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Who were the Ancient Greeks?
This term in Year five we are going to be learning all about the Ancient Greeks.
In History we will be investigating the chronology relating to the period of time and the vocabulary associated with this. We will research the people of the Ancient Greek era and find out about their lives and values. As the Greeks are a civilisation known for war, we will find out all about their battles and compare the famous Atheans and Spartan soldiers. We will also take a basic look at democracy and famous leaders.
In Geography we will complete a study on the country of Greece. We will compare modern day culture with that of the Ancients and explore climate and buildings. We will complete some map work related to the changes in geography throughout the empire.
In Art and DT we will complete an in depth study of Ancient Greek pots, we will begin by observing and sketching and then go on to designing our own repetitive patterns and pot designs. We will finish by making our own pots using clay and painting them in an appropriate style.
In PE they are doing Games lessons with the sports coach and are learning gymnastics skills and routines with us.
In RE we are learning about the miracles in the Christian religion. We will explore this through Bible stories and drama.
We are exploring rhythm and pulse through music and looking at Cyclic patterns. We will teaching this using West African music.
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We have been reading books written by Michael Morpurgo. We are on our third week of working with texts by this author and the children have enjoyed the books. We have a large selection of books that children can take home as home readers and enjoy with you.
We have been getting into character and writing diary entries and newspaper reports. Children have been testing their comprehension of events by talking aloud about what we have read and deciding on how they would feel as one of the characters. We have also been practicing reading aloud by reading as a whole class. This has really shown up who has been practicing their reading and who hasn’t!
This week we have been trying to include Level 3 or Level 4 punctuation. All children should be able to tell you what level they should be using and what punctuation that includes. This is really important as lots of us are forgetting how important our punctuation is!
In maths we have been learning about Fractions. The whole class have been struggling with this and need to spend some time practising it. Some of us have been identifying fractions of shapes and amounts. We have also practised converting improper fractions into mixed fractions and learning the rule. Some of us could also find equivalent fractions by multiplying/ dividing the top and the bottom by the same number.
Times tables are very important and we have been making learning them a priority.
This is a website the children all have a log in for and can use at home http://www.mathletics.co.uk/
Homework is given out on a Wednesday and collected in on the following Tuesday. Homework will be marked and returned to the children within a week. Homework will be marked in relation to effort and presentation as it is hard for teachers to know exactly what children have done independently.
Homework is prepared to support the learning in class, it will either reflect the same subjects we have been working on that week or will be revision of topics we have done recently. Please remember that some children work a lot harder when they are 1:1 at home than they do when surrounded by friends at school. We are setting the level of the homework based on what they are able to achieve in class. If they are finding it to easy at home then we may need to find out why they are struggling in class.
On occasion we will give out project work. The children will have longer than the standard week to complete this and will be encouraged to complete their own research. They can then present their work to be marked on the allocated date. Each week children will have timestables and spellings to practise at home and will be tested on them in school. Please also make use of the mathletics website that each child has their own log in for. Each time children submits a task the teachers at school can see the result.
Trips- theatre group
This term we have booked a theatre group to come into school and work with the year group on our topic about the Ancient Greeks. The group is booked for the 6th November and the children will receive a letter soon describing the day and requesting contributions towards the cost.
The children will be joining their trainee Time Traveller team during the morning. They will encounter a rich Athenian, a Spartan slave and Zeus, king of the gods, on their adventure to Ancient Greece.
In the afternoon, the children will spend quality time with an Ancient Greek citizen who has been hurtled through time to the modern day and shares stories with them of their everyday life in Ancient Greece, involving them in bringing scenes to life using drama.
The newly qualified Time Traveller wants to get a slot presenting on ‘Time Travel TV’. Singing the Ancient Greek legacy rap, recreating an original Olympic Games and learning more about Greek philosophy, the children will help the Time Traveller make their very own showreel.