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Curwen Primary School


Summer 1

During Summer 1, year 5 has been learning about life cycles in science. They have described the differences and similarities in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird, as well as learning about reproduction in some plants and animals. As part of our learning, we got to see this in real life when we were visited by some ducklings.

In literacy, we have been working on natural disasters. We have learnt about earthquakes and tsunami, focusing on detailed descriptions full of literary devices. We have been collecting vocabulary on the topic as well. After learning about the features of narratives, we wrote our own story full of suspense and tension. We started our writing with a description of an island. Take a look at one of our examples…


In maths, among other things, we have been learning about percentages, balancing equations, BIDMAS and algebra. We explored difference resources to help us understand percentages and carry out different operations. For example, we used money to understand percentages of amount, applying this to the context of selling, buying, increases and decreases.