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Welcome to Temple Grove Academy, the first primary school of Temple Grove Academy Trust in Tunbridge Wells. We hope that you will enjoy visiting our website and that it provides you with an insight into our vibrant and happy nursery and primary school. TGA staff are caring, experienced and committed to meeting the individual needs of every child through a happy, secure environment.

Year 5 - Elm

The Year 5 Team

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Elm class team: Mrs Buckingham (Mon-Wed) Mrs Byard (Thurs and Fri) Mr Bailey (Wed am) Mr Pritchard (Mon-Fri) and Hayley Harris (Mon-Fri am)


Sport and Gym

PE Day is Tuesday and Thursday: The children must bring a PE kit for PE lessons. It would be helpful to keep your P.E. kits on your peg in the classroom. 

Reading: Children are expected to regularly change their reading books to read at home. Please encourage children to read with you every night and make sure the organisers are signed at least three times a week. Children have the opportunity to change their books daily and will visit the school library once a week.


SpellingsSpelling tests will take place every Friday. New spellings will be given out on the same day. Spelling patterns will be revised in class along side handwriting practice. Children are responsible for learning their spellings at home in preparation for their test. 


Homework: Homework is handed out every Friday and expected back in the following Wednesday. It usually consists of one piece of written work, linked to the History/Geography or Literacy topic, one piece of grammar or punctuation work and one piece of Maths work. We also expect times tables to be practiced every week.


The Year 5 Curriculum:



Term 1 - Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. William Grill's impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackelton and his crew on Endurance . Children will learn about the differences between information and fiction texts. They will explore dilemmas empathizing with characters. They will produce a range of writing to respond to text through role play and dramatization. They will discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, and the impact on the reader.


Term 2 - Rose Blanche


Term 3 - The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden.

Set sail for the greatest journey of all time! As Odysseus fights to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden's graphic retelling breathes new life into this great classic. The stories cover themes of good and evil, the nature of heroism, taking responsibility for our actions within a classic voyage and return narrative.


Term 4 -Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer
Moon Man crash lands on Earth and is imprisoned by the authorities who fear his strangeness. His unique qualities (ie the ability to wax and wane) enable him to escape and he leads a fugitive existence until he meets Doktor van der Dunkel who builds a rocket so he can return home to his ‘shimmering seat in space’.
Pupils will:
- Discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.

- Compose and rehearse sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary.
- Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.
- Participate actively in collaborative conversations.
Home learning ideas:
Art  and science—Who is Alan Bean?


Focus Books in Year 5

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Children will need to practice their times tables at home to improve their quick recall and fluency. Year 5 should confidently know all their times tables, including 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x.


Term 1 and 2 - Number, place value, addition and subtraction.

Term 3 and 4 - Multiplication and division. Fractions, decimals and percentages.

Term 5  - Decimals and percentages cont. Geometry (angles/shapes)

Term 6 -  Area and Perimeter. Measurement and volume.

Elm class hard at work!

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White Rose Maths

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Topic (History and Geography)


Term 1 and 2 - Britain At War (WW1/WW2)

We will be looking at life in Britain during the first and second world wars. The children will understand the situation the country found itself in and how people coped with loosing family members going off to fight. They will learn about ‘the front line’, ‘trench foot’ and ‘no-man’s land’. They will discuss how powerful and influential Hitler was and learn who Britain’s enemies and allies were. They will find out about the leadership and direction of Winston Churchill and recognize the British spirit that kept the country going. They will learn about different jobs for men and women and where the children were evacuated.


Learning objectives:

To write a letter as a soldier during the war.

Analyse art depictions of the war.

Analyse and interpret historical material and text.

Watch and discuss videos about the wars.

Use drama to portray the way of life during the war.

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Term 3 and 4 - The Vikings

Who were the Vikings? - The Viking age in European history was from about AD700 to 1100. During this period many Vikings left their homelands in Scandinavia and travelled by longboat to other countries, like Britain and Ireland.

How did the Vikings fight? - Viking warriors fought using long swords and axes. A good sword was handed down from father to son, but Vikings also buried weapons with their owner when he died. Did they win any wars?

Viking travellers and explorers. Who were they? Where did they go?

The Norman Conquest - When Edward the Confessor died without leaving an heir in 1066, it set in motion events which would lead to the end of the Anglo-Saxon era in England. Find out more....


Learning Objectives: to write an information leaflet about the life and times of The Vikings.

We will learn about:

· Viking raids and invasion and find Danegeld.

· The resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England

· Anglo-Saxon laws and justice

· Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066


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Science - Empiribox!


Term 1 and 2 - Humans and Senses

Learning Objectives:

Describe the changes as humans develop to old age

Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information amount living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.

Identify how animals and plants adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaption may lead to evolution.


Term 3 and 4 - The Solar System and Evolution

Evolution topic - Pupils will:

- Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parent
- Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways, and explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.


Empiribox is an exciting, interactive scheme of work that involves lots of experiments and demonstration. The children have lots of fun learning about the main three areas of science, physics, chemistry and biology. Here is an example of the Geology topic - Solving the mystery of the Poison Pen Murder using chromatography:

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Children have been using Purple Mash in school, learning about coding and creating spreadsheets, children have an individual login to use this site and they are able to access the site from home.


Term 1 and 2 - Online Safety and Spreadsheets

Term 3 - Writing for Different Audiences and Databases

Purple Mash

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Term 1 – Art Project

We are lucky to have Bonnita Moaby ( coming into school to create some fun art projects with our class this term. Firstly, making Zeotropes - creating a 3D object that spins. Followed by Info. graphics - creating an information poster to contain graphics and text. Both pieces are linked to our Literacy text and will portray the trials and tribulations that the expedition faced along the way.


Illustration (Painting techniques and watercolour.)

Linked to our topic and Shackleton's Journey. The children will create an illustrated book about the adventures of Shackleton. They will learn how to create atmospheric landscape paintings using watercolor. llustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. His beautiful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, reproduce the expedition. Children will love examining the diagrams of the peculiar provisions and the individual drawings of each sled dog and packhorse.


Term 2 - Images of War

The children will study an artist working at the time of WW1. In particular, John Singer Sargent and Paul Nash. They will study war landscapes and discover how these artists recreated the scenes of devastation using paint. They will draw a portrait of a soldier in charcoal with a camouflage mixed media background.


Term 3 - Viking Art and Design

The Jelling style (start of the 10th century.)

Stylistic animals; S-shaped and intertwined animal designs, with profiled heads, spiral hips and pigtails.

Viking and Norse Mythology – symbolism. Oil pastel seascapes.


Term 4 - Viking Jewellery

The pupils with design and make a variety of Viking jewellery out of clay. They will learn how to mark making effectively onto a textured surface. They will create a set of rune beads influenced by the Viking style.


Illustration inspired by Shackleton's Journey

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Christmas Hoops

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Term 1 and 2 - Our Community

Children will understand how to recognize a metre of 2,3 and 4 through singing and playing instruments. They will learn to sing songs from our musical heritage. They will be writing song lyrics. Also, develop accompaniments using obstinate and invented and improvised rhythms.

The Tunbridge Wells Singing Festival - Year 5 will learn songs to perform at The assembly Halls.


Term 3 - At The Movies

The class will use a storyboard to structure sound and learn about the use of sound effects in movies. They will compose sound effects to perform to a movie clip. Then evaluate and refine their musical compositions.


Term 4 - 'SOLFA' (a system of naming the notes of a musical scale by syllables instead of letters)

Solfa is a method of learning and reading music. In music we will introduce what SOLFA means and how it represents the distance between notes. Starting with Mi and So, we will be singing ‘Doe, a deer’ using hand signs to match the sounds. The children will learn other songs with Soh and Mi, then also La and Do. Because Solfa focuses the attention on pitch relationships and functions within a tonal system, it is an excellent way to train the musical ear for real musical tasks like playing by ear and improvising.


Term 5 – Keeping Healthy

We will be exploring beat at different tempi and singing syncopated melodies. The children will develop rhythm skills through singing, playing and moving. In groups they will sing and play scales and chromatic melodies. The children will learn to read grid and staff notation to play a bass line. They will also be using a score to notate and guide selected elements of a performance.


Term 4 - Garage Band (digital music on the iPads) and Drumming
The children will listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Appreciate and understand the tradition of African drumming. Create rhythm patterns on the djembe drums. Learn to effectively manipulate sound and thoughtfully compose using a digital resource.

Class Dojos - Rewards

Check out how your child is progressing and see the achievements they are receiving on the Dojo website and App.

Class Dojo Rewards and Class Rules

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Elm Reading Journal

Our School Environment

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