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Richmond Hill School

‘If you believe, you will achieve’


Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


Welcome to Year 5 2019/2020

The staff who will be working with you this year are:

Teacher: Miss Watson

HLTA: Miss Irving

STA: Mrs Carter


In the Autumn term we will be studying:

Literacy- This term we will be learning about fiction texts and writing our own defeating a monster tale. We will also be be looking at non-fiction texts and writing a recount. The children will be using the T4W process for these units of work.

Numeracy- This term we will be looking at place value, addition, subtraction multiplication and division.

Science- This term we will be learning all about, life cycles and the reproduction of plans and animals.

ICT- We will be participating in weekly sessions covering both coding and online safety.

P.E- This term we will be playing Football and Tag Rugby and then moving onto Quicksticks and Gymnastics.

History- This term we will be learning all about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

Geography- This term we will be learning about the Grand Canyon.

R.E- This term we will be learning about Christianity.

PSHE- We will be discussing a variety of topics including families, friendships and relationships.

DT- This term we will be designing, making and evaluation our own Viking shield.

Art- This term the children will be working on a special project for the Maryport Settlement called 'Over here, over there' in addition to developing their painting skills.


In this half terms STEM activity, Year 5 have been focusing on Science and learning how to dissect and identify the different parts of a flowering plant. The children used tweezers and scissors to carefully dissect the plants and then identified the different parts of the Stamen (the male part) and the Carpel (the male part).

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Today Year 5 took part in an Indian dance workshop with Priya Sundar from the Tullie House Museum to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children had a fantastic morning learning how to represent the Indian animals with hand gestures and using the beater sticks to dance in true Bollywood style. Diwali is the Hindu festival of light which thousands of Indians celebrate each year. This year it will be celebrated on the 27th of October.  

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Prison service visit

Today we had a visit from Cumbria police and HMP Manchester. The children took part in workshops covering, safe use of the internet, bullying, drugs, alcohol and keeping safe in our community, as well as learning who to contact if they ever come into trouble. They also got to meet some very special members of the police force too. Take a look!

Tullie House visit - Vikings

As part of our Vikings topic, we spent the day exploring the exciting world of the Vikings.  We visited the ‘Vikings Revealed’ gallery to see up close the fascinating finds from the Viking cemetery at Cumwhitton and took part in object handling and craft activities. We also looked at the life of the Viking and tried on Viking clothing.

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Today the Arty-Facts theatre company visited school. The children watched a performance about friendship and bullying and how to prevent this in school. 

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Roal Dahl day

We watched a clip about Roal Dahl, learning facts about his life and viewed a clip from the BFG.  We then took part in Roal Dahl activities during maths and wrote about our favourite


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Talk 4 Writing

This half term in Literacy Year 5 are looking at fiction and will be writing a defeating the monster story focusing on description. As part of our unit we create actions to a 500 word model text to help the children internalise the text.

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Over Here, Over There! 

Year 5 have been taking part in an art project about influential people who have began their voyages in Maryport. They visited the Settlement at Maryport as part of their project and had a fabulous time. They listened to the work of a ship’s surgeon, wrote letters in role, walked around the gallery, had a go at tying a fisherman’s knot and even looked at a lifeboat from our local coast guard station.

REACT Foundation Science and Engineering Show

Year 5 visited Lakes College, Workington, to see a science show about space.  This is an event put on by the National Science Museum.  It is a fantastic opportunity to get younger students excited about science, and hopefully start to inspire the engineers of the future.


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Viking Assembly

We had a visit from Tullie House to talk about Vikings and to get our class excited and engaged reading for starting our Viking topic.

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Friday 26th April 2019

Following on from our class work on plastic pollution and the environment, Year 5 took part in The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick 2019.  They worked really well as a team to collect as much litter from the areas around their school community as they could.  Two of their most interesting finds were a guitar plectrum and a £5 note!  They finished off with a well deserved play in the local park.

