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A very warm welcome to Year 5!

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It's great to be back at school. We have a very exciting year of learning ahead of us. You will find the following information useful in the next couple of weeks as you settle into Ash Class.


Your class teaching team is


Miss Adkins – Class teacher

Mrs Pearson - Teacher

Mrs Doran – Teaching Assistant

You will need to remember to bring your P.E kit on Monday and Wednesday. On Thursday you will be given homework, it should be returned to school by Tuesday. You should aim to read and learn your spellings on a daily basis. You will have a spelling quiz every two weeks.

Our topic for this term is ‘Amazing Africa’. We will start with a study of the Benin Kingdom.


As historians we will be studying the history of Africa

Activities will include:

  • Locating the Kingdom of Benin was and using sources to find out about time period we will be exploring.

  • Using primary sources to become history detectives building an fact base about The Kingdom of Benin from AD 900 to 1300.

  • Find out about the leaders of The Kingdom of

  • Benin and using the information to Role Play the lives of ordinary people of the Kingdom of Benin.

  • To find out about the decline of the Benin Empire.


As geographers we will be studying the continent of Africa using our geographical skills to

Activities will include:

  • locating Africa and finding out about the countries that make up this continent.

  • Identifying the different landscapes that make up Africa and identify features.

  • Finding out about landmarks including Mt Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls and the great Pyramids.

  • Finding out about the different animals found on the African continent.

  • Researching endangered animals in Africa and what can be done to protect them.

  • Finding out about the staple diet of many African countries. As well as finding out about tropical fruit in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Discuss the problems of malnutrition and famine.

  • Finding out about how our lives differ to that of many Africans. Including the need for clean drinking water.



As designers and artists we will be studying Kple Kple masks.

Activities will include:

  • Evaluation of African Masks

  • Design and plan our own masks based on African animal research

  • Use structures to create our masks

  • Evaluate the masks

We will also

  • Creating our own Ndebele beads.

  • Use our print designs to create a class patchwork cover.


Our Science will be very exciting as we travel to infinity and beyond studying our Solar System, Milky Way and Universe!

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We will also be taking part in the Singing Sky ‘Speed’ project. A chance for us to sing with other schools in a special performance all based around the ‘Bloodhound’ land speed record ...
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On Mondays we will be learning how to play ‘Chess’ and hopefully we will be taking part in lots of competitions!

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Our class novel is Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo.
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Please keep checking this page for more information, links to websites and lots of photographs of our learning.