We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and are raring to go for our final 3rd of the year! Like all the others it promises to be a busy term, starting with our DT day when we will be taking on the challenge to design and make a marble run!
We have a few lessons of learning to finish from our Black History Humanities Unit and then we will be moving on to learning about life and power heirachy of Ancient Egypt. This will continue into Term 6, when we will have an exciting 'Night at the Museum' event. Watch out for details about the Egyptian Artefacts project that will be coming soon! In Science we will be focussing on Human Changes and in RE the theme will be Forgiveness. For more detail about these and the rest of the curriculum, please read our Term 5 Red Kites Curriculum Overview.
Humanities in Year 5
Humanities lessons are one of the favourite afternoons for the Red Kites who love finding out about the world. We have two geography and two history units over the course of the year:
- Human Migration
- Black British History
- Ancient Egyptian Civilisation
The children take pride in their learning and ensure that presentation in their books supports future learning and revision. Each lesson, they learn new vocabulary that enables them to understand new, and often complex, concepts.
Take a look at some sample pages from the children’s books below. To support their learning and deepen their understanding of a topic, they undertake a wide range of activities from creating time-lines to analysing historical and geographical evidence. They interpret real graphs and tables and investigate photos and painting for evidence. To support their learning, they draw diagrams and summarise newly taught content whilst making connections with previously taught subjects. Throughout the units, they are encouraged to reason and explain their thinking and to express their own opinions on the topic.
The children have enjoyed using their humanities lessons to inspire writing in English. This year they have written an explanation text about how rivers are formed and written a beautiful story describing the journey of single raindrop down a river. They prepared and formally debated ‘Should everyone have the right to migrate?’ and wrote biographies about modern Black British icons which they turned in to Google Slide presentations.
Everyone is excited about the new unit on Ancient Egypt that we start this term, there is certainly plenty to learn!
The Red Kites have had a fabulous day of design and technology. They have investigated how to create sturdy freestanding structures, construct bridges and make bends using cardboard tubes, paper plates and small boxes. The day concluded with the children working on teams to design, build, test and improve marble runs. It has been challenging and frustrating but a lot of fun!
PE will be on Thursdays and Fridays this term. They will both be outdoor lessons with Thursday seeing us developing our Tennis Skills and Friday our Football skills. The lessons always start with learning the skills need to play the sport and then building up to small games As with all PE lessons we will continue to work on developing good sportsmanship and resilience when things get hard. We will not need any additional kit but for girls wearing skirts it would be preferable to have shorts or leggings underneath on those days. Let's hope for some lovely weather!