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Welcome to Year 5!


Summer is on its way and Y5 have got an exciting couple of terms ahead of them.

Our topics for this term are:

- Why did the Ancient Maya change the way they lived?

We will be exploring who the Maya are, where they live and what the main occupation of the Maya is today, and comparing this to the lives of the ancient Maya. Y5 will use evidence to explain how we know so much about the ancient Maya society. In addition to this, we will be finding out why pok-a-tok was more than just a ball game. In PE, Y5 will have a go at a modern version of pok-a-tok…of course it won’t involve the gruesome ancient rules!


- Why did Britain once rule the largest Empire the world has ever seen? Understand what The Commonwealth is, who its members are and what its role is in British and world history?

We will be identifying why it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire and explaining why the British built an empire around the world. Eagles class will find out what happened to the British Empire. In particular, they will explain what happened in Britain between 2 April and 14 June 1982, and why.



As part of our topics, there will be two great homework project challenges:

Ancient Maya: Produce a labelled diagram that shows the main features of terraced farming and explains why this type of farming prevents the rain eroding or washing away the soil.

The Commonwealth: Research the Commonwealth and write a report or produce a PowerPoint to explain what it is and what the countries that belong to it want to achieve, the benefits to be gained, along with a map naming all the nations that are currently members.


I will send out homework project instructions when it will benefit the children to complete their task.


Please don’t forget about TT Rockstars – continual times tables practice is incredibly beneficial for your child. Also, Read Theory is also a fantastic resource to help your child develop their reading comprehension. Your child has been given a login for these – if there are any problems with them, please do not hesitate to let me know so I can sort this for them. Please see the links below to find the websites.


Below are documents and links for your information. Please visit our curriculum area for more links to great History and Science websites. If you have an idea for our class page then let me know and don't forget to follow us on Twitter to see photos and updates about Eagles class. @northfieldjun


Miss Burton