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Welcome to year 5

Welcome to Asteroid Class!


The adults that work in Asteroid Class are Miss Hancock and Miss Sutton 


The Learning Experience is called Animal Magic



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.



Having investigated the arguments for and against zoos, the children will take part in a debate, which will allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and opinions.


Take home task:

You might like to complete one or hopefully more of the following:

  • Draw or paint an animal of your choice
  • Information related to habitats
  • Painting or collage of a habitat.
  • Well-presented information about animal – leaflet, poster (annotated), fact file (illustrated)
  • Model of animal in its habitat - 3D
  • Creative description of an animal of your choice
  • Acrostic poem related to an animal
  • Or make up your own Take Home Task!

Hand in date: 8th February 2019


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 and 6:

During these weeks, 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.


How you can support your child at home:

  • Take the opportunity to talk about animals and their habitats
  • If possible, watch some TV programmes (CBBC, BBC) or use the internet (BBC wildlife) to find out about animals
  • Learn tables facts up to 12 x 12
  • Ensure that your child reads at least 5 times a week and has the opportunity to discuss their reading with you. Please could you ensure this is recorded in their reading record.
  • Help them to learn their weekly spellings and ensure they understand their meaning.



Miss Hancock




Year 5 and 6 Spellings

Don't forget to use the 'HIT THE BUTTON' website. Here you can:


  • rehearse multiplication tables
  • division facts
  • doubles
  • halves
  • square numbers
  • factors and prime numbers



BOOK FAIR WILL BE IN SCHOOL - Tuesday 12th until Tuesday 19th March 2019