Trewirgie Junior School

Our topic for the Summer Term 2023 is....

'Where does exploration lead?'


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore,” Andre Gide 


The Year 5 team are very excited to launch a topic on exploration with the essential question- ‘What does exploration lead to?


This topic will be looking at the history of exploration, the significant individuals who pioneered global exploration and how their discoveries changed the world. The children will learn about the map skills needed by an explorer and the trade routes developed, which saw different goods and customs passed from country to country. They will learn about the ‘Age of Exploration’ and develop an understanding for why people so eagerly wanted to explore the globe and the implications this had for human life.


Some highlights will include:

  • Learning about Columbus’ discovery of America
  • Developing painting skills of indigenous people to depict mood and emotion
  • Plotting trade routes, explorers’ voyages and world wonders using 4-figure grid references
  • Making and selling fudge (to learn about the history of sugar)


For their final outcome, the children will learn about sugar’s history in the Americas and how it became the ‘white gold’ of European imports. They will then make fudge and brand the packaging, to sell to the school and wider community to raise money for UNICEF (a global charity which endeavours to ensure the safety of children). This will have a lasting impact on the wider community as not only will UNICEF benefit, but the children will be responsible for making a positive contribution to the wider community.


This will be an exciting topic that will give each child an eye-opening experience into the world of exploration, how it shaped the world we live in now and how it affected the world historically. If you have any resources, artefacts or expertise you wish to share, please feel free to contact a member of the team. 


Home Learning 

Every two weeks the children will be introduced to a new home learning challenge. These will be shared with you on Class DoJo. Each question will have a range of suggestions as to how they can share their understanding of each. They can select any way of demonstrating their understanding.


Across the term we hope that your child is curious enough to extend and deepen their learning and understanding further. Every two weeks each class will select a winning piece of work that shows innovation, creativity, depth of learning or original thinking.  


Please share any of their work on Class DoJo or bring into school with them. 

Here is some other important information 
Top tips to stay safe online  Parent guide to online safety End of year expectations 
Welcome to the Year 5 Team

Miss Saville

Assistant Headteacher

Year group lead

Class teacher 5S

Miss Davies 

Class teacher 5D


 Mrs Richards

Class teacher 5R 

If you have any concerns about your child's learning or wellbeing please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. You can contact them at the end of the school day, by messaging them on class DoJo, or contacting the school office.  Please note that this Class DoJo is not checked after 5pm, weekends or during the school holidays.











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