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Monday 25th March 2019


Well done to Jamie Lock in Year 5 who was a runner-up in the 'Design the Best Scientist' competition organised by Cavendish Nuclear.  He was delighted to receive his bag of goodies today!



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Tuesday 19th March 2019


Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a range of science and engineering activities at Energus in Workington.  Among other things, the class got to design balloon chairs, solve forensic mysteries and build the tallest tower!  Lost of fun was had by all.  

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Friday 9th March 2019


This week we have been learning about steel in year 5. We made posters about the stuff  we learned; we needed to take pictures and write questions . We had a group of 3,4 or 5. We learned that they ship steel to the UK. Steel comes from Holland [Netherlands],then to Germany and then to England [Via Folkestone]. 


World Book Day

Today we dressed up for world book day. At 2.00 an author is coming in [Malcolm Judge]. He is going to sign some of his books [ The Hamburgers of Doom and The Old School Ghoul].  We are having a competition and we're creating a book cover and the winners get a prize.

Topic work on: Global Steel Production

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                                           Friday 1st march 2019

Hi, we are two students from year 5 and we are called Mia and Marie. This week we have been writing a letter of complaint to a zoo (obviously it's not a real zoo).  Our teacher, Mrs Bonnar, has  asked us to tell you about it.


In this week's lessons we wrote a letter to the pretend zoo and we did a paragraph each lesson.   Each paragraph was focusing on a  different  skill, for example parenthesis and relative clauses.  We also have been reading a book called 'Skellig' (our class novel), it's a book about a boy whose sister is struggling to stay alive.   Yes its a safe book for kids!  Also it's about a mysterious man who lives in his new garage who has arthritis who doesn't like the child.   The child is trying to help him but the man won't let him. Thank you for reading, Mia and Marie, out! no   Hope you enjoy your day no

Examples of the first drafts of our Letters of Complaint

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Friday 8th February 2019

Hello we are three students from year 5 (Will, Kieran and Marie) and we will be doing a weekly blog about year 5.

Plastic pollution

Over the past two weeks, we have been learning about plastic pollution and how we should stop throwing so much plastic in the bin because it goes into landfill or is burned. Lots of plastic also gets blown into the sea or ocean. As part of this topic we have been  creating some ocean art, complete with added bits of plastic!  Take a look at some of our creations!


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Friday 1st February 2019


Hello we are 3 students from year 5 and we will be doing a weekly blog about year 5. Our names are Kieran ,Will and Marie.  Our teacher is Mrs Bonnar.




In Spanish our incredible teacher from Beacon Hill has been teaching us our Spanish numbers and colours. For the last two weeks we have been up to Beacon Hill to learn numbers, colours and greeting. We have attached some examples of the Spanish I-pad messages we wrote.



Some of our Spanish I-Pad messages

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Warning story!!!

Also this week we have been learning about warning stories. A warning story is a story where an adult tells a child not to go somewhere e.g. canal, train track or even a nuclear power station but the child does it anyway. Our setting is Thirwell Castle. At the end of the story something goes wrong and there is a consequence. We are now working on our final drafts of these stories.

Drama Workshop


Posted: 14th Mar 2018

We took part in a drama workshop at Beacon Hill School with their year 7 and 8 pupils.  The workshop was run by Dave from The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.  The theme of the drama  was based on the book The Secret Garden. Groups of children practised acting out parts of the book,  with some performing their part on stage.  After that we had a discussion about the people who work in front and behind the scenes during a theatre performance and what their roles involved.


World Book Day


Posted: 15th Mar 2018

To celebrate World Book Day 2018, students in Year 5 brought their favourite book into school.  Students had the chance to share a passage from their chosen book with the class.  We also took the opportunity to photograph Year 5 with their favourite book in various locations around the school grounds.




Posted: 15th Mar 2018

For our art topic we are studying the artist Lowry.  We started by looking at how he drew his characters and tried to reproduce these ourselves. We then went on to produce our Lowry inspired industrial landscape pictures.


Best class attendance treat


Year 5 won six weekly class attendance certificates and were rewarded with some money to spend and a free afternoon for an activity of their choice.  The children came up with various ideas and finally voted for their favourite - an afternoon of sports games followed by a party.


