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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    Year 5 Studies

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    23 February 2018
    Exploring Europe! 

    Over the next two terms Year 5 will be enhancing their geographical skills, exploring 5 different countries within Europe. Each class will be choosing which countries they would like to 'visit' and learn more about. They will be focusing on human and physical geography; physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle, human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. They will be exploring the different cultures and traditions of each country and will even have a chance to taste traditional food and possibly even make their own classic dishes. 
    In literacy we will be focusing on a variety of text types such as diary writing, creating information leaflets, instruction writing, and much more. They will also be developing their grammar skills to ensure a high standard of writing which is well structured and presented. 
    Maths will continue looking at fractions alongside percentages and decimals. As well as this we will be developing the depth of understanding across all areas in maths, exploring the ability to reason and justify mathematical problems and use effective strategies and methods to find solutions. 
    As well as venturing around Europe they will also be going off on their residential trip to Grosvenor Hall at the end of April. We are all looking forward to this and can't wait to see the children trying new things and facing different challenges. More information regarding the trip will follow shortly. 

    24 November 2017

    We clearly have lots of budding architects in the making. What an incredible day in 5B building our iconic landmarks. We have multiple Big Bens, the Eifel Tower, the Shard, a lighthouse from Weymouth, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Each group worked hard to achieve their end results, showing fantastic team skills, dedication, focus and drive to achieve great things. We had many helpful hands from grandparents, uncles, aunties, mums and dads- thank you! The children had a fantastic day and showed great pride in what they had all achieved at the end. 



    Term 2 and 3

    During term 2 we will be wrapping up our space topic visiting Greenwich Observatory, exploring where the Royal Astronomers once lived and learning about universe in more detail whilst visiting the Planetarium. We can’t wait for these trips to take place and hope each class have an amazing time.

    In terms 2 and 3 we will be learning all about the Anglo Saxons, following on from the children’s Year 4 topic in term 6 looking at the Romans. Across the two terms we will be studying who the Saxons were and where they came from. We will be developing understanding of what it means to invade and settle and looking at how Saxon England was divided into different kingdoms. As well as this we will be looking closely at Anglo-Saxon settlements and researching into the daily life of a Saxon villager. There will be a focus on the different beliefs and religions of the Saxons and how theses gradually changed. We will also be looking at Hillforts and how the Saxons defended their land.

    Alongside this we will be studying the story of Beowulf. Anglo-Saxons liked to gather in the lord's great hall, to eat and drink, and to listen to songs and stories. They loved tales about brave warriors and their adventures. A favourite story told how Beowulf, a heroic prince, kills the fierce man-eating monster Grendel, and Grendel's equally horrid mother. The story of Beowulf was first written down in the 8th-9th centuries, but long before that the story was told around the fire.

    From there we will also be looking at the stories of King Arthur and his round table. We will learn how the historic figure of Arthur, a victorious fifth-century warrior, lead Britons into battle against Saxon invaders.

    In maths over the two terms we will be focusing on developing and deepening an understanding of fractions and how to manipulate them. We will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions as well as solving a variety of problems where the children can apply the new skills and strategies taught to them. As well as fractions we will be recapping shapes, looking closely at their properties and understanding how to find the perimeter, area and volume. We will focus on triangles, the different types and how to find the area of them also. Ratio will also be focused on, learning how to find ratios, equivalent ratios and comparing three quantities as a ratio.

    We continue to ask that multiplication tables with corresponding division fact as well as other number facts are practised at home. We will continue to work on ensuring all children are confident and competent in using the four operations accurately and that they are able to apply them to a range of problem solving situations. 

    Term 1

     It was lovely to meet families on our open afternoon and we look forward to working with you and your child this year. If there is anyone who is willing to volunteer to hear readers then please speak directly to the class teacher to organise when it suits you and the class best. It's been brilliant to see so many children receiving their Bronze and Silver awards already this term for their 10 consecutive reads. Thank you for your continued support in this.

     It's all 'To infinity and beyond' this term with us currently studying Space. We have already been looking closely at the solar system, with specific focus on the Earth, Sun and Moon. Each class is venturing to the stars with the work they are producing and are enjoying learning more about the history of space exploration, looking closely at key events such as animals in space and the landing on the moon. We also have the exciting opportunity to visit the planetarium at Greenwich Observatory but due to popular demand we will not be visiting until term 2. It will be a great experience where children will have an opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of the stars and planets.

     In English we started with a Roald Dahl focus where children researched the man himself in depth and then went on to look at the story of 'The BFG'. Children looked carefully at the main character and created their own new character as well as writing their own interesting and imaginative dream, taking inspiration from the BFG himself. As well as this we have been developing a range of grammar skills and working on how to apply these to our writing.  Since the Roald Dahl focus our literacy lessons have been closely linked to our topic with the children focusing on specific types of writing such as newspaper articles.

     In maths we are focusing on developing and deepening an understanding of numbers so children are confident in manipulating numbers and recognising patterns. We continue to ask that multiplication tables with corresponding division facts as well as other number facts are practised at home. We will be working on ensuring all children are confident and competent in using the four operations accurately and that they are able to apply them to a range of problem solving situations. As well as this we will be focusing on developing their reasoning skills through a variety of activities and challenges.​