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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Here, you will find out about all the learning that is taking place in Term 1.


As part of our Writing Unit, children have been studying the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia. The story follows a protagonist, Wesley, a somewhat eccentric boy with no friends, who discovers a mysterious plant magically growing in his parents' backyard. He cultivates the plant over his summer vacation. Wesley's resourcefulness and meticulous research eventually allow to him the basis of his own civilization which he names ‘Weslandia’. His efforts are successful, and instead of being a social outcast, he gains a group of followers made up of his former grade-school tormentors.


Children will produce a diary entry, in role of Wesley, and discuss his feelings as he goes on his journey.


In addition, we will focus on the second text, The Selfish Giant, which revolves around a giant who builds a wall to keep children out of his garden but learns compassion from the innocence of the children. The short story contains significant religious imagery. Based on the beautiful settings of the text, children will generate a written description as part of their short writing assessment piece.


In Year 5, we have been reading both non-fiction and fiction texts. Our focus has been on developing our retrieval skills, where we use specific skills to identify and record important information from the text.  We have also used inference skills to find clues within the text and infer the meaning. 


The Year 5 Place Value unit focuses on reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determining the value of each digit. The focus is also on rounding any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 are closely linked to the Year 5 Fractions objectives. Children use concrete, visual and abstract methods to help identify the value of individual digits in numbers with up to six digits. As well as larger numbers, children are introduced to the concept of decimal numbers. Children will focus on rounding any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 or 100 000. They will work with negative numbers, counting forwards and backwards across zero and use negative numbers in context to solve problems. Children will count forwards and backwards in different powers of 10. They will have the opportunity to use all of their number and place value skills to solve a range of problems. Finally, children will extend their knowledge of Roman numerals to represent numbers up to 1000 and read years written in Roman numerals.



In this unit, ‘Properties and Changes of Materials,’ we are looking at different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. We have sorted and classified objects according to their properties. The children have explored the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. We are working scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best thermal insulator to make a lunch box, making predictions and forming conclusions. Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in our own investigations. We will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, we will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in two exciting investigations to create new materials, including casein plastic and carbon dioxide


In this unit, Ancient Egypt, we are learning in depth about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. We are learning about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, why the River Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians, and research about their Gods and the Afterlife. In addition, we will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.


In Art, as part of our Black History month celebration, we will be looking at the prints by Jean Baptiste. Children will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Also, children will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas and improve their mastery of drawing and painting skills.


In RE, we are investigating how God is represented potentially by different people from religion and world views. We also have thought about why for some people the idea of God is meaningless.  As an outcome, we will create a street showing a wide variety of beliefs about God in our neighbourhood.


This half term, we have been celebrating our dreams and goals. We are focusing on how to make others feel welcome, making our school community a better place, thinking about everyone’s right to learn, how to care about other’s feelings and how to work well with others.