Trewirgie Junior School

Our topic for the Autumn Term 2022 is....

'How can we shape our future?'


"I have learned you are never too small to make a difference."

 Greta Thunberg, 2018


During the Autumn Term, Year 5 will be learning about the causes and implications of climate change and investigating how they can undo damage that is ruining the planet. Climate change is here, and it is real. As its impact intensifies over time, it is the children and young people of today who will face the worst effects and therefore the children will learn how crucial their role is in shaping the future for generations to come.


Each class will be themed accordingly and decorated as:


5S (Miss Saville) – Green Energy


5R (Mrs Richards)– Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest


5D (Miss Davies) – Sea Pollution


In science, the children will be learning about why climate change occurs and how it impacts on the natural world, such as the devastation to sea ice in the Arctic. The classification of animals will be explored and how climate change is affecting their habitats and reproduction, leading to extinction or risk of extinction to certain species. Furthermore, they will also be looking into renewable energy and why it is pivotal in improving the climate of our world. The children will also investigate wind resistance and the forces acting on a turbine. In DT, the children will apply their knowledge of wind resistance to make wind turbines out of wood with joins. In art, the children will develop their sculpting technique by creating realistic sculptures of polar bears. Similarly in music, the children will be given a chance to create a climate change based piece of music, using glockenspiels and other percussion instruments. In geography, climate change is explored through learning about the ocean conveyor belt and how it is damaged by climate change. This destruction to the planet will be demonstrated by the children using green screening in ICT, to show how animals and the environment are being ruined.


Throughout this topic, there will be mini outcomes which will evolve from the learning that takes place. At the end of the topic, the children will develop a legacy project where they will fundraise towards recycling facilities at school, for pupils, staff, parents, and the wider community, to use. Their fundraising will develop an awareness of littering as a form of pollution, as they will complete a beach clean to contribute to protecting our local environments. These recycling facilities will allow the children autonomy in how their actions can positively impact upon the world.


“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” - Greta Thunberg, TEDx 2018.


Home Learning 

Below are 6 questions that we would like the children to think about. Each question has 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. Towards the end of the term we will be showcasing the children's learning linked to these six year questions. 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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