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Year 5

Rainbow Poems 

To celebrate our return to school we explored poems linking to colour and we created our own celebratory rainbow poems. 


In the build up of our Art block, we have been recapping our colour mixing skills, using primary colours to create secondary colours for our colour wheels. This is in preparation for creating our own piece of pop art! They have also begun to practise their sketching skills for their pop art self-portrait. 

The children have begun to look at contrasting colours for their pop art for emphasis. There will be more to come...


As part of our Science learning, we have used virtual, and augmented reality to explore the moon and the planets in our solar system. We created moon spinners to help us learn the lunar cycle.  We have researched how far the different planets are from the sun, and created our own graphs using Microsoft Excel. 

Please take a look at our welcome letter. 
Welcome to our classroom. 
Take a look at some of our learning in the first few weeks. We made board games to help us learn the new school rules and enjoyed some problem solving to develop our resilience. 

Autumn 1

During Autumn 1, we will be exploring Space through our novel Leon and the Place Between. We will link our learning of the solar system to our English learning by writing a non chronological report about our solar system using independent research. 


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


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 and Mr Toms.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 5 are: Miss Barker, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Truman.



  • 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 Monday (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

Presentation Rainbow Final.mp4

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Home Learning

Please find below the home-learning for this week. There are a variety of activities to include the multiple aspects of learning we would be covering in our curriculum under normal circumstances. The Home-Learning Project gives some suggestions for some generic activities you could complete throughout the week linking to elements of the wider curriculum, whereas the English and Maths is more structured and is designed to enable your child to keep up with their learning. The Maths is focused on progressing through the curriculum, following White Rose, as we do in school supported a resources from a range of sources, whereas the English is building on reading skills, using the supplied reading comprehensions and the Rising Stars Cracking Comprehension website.  The grammar is building on the children's knowledge of topics already covered and chances to  develop these skills into their writing, where they have a variety of tasks to complete which cover a range of genres. 


This should be in addition to and not to replace your already existing schedule, so please carry on with your TTRockstars practising times tables; Active Learn where you can practice grammar; Joe Wicks P.E - keeping fit and active; where you can develop programming skills; and some of the other activities you have already been completing. Aim to incorporate these packs into your weekly routine. The English and Maths is designed to be worked on daily, as we would do in-class. 

As mentioned, this is designed to last the week, so please don't feel pressured to complete it all at once. We would love to see examples of great work, so keep posting on Class Dojo Portfolios. Finally, should anyone have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr Bird or Miss Green.

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. 

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


Each website requires an individual log in, if you have any problems please contact Mr Bird. 

The STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) website has lots of fantastic, fun, creative ideas that can be used with children. 

Link to BBC Live Lessons where they have a range of fantastic lessons taught by a range of fantastic guests.
I have come across a really useful website called 'Natural Curriculum' for teaching Year 5 grammar. 

Music Theory Booklet

Please find below some ideas for ways to keep active while at home. 

Every morning at 9:00am, Joe Wicks is doing a 30 minute P.E session on his youtube channel. 

Art activities for home learning

Summer 1

 This half term we will be exploring the true story of Philippe Petit, through 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein, discovering his real life exploits. We will create newspaper reports about his exciting stunts, write flashbacks to earlier in his life and develop our understanding of direct and reported speech.  Our scientific learning will be focused on a key concept in physics; exploring forces, and their impact upon the world around us, which will link to the story, giving our new knowledge real life application. We will investigate to see how forces link to our everyday lives by designing, conducting and evaluating experiments to measure their impact upon us. We will apply this to understand the concepts of friction, gravity, air and water resistance, linking this to Isaac Newton’s findings.

We will research Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the famous Twin Towers in New York City, the design and construction process, especially the use of gears, levers and pulleys to support the construction. We will design a machine using gears, levers or pulleys to help with home tasks.   

