Ant (Year 5)

Module 1

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of a new year, and across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Who We Are’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Changes that people experience affect their sense of self and the choices they make.

We will be reading:

‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ by Terry Jones

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Telling the Time
  • Number: Place Value

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • How the actions of others affect lives
  • The ways in which Vikings changed Britain
  • The changes that people experience

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 1 Homework – Who We Are

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive regular spellings and some maths activities. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete three tasks. The completed homework should be brought in or uploaded to Google Classroom by Monday 11th October. This allows time for us to celebrate and display their work before the end of term

I am an Inquirer

Inquire into the beliefs of the Vikings.

  • You could create an information leaflet or Slides to teach others about their religion/beliefs/gods and goddesses.
  • You could make up your own Viking god/goddess.

I am Knowledgeable

Create a poster/comic strip or a picture book to explain/teach younger children about the Vikings. Try to include as many facts as you can, for example, how did they travel? Where did they invade? When? Did they have money? Did they invent anything?

I am Creative

  • Create an interesting collage of a Viking scene; a stormy sea, long boat, a raid!
  • Design and/or make a Viking helmet and/or sword!
  • Do some junk-modelling – make a Viking longboat.

I am Caring

Vikings had to be fit and strong. Create and plan a healthy meal fit for a Viking. Think about what food may have been available and how it would have been cooked.

I am Reflective

The Vikings are known for their aggression and violence. However, they were very clever people and invented a lot of things.
Reflect on the following question and present it in any way you like:

What did the Vikings do for us?

I am Open-Minded

Is it ever acceptable to invade another land, town or country and make the people that already live there follow your rules? Write a speech or create a presentation to the rest of the class for or against invading somewhere else.

I am a Communicator

You are a Viking that has just set sail to find new land. Write a letter home to your family or write a diary entry about your journey. Remember to include your thoughts and feelings.

Challenge – learn how to write in Runes, could you write some of your letter/diary in this way?

I am Curious

Choose one of the countries that the Vikings were from (Denmark, Norway and Sweden). Find out what the country is like now.

  • You could plan a trip there, what will you do, where will you stay and where will you go? How will you get there? Can you use Google Flights to find out how much it will cost to travel there?
  • You could make a poster to help tourists know exactly what that country is like.
    • You could include; places of interest to visit, traditional food and clothes.

I am a Thinker

Draw or print a picture of yourself and a Viking child. Label the differences between your life and their life. (Include information on school, toys, homes, pets, hobbies).

Module 2

How We Express Ourselves

We hope that you enjoyed your October Half Term. This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Media has the power to influence people’s perspectives and the choices they make.

We will be reading:

‘(The Boy Who Got) Accidentally Famous’

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Subtraction
  • Statistics
  • Multiplication and Division

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Different forms of persuasion through the media.
  • Media influences on the choices people make.
  • The influence of advertisements in everyday life.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 2 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive regular spellings. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete at least 3 tasks by December 6th 2021. This then gives us plenty of time to show and celebrate the completed work in class.

I am open-minded

Social media for children

Should children under the age of 12 be allowed to use social media (for example Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat).

Write a leaflet, speech or create Slides arguing/persuading whether children should or should not be allowed, remember to include reasons for your opinions.

I am reflective

How has Computing changed? The Internet is a huge network of computers all connected together. The World Wide Web (‘www’ or ‘web’ for short) is a collection of webpages found on this network of computers.

Research the history of the Internet and write a report explaining how it has become such a powerful influence today. Who created it? When? You could also do a fact file to show this.

I am a risk-taker

Creating a new product is risky business! It needs to sell, otherwise companies could lose lots of money. Try designing and creating a new product, maybe a toy or board game. How would you advertise your product, persuading people to buy it for Christmas?

Create something from these ideas to tell people about your product and make them want to buy it. Posters, adverts,
information leaflets, radio adverts,
slogans, logos

I am a thinker

In our class text, the main character suddenly becomes famous. If you were to become famous, what would it be for? Do you think you’d like it? Why/why not? How would your life be changed by fame? Do you think you would change as a person?

Think hard about these questions and write your answers in any way you choose. For example, a poster titled ‘Becoming Famous’, a chapter of a book about you or a diary entry of the day you became famous.

I am caring

Why should anyone help?

Design an information booklet using both words and illustrations that will influence people to adopt homeless animals from a shelter or create an advert, Slides or a poster persuading people to donate money to a charity of your choice.

I am a communicator

Life without texts or emails.

Spend at least two days without any online communication (e.g. no forms of
messaging, texts or social media.)

Record how you found it, you could do it as a diary entry. How did you communicate with others outside of school hours? Was it easy/hard? Did you like it? Why/why not?

I am an inquirer

Magazines

Design a page of a magazine for children aged 9-11. Try to include stories/pictures/jokes that children of your age would want to read.

Would you include adverts in your magazine? What would the adverts be for?

