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Badgers class

Mr Netherway and Mrs Pacheco


Welcome back after the Easter break! Badgers class is taught by Mr Netherway and is supported by Mrs Pachecho. Other adults who will be working with the class in the summer term are Mr Staddon (Tuesdays) and Mrs Gomes (Portuguese lessons).

Our enquiry question for History this term is ‘How has the Shanghai Dynasty impacted on the Modern World?’ We will be investigating a variety of traditions, stories and art linked to China to support our understanding of this. We will be looking at the history of China on a timeline and using a variety of sources to draw conclusions to the questions we raise. Linked to this, in art we will be focussing on Chinese willow patterns on plates. 

In Science this term, we will be learning about ‘Living things and their habitats’. This will include the reproduction of plants and humans. 

In Religious Education, we will be learning about Islam and how people celebrate and worship. 

In English, we will be writing for a range of reasons based on the story of the Billy Goats Gruff. Although this seems like a simple story, we will be turning it on its head and will be writing persuasive letters to the troll, diary entries from the goats, instructions to cross the bridge safely and investigating whether or not trolls are actually bullies or victims! We will then be reading the novel, The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pulman. Again, this story is linked to China. 

We will be encountering lots of new learning in Maths! We begin with geometry - investigating types of angle before measuring angles using a protractor and then calculating missing angles. We will be looking at shapes and their properties too. We will build in more practice of fractions, decimals, and percentages too. Pupils will continue to have daily arithmetic and times tables practice as soon as they arrive in the morning.   

PE will now be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, Mr Staddon will be teaching cricket, and on Thursdays the children will have indoor gymnastics or outdoor athletics, if the weather stays dry! For PE lessons, please make sure your child has suitable clothing for both indoor and outdoor PE sessions.  

Portuguese lessons will continue to be taught by Mrs Gomes. In DT pupils will be making Chinese chicken Chow Mein – yum! 

Badgers class will have homework set weekly on a Friday, to be collected the following Thursday. We also expect children to read at least 5 times a week and have their reading records signed by an adult at home to show this. Pupils are encouraged to practice their multiplication tables on Times Table Rockstars. If it is difficult for your child to complete their homework at home, time and space can be made in school for them to complete it in the week. Please email the Year 5 email address – if this is an option you would like to pursue. Use this address to contact us about any other part of your child’s education.  


We are looking forward to the final Year 5 term of learning, where we will be also preparing your child for their Year 6 journey!