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St James'

Church of England Primary Academy

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TERM 1 and TERM 2

A very warm welcome back to Dolphin Class as they begin their journey into Year 5.   We have started this year well and already so many of our pupils seems to have grown and matured over the summer! 

For Maths, we will go over place value, the four operations and fractions.  We will be sharing the book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman as our main text for English over the next two terms and will have the opportunity to write stories, poetry, formal letters and persuasive adverts.  

The children will have the chance to do gymnastics each Tuesday as well as their regular outdoor PE time on a Thursday.  

In Term 1, during our Art lessons, the children will produce observational drawings, using different means (sketching and painting) to draw Chinese-style cherry blossom trees. In Term 2, we will use our DT sessions to focus on creating a design for the packaging for fireworks. We will research the laws around fireworks as well as finding out about the history of fireworks. We will then measure templates and use our knowledge of nets and shape to support us with our creation.  

Our topic for this term is ‘The Shang Dynasty’. The children will have the opportunity to create their own shadow puppets and work in groups to create their own performance. We will also look at why dragons are an important part of Chinese culture and write newspaper reports about Fu Hao, a female warrior.  

There is the expectation that each child should be reading at home every night - each child has a contact book to record their reading.   Homework will be given out every Friday and is due back in each Wednesday.   

We are very much looking forward to this year and watching each and every one of our pupils grow into the wonderful and responsible upper school students that we know they will become!  

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