Year 5 2020/21

Welcome to Year 5!

The children will be delighted to know that both Mr Matthews and Mr Hawkes will be teaching Year 5 this year. We are both thrilled to be working amongst a fabulous year group and we cannot wait to support and guide the children as they continue their learning journey through school.

Teaming up with these exceedingly fortunate teachers, we have Mr 'Coach' McCarroll, who worked in Year 5 last year and Mrs Staves who has also worked in Year 5 before.

All members of staff are raring to get started and our strong team is eager to help the children excel this year in Y5.

Make sure you are following us on Twitter @Y5Stradbroke to find out about learning and all that we're getting up to.

An important reminder: Y5's P.E. days are on Monday and Friday afternoon, so please make sure you have your PE kits. The children MUST then take home their PE kits on Friday.

Summer Term

In Year 5, our Summer Term topic is 'Space & Star Wars!'

As Scientists, the children's first sequence will be Electricity. They will be conducting fair tests into whether voltage affects the brightness of a bulb. This will involve the young scientists making a test circuit, recording data and results, and using the correct diagrams when labelling a circuit.

For their second sequence, the children are building upon their previous Forces learning from the Autumn term and will be investigating how gravity causes unsupported objects to fall towards the Earth. They will be identifying the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction on these objects.

Thirdly and finally, the children will be researching about the Solar System! They will be describing the movements of the Earth and other planets in our Solar System, how the Moon's movements are relative to the Earth, and how the Earth's rotation explains day and night.

In Geography, Year 5 will be exploring the Oceans of the world! As Oceanographers, the children will be exploring the impact of pollution and climate change within Oceans and how this predominantly affects coastal regions. They will be proposing solutions to how we can live sustainably in order to protect the marine biome.

As Historians, the children will be researching all things to do the 'Space Race!' They will be delving deep into the Cold War politics of the 60s and 70s and how the USA and Soviet Union used space as a means of asserting hegemony over each other.

Our other areas of learning will involve learning about Islam in RE, and constructing 'Space Smoothies' in D.T.

Our Year 5 Curriculum Overview - 2020/21 Summer Term is available to download.

The Year 5 Home Learning Menu - 2020/21 Summer Term is also available.

Our Summer Term recommended reading list comprises of:

Spring Term

In Year 5, our Spring Term topic is Crime and Punishment!

As Historians, the children in Y5 will be learning about the notion of justice across two different time periods. They will investigate the variety of crimes that were committed during the Tudor and Victorian time periods. In doing so, the children will be able to identify the fairness of the punishments and sanctions omitted, whilst comparing and contrasting the ramifications in modern society for similar crimes within society.

As Scientists, the children will research how life cycles differ between animals and plants. They will be exploring how mammals, amphibians, insects and birds develop and reproduce. Following that, they will compare and contrast the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction of plants. In our third sequence, the children will be turning their attention to electricity. Our fair test focus will be investigating how voltage affects the brightness of a light bulb.

As Geographers, Y5 will investigate the international food trade. They will be researching the impact on the environment of food with a high number of 'food miles.' Using our topic, they will then investigate how fairly workers involved in the food trade are treated, and whether rules and laws need to be tightened to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Our other areas of learning will involve learning about Buddhism in RE, and the artist Charles Keeping in Art.

Our Year 5 Curriculum Overview - 2020/21 Spring Term is available to download.

The Year 5 Home Learning Menu - 2020/21 Spring Term is also available.

Our Spring Term recommended reading list comprises of:

Autumn Term

This term, the eager, brave learners and adventurers of Year 5 are travelling back in time explore two Ancient Dynasties - Ancient Greece and The Aztec Empire.. Whilst sunning themselves in two scorching time periods, they will witness the birth of modern democracy and how it has influenced the political system in the United Kingdom.

These intrepid voyagers will have the opportunity to become Ancient Greeks for the day, taking lessons from the Ancient Greeks themselves before indulging in a Greek feast fit for mighty Zeus himself. This is one of our #moments.

As Geographers, the children are going to be using a range of maps and atlases to analyse physical and human features from both the ancient and modern civilizations and determine whether they are still as important in today's society. In Science, the children are going to examine properties and changes of materials, by conducting a variety of immersive investigations and comparative fair tests.

Our Year 5 Curriculum Overview - 2020/21 Autumn Term is available to download.

The Year 5 Home Learning Menu - 2020/21 Autumn Term is also available.

Our Autumn Term recommended reading list comprises of:

You can borrow these books from Sheffield City Council Libraries. Find your closest Library here: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/libraries-archives/our-libraries