Welcome to Year 5!
For our topic this term, we are travelling to North America to learn about the indigenous peoples and their descendants. In Canada, there are three groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. They have their own unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs – all linked to stewardship of creation.
In particular we will focus on two very different nations in British Columbia: The Squamish (Coast Salish) lived in massive cedar longhouses, while the Lílwat (Interior Salish) dwelled in Istkens. Both these nations have traditionally lived among the mountains and by the sea.
We will use Tinkology to examine 3D shapes and determine the net for a Tipi or other native dwelling. Through our class reader, Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac we will learn of the extraordinary bravery and citizenship of the Navajo people during World War 2 – this will link to our class trip to London to visit the Imperial War Museum in preparation for the Centenary of the end of the First World War.
Through art and DT, the children will create their own Navajo wall hanging using traditional weaving techniques. The big challenge, set by Mrs. Potts, is to create their own birch bark canoe after a virtual visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum.
In religion through the 'Come and See' programme we will look at the topics of Mission (exploring the experience of community), Memorial Sacrifice (relating to the Eucharist and being thoughtful for life, for people and gifts) and Sacrifice (preparing for Lent and Easter – life, especially within our families and in school presents opportunities for self-giving).
Each week every child will be expected to complete:
- Two pieces of homework (literacy and numeracy) which will be given out on a Friday and expected back the following Friday.
- 20 minutes reading every night with a comment or reflection by the child in their reading record.
- A reading journal task (from the list at the front of the reading record).
- 10 minutes numeracy skills every night (MathsWatch and Espresso websites).
Finally, a list of websites have been recommended for the children to use at home for further study of any subjects covered in class (any passwords required have been issued).