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Topic — Audlem's War
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' period, and find out about local men that went off to fight for their country as well as those who 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 critically discuss and debate the part that animals played; the treatment of conscientious objectors; the roles of women and the support the British army received from African and Asian countries. We will also discover the lasting effects of the war on society, both culturally and technologically.
Writing — To Thee I Sing
In addition to this, the children will also get the chance to write war poetry inspired by the stories of WW1 soldiers from Audlem and the work of Isaac Rosenberg and Shropshire-born soldier and poet, Wilfred Owen.
We are beginning our Writing work this year with a unit based around 'To Thee I sing' authored by former U.S. president, Barack Obama. This unit will build up to writing a persuasive magazine article which raises awareness of racial discrimination. Through this theme, the focus will be developing and mastering the essential elements of writing such as accurate punctuation, use of tense and structure, whilst pushing the children to a greater depth level by developing their awareness of formality, vocabulary choice, and style.
Reading — Rebel Girls
Alongside this, our reading focus will the Eleni Favilli & Francesca Cavallo's 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls', which reinvents fairy tales in order to tell the stories of women who have had a great impact in the world including scientists, athletes, writers and activists. This unit will develop the key reading skills of inferring and predicting, literary retrieval, clarifying vocabulary, summarising and evaluating different text types and distinguishing fact from opinion.
Maths — The Bread and Butter
Throughout the term, in Maths, we will be concentrating on number; looking at place value, rounding, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (the real bread and butter of mathematical understanding). In order to deepen that understanding, there will be a push on multi-step problems, developing reasoning skills and using precise mathematical vocabulary. Alongside arriving at the correct answer, the children will learn to describe their thought-process in full, coherent sentences; and prove their answers with sound calculations and/or diagrams. Sporadically during the Autumn units, there will be sessions that hearken back to the Year 4 curriculum in order to revive and solidify concepts that may have been missed or forgotten due to lockdown.
Science — May the forces be with you...
In Science the children 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, and they will recognise that some mechanisms allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. The class will also become star-gazers and space-explorers; researching the planets of our solar system, our place in relation to the sun, and the relationship between the Earth and our moon.
Creative — The sketchy side of war
As part of our creative curriculum, the children will develop first hand sketches of World War One artefacts, and recreate real trench sketches using willow-charcoal in the style of a soldier and artist from Cheshire. They will also be learning how to draw horses accurately by manipulating rudimentary shapes in honour of the part animals played in The Great War. As well as our general development of the children's understanding of the inter-related dimensions of music and performance, the children will also learn songs that the soldiers sang to keep their spirits up. They will create WW1 artefacts using a variety of materials and resources, and will design and make WW1-inspired toys using rotary and linear mechanisms. There will also be plenty of opportunities for drama through re-enactments and plays linked to the experiences of WW1 soldiers.
R.E. — 1x1x1=1
This term the children will learn what is meant by The Holy Trinity and the main and roles these three persons of the triune God play in the Trinitarian traditions of Christianity. They will discuss the meaning and significance behind some of the titles that refer to Jesus of Nazareth, and identify ways in which Christians believe the Old Testament prophecies speak about Him.
Forest Schools — Head into the Wild
This term, Ruby Class will be taking part in a series of exciting outdoor learning led by a qualified and experienced Forest Schools instructor — Mr Hadfield of 'Head into the Wild'. The sessions will be focused on what life was like for the soldiers during World War 1 and we will be completing various activities to experience this. This will include such survival skills as den-building and cooking on an open fire!