Year 5 Spring Term

Frozen Kingdoms - Spring Term
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands. Vast wilds and hostile territories; incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs. Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an Arctic fox is hunting rodents, as swift as the wind. Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems. Wrap up well and settle by the fire. 
At the start of the topic the children will set up their own weather diary that they will refer to for the rest of this term. Children will look at making comparisons with weather in different locations as well as historically.
In English, children will read the graphic novel ‘Mouse Bird Snake Wolf’ by David Almond. It is about three children who create animals from inanimate objects. Children will take inspiration from the text and write their own narrative by adapting the setting of it to an Antarctic environment and make other artistic changes.  
In design and technology children will work collaboratively to discover what materials would be good to keep them warm in the Arctic. They will then design a multi-layered fabric, before testing its insulation capability. 
Science lessons will allow the children to explore reversible and non-reversible changes. They will learn about a variety of materials and their properties and they will conduct experiments to test possible uses for them. 
In computing children will learn how to search for information in a database; to contribute to a class database and to create a database around a chosen topic. 


How can you help?

This half term, we’re going to learn about the coldest places on Earth. Why not watch a documentary such as 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.