Year 5
Year 5

Online Resources for Home Learning

Purple Mash

Class Curriculum

Welcome to Year 5!

Hello and welcome to Year 5!  We hope you have had a fabulous Summer Holidays and are feeling rested and refreshed.

We have planned some really exciting projects and lessons to start this term in Year 5 with a bang and to help us learn at our very best.  This term will be so important in showing what we know and learning all we can while beginning our journey in Unit 3!

We will be starting our new Cornerstones project, ‘Dynamic Dynasties’ where we will learn about the Shang Dynasty, an ancient Chinese Civilisation!  periods of ancient Chinese history!  Using oracle bones, we will learn about religious beliefs and explore bronze artefacts that set the Shang Dynasty apart from other civilisations. We will also study the hierarchy of the Shang Dynasty and discover who was powerful and who was powerless! Studying warfare, we will learn how bronze technology gave the Shang Dynasty an advantage over their enemies. Then we will look at significant aspects of life after the Shang Dynasty, including the short but significant reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty and the importance of the Silk Road created by the Han Dynasty.

We will begin our class novel ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean.  This outstanding story of adventure and emotion follows the life of Haoyou, a young boy who knows he must follow in his father’s footsteps and take to the skies, riding a kite through the clouds and the spirits of the dead to save his mother from being forced into a new marriage.  Yet then, the Jade Circus offers him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout the empire, and maybe even perform before Kublai Khan himself. But is going with the circus really the best option? It could be that the circus master is leading him into even greater danger….

Please remember to read regularly at home and bring your reading book and record to school every day.

As writers we will use the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel to explore the impact of settings and follow the pattern of a defeat the baddie tale.  We will then look at the power of persuasion to impact our reader and persuade them to our way of thinking!

As mathematicians we will be ordering, rounding and comparing numbers to 1 million, including looking at negative numbers and Roman Numerals.  Moving on, we will be developing our skills and methods of  addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers.

Remember to have your outdoor PE kit in school every week and check the Home Learning section every Friday to practice your spellings and maths facts for your tests the following week.

Please contact us at l.hill@southill.dorset.sch.uk or t.butler@southill.dorset.sch.uk anytime if you have any queries or anything to share or celebrate with us, especially if you have completed soem Home LEanring over the Summer holidays – it is always great to hear from you all!

Mrs Hill and Mrs Butler.