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Year 5 ~ Mary Seacole Class


Mary Seacole wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. She knew herself well enough to know that she could be of help to soldiers in the Crimean War, if only she had the opportunity – and she was right! Determined & resourceful, Mary Seacole showed great intrapersonal intelligence.

Autumn term – Meet the Greeks

The beginning of year 5 sees us stepping back in time. We walk between two pillars to enter the classroom where we find sculpture & bits of pottery & Spartans & Athenians preparing for combat. There are artefacts & ancient maps, Olympian athletes & writing on the walls that we can’t read but that looks strangely familiar. This term is about the ancient Greeks.

The Greeks invade (nearly) every aspect of our learning; they were great mathematicians & scientists so geometry plays a key role in our maths work but we also solve lots of particularly Greek problems. We look at the sun, stars & moon, forces & light & dark. We read & write plays like Greek tragedies & myths & legends & learn about democracy & how we can change the things around us. We think about whether we would have preferred to live in Athens or Sparta & why. We make pots & sculptures & learn the Greek alphabet. We also learn about the 5 pillars of Islam this term.


Our trips in the autumn term include going to the British Museum & even a visit to the Olympic site not far from our school.

By the end of the term we have made a display of our sculptures, written our own myths & created & performed a musical masterpiece to teach the rest of the school about the ancient Greek gods.

Spring term – Spy Kids

In the spring term we go deep undercover; the classroom door looks like the entrance to some high security nerve centre with an electronic keypad & retina scanner. Inside the room there are high-tech gadgets &‘classified’ signs, fingerprints & encrypted codes, secret cameras & camouflage netting. We are the spy kids – shh! The walls have ears – and our first mission is to locate our headteacher who has been kidnapped & cunningly replaced with a spookily lifelike double.

Gadgets & codes infect every part of our learning this term; our learning objectives become ‘missions’ that we always choose to accept! We read & write explanations & reports & look at spy novels by significant authors; our maths involves patterns & relationships & code-breaking; science & DT are about electricity, electronics & making things work. We examine electronic sounds in music & study & imitate the urban street artwork of Banksy.


We visit the Science Museum & the Design Museum to try out the latest potentially useful gadgets.

By the end of the term, we have made film clips, invented a spying gadget to pitch in the Dragon’s Den & carried out scores of successful missions, not least of which is to rescue the real head. Not bad for a term’s work.

Summer term – Keen to be Green

In the summer term, there’s only one mission - & that’s to save the planet. We are keen to be green so our classroom becomes an eco-haven; the predominant colour is green not least because we start to grow things in it. Inevitably, though, our learning takes us outside a little more often that we’ve been used to. We take charge of the science garden & the wildflower meadow; we identify areas for planting & get to it.

Energy efficiency & conservation become our key drivers this term; we take on persuasive posters & letters; we write ‘An Inconvenient Truth’-style documentary – an explanation text to show everyone what’s going on; we look at data in maths, what it shows us & how we can represent it to give the message we want. We also look at measures & some really big numbers. We consider our rights & our responsibilities, examine the water cycle, living things, life processes & pollution. But it’s not just theory – we get our hands on the school’s electricity monitor & set ourselves the challenge of reducing the school’s energy usage. We create & implement a raft of strategies to lower consumption & waste & measure our success. Andy Goldsworthy is our artist of the term.


We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to visits. We go to the ecology park on the Greenwich Peninsula, to the Soanes Centre nearby & to Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs to visit animals & allotments.

By the end of term, we have built an insect hotel, grown, eaten & sold our own veg, attempted to bolster butterfly numbers, reduced our school’s carbon footprint & hopfully changed a few people’s perspectives on the way!



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