Spring Term – Vile Victorians
The children will be going back in time for our Spring term. They will begin the year with an immersive architecture workshop where they will be recreating Crystal Palace in our school hall! We will be focusing on the history of our school and how children were treated in the Victorian era. In Geography and history, we are exploring how the land use of Dinton and the surrounding area has changed over time, using fieldwork and mapping skills.
Our main text and guided reading story will be Street Child by Berlie Doherty. This text is a fictional account of the experiences of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in 1860’s London and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken in by Dr. Barnardo, founder of a school for the city’s “ragged” children.
Over the term, the children will be using the text to inspire their writing of different genres such as: biography, narrative and argument. In Art and DT the children will be using the techniques of William Morris to create their own fabric design and creation using a pattern.
In PE we will be taking inspiration from victorian playground games to create and perform a dance. The children will create motifs, phrases, sections and whole dances, using basic compositional principles.
During Science this term the children will be studying Properties and Changes of Materials. They will have the opportunity to compare the properties of materials as well as planning investigations involving dissolving and mixing.
For the first half of the term, in RE, we will be examining whether the community of the Mosque helps Muslims to lead better lives and, then, moving towards Easter, we will be asking what Jesus did to save human beings.
In music we will be taking our composition work further this term, the year 5 children will be creating a class concerto grosso based around Vivaldi’s Winter, looking particularly at the structure of a ritornello. In the second half of this term, the children will use their knowledge of the Victorians to create their own raps inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It looks to be a lot of fun!
Further details about Year 5
Monday – PE kit into school.
Wednesday – Spelling folder and Learning Log homework into school.
Thursday – Learning log homework set.
Friday – PE kit home.
Water bottles, reading books and magpie/reading books need to come in and out every day.
Mrs Reed and Mrs Brogan