I am knowledgeable

Research the most famous people over the last 100 years. Who were they and what were they famous for?

  • You could write a biography about one of these people.
  • You could create a website or Slides about one of these people 
  • You could get creative and make a model of one of these famous people, or draw/paint them. Don’t forget to include information about who they were.

I am balanced

How does media and advertising affect my food choices?

  • Look out for adverts on unhealthy food/junk food adverts. How do they make you feel as you watch them? Why? Do they persuade you to want to eat the
    unhealthy food?
  • Create a poster or advert (you could film the advert!) to persuade people to eat healthily or persuade people to buy healthy food.
Module 3

Where We Are In Place And Time

Across the school this term, we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Where we are in place and time’.

Find out more about the inquiries for Ant Class below:

Central Idea:
Exploration helps people understand the world.

We will be reading:

‘Phoenix’ by S.F. Said

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Perimeter
  • Fractions

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Significant explorers from the past.
  • Human exploration of space.
  • The role of innovation and technological advances in space exploration.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 3 Homework

The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. This term we will only be sending this Termly Homework Mat and no weekly tasks. The completed homework should be shared by Thursday 11th February 2021. Have a go at as many as you like!

I am open-minded

If you could travel back in time which period would you like to explore? (i.e. Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Egyptians)

Design a time machine that would take you there. Label your design to show how it works, what the different parts do and why they are useful.

I am reflective

Starry, Starry Night

How many constellations are in the milky way?

Create a poster or piece of artwork, drawing and labelling some of these constellations. You could  include any interesting facts you can find out about them, for example, how did they get their names?

I am a risk-taker

The adventure begins as soon as you step out of your comfort zone!

Going into space is very risky but also a great adventure! You have been given the task of leading a group of astronauts on a trip to the moon (or planet of your choice).

Either: – Write/type up a plan or schedule of your trip.

  • You’ve landed! Write a letter or make a video for your family back on Earth telling them all about your adventure.
  • Write a diary entry of your trip.

I am a thinker

Imagine that you are an explorer that has just discovered a new island. Draw a map of your island, then draw and label three (imaginary) plants and animals that you have found there. Don’t forget to give this new island a name!

I am caring

You are going to meet Aliens from another planet (friendly ones!). What 10 items would you take as presents for them? Why would you choose these items in particular – do they mean something special to you personally or do you think they represent our life on Earth?

I am a communicator

Write a letter applying to be one of the first human beings to live on Mars.

What special qualities do you have to make you a suitable candidate? Why should you be given this fantastic opportunity?

I am an inquirer

What’s happening in space now?

Visit the NASA website and find out about life on the International Space Station.

Create Slides, write a leaflet or design a poster to present your information. Include as many details, facts as possible.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/more_to_explore/International-Space-Station.html

I am knowledgeable

Tim Peake, Christopher Columbus, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton are all famous names… But why? Pick one of these people and research them using books or the internet to find out as much information as you can. You can choose how to present your findings for example; a fact file, Slides, poster or leaflet.

I am balanced

Imagine you are about to start a long journey on a ship which will last for some weeks, maybe months. How would you stay fit and healthy whilst travelling? Design a daily exercise routine to help keep you strong.

Remember – you are on a ship and might not have too much space!

Module 4

Welcome back, we hope that you had a lovely half term! This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘How The World Works’. 

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Natural cycles and patterns influence our interaction with the world.

We will be reading:

Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Cycles in the natural world.
  • How natural cycles are connected.
  • The impact of cycles on human society.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school inquiries, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

MODULE 4 Homework – How The World Works

The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions.  Each child is required to complete three tasks. The completed homework should be brought in or uploaded to Google Classroom by Friday 25th March. This allows time for us to celebrate and display their work before the end of term.

I am open-minded

  • If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?
  • What change would you make?
  • What positive impact would it have?
  • Why might someone else not want you to make this change?

I am reflective

  • The Ganges river in India is home to 650 million people! Reflect on the impact of so many people relying on one river could have on it.
  • Use websites such as https://www.wwf.org.uk/where-we-work/ganges to find out about this river and how it is in trouble.
  • You could create a poster, slides or a leaflet to teach others about the Ganges river and the problems it is facing.

I am a risk-taker

  • Write a song, rap or poem about wasting water and persuading people to be more careful with their water usage.

I am a thinker

  • Imagine you are an inventor.  It is your job to design something to recycle the water used in a family home.  Draw a detailed diagram of your invention.  How will it work?
  • You could even create a model version of your invention!

I am caring

  • Across the world 785 million people do not have clean water close to home.  Plan a fundraising activity that you could organise in order to raise money for charities such as WaterAid UK.  What would your activity be?  How much would it cost?  How could you persuade people to take part/donate money to charity?

I am a communicator

  • Read three different non-fiction books about science (MYon might help you with this!)  Write a book review of each one, explaining what you learnt and how the layout helped you to understand the information. 
  • Get creative! Make a model mountain range, you could create a river flowing through it too. Write an explanation of what you’ve made to share with everyone.

I am principled

  • Research statistics of a range of different rivers (e.g. length, number of countries it travels through, maximum width) and make into a set of top trump cards.
  • Write a plan for your family on how you will try to save water at home. Can you all stick to it?

I am knowledgeable

  • Choose a  river OR mountain range that has a rich and varied history (e.g. River Medway, Nile, Mississippi or the Himalayas) and research it.  Present your information in any way you choose.

I am balanced

  • Why is drinking water important?  What are the benefits of water?  Why is it good for us?  Create a poster, leaflet, website, slides, or a poem encouraging others to drink water as part of a healthy diet/lifestyle.
Module 5

We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter Break. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘Sharing The Planet’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
People establish practices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources.

We will be reading:

‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul

‘Under The Weather’  by Tony Bradman

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percentages

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • The Earth’s natural resources and the different environmental problems.
  • How humans can introduce sustainable practices in their communities.
  • The actions and consequences of the choices that humans make.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 5 Homework – Sharing The Planet

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly homework, usually reviewing that week’s learning. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks. The completed homework should be brought in the week by Monday 16th May 2022, allowing plenty of time for us to celebrate homework before the end of term.

I am open-minded

Should the hunting of wild animals or fox hunting be allowed? Are there any good reasons for this activity to continue? Should it be considered a sport? Are there any advantages or disadvantages?

Write your opinion on this subject, remember to include opinion words and phrases.

I am reflective

The survival of every species is affected by many environmental factors. The human population on Earth uses and destroys a lot of the planet’s resources. What will the world look like in 10, 50, 100 or 1000 years if humans don’t change?

Write a story set in the future describing what you think the world/life will be like.

I am a risk-taker

Watch the speech that Greta Thunburg made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMrtLsQbaok

What risks do you think she’s made in her life in order to be heard and to make a change?

Research another significant person, either from now or from history, who has risked a lot to make a change. For example, Nelson Mandela or Rosa Parks. Create a presentation or poster about this person.

I am a thinker

If you were the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the day what would you do to help save the planet?

What would you need to do and who would have to help you?

I am caring

Find out/research about which animals in the world are in danger of becoming extinct. Choose one and create a poster or an information leaflet about your endangered animal. Why should they be helped? (Sites like https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/wildlife have some helpful information.)

I am a communicator

Write a persuasive letter to the School Council explaining how the school can become more environmentally friendly.

Can you convince your council representatives that your ideas are the best?

I am principled

Design an eco-friendly classroom. Think about what you would need to include or change to stop the waste of energy and resources such as paper and plastic. You could draw this design, or even build a junk-model classroom!

What changes would you make?

What positive impact would it have?

I am knowledgeable

Create a poster/comic strip or a picture book to encourage younger children to become more environmentally friendly. What resources can they help to save or reduce waste? How can they do this?

Remember to make your work as appealing and attractive as possible for younger children.

I am balanced

Should richer countries help the poorer countries in the world? Is it right that there are children in other countries that do not have access to clean water, food and education?Think about this question and present your findings which can include video, poster or presentation.

Module 6

We hope that you enjoyed the May half term. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
People organise themselves to create goods and services for the community.

We will be reading:

  • ‘The Chocolate Tree’
  • ‘The Hero Twins and Other Mayan Folktales’

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Decimals and Percentages
  • Geometry – Properties of Shape
  • Geometry – Position and Direction

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • The needs and wants of a community.
  • Our responsibilities as producers and consumers.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 6 Homework – How We Organise Ourselves

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly homework. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete at least 3 tasks by Friday 11th July.

I am open-minded

Find out all about what religion/beliefs the ancient Maya had. You could create a labelled picture/poster to present this information or write a speech to teach others about Mayan beliefs.

I am reflective

Research two different things that were invented by the Mayan people. Create a fact file or Slides about them.

I am a risk-taker

The Mayans used a base 20 number system. Can you research and write the numbers 1- 20 in Mayan numbers?

I am a thinker

Research an area of Mayan life you are interested in: Food School Music Religion.
Choose how to present your information.

I am caring

The Maya discovered chocolate.

Create a three course meal for any chocoholic to enjoy – you could write it as a menu or draw a picture of it!

I am a communicator

Pretend you are an explorer who has just discovered a new tomb in the amazon. Write a newspaper article announcing that a new Mayan pyramid or tomb has been discovered!

I am principled

Rules and laws are used by societies and communities to help keep people/children safe.

What rules and laws did the ancient Maya have? Compare them to our rules and laws. How are they the same or different? Present your information in any way you choose.

I am knowledgeable

Can you draw or make an ancient Mayan temple? Research and write about why the temples were so important to the Mayans.

I am balanced

One of the many things the ancient Mayans are remembered for is their ball game, which they called Pitz.

Can you create a brand new ball game for children to play?