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Summer Term 1

Pendle Witches



As part of our local history study, the children will be learning about the Pendle Witches and the events which led to their trial for using witchcraft, held at Lancaster Castle in 1612. We will be linking all of our learning this term to the Pendle Witches story and the events which followed. The children will be directly using the story of the encounter of John Law and Alison Device to write a narrative which they will then develop into a play script. 




Persuasive Writing 

At the start of the term the children continued their learning drawing on our previous terms work on the Amazon Rainforest. During the first few weeks the children in Year 5 were exploring a variety of persuasive texts and arguments. The children were able to identify different features of a persuasive text and use some of these features such as; modal verbs, time conjunctions and emotive language to write a short piece on Why we should save the Amazon Rainforest. Being able to revisit a topic in greater depth was a lot of fun and an engaging way to continue the children's learning. 




To tie into this terms topic, the Pendle Witches the children have had a macabre time exploring William Shakespeare's famous play Macbeth as a novel. The children have enjoyed the novel and we have been making links to our reading strategies; particularly retrieval and inference, to develop an understanding of characters actions and emotions during this terrifying tale of woe. The children have also had the opportunity to appreciate the authors work, deciding on a favourite character and analysing the authors choice of words and what the words mean for the character and the children as readers. 


Play and Film Scripts

The children are now at the stage where they have converted part of the novel version of Shakespeare's Macbeth into a play script format designed with stage directions for stage. As we move closer to the end of the half term, the children will begin to develop their ideas further writing a play script about the encounter between Alison Device and John Law, which began the Pendle Witches trial in 1612. The children will have the opportunity to develop their script into a performance and adapt the script for motion picture!




This term the children are going to learn how to:

  • Number and place value up to 100,000.
  • Calculation: prime numbers, square numbers, cubed numbers, long multiplication and multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000.
  • Geometry: measuring angles around a point and along a straight line.
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measure: finding area and perimeter of shapes. 


As part of our maths curriculum we are using Active Maths, which combines the outside environment and P.E to teach and reinforce maths skills.



In science, we have been exploring materials and their properties. The children had a very special task to do involving becoming Forensic Scientists for the afternoon. As Forensic Scientists they separated materials from a strange mixture created by Pendle Witch Elizabeth Demdike. The children investigated how they could separate the materials using different scientific equipment. 

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In geography the children have been reading and using basic symbols in map reading. They have devised a simple map, using and constructing basic symbols in key. The children have also been working with ordnance survey symbols and they can read and identify different symbols when reading maps. As the term has developed the children have also had the opportunity to read and use 4 and 6 figure grid references on maps to help them locate places.