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Year 5 Class Update Term 2

20 January 2020
Year 5 Class Update Term 2


In Year 5 our project was North America. We looked at the geographical differences between the different countries within America. We focused on using four-figure grid references to demonstrate moving around a map and directing others to specific areas in the classroom/playground and on a large map of America.

Our final outcome was to create a PowerPoint presentation on the Ipads to allow our parents and other members of the school to come and find out about a new country or state within America. During the showcase held at the end of the term, each pupil had put together a quiz that was answered by their visitor after watching their presentation. They were very proud of their final result and enjoyed sharing them with parents and carers.

The children particularly enjoyed designing and showcasing their presentations, along with researching and formatting their designs.


In writing we were learning about the text ‘The man who walked between the towers’ by Mordicai Gerstein, which focuses on real life events in New York City. The pupils were asked to write sequel to the story, thinking about what towering obstacle he would attempt to walk between next. They then went on to write a non-fiction debate, suggesting whether Phillipe Petit should have walked between the two towers. Was it a brave or ingenious stunt?

We worked hard to improve our skills of fronted adverbials, commas to separate clauses, figurative language and the use of a range of both subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to extend our writing.

The pupils enjoyed the class debate we took park in and were very confident when speaking aloud to others.


Our focus in reading last term was making plausible predictions based on the text ‘The man who walked between the towers’ and what had already happened. We then went on to think about how the author uses description to create imagery for the reader, allowing them to form pictures in their head using the description which lead into writing our own figurative language in writing.

We worked really hard to get better at using the text to justify our answers, making reference to the text is always important in answering reading questions.


In Science we have been learning about human development at different stages of our lives. We began by looking at the gestation period for a range of animals and comparing it to mammals and humans. After that, we explored how we have changed so far in our lives, linking that to our grandparents and parents and the changes they have experienced. We then went on to look at foetal development before looking at puberty and how our bodies change during that period of our lives.

One of our challenges was to discuss at what time in our lives we achieved things such as riding a bike, skipping rope and beginning to talk in full sentences. It was interesting to see where each group put the statements.

Also in this term

We are really proud of the progress we have made in our mathematical understanding of both 2D and 3D shapes and how they are linked. We further looked at nets of shapes and had a go at making our own.

Later in the term within Maths we moved on to looking at multiplying and dividing both decimals and whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and how we can use a range of manipulative to support our learning.

This term we also enjoyed taking part in Anti-Bullying week and proudly wearing their odd socks to support the cause.

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