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Year 5

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                Welcome to Year 5!

Class Teacher: Mr S. Reynolds

Trainee Teacher: Mrs R. Johnson

Teaching Assistants: Mrs R. Wallis and Miss S. Pink.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs F. Andrews

The World at War

Autumn Term 2019

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Please find below the Curriculum Maps and Class Newsletters. These are updated throughout the year and will give you a flavour of what we'll be learning about. There’s also some handy tips on how you can support your child at home.

Curriculum Maps

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Autumn I Term 2019

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Recent Visits: Imperial War Museum, London

What are we learning about in class!? 30/09/19

We've been learning about negative numbers in our maths lesson over the last week. We can now add and subtract from negative integers. Our knowledge of negative numbers was applied to data, particularly temperatures. We learnt about the Battle of Arras being a very important battle during WWI and also for the men from Holbrook who fought on the frontline. It was not only men from Britain who fought in Arras, but also soldiers from other countries such as Russia and Canada. During our lessons, we looked at life in the trenches and examined temperatures which they may have been faced with. Conditions in the trenches were harsh and it wasn't an easy life for the soldiers. Over the coming week, we are going to be cracking different codes using Roman Numerals and we are really look forward to our visit to Imperial War Museum, London.


Within our English sessions, we have been looking at the Colonel within the text. He has taken a dislike to the children in the story and we were all quite shocked by his reaction to Bertha being on his land. We read about Tommo and Charlie watching Bertha being killed before their very eyes. This said a lot about the Colonel and illustrated his personality clearly when he could kill such an innocent creature. We understood that he saw her as a commodity and that if she wasn't able to hunt for him then she was better dead. During our reading sessions, we were quite impressed with how mother could appease him and persuade him not to take such drastic action against the young boys for taking Bertha away. It did appear that the Colonel had the last laugh as he took Bertha away from them, forever. This was, however, a catalyst for Big Joe running away and we discussed his motives for this. It was a very stressful time in the story, but brought the family together. 


During our humanities lessons, we have been looking at the second instalment of Bertie's letter. We are really unpicking these historical sources and are becoming aware of what are primary and secondary sources. The trip on Friday will give us a really good idea of what life was like during 1914-1918 and bring some of the concepts we have been discussing in class to life. Holbrook was a very different place in the past and we are beginning to bring this alive by looking at soldiers who were examined during the Poppy Trail.

Picture 1 A letter from Bertie to his family...

The French Alphabet

Take a look at this video we were watching in class. This video is great to practise the key sounds. Have a look at the fun, but ever so catchy, video below.

L'alphabet en Français

Un, deux, trois...get singing!

What trips have we got planned this term?

We are off to the Imperial War Museum in London. This visit will link to our current topic: The World at War.


The Imperial War Museum was founded in the midst of the First World War with a mission to preserve and tell the stories of all kinds of people, not only from Britain but from the countries of its empire.  And they continue to do this work right up to present day conflict, covering 100 years of experience throughout the Commonwealth.


As well as our permanent displays, they have a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, events and educational activities to help our visitors to get close to the lives of those affected by war and to develop a deeper understanding of its effect on the world.


Visit them by clicking here

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