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Welcome to Year 5

Year 5 at Greenacres is called Sycamore Tree Class, and we are taught by Mr. Dearing. 

Our learning is interconnected, if appropriate, meaning each term we interconnect some subjects to support reading, writing and wider curriculum.  By learning in this way, we deepen our understanding, become critical thinkers, and develop both knowledge and skills in key areas.  Learning is subject specific.  If interconnections are not appropriate, subjects are taught discretely.

At Greenacres, all our learning have elements of the same overarching threads of:

Character – personal qualities including identity, acceptance, resilience, perseverance, coping strategies and mental strength

Communication – purposeful speaking and listening to enable collaboration

Collaboration –to work together for a shared end goal, to solve a problem or work towards a shared understanding/outcome

Creativity – to problem solve by thinking of ideas which are original and serve a purpose using what is known 

Critical Thinking – to use what is known to think precisely in order to find a solution.  This will involve critical questioning

Citizenship – to develop a sense of a place within the community, city, nation or world and recognise a commitment to it.

Learning in Year 5 includes:

  • Maya Masquerade 
  • To Infinity and Beyond
  • Treasure Island
  • A River’s Journey
  • The Ancient Greeks
  • Guide to Greenwich

All our teaching sequences give us the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, develop our skill-sets, apply our Greenacres Values and develop our 6Cs: Character, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Citizenship. Our learning in school is built around these areas and linked in with a class read.  We love sharing what we have learnt in school, although learning also happens outside the classroom; our homework and wider reading opportunities are one way this happens.  It is important to us that we are always learners whether we are in school, at home, or out and about in the world.  Events we look forward to are our Big Outcomes where we welcome parents and visitors into school to share in our learning with us; this is one of the times you will see our 6Cs in action! 

In Year 5, we continue to follow The 'No Nonsense,' Spelling scheme to ensure full coverage and consistency of approach.


We use the Accelerated Read Scheme to ensure we are reading a book within our zone of proximal development (Z.P.D.)


Maya Masquerade

We launch the year with our first teaching sequence which includes the chronology of the Maya. We begin by recalling our learning on Anglo Saxons in Britain, from Year 4, comparing it with the Maya empire.  Our class read is, 'The Chocolate Tree,' which we use as our stimulus for writing persuasive reports, stories and instructions.  There are opportunities to interconnect subjects and support elaboration. Our class read also helps us to interweave with our design and technology learning when we create our own chocolate treats. In art, we recall the skills we know about moulding clay as we make Maya masks. In science, we return to learning about the human body, reproduction and life cycles.   

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     To Infinity And Beyond

In our second teaching sequence of the year, we leave planet Earth and learn about our solar system.  This teaching sequence has a science driver where we learn about our sun, moon and solar system through research and enquiries.  Science and history are interconnected and there is scope for interweaving; we look at early space pioneers and their adventures. Our sketching skills are enhanced through the use of pastels to create space scenes.  In design and technology, we recall our learning from Year 4 on electricity to apply this learning and skills to create moon buggies.  Our class read this term is. 'The Time Machine.' Our writing outcomes are fantasy stories, discussion and poetry. 

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Treasure Island

This term’s teaching sequence is inspired by the class read of the same name, 'Treasure Island,' which gives us the opportunity to write stories from other cultures, diaries and reports.  Our learning returns to key knowledge from Year 4 and our geographical web of knowledge continues to develop from our learning about the Maya and Journeys as we plot and plan trips to South America, recalling our knowledge and skills from previous teaching sequences.  We are creative in producing cultural art in a range of media and outcomes.  Our science skills development centres around forces and, in particular, water resistance and ship building to create our own vessels to travel to Treasure Island. 

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A River’s Journey

Our subject driver for this teaching sequence  is geography as we further our knowledge and skills about the physical world recalling learning from Year 4 on Mountains and Volcanoes.  We learn about how rivers flow and the difference in landscapes along their journeys and the effect this has on the location of settlements.  Our science learning is on changing states, solids, liquids and gases which we learn through enquiry and experiments.  In art, we produce watercolour landscapes of water scenes.  Our class text this term is, 'A Long Walk To Water,' where we write explanations, instructions and poetry. 

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The Ancient Greeks

Our fifth teaching sequence of the year is about the Ancient Greeks where we learn about their culture, beliefs and lives.  Over our time in Greenacres, we learn about a number of historic periods and this gives us the opportunity to recall these and place them chronologically.  We create Grecian urns and Greek scandals in art and design and technology interweaving our skills and knowledge as we progress through the teaching sequence.  In science, we learn about the life cycles of animals and plants through enquiry, observations and experiments.  Our class read this half term is, 'Famous Artists,' supporting us with writing biographies, newspapers and stories. 

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Guide To Greenwich

Our final teaching sequence of the year enables us to look at Maritime towns and make comparisons across Greenwich.  It also allows us to recall learning on London and our capital city from K.S.1.  We look at the history of these towns and how they have developed overtime and been affected by changes in technology and industry.  In science, we recall and review the learning of the year and apply this.  Our class read is, 'Clockwork,' which we use to inspire recounts, reports and poetry. 


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We know that this learning will continue at home too. To support learning in school, please test our knowledge by asking us questions. We will do a quiz at the end of every teaching sequence recalling our knowledge to support longer term memory recall.