Snow Day


Posted: 8th Feb 2018

Year 5 enjoying a very rare snow day.


Disability Sports Coaching


Posted: 19th Jan 2018


Year 5 had a fantastic opportunity today to work with Nat from NP Inclusive Sports experincing wheelchair basketball. The children loved this and it really made them think about how other people experience and participate in sports who may have a disability.


Cyber Safety


Posted: 16th Jan 2018

PCSO Megan Jones from Cumbria Constabulary came in to speak to us about Cyber Safety.  


Cyclewise - Bikeability


Some of our year 5 children took part in Bikeability week with instructors Fiona and Ed.   Their training involved learning practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.  This gives them the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. A big thank you to our instructors Fiona and Ed.


Freddy Fit 


Freddie Fit came to visit us at the start of our new Spring Term in January.  The children participated in energetic sessions full of fun and exercise which help us to keep fit and healthy.  The children thoroughly enjoyed them.


Viking broches


The children designed and made their viking broches.


The Vikings


Year 5 have had an exciting half-term discovering what it was like to be a Viking.  Pupils have written a diary from the pespective of a Viking, as well and taking part in a Viking fact finding treasure hunt.  Pupils have also had fun designing their own Viking longship.  Some designs are wonderfully detaied.  Look out for pictures of finished designs after the holiday!


Year 5 Curriculum


Year 5 have had a busy first few weeks, with lots of wonderful work being produced.  In English we have been develpoing our creative writing skills, by writing a piece of action text that could be included in our class novel 'Sky Hawk'.  Year 5 students have been impressing me with their super sentence writing skills! I have been challenging them to start their sentences in a variety of ways, for example with an adverb or a prepositional phrase. The spellings students have been asked to learn this week focus on tricky silent letter words.

In maths Year 5 begun the term by revising place value.  Please see the photos attached of students having to guess the mystery number on our human number line! Pupils have also been revising methods of multiplying whole and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000. We are still focusing on our 6 times table this week- so keep up the revision at home ready for our test later in the week.


Super Science


Today we have started our new Year 5 Science Unit:  'Materials and their Properties'.  In our first lesson pupils had fun testing how different materials behaved when added to water.  The materials pupils tested included:  salt, sand, sugar, stock cubes, paint, plaster of Paris and baking powder.  Groups had to observe what happened to each material in water and record their findings using scientific vocabulary.


Welcome to Year 5 2017-2018


We have had a super first week back, with pupils in Year 5 settling into school well.  As a new member of staff, I have quickly been made to feel welcome by the class.  The class have been eager to get involved with the monitor duties they have been given and it has been lovely to see pupils taking responsibility for the upkeep of their classroom.


Year 5 homework will be set on a Thursday and pupils will need to return this to school by the following Monday of each week.  They will be given a list of 10 spellings to learn, as well as a times table sheet to complete.  Please help at home by testing your child on the particular table we are focusing on that week.  

Year 5 pupils are also required to read regularly at home, sometimes to an adult but also independently.  Plaese write a few comments in their reading record so we are able to monitor how much reading they are doing.  


Year 5 will be using the Class Dojos to celebrate achievements.  Raffle tickets will also be handed out when pupils do a lovely piece of work or are especially helpful.  Each week we will draw a couple of lucky winners from the bag to recieve a small prize!


Year 5 PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.


Play Leaders


Year 5 have had play leaders training with specialist sports coach Chris Wright this term. They now understand how to organise, resource, support, encourage and adapt a range of playtime games for pupils to play at break times. They have even all been given their own whistles for their new roles and they can't wait to get started.


The Tower to the Sun

This term Year 5 have been reading The Tower to the Sun by Colin Thompson. We have really enjoyed the story so far and it gave us a lot to think about. We have written news reports about aspects of the story, thought about how we would construct our own Tower up to the sun and also written our own endings for the story. Here are some photos of the pupils collaborating to uplevel their news reports.

Marshmallow & Spaghetti Challenge

Posted: 21st Jun 2017

As part of our Towers topic, the children were set a challenge to make a tower from 6 marshmallows and a handfull of spaghetti which would hold an egg. This was extremely challenging however the children persevered and collaborated really well.

Egg dump 2017

Year 5 really enjoyed taking part in the egg dump. All children took part and were very competetive and supportive. Our class winner was James. Unfortunately he was knoked out in the school final. Well done to all of Year 5

Trip to Tullie House 2017

As part of our topic on Ancient Egypt we have also been to visit Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. We learnt all about what artefacts they used in those days and looked at some real, old things as well as some replicas. We found out about the gods they worshipped and what they believed about them. They believed in the after-life and much of their lives revolved around preparing the dead for the next life. We even got chance to role-play as an embalmer to prepare a pretend mummy. Then we had a ceremony to welcome the body into the after-life. It was very interesting and we learnt so much. After the workshop we also had a little time to look around the rest of the museum too and we found out a bit about the Romans and Vikings too. We really enjoyed the day - especially the dressing up (which everyone enjoyed the most).

Egyptian Themed Art

As part of our Ancient Egypt topic this term, we been studying the pyramids and have made some effective silhouette pictures. Here are a few snaps of Year 5 starting off their pictures.

Making Death Masks 

As part of our Egyptian topic, year 5 have designed their own death masks. 
Over the last two weeks they have been using a range of tools to draw and cut out their masks. They have also attached their full face mask to the outside using tape.
The next step of the process, is to strengthen their mask using newspaper and glue. They are really enjoy this project.


Making Bread


Year 5 have had a lovely morning making and eating bread. 

As part of our DT topic 'Bread' year 5 have been learning and finding out:

* What individual people's favourite bread is (collected evidence fromjunior classes,

* Tasting and evaluating different bread,

* How different bread is made,

* Where different bread comes from around the world (creating powerpoints which they presented to the class,

* And making and eating their own bread.


Autumn Term Overview 2016



This term we are reading the novel Skellig by David Almond. We will be writing our own chapters in the style of this author and including detailed description using DADWAVERS.

We will be writing some non fiction too based on the theme of birds in the book - factfiles and non-chronological reports.

In author study week we will study a couple of Roald Dahl texts: George's Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes.


During numeracy children will be learning about

* Short multiplication and division

* Multiplying by 10 and 100

* Vulgar and decimal Fractions

* Number sequences

* Word problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

* Measures

* Shapes and nets

* Angles


Once every week children will be taking part in a reading workshop which includes; reading comprehension 


This term we are studying rainforests. We will look at the global location of these and what they are like, including what kinds of creatures live in them. We might even meet some. We will watch videos and look at a variety of information books and learn about deforestation.


We will be making 3D collages based on rainforest creatures this term. We will then be putting them together to make a collective class collage. 


During this term children will be look at and tasting bread from around the world.

They will also have the opportunity to make their own bread.


Over this term during P.E children will be taking part and learning tag rugby, gymnastics along with team building and team games.


Rainforest Creature Workshop


What an amazing time we had this week at the Rainforest Creature Workshop with Bugs N Stuff in school. We learned so much about the different types of animals and how they behave in their habitat. It was fascinating seeing them up close and getting chance to even touch some of them. Even some parents plucked up the courage to get involved.


WW1 Cookery and Craft Event


Year 5 had a brilliant morning at the Wave today for the WWI cookery and craft event. We enjoyed tasting the old-fashioned recipes that would have been cooked 100 years ago and learned about different cooking utensils that were used back then. It was so interesting and informative. They were also brilliantly behaved. Well done everyone for getting so involved.




This term our class have been having cricket coaching. It has been great fun and we have learned a lot about the rules and tactics for the game. We have also uncovered some budding batters and bowlers.


