Spring Term & Summer Term
Our Spring term started with in explosive fashion when the children had the opportunity to visit the New Vic Theatre to watch their production of Treasure Island. We were then able explore the themes of the story through Drama, helping deepen our understanding of the text. In Maths, we explored concepts involving ratio and fractions, converting between Metric and Imperial units, linking our learning to the story, making it a great success! To follow our Treasure Island topic, we donned our scientific hats for a journey into Outer Space. During our Space topic, we had the opportunity to learn about famous astronomer, Galileo, looking back at his life and the impact his work had on our modern day understanding of the world. Afterwards, we were wowed by Neil Armstrong, and his historic mission to the moon, allowing us to don our journalistic hats by writing a newspaper article about this historic feat. Taking inspiration from his journey, we used Science to build and launch our very own space rockets using just a film container, effervescent tablets and water. After learning about the Science involved, we then used recycled materials, and our knowledge of angles, to create a ramp to launch our rockets from and had a competition to see who could launch theirs the furthest! In Art, we explored Space Artist, Peter Thorpe looking at his abstract interpretations of outer space, using his work as inspiration for our own designs, allowing the children to showcase their creative flair using paint. A huge highlight of the term was when Year 5 graced the big stage! The children created their very own choreography, linking to our topic of Space, and had the chance to perform their dance in front of a packed audience full of parents and teachers alike, doing everyone extremely proud.
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“Is this a dagger I see before me?” And so our study of Shakespeare’s Macbeth began. We examined the twists and turns of this great play, again using drama to deepen our understanding of the characters and themes in the play, inspiring some great writing as a result. Alongside this, we travelled back in time to learn about the Ancient Greeks; developing our knowledge of what life was like for this great civilization, using a variety of sources to find out about the past. In Y5 however, we saved the best till last, starting with a trip down to London. During this unforgettable experience, we laughed, we learnt about famous landmarks, gasped in awe when we went to watch ‘The Lion King’, brought our imaginations to life when we visited the Harry Potter experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime. To conclude a jam-packed year, we were privileged to be visited by West End Star, Graham Tudor, who launched our Y5/6 production in remarkable fashion. We sang, danced and acted our way through the final term, creating a production to remember, inspiring each child involved.
The notice on our classroom door says, “Where will your Journey in Year 5 take you?”
In Year 5 this year, we will have great fun embarking on many new, exciting adventures, which challenge us across all aspects of the curriculum. At Forsbrook, we like to learn through discovery which allows us to build both our knowledge but also our skills!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the basis of our topic and it enabled us to explore the wonderful imagery that is created within the text to then allow us to create our own setting descriptions. From this, we then explored the characters and used all of the prior skills that we had acquired since the start of term to then create our own character description.
Our Chocolate topic was an incredible adventure which allowed us to ‘don’ our scientific hats and get our hands ‘chocolatey’. We conducted a series of scientific investigations looking at a whole host of problems, which Mr. Willy Wonka himself, was likely to have encountered at his factory. Don’t worry though; using our scientific knowledge, we were able to write explanations, using technical language, to talk everyone through it.
Furthermore, we explored the Mayans and their links with chocolate, and we also looked at the Geography of the Cocoa bean.
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Year 5/6 Production Music
Year 5/6 Production Videos
As of this year, homework, up to Y5, is optional. However, your child will be given 6 options to choose from each half term and return completed homework to the class teacher every two weeks. We have endeavoured to make the homework as creative as possible and we have done this to encourage parental involvement to help support your child in their work at home. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful creations that your children have done at home.
Please ensure that your child reads four times a week, encourage them to read a variety of genres and comment upon your child’s progress in their reading diary.
At home, you can help your child to practice their times tables by asking them to recall facts quickly. It is best, when practicing a certain times table, to ask them to recall the facts out of order. Discuss strategies with your child e.g. the 5 times tables can be worked out quickly by halving the 10 times tables. This will not only help children to recall quickly but will strengthen their understanding of number relationships.
Learning is always number 1 in our classroom!
Our Year 5 experiences aim to create...