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Year Five

Our learning during the Spring Term will have an overarching theme of Sustainable development and will be based around our core texts: ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday and Running Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will use these inspiring novels to explore various areas of the curriculum and the global learning goals in an exciting and creative way, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop via relatable experiences that will allow them to reflect on their own impact on conservation and how their current decisions can impact the future of our environment.

In English this half term, we will be starting our new core text, ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday. A dystopian novel, which tackles some powerful themes. In particular, the environment and the importance of animals.  While exploring the text, we will be writing blogs and a persuasive letter about the key themes. We will be developing a range of persuasive skills for these writing outcomes, including; the use of ‘the power of three’, emotive language and a variety of rhetorical questions.

In Maths this half term, our focus will be on area and perimeter during which we be learning to find the area and perimeter of rectilinear composite shapes. Following on from this, we will begin to learn about fractions. We will be finding fractions of an amount, comparing, simplifying and converting fractions.

In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Animals including humans’. We will be exploring the stages of development in humans, plants and mammals. We will be conducting lots of experiments and investigations. We will be building towards applying our learning when carrying out a scientific enquiry in order to plan a comparative test and explain and present results in a clear way.

In Art, we will be focusing on the work of Jane Perkins; we will explore her approach to drawing animals to create our own collage of a stag. The children will consider mark making and observational drawings, linking closely to our core text.

Our project this term will be based on the ‘Global Theme’ of ‘Sustainable Development’. We will be learning about the impact of deforestation and the importance of conservation across the world. Our final outcome will be a documentary which will highlight all of our learning from the entire term.

In Year Five, pupils are able to change their reading book each week.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  

In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic.