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Space Academy


What are we learning about?


.Our first topic in Year 5 is based on the story "Baboon on the moon", which is a 3-D model animation telling the story of a Baboon who is responsible for ensuring that the moon lights up every night.  We will be doing lots of role play, hot seating and freeze frames to help create a storyboard of the animation, which will spark our imagination for writing letters to the director Chris Duriez, alternative endings, film reviews and much more!  Our science takes us on a journey of space exploration into the galaxies far, far away.  We will be discovering how we get night and day and why their lengths vary throughout the year, and why we have seasons and how an eclipse is formed.  We will be looking at images to view the earth from space and the internet to research facts about planets, in order to create a PowerPoint on our findings.

Baboon on the Moon

A lonesome Baboon has been assigned to live on the moon and light it every evening. Once his daily duty is performed he takes out his trumpet, playing a sonata to the Earth he loves and misses.



Our English this term begins with the clip "Baboon on the Moon", where we immerse ourselves in the Baboon's daily life and emotions as we use drama to create a variety of opportunities for writing.  We will then be looking at newspaper reports of recent space discoveries in order to identify the features and write a newspaper article of our own.  We will then use our DT project, designing a moon buggy, to write an explanation text about how it works. Finally, we will be reading a range of space poetry - humorous, mystical - and deciding which is our favourite and why?



Our maths in Year 5 begins with Place Value, looking at identifying, estimating and representing numbers up to 1,000,000, including rounding to the nearest 1000.  We will then look at adding and subtracting up to 4 digits which includes solving 2-step problems in context.  In our unit on multiplication and division, children will focus on learning all times tables up to 12 x 12 in order to apply these fact.  We will also look at factors, prime numbers, square and cube numbers.  We will also be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.     We will finally look at dividing to make a fraction, writing improper fractions and finding equivalent fractions.

Learning Opportunities


There will be a variety of learning opportunities this term across the curriculum, with our trip to the Winchester Science Museum at the heart of it all.  Here we will have the opportunity to explore each exhibit and experience awe and wonder in science.  We will also visit the planetarium to further extend our knowledge and understanding of our solar system.  In DT, we will be using Sketchup to help us design our very own moon buggy which we will then make and customise.  This will culminate in a class race and subsequent evaluations of our constructions, including modifications needed. 

How you can help at home


You can help to support your child's learning at home by visiting the local library and having a look at both factual books about space and stories set in space.  Ask your child questions about what they have read and what they enjoyed about the books and why?  You could make up games or sing songs to help them learn all of their times tables.  There are some links on our web page to some on-line games you could play together - a bit of competition always enthuses children to participate and show resilience (this links to our learning values). They could have a go at designing their own moon buggy at home using Sketchup and make it out of lego, k-nex or other construction materials.  They could even have a family race, modify their constructions and give reasons why?