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WELCOME TO YEAR 5


Our class value is SERVICE.


Welcome to Year 5 – an exhilarating year with lots of new opportunities to excel.


Year 5 is an inspiring but busy year, packed full of new opportunities to excel both in and out of the classroom. In Year 5 we will learn through six different themes: Long Live the Queen; Masterchef; Mad Mixtures and Crazy Criminals; Heartbeat; Creeping Coasts and Ancient Greece. We will visit The Orange Tree Theatre; make our own loaves of bread in the Creative Arts room, which is always a lot of fun, as well as bringing our learning to life with a visit to the Isle of Wight in our Creeping Coasts theme.  Every other year, children in Year 5 will participate in a large scale theatre production during the Summer term which will involve lots of singing, dancing and acting. 


In Year 5, you will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Always make sure you have your full PE kit in school on these days. In the second half of the Spring term, and for the whole of the Summer term, your Friday PE session will be swimming. You will need your swimming kit in addition to you full PE kit.
It is also very important that you have you school reading diary with you every day.  Homework will be set on Mondays which you will hand in the following Monday.  This homework will either be an online maths challenge and reading comprehension, or a maths activity book and a grammar and punctuation task.  You must practise the timestables and your spellings every week.  The timestables test will be on Friday and the spelling test will be on Monday.  Each half term you will be asked to complete an independent project linked to the theme which you will work on at home over four or five weeks.

THEMES
Long Live the Queen
We will learn about life in the Victorian era and the inventions that were created during this period. We will learn about electricity and make some of our own circuits, before using this knowledge to design and make our own torches. We will also learn about counties and cities of the United Kingdom and learn to play and perform Victorian compositions.


Masterchef
We will learn about micro-organisms and the impact that they have on our everyday lives. We will use this information to help us to design and make our own loaves of bread (once we have tasted some existing examples). We will learn about where our food comes from and why we eat different foods throughout the year.


Mad Mixtures and Crazy Criminals
We will be learning about the reactions that occur when materials dissolve in liquids and how to recover a substance from a solution. We will learn about famous highwaymen (and women) and create charcoal sketches based upon our learning. We will look at how places change over time by studying local maps before creating a map of our own.


Heartbeat
We will learn about the human body, focusing on the heart and the lungs. We will plan and complete our own experiments based on pulse rates and learn about how to keep healthy through exercise and diet. We will learn how to cross-stitch so that we can make our own family crests. We will explore some of Shakespeare’s most famous works and learn to play some instruments from this time.


Creeping Coasts
We will learn about how coasts change over time and then see this in action when we visit the Isle of Wight. We will learn about the life-cycles of different creatures and compare this to the life-cycle of plants. We will spend some more time learning to use watercolours and create some beautiful pictures of the Isle of Wight.


Ancient Greece
We will learn all about the lives of the Ancient Greeks, spending time looking at the things they enjoyed doing and the influence they had on life today. We will compare life in England to life in Greece and learn to sing Greek songs and play Greek music. We will learn to work with clay and create our own clay tile showing a scene from a Greek myth.

READING
Throughout the year we will read lots of different books. The following list shows you the main book for each theme:

  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty – Long Live the Queen
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – Long Live the Queen
  • Recipe Books – Masterchef
  • The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes – Mad Mixtures and Crazy Criminals
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Mad Mixtures and Crazy Criminals
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Heartbeat
  • Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo – Creeping Coasts
  • Greek Myths – Ancient Greece

Click here for recommendations of other books you may enjoy reading.

READY TO LEARN
Key points for being ready to learn in Year 5:


LIFE SKILLS
Can you get your own PE kit/school bag/equipment ready?
Can you help to make your lunch?
Can you develop your own morning routine to make sure you get to school on time?

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