Science Investigation - Friction


Another fantastic investigation from Year 5. This week the children planned and carried out an investigation to find out which type of footwear has the most friction. In groups they chose 6 different types of footwear and collected all of the equipment they needed to carry out their investigation. Before they started they made predictions. Using the ramp, footwear, metre ruler and weight each group measured in cm at what height each footwear began to move down the ramp. As a group they evaluated the results before writing their conclusions and drawing comparative graphs.


Science Investigation - Air resistance


Year 5 had a fantastic time carrying out their investigation. They collaborated in small groups choosing materials, resources and how they would carry out the investigation to ensure it was a fair test. Each group designed, made and tested 3 parachutes to find out which one would take the longest time to fall to the floor. They made predictions, recorded their results and wrote conclusions.


Summer Term


Welcome Back!

During the Summer Term we will be learning:

Numeracy: Fractions (ordering and mixed/improper), place value for addition and subrraction, rounding.

Literacy: Extended writing, Skellig by David Almond, argument and debate, debate poety, narrative poety.

Topic: Ancient Egypt and Anglo Saxons

Science: Forces

* Gravity

* Air resistance

* Friction

* Water resistance

* Levers, pulleys and gears

Science: Animals (including humans)

* Keeping fit and healthy

* Puberty

* Life expectancy

* Difference between the gestalion period of humans and other animals

* Self portraits

R.E: Hindu

P.E: swimming, cricket and other team games

French: Hobbies

Art: Current Scottish artist Steven Brown


Ancient Egypt School Trip


Year 5 have been to visit Tullie House Museum in Carlisle to find out about life and death in Ancient Egypt. We found out lots of information by taking part in a variety of activities, during which the class had lots of fun dressing up and acting out specific roles, as you can see from the photos below. We also visited exhibitions there, which were very interesting and informative and we got to touch and feel real ancient artefacts. We had a fantastic day and built on what we already knew about this ancient civilisation, that we learned in previous years.


Easter Art


For our Easter service in St Kentigern's Church we learnt a poem about how Jesus was nailed to the cross and we also made some silhouette artwork to match the theme of the poem. They looked beautiful. Well done Year 5.



Egg dump


Year 5 had a fantastic time dumping their eggs. After a very tense time, Hannah was our class winner. She went on to compete against other class winners but was unfortunately knocked out. Well done to all children who took part.


Fairtrade Fortnight


As part of Fairtrade Fortnight year 5 designed and made posters. They used their knowledge of fairtrade products to create a colourful instructional poster. They had lots of fun using different materials, chalks and paints.


World Book Day


Posted: 3rd Mar 2016

The children looked wonderful today in their World Book Day costumes.  We had a range of different characters.


Dance Festival Performance


Well done to all the Year 5 dancers who took part in the show on Monday night. They really were fabulous and looked brilliant on stage. The costumes they made also looked great. Here's a behind the scenes shot from the night. We cant wait to see the DVD.



Story Teller


We had a story teller in class this week, to coincide with Wold Book Day, who told us stroies from Norse Mythology. They were fascinating and very entertaining. She even used a drum to make music which accompanied parts of the stories. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were very inspired.



DT - Costume design


As part of our DT work this term we decided to design and create the costumes for our dance show (or rather parts of them). There were some extremely interesting and unusual designs which were very well thought out and lots of consideration was given to the specification for the task - such as: parts not being able to fall off on to the stage. 

In order to create them in the classroom, we had to give lots of thought to: the materials we could get hold of quite cheaply, strong techniques for joining them and also how to work as part of a team to actually make them (for example, holding parts together that needed to be attached.)

We hope they will look very effective on stage and withstand our dance routine. More photos to follow after the big night!!


Visit to University of Cumbria, Carlisle.


Posted: 11th Feb 2016

Year 5 have had the opportunity to visit the University of Cumbria today. They have had a fantastic day with James (a third year Primary Teaching student) and Alison (a Lecturer). During the day the children took part in various activities, one of which included finding out information about the university whilst participating in a guided tour.  Another activity involved the children working in groups to write a news report as well as acting this out and filming the end product.  At the end of the day the children received certificates whilst wearing graduation gowns and a mortarboard (cap).


