kahloYear 5:  Kahlo class


Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits.

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art.  


In Year 5 children have the opportunity to write in many different formats, have guided reading daily, visit the school library to get a book to take home as well as consolidating and progressing their learning in maths through number, shape, data handling and problem solving.

Reading books and reading diaries go home every afternoon and are brought to school every morning. We encourage the children to read every night, and write in their reading diary each time they do so.  To support maths you could help them practice their mental maths and times tables (including for division facts).

PE will take place on Thursdays. Children need a plain white t-shirt and blue jogging bottoms or shorts to change into, as well as suitable footwear (plimsolls or trainers).

Swimming for year 5 will take place on Fridays. All children must wear a swimming hat. Jewellery should not be worn, however small studded earrings are acceptable.

Homework is given out once a week on a Thursday or Friday and will be due in the following Tuesday. If children are finding it difficult, discuss homework club with the teacher.

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Autumn Term 1 – Space

We really enjoyed writing diary entries based on our topic. Also, we wrote a newspaper report about Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon. In Art, we made word pop art which linked to the artist Roy Lichtenstein. 5A also made rockets out of plastic bottles. First, we designed and planned the rockets. Next, we crafted and covered them in papier-mâché. Finally, we painted them to make them more effective. There are a variety of planets such as: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The whole of Year 5 also went to the Science Museum where we learnt more interesting facts about Space. Did you know that there is no air in space?! This is called a vacuum – not the type we use to clean up! Overall, we enjoyed learning about Space very much!

Spring Term 1 – Meet the Greeks

For the first week, which we called GREEK WEEK, we participated in food tasting, working with Greek numbers and even held a mini-Olympics which was great fun!

We really enjoyed having the opportunities to write our own Greek myths which meant we got to invent our own monstrous creatures. In Maths, we were able to create graphs for the heights of Greek gods and goddesses. Additionally, we were able to perform a play on the story of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ (which we hope our parents had enjoyed to watch).

Summer Term 1 – The Americas

Did you know that America was discovered by accident? According to historians, Christopher Columbus (who discovered America) had actually set sail to find India. This is just one of the many interesting facts we discovered during this topic. We had researched and re-enacted what life was like for Native Americans in the 15th Century, and then compared that to our own modern lives. We couldn’t imagine living without a TV or proper schools!

In addition to our historical learning, we had also visited the Horniman Museum, where the host had informed us of the geographical homes for Native Americans. They mainly lived in two parts of North America: North-West Coast and the Great Plains.

Autumn Term 2 – Planet Protectors

Everyone in year 5 is very passionate about taking care of our planet Earth. During this topic, we first discussed the different types of issues that we are facing on Earth. For example, we talked about how there is a lot of waste in the streets and rivers, causing a lot of pollution. We also discovered other issues such as how vulnerable animals need to be protected around the world. Did you know that there are only around 200 Sumatran Rhinos left?

Following our research, we were then able to create our own discussion leaflets about these concerns, where we informed readers on the pros and cons of different solutions.

Spring Term 2 – Who were the Egyptians?



Summer Term 2 – Shakespeare

Did you know 2016 is the 400th year anniversary since William Shakespeare’s death?

This term, we will be looking at many plays by Shakespeare, in particular, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Macbeth’. We will be looking at the plot, characterisation and how Shakespeare uses mood in his writing. During Drama, we will be looking at how the character’s move and speak effectively to bring Shakespeare’s characters to life. We are really excited in continuing with this topic, especially to discover words which Shakespeare had made up!

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