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  • A Warm Welcome

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Year 5 Topic Overview (2015-2016)

The children in the primary school at BISS Puxi follow a thematic curriculum with one main topic for each term. Specific skills for every subject are taught through these topics, ensuring subject rigour. This creative curriculum allows for collaboration and exploration making learning active, exciting and meaningful for children. 

Term 1 - Building a Village

During this topic the children will become village designers.  Throughout the term, children will complete a mini building project and design and build their own village.  During Humanities lessons, as well as looking at different villages in both the UK and China, children will research the background as to how settlements develop and what features are necessary for them to become sustainable.   During their Art lessons, they will design different settlements in groups to create a 3D model based on their design.  In Science, children will look at the development of food for their village with a specific reference to bread and how yeast and salt have changed both the taste and texture of bread over time

How can I support my child? 
  • Look at and take photographs of villages and settlements from the places you visit.
  • Discuss how the places you have lived have changed over your lifetime.
  • It would be great for your child to have prior experience of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Why not share the novel and compare the new and old move? Having an atlas at home will also help your child become more familiar with the world around them.

Term 2 - The Silk Road

During this topic the children will learn about the history of The Silk Road and the development of modern China. We will investigate specific places at different times in history to see how they have led to the China we see today.  We will also look at what items were traded along The Silk Road and how different items were spread across the world.  Linking with last term’s topic we will also look into which cities along the Silk Road are no longer used because of the changes in technology.  In Art lessons, children will look at traditional Chinese art and silk printing.  In Science they will be looking at the development of explosive devices and the history of gunpowder.

How can I support my child?
  • Use an atlas to locate the route of The Silk Road.
  • Read about what was traded along the Silk Road and how this affected modern developments.

Term 3 - The Final Frontier

This term the children will become space explorers.  During this topic, children will learn about the different planets and how galaxies are formed.  In Humanities we will look at the history of the space race and at propaganda.  Were the technologies on either side of the Iron Curtain very different? In Art, we will listen to some music to create a mood board before using different media to create a piece of space art.  In Science we will investigate magnets and discuss planetary behaviours and forces.  Underlying all of our learning is a focus on team building ready for our residential trip and students will have various opportunities to test their strengths, including through ‘BISStronaut’ training.  

How can I support my child? 
  • Look at the sky at night and see if you can see the stars.  Can you recognise any of the constellations?  Do they look different depending where you are in the world?
  • Use different web sites to look into the latest space developments.