Year Five: Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal

During the spring term, Year 5 will be reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty in their English lessons. This story focusses upon the strife that poorer Victorian people had to endure in their daily lives, and follows a young orphan named Jim who finds himself homeless after his mother dies and he escapes the workhouse. The children will have opportunities to write in role in the form of diary entries and letters, whilst also writing longer narrative pieces.

In maths, Year 5 will be practising their written strategies for multiplication and division, moving onto multiplying and dividing 4-digit numbers by 1 and 2 digits. In the second half term, the children will move onto fractions, understanding the link between decimals and percentages.

In science, the lessons will focus upon materials and their properties. We will be investigating: ‘Can we change materials?’ This will involve the separating different mixtures and solutions, and learning about how certain changes, such as dissolving, can be reversed. The children will also discover which changes are irreversible too.

Our curriculum work will include:

  • History- studying crime and punishment through time and answering the question ‘Was prison the right place for children?’. This topic will be complemented by a visit to the National Justice Museum in February.
  • Design Technology- designing and making a model of an endangered animal, whilst answering the question: ‘How can we make our animals move?’. The children will be investigating and building different mechanisms to create a moving model.
  • Art- the children will be practising their drawing skills, focussing on: ‘How can we make our drawings appear 3-dimensional?’ To do this, Year 5 will be practising ways to use perspective to give their drawings depth, studying the work of Lowry before completing a painting of a building in Radford in this style.
  • Computing- Year 5 will be working on spreadsheets, using them in real life situations whilst also using formulae to help them calculate.
  • PSHE- The children will be learning about gang and knife crime and discussing how to avoid and prevent certain scenarios through role play and debate.

Homework will be given on Thursday to be returned the following Thursday.

Outdoor learning will be on Thursday.

In Harmony will be on Thursday.

PE will be on Monday for Theatre Royal and Friday for Nottingham Playhouse.

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

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