Year 5 Autumn 1 - 2019

In Maths , the children have focused on place value. We have also looked at addition and subtraction using the column method. The children have started to apply their knowledge to solve complex word problems.
In English this half term, we have studied FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith. A book full of symbolism created through incredible illustrations and poetic verse. Through the use of Hot- Seating and story mapping, the children explored the use of figurative language when retelling the story from the father’s point of view.
Through our Geography focus of ‘Enough For Everyone’ we explored why there is such an imbalance of resources in the world. We started the whole study with the words of Mahatma Gandi who said, “There is enough for everyone’s need, but no enough for everyone’s greed.” We researched the different types of energy production from traditional fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We then looked at food production and debated the benefits and drawbacks of importing food to the UK, calculating the ‘Air Miles’ of a variety of food products. We also investigated the major threats to food supplies in a number of the most deprived areas of the world and how organisations such as, ‘Action Against Hungry’ are trying to support these countries.
In science, we have explored the parts of a flower. We have learnt about reproduction and what the difference is between asexual and sexual reproduction. We also investigated who Jane Goodall using technology. We found out about the importance of her ground breaking discoveries and how they impacted science.
In DT, we have researched what type of phone cases would be suitable for children aged 8-10. We have explored a range of fabrics and measured our product accurately to create a felt phone case.
In computing, we have learn how to code. We have created algorithms that run a program. We have learnt to debug and edit objects to create an effective design. We have also continued to learn about how to stay safe on line.

In preparation for the up-coming Art Gallery, Year 5 have been studying the work of L.S. Lowry and his, ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’. Through a combination of water colour and oil pastels, we imitated his style of painting but rather than the industrial back drop of Manchester we changed the back drop to the bottle kilns of Stoke on Trent.


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