Spring Term 2
During the second half term, our work is based around a history theme - Britain’s settlements of the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. This will include an exciting trip to Dunston’s Hall where we will learn about life and much more about the Anglo-Saxons. We will make Anglo- Saxon food and also dress up for the day to really get a feel for life in this era. Within our science work we will be continuing to learn about properties and changes of materials. During the whole term, we will really be trying to develop our group working skills during our PSHCE and RE work.
Spring Term 1
Our Powerful Planet – Earthquakes
After an exciting start to the new term, where we have looked at volcanoes, flooding, mountains and earthquakes during Our Powerful Planet project, Year 5 will be continuing to learn about earthquakes in more detail across the curriculum areas and largely focusing on geography.We will be researching what an earthquake is, what causes an earthquake and using our map reading skills to find out where earthquakes occur, as well as developing our understanding of grid references and co-ordinates. We will also be looking at the impact of an earthquake and what you should do in an earthquake. This geography work will be strongly linked to our English non-chronological reports work and our work in computing. In PSHE, we will think about how people respond to natural disasters, including some debating work. In music, we will create our own storm themed compositions and in art we will be sketching using the artist Lebbeus Wood as inspiration. In science we will be learning about properties and changes of materials
To Infinity and Beyond! - Autumn 2
During the second half of the Autumn term, we will focus on finding out about the Earth, the Sun and the Moon in our science based topic ‘To infinity and beyond!’ Here, we will learn about our solar system and the conditions on other planets. We will rise to the challenge of designing and making our very own battery powered lunar buggies in D.T. In Computing, we will be developing our own games; again, linking this to our space theme. In music, we will be studying the orchestral suite The Planets by Holst.
Here's what the pupils thought of the activity:
"I enjoyed the feel of sticking gooey paper onto the balloon to make the planets."
"It was messy and great fun to work with my friends. We made Jupiter which is one of the biggest planets."
The Groovy Greeks - Autumn 1
Our first topic in the Autumn term was ‘Groovy Greeks’ where we found out about life in
Ancient Greece. This topic began with a very exciting Ancient Greek murder mystery to solve
– there were a lot of tricky clues to solve!
In History children looked at everyday life; they researched who the gods were that the Greeks used to worship, Greek architecture, the theatre and the Arts, and the Olympics. We closely linked this topic to our lessons in English, DT and Music. In Computing we learnt how to use Inkscape to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from Escher and Riley. In Science we learnt all about forces. DT involved celebrating Greek Food. We researched, taste tested and then made our very own Greek food. It was all a lot of fun!
It was fun when we got to go in the hall to drop our parachutes off the big benches - Lewis
I enjoyed performing the plays. It was fun to perform it with people that we wouldn't normally work in a group with - Edie
I really enjoyed doing the Greek plays because I got to be the part of the Minotaur - David
I enjoyed the Greek plays because we could use our imaginations and be creative - Millie
...when I was practicing my play whenever Maddie did her line I had to pull a sad face! - Yasmine
I enjoyed our science topic this half term because we learnt about forces - Spencer P
We all investigated friction on different surfaces such as carpet, laminate flooring and gravel, using a toy car - Madison M
I enjoyed it when the firemen came in to talk to us about being safe near fire because I learnt something new - Lucy
My favourite thing I did this term in year 5 was the fire safety talk because I would like to be a fireman one day - Matthew
I enjoyed eating the feta cheese when we made the Greek salad - Dominic
Our D.T. this term was really enjoyable because we made a Greek salad and taste tested them - Maddison
I enjoyed making the Greek salad because it was fun to make and we got to eat it afterwards - Bethany
It was fun to cut up the vegetables and it was so yummy to taste! - Edie
I really enjoyed the DT Greek salad making because we learnt how to use the claw grip and the bridge hold - Hollie
My personal favourite thing, for this half term, was the Roald Dahl day. We got to dress up as our favourite characters - Eleanor
I enjoyed the Roald Dahl day because it was fun dressing up - Hayden
This term I have enjoyed the murder mystery launch because it was fun - Jack T
I enjoyed the murder mystery. I didn't guess the murderer right but I really enjoyed the launch anyway and liked working out of the class with my group - Nikita
The Greek murder mystery was really good fun and we got to work with our friends - Spencer G