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Year 5

Spring 1

In Spring 1, we will focus on our new key text, Beowulf. We will be exploring the story and creating our own narrative based on the key events that happen. As part of our wider curriculum, we will be learning about key periods of English history - the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, exploring and investigating key events and making our own judgements as to which time period was the 'best for England'. 

Teams meeting - South Africa 

As part of our Geography and English work, linking to our class novel, Journey to Jo’burg, we have made links with Cathcart RC Primary School in South Africa. We discussed how life was the same/different between our two countries. 

Autumn 2

As part of our learning, we will focus on Journey to Jo’burg as our class text. We will use the story to explore themes of equality and fairness, which will lead to a biography on Nelson Mandela, learning how he campaigned for what he believed to be right.  We will compare England with South Africa and build links with a partner school. 


As part of our learning about our Solar System, we had a Science Investigation Day. We measured the amount of moisture in materials, the level of sunlight, created a vortex and launched a rocket, amongst other fun investigations!

Mansfield Town Football Club

Year 5 took part in a sponsored penalty shoot out! Well done everyone. 


During our English work, we have studied newspapers, reading and investigating real life examples, then writing our own based on a mysterious space ship crash in 8A. We applied our science learning to create an informative non chronological report about our solar system. 


We have used a range of CPA approaches to support our learning in maths during the Autumn term. We have explored our outdoor space to match Roman Numerals with our modern numbers, and used a range of equipment to learn about place value, the four functions and square and cube numbers. 

Autumn 1

During Autumn 1, we will be exploring Space through our class novel Leon and the Place Between, which will link to our learning of our solar system by writing a non chronological report about our space - with a focus on solar system using independent research. We will also investigate a mysterious event that has occurred, and creating a newspaper report. 


Our first focus this term will be investigating and creating pieces of art linked to the PopArt movement. We will learn about different colours and their impact and effect on a piece of artwork, before creating our own self portraits in the style of one of our chosen artists. 


During our science lessons we will explore our solar system, with a focus on how the planets move (orbit the sun), their shape, size and composition and how night and day happens. We will use Google Expeditions on the ipad's to explore space ourselves. When learning about the moon, we will explore the space race and key people from history using the book Hidden Figures. 


In  maths this half term, we  will be exploring place value, addition and subtraction, through using using concrete, abstract and pictorial methods. 

Welcome to Year 5 2021


Welcome to Year 5


Welcome back to the new school year. We are looking forward to going on a fantastic learning journey together. Please find below some useful information about Year 5.


The teachers in Year 5 are: Mr Bird Miss Jackson and Mrs Barringer.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 5 are: Mrs Bennett, Miss Murray and Miss Jackson.



  • Maths, English and spelling homework will be allocated weekly.

  • Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday - the children will have chance to practice their spellings every day in school as well.

  • Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week

  • Our PE day is Wednesday (we will do an indoor and an outdoor session on this day) and children will need to come to school in their PE kits on this day.


Our Learning Challenge topic for this term is focused on "Space - Will humans ever populate another world? " and we are kicking off our topic by investigating our Solar System.


If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 5 then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.


The Year 5 Team


To develop your comprehension skills use

where you can work through texts, finding evidence and develop your answers checking as you go. 


Children in Year 5 all have access to the following websites to support their home learning:


Thank you for your continued support.

Home Learning Support Ideas

Please find a selection of websites and useful documents with lots of creative, exciting and fun ideas to do at home. 

I have come across a really useful website called 'Natural Curriculum' for teaching Year 5 grammar. 
Please find below a document with lots of useful links to support home learning.