Welcome to Year Five
Our topic this term poses the question 'Why are rivers and canals so important?' Throughout this topic the children will learn about the nature of rivers; the ways that humans have used them to our advantage in the past and present; and will develop their geographical skills by consulting modern and historical maps, and by referring to the eight points of the compass. This topic will engage the children with their local heritage, with visits to and discussions surrounding the Shropshire Union Canal; phenomena and legends concerning local rivers; the technological feat of the Anderton Boat Lift; and a talk from the Rivers & Canal Trust representative for Cheshire East.
In English, we will continue to focus on consciously crafting our writing through the use of research, planning in a structured way, and through a constant process of proof-reading and editing. We will be using 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson, a story built around the Amazon River, as a hook into our writing as well as a potent link to our topic. The children will also have the opportunity to write ghost-stories taking inspiration from the legends surrounding the Shropshire Union Canal, as well as recounts of trips and persuasive letters regarding water pollution.
In maths, we will begin this term by continuing to work on decimals and percentages, discussing how these relate to each other and the concept of fractions. This in turn will feed into the measurement and conversion work that they will also be grappling with this term alongside geometry.
In preparation for Year 6, we will be focusing on succinctly proving our answers with clear explanations and/or diagrams; analysing good and bad examples for justification and accurate mathematical terminology.
in Science, Ruby Class will be learning about Living Things with a focus on the life-cycles of animals. Our batch of Khaki Campbell ducklings have landed, and two have already hatched so far! We will track their progress over the coming fortnight; study the parts of an egg and the life-cycle of water-foul. We will also be comparing the flora and fauna of the Amazon River with our native rivers.
In PE, the children will be focusing on improving their flexibility and agility through athletics with an eye towards the upcoming Town Sports competition. And, with a nod to our topic, learn a few Riverdance moves...
Through art and D& T, the children will be creating models to represent the different stages of a river using varied materials.
We will then study the art work of renowned pop-artist, David Hockney; using his varied techniques to create paintings and photographic art related to rivers and canals. The children's artistic eyes will also be turned towards the ornithological beauty of the kingfisher, and they will collaborate on a piece for Schoolsfest on the theme of Macfarlane and Morris' 'The Lost Words'.
This week's spellings: continue, decide, describe, different, difficult, early, earth, eight.