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Year 5

Indoor PE Friday morning
Outdoor Games Wednesday afternoon
PPA/COSMIC Tuesday afternoon
Library Monday afternoon

Spring Term

Page updated 1st February 2023

The children have come back after Christmas ready to learn and engage with us, which is amazing. Please ensure that you continue reading and practicing times tables as this will benefit them in all aspects of school life. In addition, can you ensure that these books are bought into school every Friday.

Upcoming Events

The children are very excited about our Parent Drop In where they will be able to show you all of their brilliant work. We will also be holding an Avon Tyrrell talk after that event. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 10th February at 2.15pm.

Spring Term Learning:

English

We are reading ‘Who Let The Gods Out’, a book by Maz Evans. The children are loving this book, especially as it links so well to our History topic, ‘Ancient Greece’.  So far, we have used the book to stimulate the writing of a setting description of Stonehenge and then of Elysium, which is where the Greek Gods live. We have started looking at speech and how an author moves the story on. We will also be looking at poetry and writing our own poems inspired by the book.

Maths

In Maths, we have been continuously retrieving our existing knowledge on all of the four operations. We have learnt about fractions and percentages and how they relate to each other. The children have really embraced new methods and are applying and further developing their new knowledge to reasoning and problem-solving activities.  Moving forward, we will be ensuring the children are secure on all aspects of maths.

Science

In Science, we have been learning about different forms of Friction. We have been carrying out a number of experiments to embed our knowledge about water resistance, air resistance, friction and levers pulleys and gears. We are working towards answering the question – How and why do things, move or not?

History

In History we are learning about Ancient Greece with a focus on democracy, rights and freedom.  We are learning about their ideas, beliefs and attitudes and how living in that era still has a massive impact on our lives now through elements such as architecture, theatre and the Olympics. To kick this topic off we had a visit from West End in Schools. We spent a wonderful morning travelling through time experiencing life as a Spartan solider, a Greek citizen in the Agora (marketplace) and as a sculpture.

Art

In Art, we have been learning about an artist called Grayson Perry.  He makes pottery about his memories.  We are linking the work of Grayson Perry to our History topic where we will be sculpting a clay Greek Hydria (ask your child what this is).

Music

In Music we are starting a new topic called ‘Read, write and remember to Twinkle!’ We will be learning to write music and then we will perform our compositions on glockenspiels.

Spanish

In Spanish, we have been learning about the home.  We’ve be learning how to say what’s in our house and the chores we do at home.

Computing

In Computing we have been using Audacity to record an edit sounds.  We will work towards making our own radio jingle.

Cosmic

Each Tuesday afternoon, our children experience our Cosmic curriculum.  See our Long Term plans to find out which topics are being covered each half-term.

P.E.

Both classes have now both had a chance to go swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and will enjoy a second set of lessons during the Spring term. Owls will be swimming first, whilst Puffins will be learning to play handball outside. This, swaps around in Spring 2.  All Year 5 children have been learning how to play badminton during our indoor P.E. sessions, which are on a Friday.

Once again, we look forward to seeing you on 10th February at 2.15. Ongoing, please use our year group email address if you have any questions.

Thank you again for your ongoing support,

The Year 5 Team

Email the Year 5 Team at year5@warrenpark.hants.sch.uk


Welcome to Year 5

The children have had an excellent start to the year and have all settled in to our Puffins and Owls classes.  The children have agreed upon a set of rules that we shall all follow and are showing a great level of maturity and a zest for learning. Please see below for a summary of our learning so far this half term.

English

We are reading ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’, a book by Stephen and Lucy Hawking.  The children are loving this book, especially as it links so well to our Science topic, ‘Earth and Space’.  So far, we have used the book to stimulate the writing of a set of instructions on operating a super computer called Cosmos; a conversation between the two main characters as they travel through space and we will now move on to writing a non-chronological report.

Maths

In Maths, we have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers from 1 – 1,000,000!  The children have really embraced new methods and are applying their new knowledge to reasoning and problem solving activities.  Moving forward, we will be developing our knowledge of fractions.

Science

In Science, we have been learning about the planets.  After our trip to the Chichester Planetarirum, the children have presented some of their work in assembly. We are working towards answering the question – could we live on any other planet?

History

In History we are learning about Ancient Civilisations with a focus on the Egyptians.  We are learning that these people from long ago were incredibly clever and were among the first humans to develop writing and maths systems. We are working towards answering the question – what did the ancient Egyptians achieve and how does this compare with other ancient civilisations?

Art

In Art, we have been learning about a designer called Philip Treacy.  Amongst other things, he has made hats and head pieces for lots of famous people.  We are linking the work of Mr Treacy to our History topic where we created a collage headdress as our final piece.

Music

In Music we have been learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We listened to Benjamin Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ to discover the different orchestral families. Then, we listened to ‘Mars: The Bringer of War’ which is from Gustav Holst’s ‘Planets Suite’ and learnt about the cello. Soon, we’ll be composing and performing our own pieces of music with an ostinato (a repeated rhythmic pattern) inspired by Holst’s work.

Spanish

In Spanish, we have been learning about lessons in Spanish schools.  We’ve learnt how to give opinions and practiced asking and answering questions.  We also wrote a paragraph (in Spanish!) about school.

Computing

In Computing we have been developing our coding skills.  We are currently analysing code written by others and will work towards editing this and then writing our own code.

Cosmic

Each Tuesday afternoon, our children experience our Cosmic curriculum.  See our Long Term plans to find out which topics are being covered each half-term.

P.E.

In P.E., the Owls have been swimming whilst the Puffins have been playing basketball.  This swaps around in Autumn 2.  All Year 5 children have been performing dances which contain a canon move during our indoor P.E. sessions.  N.B. Puffins children will be swimming during Autumn 2 – first lesson is on Wednesday 2.11.22 – separate texts have been sent out to parents.


Email the Year 5 Team at year5@warrenpark.hants.sch.uk