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Welcome to Year 5 – Ruby Class!

Mr Blenkiron

1990's Jubilee Art
Friday 20 May 2022
Rama & Sita
Tuesday 17 May 2022


This term, we will be using Colin Thompson's 'The Paperbag Prince' as a stimulus for our writing in class. This book highlights the importance of conservation and our social responsibility towards the environment with impressively detailed illustrations. By focusing on the use of appropriate modal verbs, cohesive devices and emotive language, this book will aid the children in creating pieces of persuasive writing and information leaflets on a contemporary and relevant issue.


In Guided Reading, we will be continuing our environmental theme by reading and discussing the non-fiction text 'Pollution: A look behind the scenes' and the beginning of 'The Last Wild' by Pier Torday, afictional text is set in a world where animals no longer exist.
These texts, in conjunction with the Paperbag Prince, will help the children to analyse the features that help an author persuade the reader to their way of thinking, and how this can be achieved subtly and subliminally without necessarily putting forward explicit arguments.


Our focus in the Summer term will be fractions, expressed as numerators and denominators as well as how these can be represented in the form of decimal numbers and percentages. We will work to understand how different fractions can be equivalent to one another; how improper fractions can be equivalent to mixed numbers and vice versa, as well as how to calculate by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.


Our Geography topic this term centres around rivers and canals. The children will learn about the typical journey of a river from source to mouth, and will compare significant rivers from around the world. We will discuss the importance of rivers and canals to humanity throughout history, and will tie our river research into a wider geographical study of South America and its principle physical and human features of geography – notably those surrounding the Amazon Rainforest and the Amazon River. Later on in the term, we will be joining Year 4 on an exciting fieldwork trip to Carding Mill Valley in the Shropshire hillside to complete a river study.


Throughout this term's Science, we will be looking at living things and their habitats. The children will learn about the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants, and will compare and contrast the lifecycles of different animals across the classifications of mammals, birds, insects, fish and amphibians.
They children will be dissecting flowers to discover the different male and female parts, and will dismantle chicken eggs in order to understand their structure and how they benefit the chick during their tenancy. Ultimately, the children will research their favourite animal and will prepare a presentation about its key attributes, how it reproduces and its life-cycle.


This term, we will be focusing on Hinduism. We will look at its core tenets and discuss how these compare and contrast with what we know about Christianity. We will read and act out the Diwali story from the Ramayana and create our own Diwali candles to represent those put out by Hindus during the festival. We will look at the different rituals and symbols present in the Hindu marriage ceremony, and how babies are welcomed into the community as well as traditional ways in which to select a name for them.


In Art, we will be focusing on the artwork of artist David Hockney – and how his use of vanishing points and fading colours helps him to achieve perspective in his river paintings. We will also be using different sewing techniques in order to create a drawstring purse fit for a person from the medieval period in a nod back to our previous topic of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

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