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 -- Of 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 'Of 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.
We will also be reading 'Over the Line' by Tom Palmer as our class book, which will link to our WW1 topic.
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 ensure that children are ready to progress, there will be a focus on the retrieval of key number facts (number bonds, times tables, methods etc.) and mathematical vocabulary, before they are challenged with multi-step questions and reasoning problems which they will tackle whilst justifying their conclusions through diagrams and concise explanations. 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.
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. -- Laudato Sí
This term the children will learn about how Christians ought to care for the environment and animals with a particular focus on the Creation segment of our 'Big Story'. We will consider the thoughts of prominent religious figures both past and present; accounts found in the Bible as well as the children's own philosophical, theological and ethical beliefs.