Year 5

Topic Overview Summer 2 Newsletter Term: Summer 2
Topic: Life through Time

Our final topic in Year 5 will be 'Life through time'with a particular focus on the Victorian era. Our topic will be based on the text 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty and we will be exploring life for children less fortunate in the Victorian era compared to modern day life.

Through our history lessons we will place the Victorian era on a timeline, discuss Queen Victoria, her long reign and life and we will also look at the Industrial Revolution and many of the inventions and changes that happened during this period in time. We will also explore the changes to the British Empire, locating the countries that were once part of the Empire and also the ones that still are.

Whilst looking back in time, we will look at how children were treated in the Victorian era, how workhouses were used and the impact on the society.

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: Lost and Found

This half term, our topic will be based on the text Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo. It is set against the dangerous landscape of South Africa, and is the inspiring story of two brave children who will do anything to save their little sister; including travelling to Johannesburg 300km away. Along the way they are faced with many challenges and struggles that people had to face every day in South Africa during Apartheid.

As part of our topic, we will be focusing on showing empathy through our writing and we will be writing letters and creating biographies.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Chocolate Fever

Our topic for the remainder of the Spring term is 'Chocolate Fever.' We will be discussing the life and times of the famous author Roald Dahl and his inspiration behind his world famous books; focusing our learning around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will design our own chocolate bar and hope to find our own golden ticket! We will look at the origins of chocolate and the countries which produce the cocoa bean.

Within our English lessons we will be creating an explanation text to explain the chocolate making process and we will also be creating our very own persuasive adverts for a brand new Wonka product!

During maths lessons, we will continue to focus on the four operations and how to use them to solve problems. We will also develop our confidence telling the time and solving problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Science lessons will focus on changing materials. We will discuss solids, liquids and gasses and also reversible and irreversible changes to state.

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Vicious Vikings

Our first topic for the Spring Term is the 'Vicious Vikings.' Within our English lessons we will be basing our reading and writing around the text 'How to train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. We will be creating an explanation text about how to become a Viking and will be looking closely at Viking myths and legends in order to create our own mini saga. Our topic lessons will closely focus on history, studying what Britain was like before and after the Viking invasion, laws and justice during the Viking era and we will also explore why King Alfred was dubbed 'Alfred the Great'. Within our Design and Technology lessons we will be designing, creating and testing the best materials for a Viking Longboat and through our computing lessons we will try to create a Viking God and Goddess podcast.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Narnia

Our topic for Autumn Term 2 will be 'Narnia -The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'. Within our English lessons we will be looking closely at the Narnia Chronicles; written by C.S Lewis. We will be describing the characters that he created and the magical world through the wardrobe. We will also create our own Narnia/Winter inspired poetry. In Mathematics, we will continue to build upon our mathematical skills including looking at telling the time and also solving a variety of number problems; from subtracting and dividing to interpreting statistics. Within our computing lessons, we are going to try to create our very own movie trailer, complete with sound effects and a variety of images.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: Blast Off

Our topic for Autumn Term 1 will be 'Blast Off!' Within our English lessons we will be looking closely at the text Cosmic; one giant leap for all boy-kind by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This will form the focus of our English lessons and we will use this to create detailed setting and character descriptions and will also create a diary entry from a characters point of view to describe a day in space.

In Mathematics, we will be developing our knowledge of place value, multiplication and division and also discussing shape and fractions. We will also be taking a trip to Leicester Space Centre to bring our topic to life!

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