about the origins of the Olympics, the importance of democracy and the influence of the Greeks on the English language. The children will also study Ancient Greek beliefs, Greek Gods and Goddesses and historical battles. Our science learning for this term is May the Force be with you and focuses on forces. These will include: friction, gravity, air resistance and water resistance. We also visit Winchester Science Museum to learn more about forces and to introduce our next topic of Earth and Space.
In English this term, the children will explore Ancient Greek Myths. We focus on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and use this as inspiration for our own myths. Alongside our work on the Ancient Greeks in topic, we will be writing explanation texts and non-chronological reports about Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Throughout the Summer Term, our topic is World War II. We explore key events that happened during this time and what impact this had on daily life. We study rationing, evacuation, the Blitz, D-Day, women in the war and learn about the Enigma Machine. Children also have the opportunity to participate in an overnight visit to Fort Purbrook in Portsmouth, which was used as a fort during WWII. In science, the children also look at the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon in our topic To Infinity and Beyond.
This term’s English is linked to our topic of WWII. We explore the story of Goodnight Mister Tom and use this as inspiration for our own writing. We also write remembrance poetry based on our work on D-Day.
In Maths, the children study the following units: Number and Place Value; Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Measurement; Properties of Shape; Position and Direction and Statistics. In each unit, the children have the opportunity to develop their skills in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
The Year 5 Team