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Year 5

Year 5

Class Teacher: Mr Murray & Mrs Edge Kanat

Autumn Term 2

This term the children in Year 5 will be learning about life in Victorian Britain in a theme called ‘The Great British Empire’.

 Using our skills to explore our theme, we will be focusing on a novel written by Berlie Doherty called Street Child and on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. These stories take us back in time to Victorian Britain and tell the tale of the struggles of family life during this time. We will visit The Museum of London to take part in an interactive performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and we will also visit Crossness Pumping Station to learn about engineering in Victorian Britain.

As Writers we will be studying poetry in the form of playground rhymes, re-writing a whole chapter from Street Child in our own words and writing a non-chronological report about The Great Stink.

As Readers we will be exploring styles of writing and effective language techniques- using our novel to help us become critical readers. We will also look at famous authors of the Victorian age, including Charles Dickens.

As Mathematicians we will apply our calculation skills and knowledge in order to solve problems related to calculation, statistics and geometry. We will use our problem solving approach of Enter, Attack, Review to help us reason and explain our mathematical approaches.

As Scientists we will be observing and studying different types of forces. We will also be asking questions about the diseases and sanitation in Victorian times.

As Geographers we will use maps and atlases describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including trade links and land use within the British Empire.

As Historians we will identify similarities and differences between time periods and seek to understand how monarchs’ power as well as social history in Britain has changed.

 As Artists and Designers we will be design and create our own posies in the style used by Victorian Londoners during the Great Stink.

As Theologians we will study the teaching of Hinduism to try to understand how different members of our community make sense of the world around us.

As Philosophers we will endeavour to think about concepts beyond a stimulus. We will listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others and justify our own opinions.