Internet Safety Day


As part of the Maryport Extended Schools Partnership, Year 5 took part in an e-safety morning with Jeff Haslam and the Wave Centre in Maryport.  The children learned how to stay safe when using the internet. We used the following website to help make decisions about how to deal with certain online scenarios - 


Ransom Notes


Year 5 have been writing ransom notes in literacy as part of our work on the Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. They could choose whether the wanted to make their letters on the computer or by hand for a more authentic appearance! They all look fantastic on show in our classroom. 



Space Station Live


On Tuesday, Year 5 tuned into the live space station talk with astronaut Tim Peake as part of our Science topic. It was fascinating watching how different everyday things are in space, such as eating, drinking and moving around. As you can tell from the pictures, the children were engrossed!


Secondary School Masterclasses


A few creative writers from Year 5 were selected to go to Beacon Hill Secondary School this week to take part in a literary masterclass with some juniors from a few other local primary schools in the area. The theme was Harry Potter, which was particulary popular.

Then, similarly, a few other children from our class were chosen for a numeracy and science masterclass at Beacon Hill, which they thoroughly enjoyed too - as you can see from the pictures.

Thank you to Beacon Hill staff for the photos!


Problem Solving through Dance


Year 5 have been really getting into preparations for our dance festival. The children have been working in lots of different groups trying to solve problems given to them and create a range of shapes and letters with their bodies. The trickiest part of dance always seems to be NOT moving and keeping still sometimes. Some of the boys really stood out today as they were AMAZING at this task!!! See for yourself - can you tell what our performance is going to be about?




Posted: 28th Jan 2016

Year 5 had a lovely session with our visitor Ian today.  They listened to his life story and tales from the circus.  He finished by telling a tale about a little boy who was unable to tell a story himself.


Drama Workshop


What a busy week our class has had. We have also managed to fit in a fantastic workshop with drama coach Becky. The children acted out a sleep over play as well as taking part in lots of fun activities such as PROJECTION! 


U Dance Festival


As part of our PE curriculum this term our class is taking part in the U Dance Festival. The show will take place on 29th February at 8pm at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Rehearsals are well underway and we are preparing for our perfomance with the help of specialist dance teacher Helena, who has really helped us to improve aspects of our dance. She has helped us to add different levels and directions, create our own motifs and canons, and put our ideas for movements, which have been mostly chosen by the children themselves, to music. The dance is based on Rainforests, which we have been studying this year and we have tried to incorporate many aspects of our topic work into the performance. As you can see below we took lots of inspiration from images of rainforest creatures. The children came up with their own ideas using the pictures.


Comic Strip Art 


Due to the vast amount of budding artists in Year 5, we took part in a Comic Strip Art Competition as a mini topic this half term. The comics we had to design for the competiton were all based on the new Peanuts movie that has recently been on at the cinema. In order to prepare for the competition, we looked at the characters from the comics and discussed our own versions of the storyline from the new film. We also, looked at what makes a good comic and how they look. Lots of design features were discussed such as: speech bubbles, thought bubbles, and onomatopoeia in spikey sound bubbles (as we decided to call them). 


Bikeability 2016


Some of our pupils from year 5 and 6 have been taking part in Bikeability this week.  They have been working towards their Bikeability Level 2 Certificate all week and have all passed. Well done to everyone who took part.

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Spring Term


Welcome back.

During the Spring Term we will be learning:

Numeracy: place value, addition and subtraction, co-ordinates and line graphs, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, perimeter, area and volume

Literacy: Extended writing skills, formal and informal letters, drama, stories, reports, argument, oral poems and poetic styles.

Science: Space

* Earth, Sun and Moon

* Seasons

* Night and day

* Shadows

* Phases of the moon

Science: Forces

* Gravity

* Air resistance

* Water resistance

* Friction

* Levers, pulleys and gears

Topic: Spring 1 - What is so special about the USA? Spring 2 - Ancient Egypt

ICT: Coding

P.E: Team games and dance

Art/DT: Costume design  

R.E: Sikhism

French: On holiday & eating out

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