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Year 5


Year 5

Class Teachers: Mr R Murray & Mrs J Edge Kanat

Spring Term 1

This term the children in Year 5 will be learning about life in the Polar Regions and other parts of the world in a theme called:


Extreme Environments!


Using our skills to explore our theme, we will be focusing on the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic aboard HMS Endurance. We will learn about the hardships endured by all of his crew and how he led his men to an amazing escape.

As Writers we will be writing diary entries in role as a crew member, a newspaper report about the escape and we will also create a Survival Guide, both for the Polar Regions and for another extreme environment.

As Readers we will be explore the life of the members of Shackleton’s crew during the epic expedition and understand how they managed to survive in such harsh conditions. We will learn about their diet and the difficult decisions they had to take to survive


As Mathematicians we will apply our calculation skills and knowledge in order to solve problems related to decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions. We will study problem-solving, reasoning and algebra, using our problem solving approach of Enter, Attack, Review to help us reason and explain our mathematical approaches. We will also study co-ordinates, in the context of our theme.

As Scientists we will be learning about forces. This will include learning about gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will learn how some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.



As Geographers we will use maps and atlases to describe and understand key aspects of The Antarctic and other extreme environments on Planet Earth.

As Historians we will explore the race to the poles and learn about the motivation for such expeditions.

As Artists and Designers we will be inspired by images from Shackleton’s expedition. We will visit the National Maritime Museum to study this in more detail.

As Computer Programmers we will be use Scratch to create our own version of an expedition through an ice-floe.

As Theologians we will study the teaching of Sikhism to try to understand how different members of our community make sense of the world around us.