Year 5 - Razorbills & Blackbirds

Autumn Term.

Curriculum Overview for Autumn Term 2017

What a busy week it’s been!  Not only have we begun to learn the songs and words for our Christmas play, but we’ve been to RHS Rosemoor to investigate and measure trees to provide some data for our maths work in a couple of weeks. 


On top of that we’ve been lucky enough to have a Samba workshop with some local musicians, and a safety talk from the fire service.

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For half term homework, please click here.

As a prelude to our topic work involving the water cycle in the Amazon jungle, Year 5 have been doing some hands-on science to find out about reversible and irreversible changes.

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As part of both our topic and English work, Y5 have had a very successful trip to the Eden Project this week. We did an educational workshop which involved conducting scientific measurements of plant sizes and colours, and had a good chance to look at the fascinating variety of plants on display.
We particularly enjoyed the ‘cloud simulation’ and the rooftop bridge, but we also saw lots of foods growing that we were familiar with – bananas, chillies, aubergines, lemons, sugar cane, cocoa pods, cola nuts….. there was such an incredible amount to see, it’s no wonder we were all tired on the coach home.

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The last two weeks in Blackbirds and Razorbill class has been very busy. We have been doing some exciting circuit training exercises in PE, focusing on our upper and lower body strength, as well as our stamina and trying to improve our personal bests.


In Maths we have been moving from place value to addition and subtraction. Mental methods for addition and subtraction have been taught using a range of games such as this matching one where the children had to match number through addition to create 100 or 1000.


In computing, the children have been getting creative with selection and variables.  Finding their own solutions to an if/then problem, they have also been learning how to keep a score, which they will apply when making a topic related quiz.


It’s been a busy start to the year for Year 5.  We’ve settled into our routines and expectations, and have started our text ‘Journey to the River Sea’ as part of our topic-related English work.  In Maths we’ve already learned a quick way to derive unknown times table facts, and have been learning about larger numbers. We’ve also done a fair bit of art work recently, both investigating mixed mediums to show what we did in our holidays, as well as looking at colour mixing.

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