Herne Bay Junior School
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Year 5

Terms 5 and 6 2018

A Giant Leap!

This term in Year 5 we will be exploring space, through our topic, A Giant Leap!

Throughout the term, we will be finding out about the history of space discovery, including the invention of the telescope and the landing on the moon. Within English, each class will be reading ‘Cosmic’ a space related story, mapping a young boy’s exploration of space. We will also be reading ‘The Water Tower’, a spooky tale of a strange, alien-like water tower appearing in a small Australian town. At the end of Term 6 the children will visit the Observatory, where they will have the opportunity to take part in a range of hands on activities.
Parents will be invited to attend a space exhibition at the end of term 6 where children will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects and demonstrate their knowledge.

 Terms 3 and 4 2018

Welcome to the Maya civilisation!

This term, Year 5 will be focusing their minds on the Ancient Maya civilisation. The term has started with some incredible art work which is already decorating our areas and classrooms brilliantly. On the 29th January, we welcome ‘Mexicolore’, an interactive visit where the children will have the chance to dress up in traditional Maya costumes, take part in a collaborative piece of music and observe artefacts from the past.
The children will learn about the countries that the Maya inhabited and compare these countries to our own, looking at weather and other geographical features. As well as this, Year 5 will explore the history of this fascinating civilisation looking at why and how the temples were built and how the Maya calendar and number system worked.
In English, we will be studying ‘Wolf Brother’, a story set in a pre-historic time where a boy and a wolf become companions on an important quest. Having only just started this book, the children are already gripped.
The term will culminate in a ‘Fizz and Quiz’ competition where children will compete in teams against each other to see who has the best Maya and general knowledge!


Terms 1 and 2 2017

Heroes and Villains

Our theme this term is Heroes and Villains. We will be looking at how superheroes can stay healthy in science, designing superhero cars in DT and through historical research, deciding whether Henry VIII was a hero or villain. In English we will be looking at Michael Morpurgo’s version of Robin Hood (Outlaw) and finding out how he dealt with the villains of the time. This will also involve children building their own shelters, baking bread and making their own shields and swords!
To prepare the children for the many challenges in Year 5, an overnight visit has been arranged to the ‘Bushcraft’ activity centre in Hatfield Forest.
Finally the children will be asked at the end of the term to dress up as their own super heroes and take part in a number of challenges to find the top heroes of Year 5.