Let us introduce ourselves…we are Year 5 and the Woodpeckers Class.

We are one of two classes in Upper Key Stage 2, which means we are given responsibilities and are expected to be good role models. We help keep our school neat and tidy and make sure that we look after things, as well as care for each other.  We work hard in class, as the work in Year 5 is challenging, but we always try to do our best and have lots of fun.

We enjoy being in Year 5 because we get to do more grown up things, like being Sports Leaders and representing our school in sports competitions.  We are allowed to bring in our own pencil cases and can have a back pack rather than a book bag.  We also get given a Learning pack, where we can make notes about our homework and the teachers can send messages home.

Our first topic this year was called ‘Yabadabadoo’, where we studied the Stone Age and how life changed with the creation of first Bronze and then Iron. We really enjoyed our topic; especially when we got to make Stone Age tools and weapons and on our Curriculum Day, we made shelters and cooked bread.  After half term, we studied the ‘Victorians’ and what was important to them.  We looked at the workhouses and the lives of rich and poorer children and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on families.  We researched what they invented and built; including the growth of the Railways.  We then decided that we didn’t think we would have liked to have gone to a Victorian school…it didn’t sound like it was much fun!

At the start of the Spring Term, we studied the rainforests in our topic ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.  During the half term, we learnt about all the plants and animals that live in this fascinating environment.  Along the way, we found out about lines of latitude and longitude that mark out the world’s time and climatic zones. We examined what makes the rainforests an important world resource and how deforestation is harming a vital world habitat.

During the second half of the Spring Term we moved further North and found out about the Maya Civilisation; where and how they lived.  We looked at the ancient monuments and cities they left behind and compared their religion to ours.  These ancient people invented their own calendar, counting and number system and were believed to be the first to discover chocolate. 

As a start to the summer term, we continued our journey and focused on the continent of North America in our topic ‘The Amazing Americas’. This will gave us lots of opportunities to study the states and cities of the USA, as well as looking back at how the ‘America’ we know today has grown and developed.

With again a connection to the USA, this half term our topic is called ‘Fly me to the Moon’; which will have very much a Science base.  However, we shall look at the history of the ‘Space Race’ and be thinking about space travel.  Will it change significantly in the future and if so, would it be possible for humans to live on another planet?