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Term 3



In terms 3 and 4 Year 5 will have the opportunity to study the topic, ‘Crime and Punishment’. The children will be introduced to the development of the system of courts, police and different approaches to punishment from the Anglo-Saxon times to the modern day. The topic of crime and punishment will be explored sensitively through philosophical enquiry, creative writing, poetry, drama, art and design.


The topic will be examined through a series of key questions that will allow the analysis of crime through time, e.g. How and why have punishments changed over time? How have crimes been investigated?


In English in term 3 we will use the text Street Child to explore narrative plot, settings, and characters. The story will enable the children to develop an understanding of issues such as poverty and child labour, which will link directly to our discussions in PSHE. In term 4 we will use the historical poem The Highwayman and explore its evocative language, powerful rhythm and strong patterning, it is ideal for practicing our performance poetry!


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 two weeks considering the properties of 2D and 3D 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 complete a study of electricity and it’s many uses in our world today. We will construct simple and series circuits, incorporating a battery & bulb or buzzer and range of switches to make devices work.  We will find out the effect of changing components in circuits, making bulbs brighter or dimmer. Crucially we will also Identify the hazards involved with using electricity and discuss which materials make good conductors and insulators.


In P.E this term we will be concentrating on fitness and working different muscle groups, Lacrosse and 19th and 20th century dance. 


Crime Scene Detectives 

This week Class 5 have had the opportunity to try their hand at being crime scene detectives! We have looked at various skills such as, fingerprinting, Chromatography and photofit descriptions.


On Thursday morning, the children entered the classroom only to discover that Miss Vale's biscuit jar had been stolen! Luckily the thief had left a note, footprints and their fingerprints on a glass and Class 5 were able to use their newfound forensic skills to find the culprit. They worked incredibly hard and I am very lucky that I have such diligent detectives and scientists in my class. Well done Class 5! 

Is it a crime? 


This week Class 5 continued to use their skills of investigation and analysis to consider the crimes of past and present. They had to match the crime to it’s definition and then place it upon a timeline of when it was actually a punishable offence. This was a tricky task and they had to use a lot of their inference skills with both the images of the crimes and the  given information in order to join them successfully! Who knew that it once was illegal to play football on a Sunday? Class 5 do now! 


 Can I get a watt watt! 


What an interesting start to our new science topic! The children had a chance to explore basic circuit components. They managed to light up a light bulb and make a buzzer sound! Well done Class 5. 




Brilliant Bread!


For our DT topic this term we have been learning all about bread, how it is made, what makes it so wonderful and how it is used in different countries. All our hard work finally resulted in the baking of not one, but two loaves! One of these wonderful creations was especially designed by the children themselves. Thank you so much to all the parents for your support, particularly Mrs Henning and Mrs Walton, we couldn't have done it without you. Next stop a Class 5 bakery?!