So what's happening in the Spring Term 2021?
We've had a very different start to the term, after our unexpected 3rd national lockdown, but as always, as a nation and school community, we are upwards and onwards. Our curriculum may be slightly adapted to suit a mix of remote and school learning. However, we are very excited to be starting our whole school project called Green, Clean World.
In Year 5, we will be focusing on the Amazon Rainforest, looking at the different biospheres and climate zones, using atlases and google maps to locate and understand the physical features. We explore the effects of deforestation, the palm oil industry and other human activity that poses a threat to our chimpanzee and orangutan population.
To help us understand climate change, we will be inspired and learn from the speeches of Greta Thunberg.
In Art, we hope to develop our drawing and shading techniques, all on the theme of rainforests and the animals that live there. Look out for our toucans and tigers! Later this term, we hope to design and make healthy, vegetable pasta dishes, if Covid allows.Our Science unit looks at life cycles of plants, animals and humans so that we can explain and make comparisons.
We will be using our personal iPads to enhance our learning and present our work.
Our class book for the Spring Term is The Last Wild by Piers Torday, which is a fantastic (and rather apt) story of a strange red-eye virus that destroys the animals in the wild. Can they be saved?
Autumn 2020 - So what's happening in Y5 this term?
Welcome back to the new school year - after a very strange six months. This September, we are excited to start our whole school Identity and Diversity Project called 'The World and My Place In It.'
In Y5, we will be getting creative with some graffitti art to undertsand and learn about our own cultural and personal identity. Our history slant will be looking at the British Empire and understanding the positive and negative effects it brought. We aim to create a timeline and explore the slave trade, focusing on the people who helped bring about the abolition. As part of our BLM teaching, we will explore motivational speeches and quotes from inspirational people such as: William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Nyaeem Hudson, Les Brown, Michelle Obama, Eric Thomas, Will Smith, June Sarpong, Clarke Carlisle and many more. We will challenge stereotypes and create our own graffiti-style statements to share our Identity & Diversity messages - hopefully in a public place in Nottingham.
During the second half term, we will take a more 'technology' themed focus, looking into black inventors and the many life changing creations they developed from the touch-tone telephone, caller ID system, home security alarms, filament for Eddison's light bulb and even the Super Soaker water gun... to name a few. Our History angle will be to study the advancements in computer technology and the world of opportunities they have opened up for us. We'll then consider our future and how the job industry will change because of computer technology.
We're looking forward to some very informative and interesting discussions in Y5!
The book is about Twig who awakens in the afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories. He has a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him as he sets out to piece together what has happened, who he is and his way home. It is a story about finding your true identity and overcoming the many obstacles that life throws at us.
We plan to enjoy the text together and learn about what makes us who we are, from our family and cultural roots, to the experiences, obstacles and choices we make in life.
The Lost Soul Atlas was published in July 2020 so we are even more excited to read something that's so recent and fresh!
Our Spring Term Topic 2020 is Conflict, Peace and Equality.
We are focusing on the Crisis in Syria and how we can help.
Our Autumn term topic 2019 is Green, Clean World - Saving the Rainforests