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Year 5 - Acer Class

Welcome to Year 5 - Acer Class!


Who are the staff in Acer Class?:



Miss Norris - Class Teacher

Mrs Eley - Teaching Assistant



What does our day look like?

What does our curriculum look like?

What will we learn in Terms 5 and 6?


Darwin's Delights


Ship Ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on board HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean?


Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.


Do you know what is so special about a Lava Lizard? Know why the Blue-Footed Booby has blue feet?


See how animals adapt to suit their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists.


Imagine how humans may evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought.


Ready to trace the origin of the species? Let’s set sail.


Pupils have been provided with an ideas for homework page. This should provide inspiration for pupils’ homework projects this half term. Ideas include: researching and creating a detailed fact file about fossils, if you are travelling to London, visit the Darwin Centre and report your findings or look into other scientists that theorised evolution - who were they and what did they believe?


In Maths this term, we will be focusing on angles, measurement and shape - for more details, click on the yearly overview link above. Pupils are expected to complete the MyMaths and Times Tables Rockstars homeworks to the best of their ability each week.


In Year 5, pupils should be reading for at least 30 mins a night and should record this in their reading journal which is then signed by an adult. Thank you very much to those parents who do ensure this happens, it makes a huge difference.


P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, please ensure your child has a P.E. kit for those days which is clearly labelled.


What did we learn in Term 4?




Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.


Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.


Unravel the secrets of secret tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part.


Become and apprentice and work for Ramose – he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for the afterlife.


Now open the door to Ancient Egypt  - who knows what treasure you will find?


We read the book 'Floodland' this term and the children spent the beginning of Term 5 planning, writing, editing and composing a mini post-apocalyptic chapter story of their own.




What did we learn in Term 3?


Blood Heart


Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry…blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies.

William Harvey (local to Kent) was fascinated with anatomy, and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover.

Let’s check the most common blood groups in our class. Why do people give blood?


Find out how to keep your heart happy and healthy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kick-start a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused by smoking, to the lungs and heart.


Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.



In English this term, we read the book 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman. A story about a boy who was dying from heart failure, whose only option was to have a transplant. Not any old transplant though, a transplant from a pig. The children have discussed thoughts and feelings of characters and the thoughts and feelings of the wider commmunity in context.


What did we learn in Term 2?


Frozen Kingdom


Welcome to the planet's coldest lands...Vast wilds and hostile territories - incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or the fall pray to the icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across the treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading in deep snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.


Acer Class have learnt about the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic; looked at food chains and had a go at some Inuit inspired art.


In English, we have learnt about Ernest Shackleton's brave, yet treacherous journey to the Antarctic and used this as a focus for journal writing, newspaper reports and play scripts.


Year 5 were invited to take part in the St. Nicholas Day Parade in Canterbury to celebrate 'gifts' We concentrated on the gifts that money cannot buy and the children brainstormed and discussed some excellent suggestions, including: respect, peace, compassion, joy, giving, courage and friendship. Charlie and Tifa were asked to read a poem that was created by all of the schools taking part in the Cathedral service and all of the children made festive tabards, mitre hats and gift models on sticks.Below are a few pictures taken at the parade.


















What did we learn in Term 1?


A Child's War


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson Shelter, learn why nations are fighting and while child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territories.


Acer Class had the opportunity to visit East Kent Railway as evacuees experiencing the sights and sounds of war: taking a trip on a heritage railway – a scenic journey between the pretty villages of Shepherdswell and Eyethorne; hiding out in bunkers and trenches of the Knees Woodland and designing gas masks and evacuee name labels in an on-site classroom.


Through English and Topic, the children learnt a lot about others who were affected by the war particularly the Jews. We used the book Rose Blanche as a focus for our writing, where a young German girl risked her life to help some Jewish children in a concentration camp. We also heard Anne Frank's story though excerpts of her diary. The children learnt to write diaries and empathise with the characters in both stories.



What homework is given in Acer Class?


Homework: Pupils are expected to complete their set MyMaths homework and read for at least 30 mins every evening.  Please complete and sign reading records each night.


Pupils homework projects will be displayed as part of the express section at the end of the unit of work. Pupils can choose whether to present their homework as written work, ICT or something creative.  If pupils decide to choose something creative such as a painting then they should choose either written work or I.C.T. for their next homework project so that they are using different skills throughout the year.

How do we reward children in Acer Class?


We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children.  We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:


Be Respectful

Be kind and gentle

Be Careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can be

Picture 1 Blue circle (Mrs Kemp reward)
Picture 2 Yellow circle (Busy bee)
Picture 3 Green circle (Good to go)
Picture 4 Orange circle (Stop and think)
Picture 5 Red circle (Consequence)

In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.

Year 5 letters to parents

Below are some links to useful websites that will support your child’s learning and development: