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Welcome to Asteroid Class!


Welcome back!


The adults that work in Asteroid Class are Mr Newbery, Miss Sutton and Mrs Hiscock


Hook -  Children will be visiting Bristol zoo to introduce this experience. They will visit the animal enclosures, finding out about the different species in each habitat and learning about the conservation of rare invertebrate species and their habitats.

Tuesday 16th January


Weeks 1 and 2:

The children will be using the experience of their trip to Bristol Zoo to inspire creativity in their writing. They will be studying Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories as examples of traditional tales to learn about the features of this genre of fiction. The children will come up with their own version of a section of ‘How the Zebra got his Stripes’ and move onto choosing their own animal with a distinctive physical characteristic and an explanation of its origin. From this idea, they will then plan and write their own ‘Just So Story’ in the style of a traditional tale. These will then be shared with KS1 children in a traditional story telling session. Having experienced a variety of animals at the zoo, the children will develop their scientific vocabulary, which will enable them to describe and classify animals. By looking carefully at all these animals, the children will practice their fine art skills and produce sketches and drawing using different mediums. They will then use different techniques to ensure the animal is life like. During this unit of maths, the children will be re-visiting and developing greater efficiency when using all four operations. This will encompass both mental and written methods.


Weeks 3 and 4:

During these weeks, children will experience reading, listening and responding to animal poetry. The creative writing will continue as the children plan and write their own poems of imagery based on an animal of their choice. Having learnt about the different animal groups, the children will explore different habitats and the animals that live there. They will develop their scientific skills by setting up an investigation, making relevant observations and drawing conclusions from their findings. During maths, the children in year 5 will be exploring the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages and applying this knowledge to their problem-solving work. In DT, the children will be making animal masks, using a range of materials.


Week 5:

During this week, the children will switch their focus to a non-fiction genre; a balanced discussion. They will look at examples of these texts and become familiar with the structure and language that is used. The children will then plan and write arguments with supporting evidence both for and against zoos using the heading; Zoos: Prisons or Sanctuaries. When completed, these balanced discussions will be used by the children to create a debate on zoos. They will learn about the purpose of debates, where and when they happen and how they are organised. Each child will take on the role of someone who is either for or against the existence of zoos and a class debate will ensue! To further their knowledge of animals, children will be taught how animals have adapted to their environment including body features and diet. To complete their terms maths, the year 5 children will learn to measure and manipulate angles within a range of 2D shapes.



Mr Newbery 




Watch out for Hooks taking place over the next few weeks!