Toll Bar Primary School

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Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to Willow Class Year 5.

This term our  history topic is The Victorians- Dark Age or Golden Age?

Within this learning, the children will focus on the lives of a variety of people during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) We will be exploring the differences and similarities of life at school and at home for children now and then. Whilst exploring a variety of source material, the pupils in Willow Class will uncover the key facts and understand the difficulties arising from life during this important period in British History.

Our class text this term is “Street Child” by Berlie Doherty. This novel describes beautifully the adventures of a boy living on the streets of London during the 1800’s. We will discover the hardship and sadness he encounters alongside the beauty he finds amongst the grim reality of his tough life.

In Maths, Year 5 will be working on a variety of topics including Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Statistics and Geometry. Year 5 is all about building on the children’s mathematical skills and moving their learning on to develop good fluency and problem solving skills in this key area of the curriculum.

Our Geography topic is Rivers which will incorporate map work. We will be learning how to use Ordnance Survey maps using 6 figure grid reference numbers, marking out a quadrant to study on the school field, looking at how settlements are built around a water supply and the main features of a river from the mountain to the sea.

Science this term is all about Forces and how they affect our daily lives. The pupils will be exploring a range of hypotheses which will help to develop their skills in scientific enquiry and gain a better understanding of the world around us.

Extra  Information:

Our PE days are Tuesdays (PE kit needed with trainers) and Thursdays (swimming kit needed with a towel- boys- swimming trunks please)

Girls- one piece costume please (no bikinis)

Planners- please sign your child's planner every time you listen to them reading. 

The children need to read 5 times a week to receive a Dojo reward, a chance to go into the class prize box and receive a reading award.

Extra homework will be:

  • Times tables practising the rapid recall of the multiplication and division facts.
  • History and Geography research and activities
  • Other Maths and English to reinforce the learning in school.

Mrs Melling, Miss McGarrity, Mrs Bower, Miss Smith.


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