GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Year 5 - Attenborough Class

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Attenborough Class

Class teacher: Miss Dale

Learning Assistants: Miss Ray

This term:


This term our STEAM focus is Technology, and we will be answering the question ‘can I design and build a structure using my knowledge and understanding of historical periods?’.  

Through our project, the children will use their knowledge of forces and different mechanisms to overcome them to make a mechanical device which will move water inspired by the Ancient Egyptians.  

Through this learning journey we will: 

  • Use testing to develop ideas 

  • Order events chronologically 

  • Use a range of sources to find out about a historical period 

  • Understand changes over time 

  • Understand the importance of the River Nile 

  • Understand the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians 

  • Create a prototype for a component 

  • Explore friction and air/water resistance 

  • Create a design based on a design brief  

  • Create and test a prototype 

  • Create a purposeful and functional final product 

  • Evaluate a product based on a design brief 


Our topics this half term will be: 

  • Money (composition and calculation) 

  • Negative numbers (counting, comparing and calculating) 

  • Multiplication and Division (short multiplication and division methods) 


Our first unit this term will a narrative based around The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. During this unit, we will: 

  • Add phrases to make sentences more precise & detailed 

  • Use similes & personification to provide description 

  • Link clauses in sentences using a range of subordinating & coordinating conjunctions 

  • Link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time (e.g. later), place (e.g. nearby) and number (e.g. secondly). 


In Reading, we will look at Shackleton's Journey – a non-fiction text by William Grill. 

This beautifully illustrated book tells of Ernest Shackleton’s incredible expedition as he attempted to cross Antarctica. This is a story of heroism, human endurance and the value of teamwork. The text is clear and informative, but it is the artwork which dominates and allows the reader to engage with and understand Shackleton’s amazing adventures and achievements. 


This term in Computing, we will be learning how to create short videos in groups. As the children progress through this unit, they will be exposed to topic-based language and develop the skills of capturing, editing, and manipulating video. At the conclusion of the unit, learners will have the opportunity to reflect on and assess their progress in creating a video. 

HRE (Health and Relationships) 

In HRE we will be looking at Safeguarding Ourselves. Children will learn: 

  • Reasons for following and complying with regulations and restrictions (including age restrictions, curfews) 

  • About the importance of taking medicines correctly and using household products safely, (e.g., following instructions carefully) 

  • Assessing and managing risks, including situations when a risk can be ‘fun’, and how to notice ‘fun’ becoming dangerous.  

  • About hazards (including fire risks) that may cause harm, injury or risk in the home and what they can do reduce risks and keep safe 

  • How to identify situations that may require the emergency services 

  • How to contact the emergency services 

  • About the importance of keeping personal information private 


Our music topic this term is 'Classroom Jazz’. All the learning is focused around two tunes and improvising: Three Note Bossa and Five Note Swing. During this unit, we will: 

  • Listen & appraise: The Three Note Bossa & Five Note Swing 

  • Play instrumental parts and improvise: in a Bossa Nova style using the notes G, A + B, and in the swing style using notes D, E, G, A + B 

  • Perform & share our instrumental parts in groups or as solos 


Orienteering and Outdoor Adventurous Activities: 

  • I can follow an orienteering activities route. 

  • I can understand a map and directions.  

  • I can create my own orienteering course included resources. 

  • I can enjoy trying others orienteering course with others working as a team.  

  • I can evaluate my course and map effectively. 


  • I can roll, travel, jump, balance and rotate (cartwheel). 

  • I can perform a backwards roll.  

  • I can use the springboard.  

  • I can perform basic sequences on floor and apparatus – 5 – 7 elements. 

  • I can evaluate my routine and use a video to support this. 

MFL – French 

This term, we will learn vocabulary and sentences related to transport. 

 The children will learn to: 

  • Name types of transport 

  • Use ‘Je’ and ‘Tu’ correctly in a simple sentence 

  • Respond to simple instructions for direction and movement 

  • Follow simple directions to find a place on a map 


This term we will: 

  • explain Christian beliefs about free will 

  • explain how Christian beliefs about free will affect their daily life 

  • explain Christian beliefs about sin