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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


Weeks 1 & 2:
To start this experience, the children will share fiction to immerse themselves in a fantasy world. They will then experience a range of other fantasy stories with a focus on their settings; this will support them in developing their own fantasy story setting. The children will explore the features of this genre and create a checklist to support their own writing. In science, they will review their knowledge on the forces around them and how they are measured, using force meters and practical investigations. This will extend to identifying the direction of forces. During maths, the children will be developing their place value understanding, including column addition and subtraction. For their hook, the children will be introduced to bridges and structures through the workshop, delivered by engineering experts. Through working in teams, they will build structures and understand the principles for making them strong.
Week 3:
In literacy, the children will alter one element of a known fantasy story with a focus on descriptive writing. This will encompass developing characterisation and setting descriptions. During science and DT, the children will investigate different types of bridges, their purpose and through exploration, will learn about tension, compression and shear in relation to forces acting on bridges. Attention in maths will turn to multiplication and how this knowledge will impact upon division. Problem solving will form a significant proportion of our maths work, as we help the children develop their fluency skills.
Weeks 4 & 5:
As part of the writing process, the children will be developing a class plan and using this to write their own version of a complete fantasy story. The children will now be at the stage of designing their own bridges using their previous learning. In response to a challenge, children will work in pairs to come up with a design specification and plans of how they will make their bridge. They will produce detailed drawings as they prepare to build. Following their work on forces and bridges, the children will use construction kits (K’nex) to build models of different types of bridges. As part of this group engineering, the children will be required to evaluate the effectiveness of their bridges and suggest developments. During maths, the children in Year 5 will continue developing their written methods for all four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also continue to build on the children’s ability to reason – when they solve problems which relate to fractions.
Weeks 6 & 7:
During this period of the term, the children in Year 5 will use the knowledge they have developed through problem solving and reasoning to solve multi-step problems, including shape and angle work. This will be a huge mental and practical challenge! In the final weeks, the children’s knowledge of types of bridges, how they are constructed and the forces that act on them in different ways will be developed. They will be making and evaluating their own bridges, and the capacity of their bridges to hold certain weights. Following this, the children will produce detailed information texts which related directly to how different bridges are suitable for different tasks. There will also be the opportunity for the children to produce leaflets, related to a number of bridges, using computer software to do so.

Take home task:

Choose from one, or even more of the following:

Otherwise, choose something of your own – get creative!

  • A carefully drawn illustration or painting of a bridge.
  • A model of a bride – made from a material of your choice.
  • Photographs you have taken of a range of bridges in your local area.
  • Conduct some research - present using ICT, or via a poster of some kind.
  • A PowerPoint presentation about how bridges have changed.
  • A narrative story set on or under a bridge.
  • A bar chart or line graph, comparing heights of different bridges.

Hand in date: Friday 13th October 2017


Mr Newbery 



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