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Beech & Chestnut Class (Year 5)

Summer 1 – Vicious Vikings and Savage Saxons

 

This half term, we have been learning about The Vikings and The Saxons. Our enquiry question for History is ‘Were the Vikings raiders or traders?’ and our enquiry question for Geography is ‘How does our Geography shape us?’

 

During our English lessons, we have read the myth of Beowulf and written battle speeches and stories inspired by it. These will be shared with each other on our Viking and Saxon day in the second half of the Summer Term.

 

In our Maths lessons, we have answered some Viking and Saxon word problems involving a variety of different operations, revised reading and interpreting graphs and timetables and solved problems involving square, cube and prime numbers.

 

During our History lessons, we have located the Vikings and Saxons on a timeline, plus learned about the discovery of Sutton Hoo (a Saxon burial ground).

 

In our Science lessons, we have been learning about forces such as air resistance and conducted an experiment where we had to design and test parachutes. The parachute which feel the slowest, had the most air resistance.

 

In our French lessons, we have been learning to tell the time through fun games and activities including ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’. We have also learned how to ask for items in a shop.

 

We have loved taking part in Art Week, where we have found out about the Commonwealth and have produced some Malaysian inspired pieces of art, using sketching, Batik and water colours.

 

 Finally, we loved our trip to Butser Farm where we found out lots of information about the Saxons. We also too part in activities like jewellery making, clunching (making Saxon cement), pottery and a tour of the Saxon and Roman houses. 

 

Next half term we will be continuing learning about the Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings. We will also be rehearsing for our Robin Hood play.

 

 

Spring 2 - Walk on the Wild Side

 

This half term, we have been learning about Amazon Rainforest. Our enquiry questions was 'Who owns the rainforest?'

 

During our English lessons, we have taken part in a debate about deforestation, which helped us to write a balanced argument. We have also written a description of a trek through the rainforest, using our senses to help us.

 

In our Maths lessons, we have had a big focus on fractions, negative numbers and scaling. We have also revised some of the topics we have looked at in the previous terms.

 

During our Geography lessons, we have learned about the Equator and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. We have been able to identify these on a map and pinpoint the world's major rainforests. We have also made our own rainforest biomes in bottles.

 

During our Art lessons, we have looked at the work of Henri Rousseau and have created our own paintings in his style. Our paintings are now proudly hanging in our Year 5 shared area.

 

In our Science lessons, we have been learning about the work of Carl Linnaeus and how to classify different animals using keys. We also conducted an experiment based on how micro organisms grow using bread.

 

In our RE lessons, we have looked at and discussed both the Christian story of creation and the Hindu story of creation. We have also written our own questions to ask Reverend Jonathan from Christchurch about the Christian story.

 

Jungle Jonathan visited this half term with some of his creepy crawlies. We had fun being able to hold the creatures and it was great to be able to ask an expert lots of questions linked to our topic.

 

Next half term we will be learning about the Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings. We will be enjoying a trip to Butser Ancient Farm.

Spring 1 - Walk Like an Egyptian

 

This half term, we have been learning about the lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

 

During our English lessons, we have written a story based on a book called 'The Magic and the Mummy' by Terry Deary. We have also written instructions for how to mummify a dead body and a journal in the style of Howard Carter.

 

In our Maths lessons, we have looked at data handling, estimating and calculating the volume of cuboids and Roman Numerals. We have also revised some of the topics we have looked at in the Autumn terms.

 

Our History lessons have taught us all about why tombs were important to the Ancient Egyptians. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians believed that when they died, they would go to an Afterlife? We even had a go at mummifying our own dead bodies (action figures)!

 

During our Art lessons, we have designed and made clay canopic jars - thinking carefully about the shape, texture and small details such as engraved hieroglyphics.

 

In our Science lessons, we have been learning about different life cycles and identifying the similarities and differences of the life cycles or mammals, birds and amphibians.

 

Ben from Treehouse Theatre visited this half term and helped us to put on a play in a day. We took on different roles such as: Mummies, Tutankhamun, Farmers, Traders and Scribes. This was a great day and definitely added to our Ancient Egyptian history knowledge.

 

Next half term we will be learning about the creepy crawlies in the rainforest in our 'Walk on the Wild Side' topic.

 

Autumn 2 - Celebrations and Festivals

 

This half term, we have been learning about different celebrations and festivals including: Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Hanukkah, Thanks Giving and Christmas as part of our 'Celebrations and Festivals' topic.

 

During our English lessons, we have written a description of a firework display, a Hanukkah non-chronological report and a Remembrance Day poem . We have also enjoyed taking part in the School Library Service Illustrated Book Awards where we had to judge six picture books aimed at older readers under a variety of different criteria such as picture power, picture position, and picture pleasure.

 

As well as this, our Maths lessons have involved solving problems involving fractions, decimals and coordinates. We have also solved celebration and festival themed word problems.

 

In our Science lessons, we have been learning about different light sources and how light travels in straight lines. We have also conducted our own scientific experiments linked to light.

 

During our Art lessons, we completed an artist study of Georgia O'Keeffe and used water colour paints to re-create a picture of a poppy in O'Keeffe's style. We have also learned about how Christmas has changed over time - focussing specially on Victorian Christmas traditions.

 

We also took part in a fantastic DT day where we made ice skate Christmas decorations which we took home as Christmas presents for our families. 

 

Next half term we will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in our 'Walk Like an Egyptian' topic.

 

Autumn 1 – ‘Ooh La La’

This half term, we have been learning all about the different aspects of French culture through our ‘Ooh La La!’ topic.

 

During our English lessons, we have written a description of a walk through Paris and instructions about how to make a Croque Monsieur. As well as this, our Maths lessons have involved solving problems involving the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have delved deeper into the importance of place value within our calculations.

 

During our Art lessons, we completed an artist study of Claude Monet and tried to replicate his famous ‘Water Lily Pond’ painting. The children loved focusing on the different tones that he used within his painting and tried hard to use the tache technique to create a similar effect within their own artwork. The children have also learnt plenty of new French vocabulary throughout the topic whilst being able to grasp simple conversations about our hobbies, family and school.

 

To conclude our wonderful topic, the children became food connoisseurs by visiting a French Café. They tasted a variety of traditional French foods including: pain au chocolat, quiche Lorraine, crème caramel, brie and wine (grape juice!). The children were brilliant at trying the good they hadn’t tasted before and being honest with their descriptions of the food.

 

Next half term we will be focusing on different celebrations and festivals from around the world on the lead up to Christmas. The children will learn all about Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Remembrance Day.

 

Welcome to Year 5

We are looking forward to working with you this year.

Mrs Teasdale, Mrs Shilito, Mrs Osborne, Mrs Ellis, Miss Rendall and Mrs Sheers


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