Herne Bay Junior School
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Year 5

Terms 5 and 6 2019

Our Precious Planet!

This term in Year 5 we will be exploring space, through our topic, Our Precious Planet!
Throughout the term, we will be finding out about our Solar System,  particularly our planet and how we affect it, as well as studying our moon more closely. Within English, each class will be watching an amazing silent animation called ‘La Luna’ and trying to retell the story using our inference skills, while increasing our vocabulary.  We will also be reading ‘The Water Tower’, a spooky tale of a strange, alien-like water tower appearing in a small Australian town. During Term 5 the children will visit the Observatory, where they will have the opportunity to take part in a range of hands on activities.
We look forward to the children, at the end of Term 6, having the opportunity to present their projects to the small groups, their class or even the whole year group, demonstrating their knowledge about Space.

Terms 3 and 4 2019

Heroes and Villains

Our theme this term is Heroes and Villains. We will be looking at a number of heroes and villians from the past, particularly Henry VIII and his eight wives.  In English we will be delving into 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 so they gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced in medieval times. The children will have opportunities to debate and decide what makes a true hero or villain based on their learning experiences over the term. To conclude and celebrate, the children will produce a costume based project to be admired as part of an end of term Tudor ball and banquet.


 Term 1 and 2 2018


Our theme this term is Survival. We will be looking at how not only humans, but animals and plants survive on our planet. In English we will delving in to Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother and finding out how the main character, Torak, survives on his own during his Journey to the Mountain of the World Spirit. In keeping with the survival spirit, the children will take part in a range of outdoor experiences to work collaboratively and build resilience. As part of this, they will attend an overnight experience at ‘Bushcraft’ where they will learn to build fires, construct shelters and camouflage themselves against potential threats. Our aim is to give the children wide experiences to improve their life skills therefore, as part of their homework, they will be exploring an inspirational aspect of survival to share with their peers.