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Term 4 - The Highwayman


by Alfred Noyes


Welcome back everyone! This term is a very short term - 5 weeks! Therefore it is an ideal term to finish off our in depth work to do with fairgrounds and to complete 3 weeks based on the famous poem - The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. This poem was written in 1906 and it portrays a story about love and betrayal. During this unit we will learn the grammatical features of this poem as well as the figurative language skills that Alfred Noyes used. Furthermore, Year 5 will learn the poem and recite it using drama. By the end of the term, the children will compose their own poems whilst using what they've learnt about syllables and figurative language.


During weeks 2 and 3, the children will be completing their termly NFER tests which will help the teacher to assess where the current gaps in learning are. It will also provide the children with the opportunity to challenge themselves across writing, maths and reading.


Home Learning


In 5EA Cherry, we're developing an excellent culture for reading and sharing stories. We read every single day in class. Sometimes we find it hard to know what book to read next. Therefore I've included a link for a website that identifies suitable reading books for children between the years of 9-10. Have a look and enjoy!


Because this is a poetry unit, we would like the children to use home learning time as a way of writing or reading different poems. The children could explore the different types of poem and they could even bring in their favourites for the reflection corner. Perhaps there's a tasty riddle that could be shared with the class!


Here's a simple one to get you started - 5 house points for the first correct answer.


Q: I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old.


What am I?

Tear 5 - Term 4 - Curriculum Map - The Highwayman

Finished Fairground Rides

World Book Day - Group Costume

Science Day - CSI - Looking at types of evidence - do we support or refute?

Science Day - CSI - Chromatography

Science Day - CSI - Chromatography Results

What have I enjoyed this term?


'I have enjoyed converting mixed number fractions to improper fractions and vice versa. The method was easy to understand and it helped me a lot by giving me confidence' Alex.


'I enjoyed doing gymnastics last term because I learnt how to do a cartwheel. I wasn't very good at doing them before but Lara supported me' Alaska.


'I enjoyed making our fairground rides because it built up my team work skills' Sabira.


'I enjoyed learning about the vocabulary in our poem (The Highwayman) because I found out about words that I had not heard of before' Kieran.


'I enjoyed learning


'I enjoyed learning Spanish because I now know more Spanish words than I did before' George.


'I enjoyed going to the farm and learning new things about how different plants grow' Nasreen.


'I enjoyed learning about David Attenborough because he is fascinated by animals and I love animals' Lola.


'I liked learning about Margaret Hamilton because I didn't know that the Apollo 11 was not going to land and she saved the day' Jess.


'I enjoyed acting out a role play about our Science learning for our curriculum afternoon because I like acting' Theo.