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Year 5: Amber and Saffron

Year 5


Welcome to Year 5 and to the second half term of the year!


In English, the Power of Reading book, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, will aid pupils in their understanding of explorers. They will learn how to use modal verbs to indicate degrees of possibility effectively. 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. Pupils will also explore the idea 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 those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number.


In Geography, pupils will compare and contrast localities. During this topic pupils will research and explore the similarities and differences between different areas of the world, focusing on the position and significance of lines of latitude, lines of 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.


In Science, pupils will be exploring 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.


Art and Music will relate to the Science topics, with pupils creating ‘space art’ in the style of Peter Thorpe, who is famous for painting spaceships. In Music, pupils will create a piece of music related to the solar system where pupils will explore tempo, dynamics timbre and texture.


As a reminder, homework will go out on Wednesday and to be returned to school by Tuesday. Pupils are also expected to wear appropriate PE attire every Thursday, bearing in mind the colder weather.


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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