Welcome to Year 5! This is your first year in Upper Key Stage 2 and will be filled with new challenges and learning experiences. Miss McIntyre is your class teacher and the class TA’s are Mrs Betton and Mrs Seward. This term we have many exciting topics to learn about. In History, we will be exploring Ancient Egypt. This will cover mummification, Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the importance of the River Nile. Our Science topic this term is going to be forces. This unit with teach your child about different forces such as friction, gravity, air resistance and water resistance. Children will also learn about the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. In Art, we will be exploring different shades and tones to create detailed portraits. In Maths, we have introduced the Singapore maths method and will cover place value, addition and subtraction this term. Our Guided Reading text is the well-known classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which will also influence our literacy work. In addition, we will be exploring poetry written by Francis Rodman. In Literacy, we will be continuing to develop our skills by writing a newspaper report, a biased argument and a narrative.