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Term 1

Into the Unknown...


In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on another Antarctic expedition – this time to cross the continent. He failed. However, he achieved one of the greatest feats of turn of the century polar exploration; he returned with all his 27 men – alive. The aim of this term is to develop an enquiry on the Polar region of Antarctica focusing on Shackleton’s 1914–17 Endurance Expedition. We will find out about the details of the mission, what went wrong and the crew themselves. The children will have the opportunity to study Antarctica, its place on the Earth and on a map, position and significance of latitude and longitude. They will also examine and analyse Antarctica’s mountainous terrain, oceans and their effects and influences upon the expedition. Finally, they children will take on the role of a member of the Endurance crew and follow them throughout the journey. 


In English we will be using the texts; ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and ‘Ice Trap!’ to bring the expedition to life!


In Maths this term, we will be continuing to build upon a range of mathematical skills, including, place value; addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be spending a week considering the properties of 2D shapes and another covering fractions. We will continue to apply our skills to solving problems and developing our mathematical language through reasoning.


In science we will be considering the properties of materials and reversible and irreversible changes.


In P.E this term we will be concentrating on Lacrosse to develop our attacking and defending skills. We will also be picking up some athletics skills from the summer term and practicing our running and relay techniques.

Term 1 update


Wow what an amazing first half term in Year 5! Miss Norris and I have been blown away by all the hard work, effort and resilience the children have displayed, it has been truly inspirational. Please have a look at some of the photos below to see what we have been up to! 

Homemade Compasses

Receiving our acceptance letters from Shackleton. We are now all members of his crew!

Getting into our 'lifeboats' and sailing to Elephant Island!

Sailing to Elephant Island

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The children were challenged to use only themselves to recreate the crew's hazardous journey from Antarctica to Elephant Island. They did a brilliant job of recalling details from the text, although, there may have been less giggling on the real voyage!

Science- Mixtures, filtering and reversible changes.

Science- Irreversible changes

Stop animation- To be continued!