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Date: 9th Jul 2018 @ 11:36am

The World’s Largest Lesson


Today in Year 5 we took part in the World’s largest lesson as recommended by our prime minister, David Cameron. We learnt about inequality in the world and in particular, how unfair it is that some people have lots to eat and others have very little or even nothing at all!

We found out that although the world already produces more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet...

World hunger organizations estimate that nearly 1 BILLION people around the world go to bed hungry every night and that every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes!

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2004)

65 percent of the world’s hungry live in seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia. (FAO, 2008)

However many people in the UK too, are going to bed hungry every day, The Trussell Trust reports that numbers receiving help from food banks is steadily rising and claimed that reached 1.1 million in 2015.

We started our lesson using our great speaking and listening skills, debating why certain people should have more food/money than others.

We then watched a short video, introduced by Malala Yousef, all about inequality and what we can do to help combat it!

Our final task was to create a poster to try and persuade people to join us in the fight against world hunger! This linked in nicely with our next writing topic –

Persuasive Writing.

Here are some photos of our amazing efforts...

Spring Topic - World War 2, by PLEASE DO NOT DELETE

Date: 9th Jul 2018 @ 10:06am

In this topic we will learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History.

We will learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. We will research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation as well as learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

Seeing as this is a very inspiring topic we will have a number of different writing outcomes such as a diary extract in the style of Anne Frank, a non-chronological report, a letter from an evacuee, recipes made with rationed food, a script for a radio broadcast and an interview for somebody who lived through the war. We will also be doing some more writing through our Science topic, ‘Animals including humans’ and our RE topic, ‘The Church Community: Mission’. 

We are lucky enough to be going on three amazing trips with our WW2 topic. We will be going to the Imperial War Museum, the Stockport Air raid Shelters and The John Rylands Library for a Manchester Mapping session.


Some useful vocabulary will be:


air raid


Axis Powers








Adolf Hitler











Topic - Autumn Term 2 - Brazil, by PLEASE DO NOT DELETE

Date: 9th Jul 2018 @ 10:05am

This term we will be learning about what a rainforest is and where in the world they can be located. We will learn about: the rainforest itself including climates, weather and the 4 different layers; about deforestation and its impacts on people and places; about different plant and animal life that can be found in the rainforest and about people that live in rainforests. Links will be made in the Literacy unit through our class novel “Running Wild” By Michael Morpurgo and during Guided Reading when will be looking at various ‘Stories from Other Cultures’ Work. This topic will also link with PSHE as we will look at Fair Trade. In art we will be creating a layered rainforest using a variety of different textiles and paint and as an extra science project we will be creating our very own rainforests in a bottle!


As part of this we will be learning all about the effects of deforestation therefore our end of topic writing outcome will be a discussion text based on the benefits and disadvantages this.

The key features of a discussion text are as follows:

Purpose: To present argument and information from differing viewpoints.


• Statement of the issue plus a preview of the main arguments

• Arguments for plus supporting evidence

• Arguments against plus supporting evidence

• Recommendation – summary and conclusion

Language Features: Simple present tense, generic participants (people, scientists, smokers), logical connectives (therefore, however) and emotive language.


As well as our discussion text we will also be recapping descriptive writing  and doing various short (but amazing) descriptive pieces.


Our Amazon topic  has many cross-curricular links. 


Key Objectives for Geography:

  • Ask geographical questions, for example, 'What is this landscape like?', 'What do I think about it?'
  • To use appropriate geographical vocabulary, for example, rainfall, climate, Tropic of Capricorn etc…
  • To use atlases and globes, and maps and plans at a range of scales, for example, using contents, keys, grids.
  • To use secondary sources of information, including aerial photographs, for example, stories, information texts, the internet, satellite images, photographs, videos and artefacts.
  • To identify and describe what places are like, for example, in terms of weather, jobs.
  • The location of places and environments they study and other significant places and environments, for example, places and environments in the news.
  • To describe where places are, for example, in which region/country the places are, whether they are near rivers or hills, what the nearest towns or cities are.
  • To explain why places are like they are, for example, in terms of weather conditions, local resources, historical development.
  • To identify how and why places change, for example, through deforestation, conservation projects, and how they may change in the future, for example, through an influx of tourists.

Our Visit from ChildLine, by PLEASE DO NOT DELETE

Date: 9th Jul 2018 @ 9:52am


One day two people from ChildLine came to visit us at school. Their names were called Alisson and Clair .They came in to talk about all lots of things such as bullying, physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse .Clair and Alisson had a big bubble speech called buddy which helped teach us that we should ‘speak out’ if we feel we are being harmed. We played some games, did a quiz and talked a lot. After the quiz game, Clair showed us a video about a kid  called Guy . He was very poor when he woke up he didn’t have any school clothes and he walked pass the bath room. He had for breakfast was a little bit of biscuit his parent was not awake. Clair told us this was neglect and that we need to tell a teacher, a safe adult or ring ChildLine if we are worried. They gave us lots of tricks to remember the phone number and website.



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