Welcome to Year 5
This term we will look at two wonderful books that will hopefully get you in the mood for your summer holidays and adventure! Both involve voyages of discovery and boats but are set at very different times!
Our first book is Homer's Odyssey and links wonderfully with our work on Ancient Greece in history. The version we will look at is a retelling by award-winning children’s writer Gillian Cross. It charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to the island of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Hopefully it will inspire some wonderful creative writing of our own!
Later in the term we will study Kensuke's Kingdom by the amazing Michael Morpurgo. Here we follow a boy called Michael as he sets out on a once in a lifetime adventure which sees him separated from his parents and shipwrecked on a desert island!
Mathematica needs your help ...
Choose a character, then add, subtract, divide and multiply your way to victory in this fun maths game.
Challenge yourself across 10 different KS2 maths topics from the Mysterious Mountains of Multiplication to the Deadly Sea of Shapes. If you're feeling really brave, test your maths abilities in the Battle for Mathematica.
Are you ready to take on the Times Table trials? Put your times table knowledge to the test by answering questions against the clock.
Battle courageously and you'll be rewarded with many great riches to apply to your character.
Try out this great maths game by clicking on the dragon image.
We will look at the work of the artist Matt Sewell before focusing on his illustrations of birds. These will then be used as a stimulus for creating papier-mache models of birds.
Continuing the theme of Ancient Greece from our work in history this term, we will be looking at the famous myth of Pandora's Box. After looking at a range of boxes for different purposes as well as those inspires by the tale of Pandora, the children will design and then make - constructing a wooden frame as a basis using taught woodworking skills - their own box.
What will your box be for?
In our final science topic of ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ we will be learning about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles. Finally, the children will explore the life cycles of birds.
Click on the butterfly image below to take you to a useful website to get a head start!