Key Term Topic

Is there a need to explore Space?

This term, Year 5 will be exploring the Solar System, learning about the features and movements of different planets as well as other significant objects in Space such as moons, asteroids, stars and space debris. They will be using a variety of secondary resources to research and collect evidence about these topics, all aiming to develop their understanding and opinion about space exploration.

Children will also be designing a rocket which they will then make out of recycled materials in order to help save our planet Earth. Please could you begin collecting plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, toilet/kitchen roll tubes, egg boxes or any other items of a similar nature.

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Key Subject Focus

Literacy – We will be focusing on a range of text types and looking at the different features within these and the purpose for them. We will also be focusing on developing the children’s sentences so they are more complex and containing lots of detail. In addition, we will be recapping the different word families: adjectives, verbs, adverbs and nouns.

Maths – We will be developing and deepening our understanding of number and place value; addition and subtraction; multiplication and division. Within these mathematical areas children will be learning formal written methods which build upon methods learnt in Year 4. These new written methods will help children to work with increasingly larger numbers. In addition, we will be focusing on learning our times tables up to 12×12, including recalling division facts.

Computing – Making interactive space stories using powerpoint to give multiple choice options for the reader to participate in changing the direction of the story.

DT – Creating space rockets from recycled material.

Geography – Learning to identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones, being able to locate these on a map and explain why they are used.

History – Looking at the history of space travel with particular focus on the Space Race.

RE – What in my world is given to me, what belongs to me, and what should people share? We are exploring the tradition of harvest and comparing our harvest with those from other parts of the world.

PE –  Swimming lessons at Jack Hunt pool.

PSHE – Looking at how we as a class and a wider community can get along together, and how we can create an environment which is happy. We are also looking at how a new situation could be faced and overcome.

Science – Space exploration: the movement of planets, the geocentric and heliocentric theories, questioning if there is a need to explore Space.


Year 5 Work