Welcome to Year Five
World War One
Our topic in Year 5 this term is World War One; with a focus on Audlem at War. During this topic the children will research what life was like in Audlem during 'The Great War', and find out about local men that went off to fight for their country and those that stayed behind. We will learn about what it was like for the soldiers in the trenches (as well as the skies and seas) and for their families at home. We will study artefacts from that time, and read letters that were written by soldiers, as well as other forms of literature written about the war. We will also critically discuss and debate the part that animals played, the treatment of conscientious objectors, and the roles of women.
Throughout the term we will look at different genres of writing including: persuasive, recounts, non-chronological reports, letter writing, narrative and poetry. The children will confront the poetry of celebrated war-poets, specifically Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Isaac Rosenberg; using their works to inspire their own.
In spelling they will learn to use further prefixes and suffixes, to spell some words with silent letters and to use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words. In writing they will focus on planning by identifying the purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form, and noting and developing initial ideas, The children will learn to edit and evaluate their work by making changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in order to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
Throughout the term we will be concentrating on number; looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be covering statistics and measurement of perimeter and area. In order to deepen our mathematical understanding, there will be a push on multi-step problems and developing reasoning skills. Alongside arriving at the correct answer, the children will learn to describe their process; explain why they chose their method in order to convince others of their thoughts; use language and diagrams to justify their decisions and remove all doubt with mathematical proofs — as well as recognise the problem-solving strategy they approached their problems with.
In Science we will be looking at Forces. The children will learn to explain the force of gravity. They will identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces. They will recognise that some mechanisms allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
Children will develop first hand sketches of World War One artefacts using different media. They will also create silhouetted pictures of soldiers on painted backgrounds. In Design and Technology they will be designing and making their own poppies to wear, using different fabrics and stitches.
The children will also be taking part in drama workshops provided by the artistic group 'Yet Another Carnival'. These workshops will culminate in Ruby Class contributing performance and movement pieces at a memorial parade in Crewe on the 10th November.
P.E. and Visits
There is a residential visit to Stratford-upon-Avon in October which will immerse the children in a number of Shakespearean activities — excursions to places of historical significance, a drama workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and to top it all off, a visit to a butterfly and animal farm.
In P.E. we will concentrate on the rules and strategies needed for different games. We will also do a series of lessons in gymnastics
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