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Year 5 Week Ahead Information

15 April 2016

An overview of the week ahead in Year 5.

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All information regarding the Year 5 residential can be found on the school Moodle page. Log in to Moodle using your child’s school login details. Then click - Primary school, primary parents, 2016 residential trip and residential information evening.

If your child is attending the Year 5 residential, please make sure you have completed the EV5 form and scanned or photocopied a copy of your child’s passport, visa page and any insurance card or form you have.

Monday 25th & Wednesday 27th April: Primary Academic Review Evenings, 5pm- 8pm

Tuesday 26th April: Junior Sports Day, 11am to 12.30pm and 1.10pm to 3pm

Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May: Year 5 Residential

Stars of the Week

5A - Daniel Natter for making an excellent brochure on space tourism

5B - Arden Fan for being more resilient when working independently, particularly in Mathematics

5C - Halimah Al Meatiq for persevering in her space-travel brochure, writing and producing some outstanding work

5D - Anton for demonstrating excellent enquiry skills while learning about different rock types


This week in English, the children will be reading a variety of different poems linked to our Space Explorers unit. They will express preferences and give reasons for these. Next, the children will be comparing three different poems looking at the language and structure used. We will also discuss humour and who’s point of view the poem is from. Then the children will be trying to learn poems by heart, focusing on different memory techniques that can help them to do this. Near the end of the week, the children will use the poem ‘Six ways to look at the moon’ by Pie Corbett. After looking at the metaphors and language used, they will write their own poem choosing a planet instead of the moon. Finally, they will practise learning their poem in collaborative groups and perform it to the class focusing on expression, volume, actions etc.


Next week in Maths, we will be focusing on number, the number system and the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be building on our knowledge of equivalent fractions to deal with multiplying mixed numbers, and will work at how to use the Lowest Common Multiple to make the denominator of two fractions the same. At Mastering level, this will include an introduction to fraction multiplication and division. We will be stretching our knowledge of place value to convert between different post-decimal units and revisiting our conversion between different units of measure.


In topic this week, we have some collaborative activities for the children to complete. We will start the week by looking at photographs from the Earth and space and ask the question: How do you think people imagined the world before they had travelled into space? The children will be exploring old maps of the world and looking at how ancient civilisations viewed the world. As a task, the children will be creating a mind map to prove that the world is not flat. They will become familiar with the classical understanding of the world as 'Geocentric'. They will understand the Copernican view of the world as being 'Heliocentric'. The children will then research the astrologer Galileo Galilei, who was accused of heresy for proving that the world is not the centre of the universe. Working collaboratively, the children will create a defence for Galileo's views.