South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School

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Year 5

Year 5 Newsletter - Spring Term

Year 5 Newsletter – Autumn Term 2021

Curriculum Plan for Year 5



Spring Term!

Our topic for the Spring Term is “Fragile Earth.” We have been learning about the rainforests, including the layers of the rainforest, deforestation, indigenous people and animals and plants, in order to produce a double-page information text to showcase our knowledge. After studying reasons for the destruction of the rainforest, we will be looking specifically at the use of palm oil and producing letters and speeches to persuade others to use alternatives. We will also be learning about life cycle and human growth this term in science. 


Whitehead class have voted to read 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling this half-term, whilst Rashford class have voted to read 'King of the Cloud Forest' by Michael Morpurgo. The vote is part of our push to promote ownership in what the children would like to read and learn about. 


Autumn Term

Our topic is “The Space Race.” We have researched and learned a lot about space, the history of space travel and looked at conspiracies. This has included creating a timeline of what space travel has happened and we even made predictions of what we think is next for space exploration.


We have learned all about the theory of Aristotle and his reasoning for why he thought that Earth was not flat, as well as understanding how the Earth moves and understanding the different phases of the Moon. What value does space travel have for us? Could the human race survive on another planet?


In year 5 we have been learning about Space! We have been reading the book Cosmic, writing about UFOs and finding out about the Hidden figures behind the lunar landings.