Year 5 2019/20
During the Spring term, we continued to follow the White Rose scheme of work, which continued to focus on Multiplication and Division before moving onto a large topic of Fractions and then Decimals and Percentages. We also had an assessment week and a consolidation week, where we were able to secure our knowledge before moving forward.
During the Spring term, we were given lots of writing opportunities based on our new class read, ‘Bad Dad’ by David Walliams. As well as Reciprocal Reading lessons, we listened to the story using an Audiobook, before writing: character descriptions, speech using correct punctuation and summaries amongst many other writing tasks. We also secured our knowledge using punctuation and grammar, particularly using commas to separate clauses and starting sentences with similes (Eg. Like a Cheetah, he ran to the shop for the delicious, mouth-watering, limited-edition chocolate bar.)
After half term, we began to read a new book, ‘The Adventures of Odysseus.’ This book allowed us to understand life in Ancient Greece and how the description of the setting is different from how we would describe the world we live in today. From this, we learnt about the features of an informal letter, before writing one ourselves. Then, we focused on play scripts, again looking at their features before writing our own using the skills we have learnt.
In the first half term, we learnt about our ‘Circle of Life’ topic, focusing on life cycles of plants, humans and animals. We looked at gestation periods, and were able to compare the gestation periods of animals compared to humans – did you know the gestation period of an elephant can last up to 680 days? Then, we looked at the life cycles of mammals, insects and birds, noting the differences, before finally being able to label the parts of a flower.
After half term, our attention in Science was on Science Week, which fell at the start of March. Our theme for Science Week was ‘Who stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?’ This involved us becoming Forensic Scientists, investigating how to find finger prints, foot prints, teeth marks and handwriting samples. Together, using the evidence we had gathered, we managed to narrow down the four suspects (Miss Duignan, Mr Pennington, Mrs Walker and Mr Snell) to find our criminal and bring that person to justice!
During the first half term, we studied ‘What a Wonderful World.’ This topic began with us securing our knowledge of the different Continents, Oceans and important lines of Latitude and Longitude (Equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Greenwich Meridian) on a World map. We then learnt about different biomes, before researching one biome in depth to present as a documentary to the rest of the class. We then studied different types of map, such as thematic maps, before investigating plate tectonics. We realised that when two plate boundaries rub together, causing friction, a fault in the plat boundary can cause an Earthquake to occur, which can cause great devastation. As part of looking at natural disasters, we also looked at volcanoes, investigating how they are formed and the effect they can have when they erupt.
After half term, we moved onto our final IPC topic of the year, The Tudor. First, we investigated who the Tudors were and the time period that they reigned in England. We then looked at one specific Tudor, King Henry VIII, finding out who he was and what happened during his time as King. Can you remember how many wives he had?
During the Spring term, Year 5 have learnt about Islam, particularly the 5 pillars of Islam and Heaven and Paradise. We then researched facts about Muslim attitudes towards different aspects of life, and asked ourselves if belief in Akhirah (life after death) helps Muslims to lead good lives.
After half term, we focused on Christianity, particularly Holy Week. We learnt about the story of Holy Week, and focused on why Jesus was sent to the cross. We also understood the sacrifices Jesus made, and what happened on Easter Sunday. Do you know why Christians believe chocolate Easter Eggs are the shape they are and what they believe they represent?
During the first half term, we spent the first few PSHE lessons learning British Sign Language. We investigated how many people use British Sign Language and the benefits of us using Sign Language to communicate with each other. We learnt basic signs such as: hello, how are you?, and managed to spell our names too. We also looked at significant days that fell during the half term, such as: Holocaust Memorial Day and International Women’s Day.
After half term, we looked at the topic of drugs and alcohol, looking specifically at the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body. We learnt about both the short-term and long-term effects, and what it can do to our bodies if we consume too much of either.