Year 5

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Year 5 Term 1: Bristol and Beyond!

Going into Autumn, Year 5 are learning about Bristol’s connections to the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Through studying sources, drama, art and storytelling we will try to imagine some of the experiences of those involved. Children will also discuss the debate over the legacy of slavery and its role in the growth of the city of Bristol.

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Year 5 Term 2: Light Up The World

This term, the children in Year 5 will be finding out about the relationship between Earth, the Sun and the moon, and how it gives us days, years and tides. Pupils will also study the way that light travelling in straight lines creates shadows. The portraits and landscapes of Johannes Vermeer will inspire us on a journey to create images in a similar style.

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Year 5 Term 3: It’s a Small World

This term, Year 5 will be learning about London – its geography and its history. We will investigate the different forces in physics, including gravity and friction. Our “Brilliant Bristol” project continues, and in this term we begin planning our own project. Linking this to Computing, we are designing websites to share our work.

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Year 5 Term 4: What a Load of Junk!

In January and February, Year 5 will be learning how materials and substances can change state in reversible and irreversible ways, using what they have discovered to separate solids and liquids that are in solution. We will also study the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing the amount of waste that we create. The ‘junk’ in the topic title links also to work that we will do in identifying the elements, and the importance, of a healthy and balanced diet. Finally, our students will be exploring the fascinating work of M. C. Escher and developing similar ideas to convey messages from our class book, The Iron Woman.

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Year 5 Term 5: Horrible Histories

Our Term 5 topic of Vikings gives us the perfect opportunity to learn the story of Beowulf, one of the oldest English stories told, and one that is set in the heartlands of the Norse culture. This epic saga of a hero who defeats monsters and dragons before meeting a noble end captured our imagination and was a real favourite amongst the children (and teachers!).

Michael Morpurgo’s retelling of the legends emphasises the spoken nature of the story. A thousand years ago, very few people could read or write so they relied on storytellers to keep their stories alive. It was also one of their best sources of entertainment.

After Easter, Year 5 will be learning how Vikings explored, raided, and settled; what did they leave behind that we can find evidence of today? We will compare the biology of humans with different types of animal and plant to find out how we are the same, and how we are different. By analysing different blogs and collecting the features of excellent posts and comments, our Computing topic will improve our own online writing.

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Year 5 Term 6: Wild Things

In the second half of the summer term, Year 5 will study the biology of plants - what do they need to survive and grow, how do they adapt to their environment, and what are some of the ways in which they reproduce? We will also explore the novel Skellig by David Almond and use it to write reports, recounts and performance poems. In addition, children in Year 5 will look at the work of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, focusing on shape and form, before creating our own still life artwork


Some links:

BBC Bitesize Science - Plants

Skellig: a review

Who was Georgia O'Keeffe?