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YEAR FIVE: AUTUMN TERM

OUR YEAR FIVE DURING AUTUMN TERM 2020

OUR CORE INTENTION IN ACTION

AUTUMN TERM 'WHEN I GROW UP...' THEME: GODS AND LEGENDS

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Our new When I Grow Up... curriculum has been launched in its first phase. We have worked hard to refine our ideas, coverage and content at this initial stage. We have enjoyed our ancient history study, all about the early Greek life and civilisation, as part of our Gods and Legends theme. One of our aims is for this to provide the perfect opportunity for us to draw comparisons with the Summer Term Year 4 theme about another ancient civilsation - The Egyptians. It has been noticeable how the children were drawn in by the discussions and research around how the Greeks built a community and established a way of life which dominated the region. In particular we studied the Parthenon, Alexander the Great and the battle between Athens and Sparta. During our Design & Technology work we designed a Greek banquet fit for victory! Whilst studying Greek sculptures in art, the children developed their work with tools and malleable materials. In Geography. we spent time studying maps of Europe both part and present to consider the extent of the 'Greek Empire' and its main challengers in the region. We also spent time consider Greeks beliefs about Gods and the significance of them in their lives and decision making making links to people's belief systems, different faiths, acts of worship and key events today through Religious Education - most notably Christianity and Sikhism. 

At this stage of our new curriculum, we still have a range of stand alone themes across our remaining subjects - this is something we plan to bring together in our next phase as we would like to see greater 'purpose' in our work across all subjects rather than merely coverage. We focused upon the properties of materials in Science, investigating the effects of temperature upon them and what the environment can also do. During French, we introduced terms linked to food and how to place orders in cafes.  P.E. has focused upon invasion team games and the fast-paced throwing, catching and movement skills required. In Music, we were listening and responding to modern rock music and attempting to use such principles to create short compositions which create a similar mood and impact upon those listening - it was noisy work! In line with year 6, we focused upon online safety and coding in Computing.

We were disappointed that our Gallery could not happen for a live audience due to Covid-19 restrictions in December, however our first attempt at the new Stunning Starts took place with the Time Travelling Octogenarian forming the focal point for this.

English studies focused largely upon 'reading and writing to entertain' through studying various genres of fiction and classic novels and poetry. We have spent time gathering and applying vocabulary for use in our speaking and writing, whilst we have focused upon the way in which we can vary sentence lengths for effect. It has been great to have more dedicated time for reading this year through our Classic Read time and extended Never Ending Stories sessions. The advetures of Tyke Tyler and the characters created by George Layton in 'The Fib' have proved a hit with both classes. Mathematics this term has focused upon the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) in great detail as we attempt to master and apply these skills in a range of different problem solving situations.

Independence and resilience are key aspects of our core intention for our children. Both directly, through our PSHE studies and, through our new approach to mathematics and our non-core subjects in particular, we have considered: the importance of learning through mistakes; searching for solutions without looking for others to solve them in the first instance; how we can plan our next steps and actions when presented with problems and situations. 

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