A new term means a new topic for Year 5. Our topic for this term is the 'Battle of Britain'. As part of this topic, the children will be learning all about the significant events surrounding World War 2. The children will have the chance to learn about the causes of WW2, evacuation, the Blitz, the role of women in the war and of course the Battle of Britain. Children will have the opportunity to further their learning of a range of curriculum subjects within this topic, including history, geography, art, music and English.
Our book for the next half term is 'Goodnight Mister Tom' which links closely to our topic. The book explores the life of an evacuee who builds a delightful relationship with his host. During this unit, children will be writing in a range of styles, including diary entries, letters, postcards and will also be developing the reading comprehension skills through discussion of the text. Following this unit, children will then be focusing on poetry, discussing poetic features and styles before writing their own poems.
In maths, children will continue to consolidate their calculation skills in a variety of contexts, including measures. Later in the term, children will be looking again at geometry, learning about reflection and translation of shapes. After half term, the children will begin their learning with angles, measuring and drawing angles using a protractor and calculating missing angles. Children will continue to have regular arithmetic sessions to help build their confidence using written methods.
Our first unit in science is forces where children will be exploring gravity, air resistance and friction. Children will have the opportunity to work scientifically, completing a number of experiments. In addition to this, children will be learning about the key scientists in this field: Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei. Later in the term, children will start their unit on materials and their properties.