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Little Leigh Primary School

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Year 5

Summer Term 2018

Welcome to the summer term everyone!  This is one of the most exciting terms in school - sunny days, spending time outdoors, playing on the field, sports days and celebrations - I can't wait!

We also have a brand new topic: The Ancient Greeks.  I have been doing a little research into this and I have to say that I think we will all thoroughly enjoy learning about this fascinating time in history.  There is something for everyone -  epic stories of love and war; dramatic theatre; amazing artwork and even some superb sporting events.  




Obviously, this term will be absolutely chock-a-block with history work!  We will be looking at where and when the Ancient Greek civilisation existed and order key events on a timeline, taking note of the most significant events from this period of history.  The class will reflect upon how our civilisations is connected with the ancient Greeks though sport, art, philosophy, architecture and theatre.  We will investigate the Greek Empire, how it was established and maintained and the impact on the wider world.  The fascinating religious beliefs of Greek Gods is another area we will research, along with the unique writing system and some well-known Greek writers and their amazing stories and myths.


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Our first English focus will be poetry, and we will be studying The Iliad - an epic poem written by the Greek poet Homer. It tells the story of the last year of the Trojan War fought between the city of Troy and the Greeks.  We will then write our own narrative poems.

Following this, we will study a variety of Greek myths and legends, looking at the key structures and features before inventing our own Greek stories.  We will be using our history research to write diary recounts of a Greek character, including detailed historical references.  As decided by the children, we will be writing newspaper recounts about the Trojan Horse used by the Greeks in order to get behind the walls of Troy.  



Our science topic this term is 'Properties and Changes of Materials'.  This will involve comparing and grouping everyday materials on the basis of their properties, inlcuding thier hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets.  The children will learn that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and will describe how to recover a substance from a sollution. They will use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decie how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.  Using evidence from comparative and fair tests, they will give reasons for the particular uses of everyday materials.  All great scientific stuff!! 

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Art and Design

For our art this term, we will be designing and creating our own clay pots, using shapes and designs from our research of ancient Greek ;historic artefacts. 

Using clay, we will investigate the use of a variety of tools in order to create different styles and detailing.  We will also be practising and refining different patterns in our sketch books before transferring these ideas into black inks and paint designs on our pots.

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Times Tables

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Each week the children take part in a focused guided reading session with the class teacher. We will work together in this session to read extracts of text and develop our deduction and inference skills through specific and targeted questions. A follow-up activity will take place the next day to consolidate the children's learning.

In Key Stage Two, we strongly encourage parents to continue to read with their children regularly (at least 3 times a week) and write comments in the child's reading diary.  I will collect the diaries on Thursdays for marking, and hand them back out on Fridays ready for the weekend.

P.E. Lessons

Two P.E. sessions take place throughout the week in Year 5.  P.E. lessons usually take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. However, due to timetabling changes these lessons may alter. Therefore, please ensure that your child brings their P.E. kit with them on Monday morning and they will take them home on Friday afternoon.

During the Winter months, it is advisable that children bring with them warmer clothes for outdoor sessions.

Please ensure that all P.E. clothing is labelled clearly, to ensure that all items are returned to the rightful owner!


Homework is set on a regular basis in Year 5. All children will receive spellings and either an English or maths piece of  homework each week. The homework will outline clearly when the homework has been set and the homework task. Homework, spellings and times tables are handed out every Friday afternoon and are to be returned the following Friday.

Learning log homework is set on a half termly basis. This homework will pose a question for the children to research and answer. The children can present their answer in any form that they wish. If children do create powerpoint presentation, they can be e-mailed to the office onadmin@littleleighprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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