Year Five: Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal

This term, we are reading the ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. This novel follows a young boy, Jim Jarvis, who alerted Dr Barnado to the plight of destitute children in Victorian London. After escaping from a workhouse, his adventures and hardships finally lead him to attened a school. The book provides ample opportunity for diary entries, letters and topic debates, as well as linking closely with history and science lessons this term.

Maths lessons will be focussed on multiplication, division and fractions this term.

For science, we will be studying materials. We will look at reversible and irreversible changes. Linking to our English topic, the children will devise an investigation looking into which would be the most effective material for workhouse clothing.

This half term, in history, we will be studying crime and punishment and specifically focussing on the Victorian era. Next half term, in geography, we will be practising our map skills.

In art, we will be using perspective to draw a 3D illustration of Radford, in the style of our chosen artist, L.S Lowry. The children will practise different techniques before planning and producing their own drawing. Next half term, we will be moving onto printing, using string and lino.

We will be designing and making moving mechanisms in DT. We will be using this mechanism inside of an animal in order to make it’s mouth move.

In religious education, our topic is ‘Christianity’. We will be answering the question ‘what celebrations are important to Christians?’ The RE curriculum is inclusive; the children will be encouraged to draw comparisons between religions and also discuss and explore non-religious views.

In our PSHE lessons, we will be exploring gang and knife crime. This is extremely important as we want to ensure that our children are safe in their community. This will be followed up with a workshop on Ben Kinsella at the National Justice Museum. Next half term, we will be exploring health and hygiene and how we look after ourselves.

For computing, we will be learning how to navigate spreadsheets, including using the formula wizard. We will then move on to creating a game next half term. All of the

lessons will use the Purple Mash website. Your child’s login can be found in their reading diary, alongside logins for Timetables Rockstars too.

Nottingham Playhouse will have PE on a Monday whereas Theatre Royal will have PE on a Friday. Correct PE clothing and footwear can be worn to school on this day. Theatre Royal will have outdoor learning on a Wednesday and Nottingham Playhouse will have it on a Thursday. Homework will be set and marked each Friday

Here are the knowledge organisers for the work we’ll be doing this term:

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