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Year 5 - Blwyddyn 5

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Spring Term 2024

During the Spring term Blwyddyn 5 will be studying the following topic:

Bugs and Beasts - Science and Technology​

In this project the children will learn:

  • About the characteristics, life cycles and habitats of a range of insects and minibeasts;

  • How to collect and present scientific and mathematical data using ICT and multimedia;

  • How to use and apply scientific knowledge to design a unique minibeast based on what has been learnt about minibeast body parts;

  • To use design technology skills effectively to make a model;

  • How to write exciting fantasy narrative stories

 

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast. He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting. Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks. Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out. How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it? Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery, then watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing earth as they go. Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts. Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear? Why not become a beast creator? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super strong aphid. You’ll be a hero. ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll die?’.

Help your child prepare for their project:

  • If you could be an insect for a day, what kind would you be? Why? Where would you live? How safe would you be from predators?

  • Make a bug’s-eye plan of your classroom or bedroom. How would things look from high up there on the wall?

  • Find out which flowers and herbs attract minibeasts. Plant a bulb or seed in a pot or planter and see who comes to visit.

  • Go on a bug hunt in a local park or woodland. What will you find? Can you photograph it?

  • Make a comparison between two minibeasts. How are they similar? How are they different?

  • Visit a local museum or nature centre to find out more about minibeasts and bugs. Make your own sketchbook and record any information you can gather.

  • Use dough or clay to make a replica of your favourite minibeast. Bring it in to school to share with others.

  • Make a minibeast glossary to explain all the specialist vocabulary associated with this topic.

  • Use poster paints to design a beautiful and symmetrical design for a butterfly’s wings. Can you transfer your design to a computer?

 

Further Information

Homework

Homework Tasks will be set either on our Goole Classroom (Google for Education “Blwyddyn 5 /Year 5 2023-2024”) or paper copies given, to be completed in homework books. Each homework task is explained to the learner and should be completed independently as it is reinforcement of the tasks completed in school during the week.

 

  • English, Maths or Thematic homework will be given on a Friday and should be returned by Monday.

  • Spelling or Multiplications Tables Tests - every week, given on a Monday (test on Friday)

  • Times tables need to be revised every night.

  • Poem of the Week, on google classroom to be read every week.

  • Reading should be carried out regularly at home

 

Reading Books

Reading books are to be returned daily. Please write in your child’s record book if they have read to you at home. The learners will also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library and these must be returned weekly. Our library day is a Tuesday where the learners will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of books.

 

PE

PE will take place on Thursday. Learners are asked to arrive to school wearing their PE clothes. 

Thank you once again for all your continued support. Diolch yn fawr.

Mrs S Phillips and Miss S Rees

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