Welcome to Swifts Class and to Year 5 at St Mary’s. We’re a bunch of enthusiastic learners, guided by our teachers, Mrs Thom and Miss Prud'homme. During the Autumn we learned about Elizabethan England including the wonderful words of William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We’re also blasted off into space, and will be travelling along the Silk Road and becoming architects before the end of the academic year. On top of that, in the we’re going to take a trip to the home of the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park as part of our STEM learning week. There really is so much to look forward to! We Swifts love collecting marbles (and house points) for showing our Christian Values in action and making positive learning choices. As the year progresses, we hope to reach our marble targets and enjoy some well earned rewards:
This term our learning is connected through the stories from 1001 Arabian Nights. We are going to be making links between the stories, the religion of Islam and early Islamic civilisation.
In English, we are focusing on narrative by reading some of the stories from 1001 Arabian Nights. We will use the stories to analyse the different characters, make comparisons and understand the structure. They will then use this learning to create their own story that Scheherazade could tell on the 1002nd night. Children will focus on techniques for editing and improving ready to publish their stories and share them with their friends and family during their expo on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Children will also use the stories from 1001 Arabian Nights to make connections to Islam. They will explore the religion to help them answer the question: how does the community of a mosque impact on Muslims? To do this, children will make comparisons between a mosque and other places of worship in terms of how they help to create a sense of community. Children will also learn about key people at a mosque. Our history focus is early Islamic civilisation. They will begin by recapping Islam, locating Iraq and Baghdad on a map, understanding where it fits on our timeline and how it connects to other periods they have studied. They will explore how early Islamic civilisation became a major power and what they can learn about Islam from the way they set up Baghdad. Finally, they will analyse the impact the achievements of early Islamic scholars have on our lives today.
We have chosen to share with the children different versions of the 1001 Arabian nights. This will allow them to make comparisons between the books and explore the different ways that the authors have chosen to present the stories and their many wonderful and intriguing characters.