The Leopards (Year 5) Mr Horan
We are very much looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your children in Leopard Class. We have a busy and exciting term ahead and the children have already made a fantastic start! In our class, the children are supported in their learning by Mrs Craddock and Ms Brewer. Some of the children may also have Mrs Leelaratne or Mrs Saunders for Maths.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school. Class Dojo is the fastest way to contact us as all the Year 5 teachers can see the messages. If you would like a face- to- face meeting, then appointments can always be made at the beginning or end of the school day at a mutually convenient time.
Mr Horan (Class Teacher)
We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them this year. We hope that they will settle quickly into Year 5 and relish the challenges that the year will bring. We have an exciting year ahead of us, with many mysterious and challenging topics, which we know the children will relish.
Term 1: STARGAZERS
Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?
Term 2: FALLEN FIELDS
The Sun sets on the battlefields of France and solitary bugle sounds the Last Post.
Known as 'the war to end all wars' the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.
What started this global tragedy? What was life like for families on the home front as they waited for news of loved ones who were 'missing in action'? How did the soldiers endure the terrible conditions in the trenches? How was a fragile peace finally achieved?
We will always remember the fallen.
Term 3: ALCHEMY ISLAND
It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.
Term 4: THE EGYPTIANS
Let’s travel back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and ancient artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part. Become an apprentice and work for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt. Who knows what treasures you will find?
Term 5: SOW, GROW AND FARM
This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.
Term 6: SCREAM MACHINE
Roll up, roll up. You’re going on a day trip to a theme park, to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news. The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death defying new drop ride for their theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff. Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster.
Leopard Class have their PE lesson on a Wednesday, so please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit each Wednesday. We will be swimming in Term 2 on a Wednesday afternoon, so please ensure your child brings their swimming kit each Wednesday.
Reading at home
There is a continued expectation in Year 5 that children read at least 4 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability. We ask that the children record a detailed comment about what they have read and that you sign their reading record once a week. We also encourage wider reading than just school books so please encourage them to read any text (book, magazine, manual etc.) which interests them. The children will be completing their Accelerated Reader quizzes in school.
In Year 5, the children complete a range of tasks that will be set near the beginning of each term. This allows for more flexibility and choice in the homework to help the children feel motivated. Whenever a task is completed, please send it into school (either in the homework book or through Class Dojo) so your child can receive feedback. The children will also be expected to continue learning key words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list using Spelling Shed and to keep practising their times tables using Times Tables Rockstars.
If you have any further queries or questions, do not hesitate to ask.
Leopard Class Teacher