Class 5

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Class 5 Curriculum Annual Overview 2019-2020

Class 5 Term 5 Remote Home Learning Timetable & Website Links

Class 5 Term 5 Afternoon tasks

Term 5

In the afternoons we have been looking at space and the space race. We have been studying famous astronauts.

Last week (beginning 4/5) in our English,  we looked at writing relative and relative embedded clause sentences. We looked at this alongside writing about superheroes. We read about some ordinary superheroes and then started to design our own. We drew them, planned writing about them and then wrote our own superhero reports. Have a read about the heroes we created.




We have been practising lots of life skills in Year 5! Have a look at the different things we have been doing as part of afternoon work. Using our afternoon work activities we have seen some really creative work.

We have been cooking three course meals.
We have baked cakes.
We have planted plants.
We have sewn cushions, pompoms and soft toys.
Have a look at the buttons we have sewn on.
We have even had a toy car being built!
We have been creating computer games using scratch.
Millie scratch work click to view
We have been looking at the art of Peter Thorpe and using it to inspire our own space art.
We have researched the space race and created our own factfiles.
Have a look at the posters we have been making to encourage others at the moment.
Once we finished writing our poems we moved onto famous speeches.


We looked at famous speeches including Martin Luther King’s  ‘I have a dream’, JFK’s speech about why we should go to the moon and Malala’s speech to the UN about the importance of education for all children.  This speech has inspired some incredibly thoughtful and mature letters to Malala talking about her speech and its impact.
Year 5 have been looking at expanded noun phrase and how we can use them to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We then read several poems which talked about different people’s favourite places. We used those ideas to think about where our  favourite places are. Have a read of our poems. I think being in lockdown has really made us think about the places we love to visit. These poems are full of joy and excitement and the love of our favourite places.
We have been trying out performance poetry this week. We have been listening to the advice of Joseph Coelho, a poet, about how to perform poetry. Here is his advice on performing poetry.
Watch our performances:
Poetry Performance


Term 4

We have been looking at the Battle of Hastings and in particular how this was represented on the Bayeux tapestry.

We have carried on with our European geography. We have been looking at recognising the shapes and positions of different countries in Europe. We practised map reading skills finding capital cities. We have also been exploring the flags of Europe.


We have continued our art work tying in with our history topic of the Anglo-Saxons. Here are a few more finished longboats.  We also looked at the jewellery produced by the Anglo-Saxons. We focused on their brooches the most. Here are some of our ‘Anglo Saxon’ brooches.  I think they would have gone down well with the Anglo Saxon nobility.


In our home-learning English, we have been writing NCR (Non-chronological reports) about dragons. We started off identifying the features of an NCR, then we picked out good language sentences. We used those magpied sentences to write our own versions for the dragons we designed. Have a look at all the work we have done!



Year 5 have been working hard at home while school has been shut. We have continued writing our newspapers based around the short film we watched in class called ‘Tuesday’ which tells the story of some flying frogs!

Have a look at our newspapers:
We have also been doing longboat art work. We looked at the Lindisfarne raids in history and how they impacted the monks who lived on Lindisfarne. The boats the Vikings used to raid Lindisfarne were longboats. Have a look at our images:
In geography we have been continuing to look at Scandinavia as well as identifying where in the world countries are situated.
In English we have started to look at NCR- non-chronological reports- and how they are structured. We are going to be writing non-chronological reports about mythical creatures like the ones in Beowulf!
Today in Year 5 (9/3/20), we were learning about the Viking raid carried out on Lindisfarne in 793AD. We explored the Lindisfarne gospel and talked about the work the monks did on Lindisfarne and why this made it an attractive target for Viking raiders.
Have a look at us re-enacting the attack on Lindisfarne.
Here the monks are peacefully praying but some strange noises and movements outside have started to grab their attention.

The Vikings entered the monastery and began attacking the monks and stealing the precious objects.  

In Year 5 we have been looking at engineering and famous engineers. Using the Dyson engineering boxes, we learnt to take apart a tangle free turbine.

As part of Fair Trade week this year,  Class 5 played a game called the Christian Aid Paper Bag game which is based on the lives of paper bag makers in  Kolkota. In the game you had to work with your group pretending to be a family making paper bags out of newspaper. Unfortunately, this game was not designed to be fair; in fact it was designed to be unfair. You then had to sell your paper bags to a bag distributer. The distributer could change the number of bags you had to make, the size of bags and their shape to suit their needs. This meant that it was very hard for the families to make enough money to live on even though they worked very hard. The whole class really enjoyed the game and it helped everybody to understand how people can become stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty. Have a look at some of our views on the game.

We then looked at a Fair Trade lesson where we had to sort belongings and supplies into needs and wants for people. We were surprised by what things we classified as want items. We discussed how the world’s poorest people often do not earn enough to buy the things needed for all their basic needs e.g. nutritious food, clean  water, medication and education. This made us think about how we would want the world to be. We ended up writing our own list of Human Rights – things we felt everybody in the world should have access too. I think we did a pretty good job with this!
Finally, we looked at the difference Fair Trade is making to the lives of Cocoa growers in Sierra Leone. We discovered how they are helping people to farm  sustainably, protecting the rainforest while still improving the lives of the people in their families and communities. We designed a Fair Trade chocolate bar reflecting the work of these Cocoa growers and Fair Trade.
This term we have been looking at all things related to fractions. We started off with our fraction museum. What fractions can you spot?
In English we have been reading the story of Beowulf and Grendel and we have loved it! It is a tale of daring adventure with a vicious beast who will stop at nothing in his quest for humans! Will Beowulf be able to defeat Grendel and his mother? You will have to read the tale to find out.
Reading this story has inspired us to write our own myths. We looked at the structure of myths and then used this to create our own. We spent a lot of time reading, researching and playing with powerful language. We wanted to paint a picture in the reader’s head.


Having read about lots of mythical creatures we started to design our own for our myths and if you have a deadly mythical creature you need a hero or heroine! To help us plan our myths we created our own fantasy lands and drew maps of them.
Here is the finished product. We wrote our myths out in best, made them into books and created blurbs and front covers.



We learnt to draw a dragon based on a grid to help us. We were so inspired by drawing the dragon that several people made dragons at home to bring in to show the rest of the class.


Term 3

Class 5 Term 3 & 4 Homework Brochure

Term 2

Year 5 have really enjoyed reading Floodlands – a novel set in a dystopic future, flooded Britain- and imagining that they are some of the characters in the story. We’ve been writing letters as if we are Zoe – the main character- as she tried to plot her escape from Eel Island (Ely). We drew maps and wrote informal letters between Zoe and Munchkin discussing the details and items needed to safely escape to the mainland Britain.


After that we have started to look at writing formal letters and have written to Coca Cola as part of the Tearfund Plastic Campaign to ask them to reduce the amount of plastic they are using in their packaging both here and abroad.


This term we have also enjoyed making clay pots learning a range of different construction techniques ranging from coil construction to slab construction. We have beed inspired by the work of many different artists including Clarice Cliff.


Term 1

Class 5 Term 1 Homework Brochure