Curriculum - Summer Term
Unit 5 - This unit explores story structure using a story from another culture. Dragon Slayer, which is an adventure story set in China, provides a very exciting model for the children to explore using pace and suspense to add excitement to their narratives. The non-fiction element links to the Dragon Slayer story and introduces non-chronological reports through 'A field guide for ogre watchers'.
Unit 6 - Our final unit in Year 5 will study a playscript, Father's Day, about step-sibling rivalry. The writer, Lou Kuenzler, uses a range of dramatic conventions to show subtleties of character and the conflicting emotions experienced with families. Children study the plot and sub-plot and dramatic convention. Elements of performance are also included. The children will look at the stages of development of a script, then go on to write an extra scene for the play. Other script forms, such as broadcast scripts on non-fiction themes, will also be explored in this unit. Discussion texts are studied, looking at the conventions of oral debate.
Earth and Space - This unit is the only Astronomy related science unit in the primary science curriculum. The aim is to give children a basic overview of Earth and its place in our Solar System. The children will explore spherical bodies such as the moon and the sun, explore the planets, look at night and day, describe how the earth moves in space and describe the movement of the moon in relation to the Earth.
Journey through space, the final frontier... Navigate beyond the sun:the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System! The children will investigate the eight planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We will take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.
The children will programme a 'rover' to transverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity and what happens when there is none! They will compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satalite navigation systems to track hidden treasure! The children will make simple models of teh Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs. We will also be following the International Space System and will hopefully get a great sighting of it over Liverpool.
Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?
A whole school Project will follow this topic - Check out our website just before Whit to discover what our whole school project will be!