Welcome To Year 5
Packed with exciting learning experiences, Year 5 starts with our Upstairs, Downstairs topic, focusing on life for rich and poor children in Victorian times. We visit Preston Manor and also experience a Victorian toys workshop and Victorian School Day, during which the children meet Mr Bumble, the infamous Victorian head teacher. Much of our writing in English is inspired by the Victorians and the children design and make Victorian dolls houses in DT. A workshop and show from Blast Science, involving rocket making and forces, enriches the children’s learning.
In the spring, we learn about daily life in Ancient Greece through Greek myths and legends. The children make Greek vases out of mod-roc – a very messy but enjoyable affair! Children participate in a Grecian soldier training day and an interactive drama experience. Earth and Space is a particularly fascinating topic and the children are enthralled by the visit from the Astronomy Roadshow as they learn inside the UK’s largest mobile planetarium.
Life Cycles and Coastlines immerses the children in some fascinating science. The children study plant and animal lifecycles and visit Wakehusrt Place, where they dissect flowers and visit the Millennium Seed Bank. We hatch butterflies and chickens in class - a major highlight of Year 5. Our Coastlines topic looks at the formation and bio- diversity of the coastline both close to home and overseas. We ‘Bike-it to the Beach’ to explore the rock-pools.
Mathematics learning is creative and engaging. There are opportunities to programme and design in computing, to take part in a wide range of PE activities, including swimming, and a comprehensive PSHE Education syllabus. In Year 5, children learn to play a musical instrument with Soundmakers.