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Northborough Primary School

Spring 2018

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Frozen Kingdom

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. 
This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books.

We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify the polar regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment.

Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. We’ll download images of polar features and save our information in digital folders.

When we’re more familiar with the polar regions, we’ll write exciting stories and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers.

Help your child prepare for their project

Why not watch a documentary from the BBC Frozen Planet series together?

You could also freeze pieces of fruit with fruit juice in lolly moulds, to create frozen treats with a hidden surprise. Alternatively, work together to create a snowy collage

English

Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill's impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrated the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackelton and his crew on Endurance .

Children will love exploring Grill's exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights

"Without this child, we shall all die."

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world.

The first volume in Philip Pullman's incredible His Dark Materials trilogy. First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, it won the UK's top awards for children's literature. 


English

Chronological reports, stories, diaries, letters

GeographyImage result for polar regions map

Features of the polar regions, maps and atlases

Art & design

Photography, modelling

Computing

Collecting, evaluating and presenting information

D&T

Building an igloo.

History

Emigration and exploration in the early 1900s

Music

Soundscapes

PE

Invasion Games, Outdoor adventure, orienteering

We have Youth Dreams Project coaches visiting school every Thursday. Year 5 will have coaching in Tag Rugby

PSHE

Care of the environment

Science - Living things and their habitats

In this ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ unit we will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. Children will build on their work in Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences. They will extend their learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus, choosing an animal and researching its classification.

Children will have the opportunity to design their own ‘curious creature’ and classify it based on its characteristics.
They will learn about micro-organisms, and conduct an investigation into the growth of mould on bread.  

Finally, we will put their learning into practice by creating a field guide to the living things in our local area, showing how and why each one is classified.

Children should be able to:

  • Sort and group animals based on their features, using examples as a guide 
  • Describe Carl Linnaeus and his development of his classification system
  • Place animals into given groups based on certain characteristics
  • Design a creature with a specific set of characteristics
  • Name types of microorganisms
  • Design a microorganism using given characteristics
  • Complete descriptions on the characteristics of groups of organisms

Spelling Words - Spring Term

Spelling Rule

Word

ee

grotty

ee

cheery

oy

coins

oy

annoy

ed suffix

trimmed

ed suffix

sloped

er and est suffix

madder

er and est suffix

smoother

ing

closing

ing

gripping

j' ending

charge

j' ending

grudge

ll' ending

freckle

ll' ending

snuggle

Contractions (read expanded form)

will not

Contractions (read expanded form)

you had

Suffixes after a ‘y’

grumpier

Suffixes after a ‘y’

trying

Suffixes ment, ness, ful, less

truthful

Suffixes ment, ness, ful, less

happiness

Suffix -ly

angrily

Suffix -ly

loyally

sion and tion

provision

sion and tion

subtraction

Prefixes

submarine

Prefixes

universal

sure and ture

signature

sure and ture

enclosure

ous and ious

furious

ous and ious

generous

Vowel suffixes after words of 2+ syllables

forgotten

Vowel suffixes after words of 2+ syllables

happening

cian and ssion

clinician

cian and ssion

impression

tial and cial

partial

tial and cial

crucial

able and ible

miserably

able and ible

edible

cious and tious

infectious

cious and tious

vicious

ant, ent, ancy and ency

frequent

ant, ent, ancy and ency

expectancy

Vowel suffixes after words ending in -fer

reference

Vowel suffixes after words ending in -fer

deferring

ei and ie

believe

ei and ie

receive

hyphens

re-enter

hyphens

redo

silent letters

solemn

silent letters

knight