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Year 5

Mr Yeldham (Class Teacher)

Mrs Johnston (Support Staff)

Autumn 2020

The children in Year 5 have been brilliant in making a positive start to a slightly different looking Manland School. We have started the year investigating place value in Maths and we will be moving on to a range of areas including fractions, written calculations and problem solving.

In Science the children are exploring the properties of different materials and we are hoping to conduct a full range of experiments into different liquids, insulators and examine reversible and irreversible changes.

The children have already composed some excellent cinquain poems and will be moving into more descriptive story writing, including their own versions of The Odyssey. We will be putting a lot of emphasis on talk time and sharing our thoughts so that children can express their feelings about the world around them.

Year 5 have been working really enthusiastically on the Ancient Greece topic. We have learnt about the differences between the Modern and Ancient Olympics and the importance of Ancient Greek pottery to help interpret the past.

Summer 2020

In Mercury recently we have been completing lots of cross curricular writing based on our science and geography topics of living things and mountain environments. The class wrote some excellent mountain adventure stories including action, adventure and rather a lot of peril. We are now learning about discussion texts and how to create a balanced argument.

In geography we have learned about various mountain regions around the world, in art we have used this information to practice using perspective in mountain landscapes.

In maths, we have been working on shape, calculating angles, reflection and translation. To finish off the term we are converting units of measure, including between metric and imperial units.

Mercury class have been focussing on their well-being during PSHE lessons and we are now using the time to look forward to next year.

We have also been working on decimals in maths, moving on to adding and subtracting decimals to different decimal points and are also answering problems based on this skill.

In English we are working on “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. After looking at the characters within this narrative poem and writing detailed character descriptions, we are writing diary entries and performing part of the poem.

In science, our focus is living things. After learning about the parts of flowering plants through diagrams and dissection we will move on to the other ways in which plants reproduce.

Our new history project is based on Rothamsted Park, what it was like in the past and how it has changed.

Our French learning is based around describing our appearance using parts of the body and also previous learning such as colours.