Herne Bay Junior School
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Year 5

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.


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!