Year 5 Archive

During Summer 1, Year 5 have been looking at Crime and Punishment through the Ages. In our writing, we have been creating spine-tingling, suspense filled stories and reports on punishments during different periods of time in Britain. In creative, we have been studying the Romans, Anglo-Saxon and Tudor punishments. We found that the punishments were a lot more brutal than they are today and we very much prefer modern law and order. Forces has been the focus of our science lessons this half term. We have been investigating the effect of different forces on objects – we made our own parachutes!

This half term, we will be continuing our crime and punishment topic, looking at Guy Fawkes, The Victorians and finishing by comparing crime and punishments throughout the ages. We will be using three questions to focus our writing. Why is Guy Fawkes still remembered today? What was it like in Victorian prisons? Why do we need the police? We will be having a Science week this half term, where we will be undertaking lots of creative science work. The children will be going to Nell Bank this half term to build on their team working skills.

Spring Two

During Spring 2, Year 5 have been continuing work around our China themed topic. In English, we have read ‘The Willow Pattern Story’ and ‘The Dragon Kite’. The children have been writing their own poems and stories. They have also produced their own version of the Dragon Kite as a stop motion film. In creative, we have been looking The Shang Dynasty and comparing their lives to ours. As part of our science topic we visited The National Media Museum and watched ‘Beautiful Planet’, where the children got to see amazing views of Earth from space.

This half term we will be starting our topic of Crime and Punishment through the Ages. For writing, children will be looking at different genres of suspense filled writing. They will be writing their own horror stories and creating non-chronological reports. In creative, we will be looking at the different types of crime and punishment in different periods of British history. In science, we are starting a unit on forces. We will be planning different experiments to investigate the effect of different forces in everyday life.

During Spring 1, Year 5 have been continuing work around the topic ‘Is Africa a country?’ In English, we have been reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children have been: writing letters, explaining their own inventions and writing diaries. In creative, we have been looking at the lives of different tribes, where we made our own tribal huts. In addition, we looked at the life of Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid in South Africa.

This half term we will completing work around our China themed topic. In English, we will looking at two stories, ‘The Willow Pattern Story’ and ‘The Dragon Kite’. We will be having an art day, where we will be creating our own willow pattern plates and a large dragon. We will be focusing on the Shang Dynasty and comparing their royal family to ours. In Science, we are going to be learning about space. We will be going to the Media Museum to watch a film called Hubble, which explores distant galaxies and the mysteries of the universe on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

During Autumn 2, Year 5 have been doing work around the topic ‘Is Africa a country?’ The children have been looking at African folk tales, which have inspired them to write their own Just So stories (stories written by Rudyard Kipling). The highlight of this half term has been our trip to Chester Zoo This gave the children (and staff) an opportunity to see various African animals up close and personal. The children had an amazing time, as you can see from the pictures.

This half term we will continuing with our African themed topic. In English we will be reading the novel ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will be looking at the lives of different tribes that can be found across the continent. Children will be researching the life of Nelson Mandela and how he helped to bring about change in South Africa. Later in the half term, we will be looking at African music, with a drumming workshop and performance.

Year 5 children will also be continuing their research project for homework, focusing on one country in Africa – a new homework challenge will be given each week that relates to the learning we have been doing in class. The completed projects will be shared with parents in the last week of term.

During Autumn 1, Year 5 have been looking at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children have been inspired by the novel to write their own imaginative stories. They have written some fantastic persuasive letters and creative descriptions of the factory. They have been investigating the process of making chocolate, from bean to bar. In doing so, the children have been able to design and make their own product for tasting!

This half term we will complete the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic before moving on to our topic, which is Africa. To begin the topic we will be having an art day where we will paint African sunsets, sketched African animals, make tribal shields and work together to make some African flag bunting. We will also be going on a trip to Chester Zoo in November. We are sure we will have a brilliant day looking at animals from around the world! While we are there we will be on the lookout for animals that live in Africa to help us with our learning back in school.

Year 5 children will also be completing a research project for their homework which focuses on one country in Africa – a new homework challenge will be given each week that relates to the learning we have been doing in class. The completed projects will be shared with parents in the last week of term.

During the Spring 1 term, Year 5 were learning about the Tudor period and investigating whether they were truly terrible. We looked at the kings and queens during the era and wrote some great biographies about Henry VIII, ‘Bloody’ Mary and Prince Edward. We also looked at crime and punishment during the Tudor times and compared it to other major periods in British history. In English, we studied a book called The Prince and the Pauper and wrote some fabulous letters, reports and newspaper articles.

This half term our topic is Africa. To begin the topic we had an art day where we painted African sunsets, sketched African animals, made tribal shields and worked together to make some African flag bunting. You can see some examples of our work on this page. We also went on a trip to Chester Zoo. We had a brilliant day looking at animals from around the world. While we were there we were on the lookout for animals that live in Africa to help us with our learning back in school.

During the rest of the half term, we will be learning about: the African continent and the climate; African tribes and patterns and the WWF and endangered animals. We will also be learning an African dance in P.E in preparation for a boys vs. girls dance off in the last week of term!

Year 5 children will also be completing a research project for their homework which focuses on one country in Africa – a new homework challenge will be given each week that relates to the learning we have been doing in class. The completed projects will be shared with parents in the last week of term.