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Spring 1 - Peasants, Princes and Pestilence - Knowledge Organiser

Our focus for this half term will be Medieval England.  We are going to 14th Century Medieval England, children learn about life in medieval times, including the effects and impact of the Black Death..

 

The Spring Term

 

In English we shall be reading 'Children of Winter' by Berlie Doherty, we follow Catherine and her family who are out for a walk when a sudden storm blows up, and they are forced to take shelter in a deserted barn which they have never seen before but which seems strangely familiar. The children find that they have slipped back to the time of The Black Death!  Our writing this half term will focus on persuasive writing, poetry and writing narratives focused on characters and setting.  In our guided reading we will be exploring our understanding of the vocabulary authors use as well as answering comprehension questions requiring retrieval and inference skills. 

 

As historians we will be looking at life in Medieval times, in particular the development of medicines and the role that superstition and religion played in diagnosis of illnesses as well as creating cures.  In addition to this, we will exploring the feudal system and the role of knights.  We will spend sometime researching well known knights and exploring their daily life.  Finally, we will be mapping the 100 years war and focusing on the battle of Agincourt.

 

In geography we will be mapping the spread of the black death from China, across Europe and into Britain.  We will create maps showing the spread of the black death from London, through each county into Scotland.    

 

This term, in science, we will be learning about the  life cycles of plants, insects, mammals and bacteria.  To coincide with our topic, we will also be looking at the development of medicine with the medieval belief of the four humours and the application of herbal remedies and homeopathic medicine.

 

As mathematicians we will be exploring all things related to fractions.  We will be adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions and looking at decimal and fractions equivalents, percentages and comparing fractions.

 

Our RE focus will allow us to reflect on and discuss the meaning of the decorations and architecture in churches and mosques.  We will also be looking at both Christian and Islamic approaches to charity and the work carried out by Christian Aid and Islamic Relief.

 

In music we will be exploring the hymn 'When the knight won his spurs' as well as looking at the development of music in 14th Century England. 

 

In French Year 5 will concentrate on being able to talk about their family, using the words for mother, father, daughter, son. We will continue to consolidate our speaking practice with greetings as well as learning numbers to 100.

 

For PE this term we will be travelling to Snainton Village Hall and completing a multi-skills challenge as well as creating our own dance routines.

ID Project Knowledge Organiser

As we move into Autumn 2 our topic will be ID.  This topic will develop children’s knowledge of classification and inheritance, giving pupils an opportunity to explore human identity, genetic characteristics, family traits and their own values and beliefs.

 

In Science we are looking at evolution and inheritance, in particular the idea that characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring, for instance by considering different breeds of dogs, and what happens when, for example, labradors are crossed with poodles. They should also appreciate that variation in offspring over time can make animals more or less able to survive in particular environments.  We will also be researching evolutionary pioneers such as Mary Anning, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.

 

Our class text this half term will be 'the secret of platform 13' by Eva Ibbotson.  In our writing we will be exploring the writing genres of recount, reports and personal poetry.  Our writing will focus on cultural identity passed on in folk tales and traditional stories as well as combining our science and ICT work by creating forensic reports.

 

In forest schools, the pupils will have the opportunity to have a go at tracking and orienteering, using a compass and maps.  Whilst in music we will be thinking about their own musical choices as well as the musical identity of certain genres of music such as punk, rock and roll, motown and soul.

 

As our topic this half term has a science and computing focus, we will get the opportunity to use ICT to create dichotomous keys, sort and represent data, create avatars, web pages and record examples of positive and negative human behaviour.

 

In Maths we will be covering Multiplication and division, exploring prime numbers, factors and square numbers as well as practising and applying algebra.  In addition, we will get a chance to study geometry in particular features and types of lines and angles around a point.  Finally, we will be looking at measure and understanding area and perimeter.

 

Our RE studies will focus on creation and science and be discussing whether they are conflicting or complementary.  We will continue our work researching celebrated scientists who also have a strong sense of faith and follow Christian values. 

 

Our art work will give us an opportunity to develop our skills in sketching by creating some interesting finger prints, including a combination of poetry and art, as well as an opportunity to make 3D models.

Pharaoh Project Knowledge Organiser

Our focus for this half term will be Ancient Egypt.  We are going to explore the tombs of the Pharaohs as well as discovering what life was like for all citizens in ancient Egypt.

 

The Autumn Term

 

In English we shall be reading The Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss and exploring the valley of the kings with our main character Ryan.  Our writing this half term will focus on information texts, poetry and play scripts.  In our guided reading we will be exploring our understanding of the vocabulary authors use as well as answering comprehension questions requiring retrieval and inference skills. 

 

As historians we will be looking at life in ancient Egypt, in particular roles and hierarchy, everyday life, famous Pharaohs and the Egyptians rituals concerning life after death.  In addition to this we will be finding out about Egyptian gods and some of the legends surrounding the gods.

 

In geography the children will be mapping the route of the river Nile, its importance to Egypt as well as identifying Egypt in aerial maps and atlases.  During our lessons we will get the opportunity to make a diorama of the river Nile and some of the towns and cities along its route.  Finally, we will be combing our knowledge to produce a travel brochure for Egypt.    

 

This term, in science, we will be learning about animals including humans.  Our focus will be the circulatory systems in the human body such as the heart and digestive process, as well as focusing on keeping our bodies healthy.  Our science will be supported by forest schools, alongside other activities the children will be given an opportunity to dissect owl pellets to learn about digestion in birds.

 

As mathematicians we shall be securing our knowledge of place value as well as looking at the four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will look at ratio and fractions; with fractions we will practice how to add and subtract them as well as comparing them with decimals.

 

Our RE focus will allow us to reflect and discuss what it means to have faith and allow us the opportunity to combine our knowledge from previous years.  We will explore what it means to have faith as a Christian as well as comparing this with other world religions.

 

In music we will be tackling composition as well as learning songs for Harvest time. In addition to this, Mrs Dew will be using the music editing programme 'audacity' to give the children a chance to manipulate and arrange their own collected sounds on computer to create pieces of new music.

 

In French Year 5 will concentrate on being able to talk about their family, using the words for mother, father, daughter, son. We will continue to consolidate our speaking practice with greetings as well as learning numbers to 100.

 

For sport we will be practising our ball skills for both netball and football. Whilst the weather is cooperating we will make full use of the school field.

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