Year 5

Topic Overview Summer 2 Newsletter Term: Summer 2
Topic: Life Through Time

Our final topic in Year 5 will be 'Life through time' with a particular focus on the Victorian era. Our topic will be based on the text 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty and we will be exploring life for children less fortunate in the Victorian era compared to modern day life. Through our history lessons we will place the Victorian era on a timeline, discuss Queen Victoria, her long reign and life and we will also look at the Industrial Revolution and many of the inventions and changes that happened during this period in time. We will also explore the changes to the British Empire, locating the countries that were once part of the Empire and also the ones that still are. Whilst looking back in time, we will look at how children were treated in the Victorian era, how workhouses were used and the impact on the society. We will be writing diary entries from the viewpoint of a Victorian child and practising our journalistic writing skills, securing our spelling, grammar and punctuation skills along the way in preparation for year 6. During maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and how to use them to solve problems and develop our reasoning skills in preparation for year 6.

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: Lost and Found

In Year 5 our exciting topic for the Summer term will be 'Lost and Found'. Our topic will be based on the text Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo. It is set against the dangerous landscape of South Africa, and is the inspiring story of two brave children who will do anything to save their little sister; including travelling to Johannesburg 300km away. Along the way they are faced with many challenges and struggles that people had to face every day in South Africa during Apartheid. As part of our topic we will hold many discussions about segregation and laws and will also discuss inspirational black people including Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks who stood up for their rights and fought for equality for all. Within our English lessons we will be focusing on showing empathy through our writing and we will be writing letters and creating biographies. During our maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and will apply our knowledge to a range of reasoning and problem solving tasks. We will also develop our confidence of problem solving with coordinates, fractions and decimals.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Chocolate Fever

Our next topic for the Spring Term will be 'Chocolate Fever!' Within our English lessons we will be focusing our reading and writing around the fabulous book 'Charlie and the chocolate factory' by Roald Dahl. We will be writing a biography all about Roald Dahl himself, and we will also write an explanation text about how chocolate is made! Our trip to Cadbury World in March will be a great way to guide us in our learning about chocolate and will be lots of fun too! I know the staff are especially excited! Our topic lessons will focus a lot on geography and where chocolate originated from in the world and focus on the countries which produce the cocoa bean. We will explore how to create a set of instructions and create our own chocolate cookies. In Science we will be focusing on how materials can change, and whether these changes can be reversed, exploring this through baking.

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Vicious Vikings

Our first topic for the Spring Term will be the 'Vicious Vikings.' Within our English lessons we will be basing our reading and writing around the text 'How to train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. We will be creating an explanation text about how to become a Viking and will be looking closely at Viking myths and legends in order to create our own mini saga.

'Our topic lessons will closely focus on history; studying what Britain was like before and after the Viking invasion, laws and justice during the Viking era and we will also explore why King Alfred was dubbed 'Alfred the Great'.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Narnia

Our topic this half term is 'Narnia'. In English lessons, we have started reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis, and are thoroughly enjoying it. In our English lessons, we will be focusing on improving our sentence structure in order to improve our descriptive writing. The role-play area has transformed into a magical wardrobe, where the children will have the opportunity to enter Narnia and dress as the White Witch, practice their skills in using co-ordinates, complete comprehension activities, write their own Narnia-style adventure stories and sketch characters from the book.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: Outer Space

Our exciting topic this half term is 'Outer Space'. We will be finding out about the Earth, Sun and Moon; and also about the mysteries of the other planets. We will be writing space-themed adventure stories, newspaper reports about important events in the history of space exploration and biographies about famous people. The role-play area is a Nasa Space Centre where the children will have the opportunity to dress as an astronaut, practise their presenting and interviewing skills, carry out research, complete comprehension activities and 'space-themed' maths problems. We are also looking forward to going to the National Space Centre in Leicester.

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