Throughout this half-term we will be learning about Planet Earth. We will be able to learn more about our planet, the animals we share it with, and how we can better protect it.
In Science we will be learning about animals and their habitats. We will be able to look at and compare the life cycles of different types of animals and the habitats that support this. We will also be looking at the scientist Jane Goodall, her work with chimpanzees, and why this is important.
Planet Earth provides a great opportunity for us to practice using maps in Geography. We will be able to compare different climates around the world, as well as examine how local history has changed over time. We will be able to locate countries, cities and landmarks using compass points and grid references.
During ICT we will be learning more about staying safe online as we create our own anonymous website, The class will make decisions about their website and contribute to pages in smaller groups.
Finally, our English this half-term will be based on The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. Writing their own fictional responses to this jungle story will allow the children to develop their understanding of life in other climates as well as develop an exciting story.
This half-term our PE days will be on Mondays and Thursdays, please make sure that you have your kits in school ready.
We had a great time with the visitors from AWE. We got to see a scientific demonstration, and we got to try some of our own. We enjoyed making slime and designing rafts.
We had a fabulous time at our trip to Milestones. We were able to try on gas masks, dress up, and go into an Air Raid Shelter.
We were also able to develop our understanding of life during World War Two by talking to an Air Raid Warden, a nurse, and a shop keeper. These kind people taught us how to identify WW2 planes, create a sling, and understand rationing.
We also had some free time to go around the museum and learn about how people lived in times gone by.
Thank you for everyone who helped out!
I hope that you are ready to come back to school after a lovely Easter break!
This half term we are learning about World War One- we will be writing diary entries for evacuees in English. Our trip to Milestones will help us to get lots of ideas of things to write about.
In History we will be learning about the war, and how it started, and then we will focus on the impact that it had on England. We will look at rationing and evacuation- why these were necessary and the impact that they had. All of this learning will help to make our diary entries very realistic!
We will look at propaganda posters from World War Two. We will think about the message they are trying to convey, and how they are achieving this. Then, we will make and share our own posters with a message for wartime Britain.
We will look at coding during our ICT time, and we will use special programs and websites to develop our own unbreakable codes!
Finally, in Science we will be learning about the properties of materials. We will compare different materials, and will design and conduct fair tests to help us draw conclusions.
Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday so please make sure that your kits are in school. The homework is updated online every two weeks so make sure you stay up to date!
We went all over the school trying different science experiments. We made lava lamps to see how oil and water reacted with each other, and we used food colouring to make it look good! We made paper aeroplanes and then we had a competition in the school hall to see how far they would go. We tested different designs to see which was the most efficient and aerodynamic. Finally, we made bubble worms using washing up liquid, socks, and bottles- we made a lot of bubbles! We learnt about how bubbles are made and we worked together to make really long worms!
Have a look at our photos below!
Hello, and welcome back after half-term! I can't wait to hear about everything that you've been up to!
In this half term, our learning will be based on Harry Potter. In English we will be looking at instructions to make potions, and soon we will be designing potions of our own! Who knows what incredible things you will be able to do after you drink them!
In Music we will be composing music to go with a clip from the movie. This will allow us to practice making music to build suspense, and to make real movie sound effects.
We will be making clay sculptures in Art, the children can choose what they make, and will be able to practice making different designs and effects on the clay.
In Science we will be learning about the properties of materials, and the children will be designing fair tests to discover how materials conduct heat and electricity. They will learn about materials that dissolve in water (and how this is different to melting) and about irreversible chemical reactions.
This half term our PE days will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remember to read 4 times a week, and to sign your reading record. Practicing on MyMaths can help develop your understanding of the maths we are currently doing, and can be a great revision for maths we have already done!
Welcome back and happy new year!
Thank you very much for your generous Christmas presents, I hope that you all enjoyed your time off!
In the next six weeks we will be learning about Ancient Egypt. We will be able to learn about this ancient civilization in our afternoon History lessons and during our English writing.
We will be writing a recount of an archaeologist uncovering a tomb for the first time, and exploring how they might be feeling as well as what they might find!
In our History lessons we will learn about what life would have been like in Ancient Egypt, by looking at their jobs, hieroglyphics, and mummies.
Finally, in Design and Technology we will be designing and making traps to stop grave robbers from stealing the ancient treasure.
Our PE days are still on Mondays and Wednesdays, please feel free to bring in an outdoor PE kit for Wednesdays as it is very cold at the minute.
Thank you, and please remember to keep up your reading records and My Maths homeworks!
Welcome back after your half-term break! I hope that you enjoyed your time off and are ready for a busy couple of weeks! We are leading up to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, so there is a lot going on!
Our topic for these next few weeks is Bella Italia and this will build upon the children's previous knowledge of the Romans to look at modern Italy and its impact on our life here in England.
In Geography we will be comparing life in Basingstoke with that in an Italian town which will allow us to look at similarities and differences in human and physical geography.
In Art we will focus on Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces. The children will follow his process of sketching and drawing to completed artwork, ultimately creating their own version of the Mona Lisa. This allows the children to learn more about this artwork, draw inspiration from it, and develop their own ideas more fully.
This topic also brings in Design and Technology as the children will be able to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet. They will be learning about this as they plan, prepare and make pastas of different flavours.
It is going to be an exciting half-term, with a lot to do!
Please remember to keep reading at least three times a week and to sign your reading records!
Welcome to Rowan Class! I hope that you all enjoyed your summer holidays and are ready to start Year 5 with lots of energy!
Our Topic for Autumn One is going to be Earth and Space, and so we will be learning about the solar system, our place in it, and how this affects our daily lives.
In science we will learn about how the planets move, their shapes, and what they are made of. We will also design a parachute suitable for a rocket travelling through space, which will allow us to control variables, make predictions, and record results.
In Geography we will learn about the Earth, and how the sun affects our days and nights, as well as time zones. This also links to the equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.
In English we will look at the book Cosmic: It's One Giant Leap for All Boy-Kind by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will look at the characters and events in detail and ultimately write a newspaper report about what happens.
We will be having our PE lessons on Mondays so please ensure that your full kit is in school ready for this.
Looking forward to meeting you all soon!