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Birds of the Morning Class

Our Year 5 children are taught in Birds of the Morning Class. The class teacher is Mr Dorgan.  

Birds of the Morning are large white birds that fly from the sun and present fire-berries to a retired Star named Ramandu.  You can read about Birds of the Morning in the book, 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.

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What we do in class:

 

Maths

The class will continue work on methods of calculation and using and applying this knowledge to real life problems. As well as this, we will be doing work on shape and space, using measures, decimals and fractions. We will continue the focus on improving mental calculations and this happens every day within the maths lessons.

The school website  has links to maths  websites such as Mathletics which can be used to support your child’s learning. Weekly tasks will be set for homework on this site.

Literacy

The Year 5 literacy scheme this term will focus on word, sentence and text level work. Our focus for most of the term will be writing  pieces from a  wide range of genres that will link with our topic. I am particularly keen to   highlight our on-going use of the VCOP      principles—Vocabulary, Conjunctions,      Openers and Punctuation - to help improve the children’s work and encourage them to develop their personal writing style.       

Topic

Empires at War

Throughout the course of the 19th and 20th Century, Britain found itself involved in several famous conflicts that helped to shape the way we live today. These conflicts, as always, were fought over power, money and political or religious beliefs. They not only impacted the way we live today, but also saw the development and expansion of the British Empire, advancements in technologies and the shaping of the  European Continent. Throughout this topic we will be looking at 3 significant conflicts in our country’s history -The Napoleonic War, The Great War and the Cold War. We will begin by looking at Napoleon, Wellington and Nelson- Famous military figures from over 200 years ago.

We will see how the results and outcomes of that war led to The Great War 100 years later. We will then investigate how soldiers on the Western Front and the Great War, led to the second World War which then gave us the Cold War; the space race and arms race between two of the biggest super powers of the 1960’s /70’s America and Russia and how we, the UK fitted into that conflict.

In each example, we will see how empires and ideologies clashed resulting in each war and conflict. We will learn about influential figures from all sides and understand the passions and reasons behind their motives and consequent actions. 

We will learn that without the battle of Waterloo over 200 years ago… we would not have computers, rockets, smartphones, Germany and many many more things that we take for granted today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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