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Year 5: Amber and Saffron

Welcome back to Year 5 and the second half term of the Autumn Term!


Through the use of their Power of Reading book, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, pupils will focus on their new topic, ‘Explorers’.


In English, pupils will learn how to use modal verbs effectively to indicate degrees of possibility and apply this to their writing based on the topic. Pupils will also focus on linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of number and tense choice.


In Maths, pupils will develop their understanding of fractions where they will revise the topic of factors and multiples. Over the course of the half term, pupils will explore how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number, tying this to their learning across the wider curriculum.


In Humanities, pupils will compare and contrast localities. During this topic, Year 5 will research and explore the similarities and differences between different areas of the world, focusing on the position and significance of latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones, linking all of this back to Shackleton’s adventures from what they have read.


Keeping with the topic of explorers, Year 5’s Science lessons will allow them to deepen their understanding of the topics of ‘Earth and Space’ and ‘Forces’. Pupils will investigate the orbit of different planets and their movement in relation to the Sun and the Moon. Pupils will also explore how objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. Alongside this, pupils will explore the effects of air and water resistance and plan to test their understanding.


Linking to our Science topic of ‘Earth and Space’, pupils will develop their artistic skills by exploring the space art of Peter Thorpe before creating their own art.


As a reminder, homework will continue to go online every Wednesday to be completed by the following Monday. Pupils are also expected to bring in appropriate PE kit every Wednesday.


Please also keep an eye on the school’s website for updates and ‘Wow Work’.


If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to any member of the Year 5 team.


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