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Whether you're in Sea Lion Class or not, this is the place to find out who we are, what's going on and what we are up to in Year 5!



Mummies, Mystery and Magic!

Our topic for the Summer term will allow us to really find out what it was like to live during Ancient Egyptian times by exploring the questions and points below:

• When did Egyptian civilisation begin and what was it like in the early days?

What are Canopic jars and what did they look like? Can we make our own?
• Who are Champollion and Howard Carter, and what did they discover?
• What and where is the Valley of the Kings? The Rosetta Stone?
• Discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and other artefacts that teach us about the past
• What can we learn about the Ancient Egyptians from artefacts?
• Egyptian rulers, dynasties, burials and mummification 
• Debate: should Egyptian artefacts have been removed? Should they be returned?
• Gods, religion and myths from Ancient Egypt
• What was life like for ordinary people?
• Cleopatra – the last Pharaoh
• How did the Egyptians utilise forces in simple machines?
• Building a shaduf and exploring other methods of moving heavy loads
• Relating to real life engineering contexts
• Comparing the Nile to the Amazon River
• Exploring land uses along the Nile in the past and today.
• Debate: Should the Aswam Dam have been built on the Nile?
• Compare Aswam Dam to 
those in Amazon used for hydroelectric power
• Mapwork: Where is Egypt and The Nile?


Much of our English work links with the topic and we are currently planning and writing adventure stories set in Ancient Egyptian tombs. The children will study how authors describe settings and build suspense in their stories, to make the reader want to keep reading, before applying these methods to their own work. Later in the term, we will study and write instruction texts before moving on to autobiographies. 


In Maths, we are continuing with our work on fractions: we will multiply fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers before learning how to convert between fractions and decimals. Children will learn how to read, write and compare numbers up to 3 decimal places, recognising and using thousandths. In the second half of the term, we will be exploring the topic of Shape, including types of quadrilaterals and triangles, calculating area and perimeter and investigating angles on a straight line and around a point.



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Currently, PE is on a Monday morning and Friday afternoon. This may change occasionally due to weather conditions and hall availability so please ensure you have appropriate kit in school every day.


Reading regularly will help develop your vocabulary, improve your spelling and inspire your own written work. We read daily in school; as a class,through guided reading sessions and independently. Ideally, you should be reading daily at home but we recommend at least four times a week. As well as always having a school reading book on the go, it is good to read other materials too. 


Every month, you will be given a 'Home Reading Bookmark' to record all the reading you do at home. This needs to be signed by an adult on each occasion and then given to myself or Mrs Moremon to check at the end of the week. When you have read a minimum of four times a week, you will receive 4 Dojo Points for being a great home reader!

 Happy reading!



Code of Conduct

As a class, you considered what your rights and responsibilities are as a member of Swanage Primary School. You decided that you have the right to be safe, to be happy and to learn. However, you said that it is also the responsibility of everyone in the class to be kind and caring, try their hardest, never give up and treat others as they like to be treated themself. This Code of Conduct should be followed at all times to ensure that all the children in our class feel happy in school, are safe and are able to learn to the best of their ability.

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Managing and Monitoring Behaviour

The same high standards of behaviour are in expected in Year 5 as in the rest of the school. However, as some of the oldest pupils in the school, you are a role model to the younger children and should be setting a good example at all times. In Upper Key Stage 2, we use the Class Dojo app to monitor and manage behaviour. Please see below for a copy of the letter that went out to parents this term, explaining how this system works.

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Homework will be set every Wednesday to be completed by the following Tuesday at the latest. Generally, it will consist of a set of spellings to practise, a literacy task and a maths task although this may vary slightly depending on the time of year and what's going on in class that week. 


Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their target times table in preparation for our daily 'Minute Maths' tasks. There are links to websites below that can help children with this. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school. Additionally, Homework Club is held after school every Thursday from 3.20 - 4.20pm and children are able to access the iPads during this time. Please enquire at the school office if you are interested in attending this and they will be able to give you a permission slip for your parents/ carers to fill out and return.


Literacy homework will again complement learning in school. Internet research may be required some weeks, or access to various websites/ apps. Equally, if children prefer to complete written tasks on the computer, rather than by hand then that is absolutely fine.


If you have any queries or concerns regarding the weekly homework, please let me know before the deadline and I can work through some examples with you.

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