Year 5 Spring Term 2019 Natural Disasters

 "Spring is nature's way of saying let's party." -- Robin Williams


Earthquakes, tsunamis, erupting volcanoes and typhoons are only a few natural disasters which happen all around the world.

Click on the volcano to visit an excellent site which explains many of the natural disasters which affect people around the world.

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Materials and their properties is the topic this term.  Click on the materials to find out more about why different materials are suited to specific jobs and needs.

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Two topics will be studied during the autumn term:

1. Why do Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah?

2. Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?


We will be studying the Japanese artists, Hokusai and Hiroshige.  They were both born in the latter part of the 18th century and produced landscapes, many of which contained volcanoes - this makes them a good subject for this term.

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The value this term is Courage: Bible readings which are relevant to this value are Daniel and the lions' den and David and Goliath.



We will be reading 'Clockwork' this term, a short novel by Philip Pullman,

Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ...Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way. Almost like clockwork ...


Please continue to hear your child read and encourage them to pick up a book of an evening and at the weekend.  Visit the library- help them to discover the wonder and excitement contained within the pages.


Children will practise their times tables in timed tests twice a week.  They will also participate in the 99 club - children will work through a number of problems starting at the appropriate level e.g. 33.  The further on they get, the more questions and the less time they have to complete.

Click on the abacus to be transported to a brilliant maths site with lots of help and guidance.

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P.E will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoon - please  make sure that your child has a kit in school consisting of T shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers.

Homework-Maths and English homework will be given out on Fridays and should be handed back in on the following Friday.  Homework sheets will focus on the maths concepts and elements of punctuation and grammar covered during the week.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Miss Harding; Mr Bassett; Mrs Cheshire; Mrs Caddick; Mrs Jacky Johnson; Mrs Julie Johnson; Mrs Mustoe - the year 5 team.