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Growing Together in God

Year 5

Amazing Africa 


During the first half of Spring, we will be writing non-chronological reports. We will be using what we learn in our theme to inform our writing.  We will use the Talk for Writing structures to learn how to construct a non-chronological report before writing some of our own! 

Following our work on non-fiction, we will be trying our hand at some poetry! Whilst we are learning about such a diverse part of our world, we hope to use some of our descriptive writing skills to create the most beautiful poems, full of powerful imagery.


Our class novel at the moment is Holes by Louise Sachar.

Some of the class have read other books by Sachar such as 'There's a boy in the girls bathroom' so we are excited to find similarities and differences across the two books. 


Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day because "if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day, it will turn him into a good boy!"


Monday - Grammar/Reading comprehension  (to be submitted by Wednesday).

Wednesday – Maths (to be submitted by Friday).

Friday – Writing / Reading Activity (to be submitted by Monday).  


This half term, in Maths, we will become experts on long multiplication using column method. We will use our expertise in times tables to help us answer multiplication questions, which are up to 4 digits x 2 digits, with speed and reliability. From there we will go on to refine our skills in long division with remainders. Once we have honed these skills, we will be accessing a wide range of difficult reasoning problems where we will put our new skills to good use! All of our work this half term will be through our Inspire Maths programme. 


Please make sure you access times table rock stars for a few minutes each day because this will really help you this half term!! 


Extra Practise!

It would be fantastic if all children could regularly play educational games online. Here are some great sites to try:

BBC Science Challenges

BBC Grammar Challenges

BBC Maths Challenges


Grammar Skill Games

Top Marks Maths Games

ICT Games

tt rockstars

Even more games!




This half term, we will be learning about all things Africa! We will begin by looking at the Geography and answer questions such as:

How many countries are in Africa?

What is the climate like in Africa throughout the year and why? 

What is the landscape like in Africa? 

We will move on to look at the country of Benin in particular. We will learn about how the kingdom came to be and how to country was run. We will also look at how it was ruled and why it ended. 


In Science we will be learning about 'Living things and their habitats' We will be revisiting parts of a plant and building on our learning further by learning how plants reproduce. We will also learn about influential people such as Jane Goodall who has dedicated her life to conservation. Our knowledge about life cycles from previous year groups will really help us with this topic too! 

By the end of the topic, we will be able to answer such questions as:

What is metamorphosis?

How do monotremes, marsupials and placental have in common? 


Our Spring 1 theme is Jesus the Teacher.  We will ask:

  • Why did Jesus tell his stories?
  • What can we learn from his stories?
  • How do the stories help us understand Christian beliefs?
  • How do the parables impact on the lives of believers?

Learning Logs

Due on Monday 6th of January 

Your child received a 'learning log'  just before the holidays.  The tasks in the 'learning log' are due to be completed in time for the new theme so that your children come into school ready to delve into a new theme with a good basic knowledge already! 



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