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Spring Term



Your class teaching team is


Miss Adkins – Class teacher

Mrs Pearson - Teacher

Mrs Doran – Teaching Assistant


We will be swimming on a Tuesday afternoon throughout this term - don't forget your swimming kit!

This Term our topic work will be history based. We will be studying World War Two.


As historians we will be studying The Battles of Britain. This will focus on certain conflicts starting with World War 1 and 2, we will then go on to study key battles that acted as a turning point of the history of the development of Britain including The Spanish Armada, The English Civil War, The Battle of Trafalgar, and the Battle of Hastings.

Activities will include:

  • Understand the events leading up to WW2.

  • Create a map showing the axis and allies involved in WW2.

  • Find out about the introduction of rationing and the amounts of food allowed.

  • Experience what it would be like to be an evacuee. – Goodnight Mr Tom

  • To find out about Prisoner of War Camps – Rose Blanche

  • To explore the life of Anne Frank.

  • Discover how WW2 ended and the impact on the future of the world.


As geographers we will be studying (enter narrative to contextualise breadth of study / focus).

Activities will include:

  • Identify and locate cities and countries using Atlases.

  • Identify cities bombed during the Blitz using an Atlas

  • Name and locate cities involved in WW1 and WW2

  • To identify names of seas that were involved in other battles.


As artists we will be studying the work of a range of artists and using their interpretation of ‘Flanders Fields’ as a stimulus for our own work.

To develop our art work we will consider the work of Henry Moore.

Activities will include:

  • Evaluating ‘Black out’, ‘Dig for Victory’ etc posters for presentation, message and impact

  • Use water colours including mixing/shading to paint /represent Flanders fields

  • Continue our work on Textiles to create a class wall hanging


As designers we will be studying the design and structure of the Anderson Shelter. We will investigate and evaluate a range of familiar products, thinking about how they work, how they are used and the views of people who use them. We will design and make our own shelters involving stiff and flexible sheet materials

  • We will be making food that was commonly eaten during WW2 using ingredients that may have been rationed.

  • Children will create their own ship used in the Spanish Armada and test its effectiveness.

Activities will include:

  • A pre-design task using limited materials and evaluating the end product.

  • Evaluation of shelters both modern and those used during the war

  • Select appropriate materials to use in the model making.

  • Investigate methods of joining and strengthening materials.

  • Construct models of shelters

  • Evaluate and improve the models.

  • Looking at rationed food and ingredients.

  • Following a recipe to make food from WW2.


As members of our community we will:

Consider ways to successfully resolve conflict within our own environment.

Explore how communities can pull together investigating how people need and rely on each other and identify our role in this.


As enterprising people we will:

Will be organising a Porridge Morning for ‘Mary’s Meals Charity


As people concerned with our environment we will:

Explore the war time propaganda phrases and consider if they are still relevant today.

Consider which war time behaviours that we could encourage people to adopt today to help our school sustainability


In our spiritual and moral development we will:

Ask the question ‘Is conflict right?’ using both our own experiences and factual evidence from history to help us to answer this question.

Exploring feeling we have when we hear stories of bravery and courage, learning about different emotions we feel when people help us


Our class novel is Goodnight Mr Tom
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Crucial Crew

During our recent visit to the ‘Crucial Crew’ we took part in safety scenarios learning about: road safety, railway safety, the RNLI, staying healthy and ‘stranger danger’.

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The Rocket Launch!

At Greenbank High School we learnt about the forces that act on rockets. We watched a model rocket launch and used a video link to ask an Astrophysicist questions about time and space.

Harvest Festival

We were invited to a ‘Porridge Party’ at Ainsdale Methodist Church to celebrate the ‘Harvest’ and to remember the amazing work that is done by Mary’s Meals, a charity that helps to feed millions of children throughout the world.

We won Hugo for the week and he was so excited that he went Go-karting!

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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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Please keep checking this page for more information, links to websites and lots of photographs of our learning.

Year 5 Maths

Year 5 Reading

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar