Class Teacher: Mr R Murray and Miss J Edge-Kanat
Autumn Term 1
This term the children in Year 5 will be learning about life in Ancient Greece in a theme called:
It’s all Greek to me !
Using our skills to explore our theme, we will be focusing on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. This myth takes us back in time to Ancient Greece and tells the heroic and tragic tale of Theseus’ adventure on Crete. We will be looking closely at how people lived, their beliefs and how the Greeks shaped our modern world.
As Writers we will be creating poetry, re-telling the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and writing reports, based on Ancient Greek news.
As Readers we will be exploring more myths and legends from Ancient Greece, learning about the Gods they worshipped. As a Class, we will read “The Shadow of the Minotaur”, a book set in modern times. In non-fiction books, we will learn about Greece’s major contribution to the development of western civilisation.
As Mathematicians we will apply our calculation skills and knowledge in order to solve problems related to place value and the 4 operations in arithmetic. We will use our problem solving approach of Enter, Attack, Review to help us reason and explain our mathematical approaches.
As Scientists we will be learning about Earth and the other planets in our Solar System. We will be able to understand Earth’s position, relative to the Sun, and describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. We will also start to study different types of forces.
As Geographers we will use maps and atlases to describe and understand key aspects of Greek geography and compare it to the UK.
As Historians we will explore Greece’s troubled relationships with its neighbours, Persia and Sparta. We will also be studying the Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern.
As Artists and Designers we will be inspired by Greek pottery and architecture. We will visit the British Museum to study both in more detail.
As Computer Programmers we will be use Scratch to create our own version of Theseus’ battle with the Minotaur.
As Theologians we will study the teaching of Christianity to try to understand how different members of our community make sense of the world around us.
As Philosophers we will endeavour to think about concepts beyond a stimulus. We will listen and respond respectfully to the ideas of others and justify our own opinions.