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: Mrs Wilder-Woods

Learning Assistants: Miss Folmer, Miss Dawson and Miss Byrne


This term:


This term our STEAM focus is Performance Arts, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I explore cultures and celebrations from around the world?’ 

The outcomes throughout the learning journey will include: performing a piece of music inspired by the festival Día de Muertos; illustrating and decorating a ceramic skull, inspired by Central American traditions, beliefs, artists and artwork and producing a self-portrait, inspired by Frida Kahlo, that represents their own heritage and culture. 

Through this term’s STEAM project, we will be covering the disciplines of Music, Art and Geography. Throughout our learning journey we will: 

  • Compare two locations (Geography) 

  • Use tone and shade in a self-portrait (Art) 

  • Represent culture through imagery (Art) 

  • Describe and understand key aspects of other cultures (Geography) 

  • Discuss and review others’ work (Art) 

  • Adapt others’ work (Art) 

  • Confidently control the types of marks made when painting (Art) 

  • Build an understanding of music from other cultures (Music) 

  • Compose and rehearse a piece of music (Music) 

  • Finalise a performance (Music) 

To help with our STEAM project, we would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child to help us with funding. Your donations will be used to purchase materials for the investigations that the children will conduct. 


We will begin this term by finding equivalent fractions and simplifying. This will involve thinking about: 

  • When two fractions have different numerators and denominators to one another but share the same numerical value, they are called ‘equivalent fractions’. 

  • Equivalent fractions share the same proportional (multiplicative) relationship between the numerator and denominator. Equivalent fractions can be generated by maintaining that relationship through the process of multiplication and division. 

After this, we will be linking fractions, decimals and percentages. This will involve thinking about: 

  • Some fractions are easily converted to decimals. 

  • These fraction–decimal equivalents can be found throughout the number system. 

  • Fraction–decimal equivalence can sometimes be used to simplify calculations. 


We will begin this term begin by writing biographies about Frida Kahlo. We will learn to: 

  • Understand the conventions of a biography 

  • Understand the present and past perfect tense 

  • Use the present and past perfect tense 

  • Use conjunctions for impact 

  • Select appropriate devices for different sections of writing 

  • Write the middle of a biography 

  • Write the end of a biography 


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 have the opportunity to reflect on and assess their progress in creating a video. 

HRE (Health and Relationships Education) 

In HRE this term, the children will learn to: 

  • Understand the different ways information and data is shared and used online 

  • Understand the rules surrounding distribution of images 

  • Understand the different ways to keep track of money 

  • Recognise different attitudes to spending and saving money 

  • Understand career choices and aspirations 

  • Recognise differences in careers in relation to money 


This term, we will be continuing with our unit focused around the song Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas. We will continue to take an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other similar tracks. 

As well as this discrete Music unit, we will be covering Music learning within our STEAM learning journey (as mentioned above). 


This term in PE, we will be learning Central American inspired dance steps, building up to creating a short routine. 

In cricket, we will be working towards playing a game of cricket using effective fielding skills and different batting techniques 

MFL - French 

This term we will learn vocabulary and sentences related to Time. The children will learn to:  

  • Count from 11-31 

  • Recognise the days of the week 

  • Recognise the months of the year 

  • Learn vocabulary related to ‘Mon Anniversaire’ 

  • Learn how to explain ‘What’s the date today?’ 

  • Understand the vocabulary around today, yesterday and tomorrow 


Across the school this term, we will be exploring the big question ‘Are humans superior to animals?’ in our RE assemblies. 

In our RE lessons in class, we will learn to: 

  • Explain Hindu beliefs about relationships and marriage 

  • Explain Sikh beliefs about relationships and marriage 

  • Explain Humanist beliefs about relationships and marriage