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Year 5

Spring Term 2020


Children are continuing to develop and consolidate their learning in many areas of maths this term. We will be continuing by progressing with topics on shape, space and measure, number and calculating and data handling. The children will practice their calculations through lessons and arithmetic tests. We are continuing to heavily focus on written methods to ensure that the children can use these quickly and accurately.


During the Spring term in Literacy, our topic will be World War 2. We will base lots of our writing on books set during the War. This book will help to offer lots of opportunities for different types of writing while also allowing the children to use their imaginations to the maximum.  We will continue to develop our skills in reading, spelling and grammar to ensure the children are fully prepared going forward.


In Science we are looking at electricity, considering which materials are able to conduct it and which can’t. Children will enjoy a hands on approach, creating their circuits using batteries, bulbs, switches and buzzers. We will also investigate the use of electricity and how important it can be to modern society. Children will be taught the symbols to use in circuit diagrams and how to use these skills to design a circuit and predict what will happen before they build and test it. We will then move on to investigating light, the way it behaves and how it travels.


In Topic this term we are looking at the Second World War and how it affected the people living in the UK. We will start by looking at Britain in the 1930s and how the downturn in the economy affected lots of working people. We will then look at the causes of the War before going on to consider the plight of evacuees who were taken from their homes to the countryside or even other countries. We will also look at rationing and the way that the Blitz caused damage to lots of British cities. Finally we will look at Britain and Europe in the aftermath of the war.


In RE we are looking at Hinduism, considering the roots of the religion and the Hindu Gods that are central to those who follow the religion. We will look at the places that Hindus meet to celebrate their beliefs and the important aspects of the religion. The lessons will be linked to the local community and we will look at the Mandir in Peterborough. Later in the term we will look at a number of other religions and investigate the importance of art in religion.


Our lessons this term will focus on a unit whereby children will consider their networks of people who are special to them, and how they are changing and developing as they get older and prepare their transition to secondary school. They will continue to develop their skills in making new friendships, and in maintaining and coping with challenges in existing friendships and other relationships. PSHE will be taught in different ways including during circle time where we can have discussions as a class about various themes. 


In Art this term our focus will be sculpture, investigating a range of works and considering the way that artists choose to depict their ideas. Our work will be based around the famous sculptor Giacometti, whose work is displayed in famous galleries around the world. We will use his famous elongated figures as a basis for the children’s own work, to be produced using modroc.


Our PE lessons will give children the chance to improve their fitness as we work on circuit training. The children will be given the opportunity to evaluate their own performances and consider how they can improve it week on week. Meanwhile for outdoor PE we will be playing basketball, netball and football and thinking of ways to improve personal skills as well as team tactics.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will become expert cooks as we consider ways that people managed during the Second World War. We will look at how those caught up in the conflict had to “make do and mend”. We will take some every day items and see how we could mend them or adapt them for different uses.


Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to looking at how to research online safely while also considering the voracity of what is available on the world wide web. The children will consider spoof websites and also the unreliability of certain areas of the internet and work out ways to cross check the information that is found online. We will then look at ways that the internet can be used for communication and how this works using computer networks spread around the world.