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In English this term, the children will be focusing on discovering their inner journalist! As the geography topic this term is The Alps, the children will get to write a newspaper report based on the legend/myth of the Abominable Snowman - is it real or merely a myth?
Following them using their journalistic skills, the children will then write a set of instructions based on how to trap a yeti!
In mathematics this half-term, we will be focusing geometry and exploring different areas of shape and space. As Easter and SATs approach, we will be paying special attention to the following aspects of the maths curriculum:
 - Identifying polygons and polyhedra
 - Identifying the properties of shape
 - Identifying and measuring angles
 - Missing angles on a line and around a point
 - Angles within shapes
 - Compass Points
Our geography topic this half-term will based on The Alps and the children will be called upon to showcase their knowledge of where all the different European countries are located on a map. Using the program Setanna, the children will be seeing how quick and accurate they can be when it comes to identifying all the different countries in mainland Europe. Some of the pupils are already on 100% which is amazing!
Considering we are studying Victorian Britain as our overarching history topic this half-term, it seemed only right that we study the work of one of the most famous artists of the time - L.S. Lowry. 
At the beginning of the sequence, the children will experiment with mixing primary colours, creating both secondary and tertiary colours. They will also work with different tones and shades when using black and white.
Towards the end of the sequence, the children will then get to produce their very own versions of a Lowry style Victorian Totnes. Watch this space for their creations later in the term!
Formerly known as PSHE, here at The Grove, PSHME (Personal, Social, Health, Mental, Economic) looks at a wide range of topics that address the modern world our children live in today. Unlike other subjects, PSHME here differs in that the pupils are mixed with children from the other year 5/6 classes to give them the opportunity to share views and opinions with children they don't usually learn with on a day-to-day basis. As part of one of three groups, each child will visit each year 5/6 teacher on a three week rotation. Below are the talking points for this half-term.


  • How people make decisions about spending and saving money and what influences them
  • How to keep track of money so people know how much they have to spend or save




  • How people make choices about ways of paying for things they want and need (eg from current accounts / savings; store cards / credit cards; loans).


  • How to recognise what makes something ‘value for money’ and what this means to them
  • That there are risks associated with money (it can be won, lost or stolen) and how money can affect people’s feelings and emotions


Properties and materials will be the learning sequence up until Easter. Children will investigate the differences between reversible and irreversible changes, insulators and conductors, and the different properties that make materials differ from one another. Whether it's running on a non-Newtonian liquid (like custard!), or mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to inflate a balloon, the children will be learning more and more about how different everyday materials behave. 
Religious Education (R.E.)
  • Victorian Day
  • Tuesday 26th September
Following our topic on Hinduism in the last half-term, the children will be looking at Christianity once again while asking the question, 'What kind of king was Jesus?'
This unit will be about trying to transform the world, discussing and debating what a better world would be like. This will also include gathering ideas about contemporary world issues which, of course, there are a great many.

Additionally, the children will also find out about some of the people who have made a difference to the world (e.g. have a look at winners of the Nobel Peace Prize or the Niwano Peace Prize), listing ways in which people could make the world they live in a better place in the next 50 years.

Year 5