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Our topic in Year 5 this term is Wilderness Warriors 



Within the topic we will be focussing on endangered animals and the rainforest. The children have asked to cover themes such as the world’s most endangered animals, climate change, threatened species, life in the rainforest, deforestation and the oceans. We will endeavour to cover all the subjects the pupils have voiced to find out about and look forward to seeing what wonderful outcomes they produce. 

Linked to the topic the children will be studying the plant life, from the plant reproduction, to looking at the parts of a plant and how they spread their seeds. 


As part of Literacy this term we will be covering a number of writing genres including writing a balanced argument, diary writing and letter writing. We will be following the writing journey to highlight and learn the features of each of these genres, sticking to our success criteria and linking with our Wilderness Warriors topic. The children will still be involved in daily guided reading sessions too, where they will rotate around reading activities as part of the VIPERS program. Also, we will be having more of a focus on the children’s spellings.  


The focus at the start of this term will be coordinates, where we will be looking at plotting various vertex within four quadrants, as well as using this knowledge in mapping, linking with our topic. We will also be developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction of money, looking at questions in both numerical and word form, with a focus on real life maths. The children will be taking part in daily Big Maths CLIC sessions and will then have a weekly CLIC and Learn Its test. 


  • Water bottles need to be brought to school and taken home daily. 
  • Children need their own pencil case with the necessary equipment. 
  • P.E. will continue to take place weekly on a Thursday. 
  • Reading Books – Pupils will be in charge of their own reading books and are expected to bring them back and for to school each day. Pupils will then swap them independently putting them into quarantine for three days before they returned to the school library. (Children will be read with in either a guided reading session or individual reading sessions)