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Year 5: Amber and Saffron

Year 5


Happy New Year and welcome back to Edward Pauling! Pupils will be learning many exciting new things! We aim to achieve more than ever this term.


In English this half term, our Power of Reading book is ‘Viking Voyagers’ where pupils will step back in time to find out what Viking life was like, how they travelled, where they traded and their rich mythology. Pupils will use these ideas in English to create relative clauses and use commas to stop ambiguity.  


In regards to maths lessons, pupils will mainly focus on their understanding of decimals and percentages. They will look at how to convert between fractions and percentages, as well as looking at units of measure and how to solve multi-step word problems involving these.


In the afternoons, pupils will dive in to learning about the history of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings and their importance to modern British society. We will primarily focus on who the Vikings were, their culture and lifestyle, how they integrated with the local population and what legacy they left behind. This topic will link into our Power of Reading book.


During Design and Technology lessons, pupils will learn about Viking vegetables and create their own dish. Pupils will research what foods the Vikings ate, write their own recipe, then make the dish themselves and evaluate the resulting dish.


Pupils will continue to learn Spanish with a focus on ‘Vacaciones’ which is about different holiday destinations.


In computing this half term pupils continue to use Purple Mash and look at how concept mapping helps us to form ideas. 


In PSHE pupils will learn about how to handle different emergencies and accidents. They will do this by looking at different scenarios and practising basic first aid skills.


During RE day, pupils will carry out research to answer the question ‘What is the most important thing that has ever happened and what made it important?’ 


As a reminder, homework will continue to go out every Wednesday and it is to be completed by the following Tuesday. Pupils are also expected to wear appropriate PE attire every Thursday from the second week of the half term (12th January).


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.


We look forward to an excellent Spring Term!