Children's Rights: Right or Wrong?
Welcome to Year 5! Your teachers this year are Miss Blagbrough and Miss Weston, supported by Mrs Bird and Mrs Greene. PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reading logs should be in school every day (children need to read 5x a week) and homework will be handed out on Thursdays, to be completed by the following Tuesday.
The UNCRC sets out the rights that should be available to all children. Article 32 of the UNCRC states that children have the right to protection from work that harms them, and is bad for their health and education. Throughout the first half term, we will explore how, with the introduction of the Children's Acts, our rights have improved and developed over time. We will compare our rights today, particularly linked to our education, to children living in the Victorian era, Supported by the classic text 'Oliver Twist', children will explore, and appreciate, how children's rights have developed over time. As well as this, through our book study ('The Lost Thing'), we will consider the importance of every living being, no matter where they come from, receiving the rights that they are entitled to, and how we can better ensure that nobody has these rights taken away.
2022-2023 is below (2023-2024 info will be revealed as each new half-term begins...)
Welcome to Year 5!
Arizona: Wonder of the World?
The main driver of this half term will deepen children’s understanding of both physical and human geography. During the first part of the term we will explore the natural beauty of Arizona and why it is a popular tourist destination. We will write a persuasive leaflet to encourage tourists to visit this unique environment. Next we will focus on rivers, researching both the Colorado river and our local river (Loddon). We will create our own playground river to explain and visually see the different features of a river before travelling to the river Loddon itself to conduct a river field study. Our final piece of writing will be in the form of a poem; children will personify the river which will be used in our video. In our music lessons, we will listen to natural sounds (rustling trees, trickling rivers etc) before trying to imitate them using a variety of techniques. These sounds will be recorded and used in the final outcome.
Ancient Greece: What have they ever done for us?
This half term, the children will be historians! After locating Greece on a map and identifying where in time the Ancient Greeks lived in comparison to other civilisations, we will use a range of enquiry skills, and a variety of historical sources, to explore what life was like during the period, and the influence that they had on the Western World. Children will understand the scope and range of Greek ideas, achievements and ways of life that are still current or influential today, and have also been influential in past eras. In our English lessons, we will write a narrative about their newly created Greek God/Goddess before producing a little pocket guide about the Greeks, inspired by the lonely planet guide. During our art sessions, we will explore meander patterns before designing a pattern and print in a repeating pattern.
Are we responsible?
It is vital for children to take responsibility for preserving our planet, due to the impact that we, as humans, are having. During the project, we will start to question whose responsibility it is to look after our planet and learn about the impact we may have in the future. We will learn about several endangered animal species and will also develop an understanding of the small changes we can make to help protect the environment. Through the use of the book ‘The Tower to the Sun’, the children will look at the impact of not respecting our planet and what could happen if mankind continues to abuse the resources that we have. We will present information in ‘The Mocktail Bar’ that will inform others, who visit, of why it is important to look after the world we live in; we will do this in the form of a peaceful protest. Finally, to end our project, we will have opportunity to visit Marwell Zoological Park, where we will consolidate our understanding of conservation.
Why did the Vikings invade?
During the half term, the children explored the period of history when the Vikings raided and invaded the British Isles (CE 793 – 1066). This built upon their previous learning in Y3 and Y4, where they studied the Pre-historic and Roman periods. They considered why the Vikings, like the Romans, thought it was necessary to come to England and why, despite being defeated on numerous occasions, they continued to invade various parts of the British Isles before conquering it in 1066. The children also reflected on what life would have been like for those people already living in the British Isles, what they did to defend themselves and finally how the two communities harmonized to live in peace.
Who are the rogues?
The children discussed and evaluated how the choices people make in life will impact upon other people’s views of them. They explored and asked questions throughout the topic about the perceptions they make and hold of others. PSHE was the basis for discussions around different images of people and what these then represent. Through narratives, the children looked at the perceptions of the pirates, including extracts from literature and film. To conclude this topic, the children performed a chosen piece of learning to an audience of parents, illustrating the importance of perception.
Children's rights, right or wrong?
This terms central idea: All children deserve their rights.
Article 32: Children have the right to protection from work that harms them, and is bad for their health and education. If children work, they have the right to be safe and paid fairly.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that all children should have available to them. In this topic, children were given the opportunity to explore how children’s rights have developed from Victorian Britain to Britain today, exploring the classic and visual texts of Oliver Twist and Street Child. Children explored how, as the Victorian period developed, the lives of children improved and began to change, paving the way for modern childhood today. Essentially, learners developed their understanding of their rights and responsibilities, while exploring how social changes - through history - led to the development of these rights in our society. Through our book study ‘The Lost Thing’ and through Oliver Twist we gathered evidence of the rights that were lost, and what could have been done to ensure the rights were given.