Welcome to Year Five
Last week, the focus in Ruby Class was science, technology and maths with a particular interest in the topic of agriculture. The class discussed Celtic farming practices; how these may have changed once the Romans graced our shores; and how these compare to modern farming methods (such as the combine harvester). The children engaged in some eggsellent eggsaminations of chicken eggs — locating nine of its component parts; discussing the difference between fertilised and non-fertilised eggs, and considered the ethical implications of battery vs free range hens.
We even wanged the odd welly or two...
Our topic in Ruby Class this half-term is Roman Britain. We will first be setting the scene; thinking about what Britain and Britons were like at the point of the Roman invasion. We will consider the native Britons' reaction to the Roman occupation, and ask ourselves the immortal question: "What did the Romans ever do for us?!" Within this topic, we will complete timelines; explore how the map of our country has changed from Celtic tribal areas into our modern day counties; debate the morality of the Boudiccan rebellion — while getting into the Celtic spirit; learn about Roman military tactics and the beliefs that the Romans brought to our shores.
We will kick this topic off with a trip to the Dewa Roman Experience in Chester, where the children will be whipped into shape by a Roman centurion and treated to a guided tour around the museum.
In English, we will be mainly looking at Roman mythology. We will be reading various myths about the Roman pantheon and using the stories as inspiration for our own writing. We are focusing on purposeful writing, where we carefully consider our vocabulary choices and literary devices in order to have the most impact on our readers. We will consider 'What makes a good opening?' and, besides carefully choosing powerful descriptive language, we will be working on incorporating correctly punctuated dialogue, and developing cohesion through pronouns and connectives to improve the flow of our writing.
In maths, we will be starting off by focusing on improving our fluency in the areas of multiplication and division; learning to use long-multiplication and exploring different techniques for division. We will push for a deeper understanding of these methods and concepts through worded problems and questions that involve reasoning. We will also focus on developing our abilities to break down a multistep problem into its component parts in order to help us calculate the answer without being blinded by its seeming complexity.
In Science, the children will be learning about the changes that occur to the body as it ages, and will also be learning about the spherical bodies within our solar system — exploring how the planets move around the sun, how the moon moves around the Earth, and how this affects our view of the Audlem sky.
In PE, this half-term, we will be concentrating on the game of dodge-ball with a view to competing in the upcoming competition. This game will help to improve the children's throwing, catching and evasion skills whilst also honing their aim and resilience. Alongside dodge-ball we will continue to work on our flexibility with regular yoga sessions.
Our main focus for RE this term will be discovering the beliefs and stories associated with the Hindu faith, as well as discussing the history of Christianity in relation to the Romans.
Through art and D& T, the children will get to design and wear their own Celtic woad-style war paint and construct their own Roman shields; they will create collaborative Roman style mosaics, and help to cook a 1,700 year old Roman recipe.