We would like to take this opportunity to offer a very warm welcome to yourselves and your child to this academic year at Hempstalls. Year 5 is an important year for the children. They are now upper Key Stage 2 and are at a point where a positive attitude to school and learning is vital to equip them with the confidence and skills that they need for Year 6.
During the Autumn term, the children will be working as historians to study ‘Turmoil and Tragedy’ in the Tudor period with a focus on Henry VIII and his quest for power. They will also be working as physicists to investigate air resistance and gravity and as geographers to identify capital cities from significant countries in Europe. The children will also be working with different texts from Shakespeare including ‘As you like it’ as part of our work as a Royal Shakespeare Company associate school.
During the Spring term, the children will be working as historians to study ‘Raiders and Traders’ in the Viking period with a focus on the conflict that took place and how this had consequences. They will also be working as biologists to study life cycles and how plants and animals reproduce. In Geography, the children will be looking at rivers and mountains and linking this to the Vikings and how they used waterways to trade.
During the Summer term, the children will be working as historians to study ‘The Revolution’ during the Victorian period in time with a focus on change. They will also be working as Chemists to look at reversible and irreversible changes in materials and our whole school project on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will enable them to access several pieces from Shakespeare using different drama techniques.
Swimming sessions take place on a Monday afternoon and PE takes place on a Friday afternoon.
We are very lucky to have classroom support from Mrs Tagg, who is an experienced teaching assistant.
We are looking forward to the year ahead!
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