Easter Egg Competition
Well done to everyone who entered the Key Stage 2 Easter Egg competition. Take a look at all of the fantastic entries we had. 
Home Learning - Spring Term
Please find below a document with lots of useful links to support home learning. 
Please find links below to the home learning tasks sent home this week to support your child's education over the next two weeks. Remember to access TTRockstars, and  

Home Learning

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


Thank you for your continued support. 


Walesby April 2020 Information
Please have a look through the information PowerPoint for the upcoming Walesby residential. 

Spring 2


This half term we are continuing to explore the Anglo Saxon and Viking time period through our new English text; Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. We will be developing our narrative writing this half term, building detailed descriptions based on the story. In Maths, we will be continuing to explore fractions, finding the links between fractions, decimals and percentages. 


Our Learning Journey will lead us to explore different life-cycles. We will identify the different parts of a flower, what they do and see what flora (plants) and fauna (animals) we can identify in our local area, comparing different life-cycles of birds, insects, mammals and amphibians. We will apply what we learnt in Computing last half term, to create a Viking raiding game to share and play with our friends. 


We have been visited by the NSPCC this half term to learn about staying safe, following the theme of Speak out. Stay safe. 


We have been visited by a representative from CA Technologies who spoke with the children about how technology has changed over the years, and how important it is for industry and businesses in the future. We created our own example business designing robots, thinking how technology impacts every part of the business. 

World Book Day


For World Book Day 2020 we explored the story Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig. 



Spring 2 Key Text

Spring 1


During this term, we will be studying one of the classics, The Lady of Shalott, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in our English lessons, looking at how the English language has changed over time, making links with words from the past and modern day language. We will explore the themes of freedom and own choice, through the text by holding debates and writing letters to the Lady of Shalott persuading her to either stay in the tower, or look out of the window and risk the curse that has been cast upon her. In Maths we will be learning about multiplication and division, then building on this to explore fractions. 


Our Learning Journey work this term is exploring key periods of British history, between 450 AD and 1066 AD, which are the Anglo Saxon and Viking time periods. We will compare the two key periods, looking at similarities and differences between the two sets of people; looking at where they came from; how and why they travelled to England; what evidence they left behind  and what their settlements and lives were like. We will create our own Anglo Saxon coin purse, first researching Anglo Saxon coin purses, comparing modern day purses, designing our own then evaluating our products. We will create our own maze games using Scratch, learning about creating algorithms , including variables, such as adding a score. 


Anglo Saxon Purses

We designed, wrote a product specification, created and evaluated our own Anglo Saxon purses. We practiced three different types of stitches before deciding which would be the most appropriate. 

Maths Competition 

This half term, Year 5 took part in a maths competition run by Sutton Community Academy. We worked well together as a team and applied our maths knowledge. 

Autumn Overview Video


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Autumn 2

During Autumn 2, Year 5 have explored the mountains of our country, and around the world. We have an understanding of how different mountains are formed, the highest peaks around the world and used our geographical skills to map the worlds mountains. We undertook an in-depth study  of Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb to the peak of Mount Everest. 


In our English lessons, we studied the text, 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo, which helped us discuss apartheid, democracy, equality and right and wrong. We developed an understanding of the characters in the story, understanding their thoughts, feelings and actions through our own empathy. We created letters from the characters, acted out, and wrote dialogue, developed descriptions, and wrote a diary, all of which developed our own writing styles and understanding of the key characters. We gained an understanding of a different culture and compared the children's lives to our own. 


In maths, we have learnt how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, learnt the terms square, cube, prime and composite numbers and applied these to problems. We worked out the area and perimeter of rectangular, and irregular shapes. 



Key texts for Autumn 2

Autumn 1

This half term, Year 5 have been busy exploring our Solar System. We have used the book, Leon and the Place Between to create character descriptions, a diary, setting descriptions and learnt how to punctuate speech correctly.

During our science lessons, we have used VR technology to explore space, looking closer at the planets. We conducted our own experiment, investigating the link between crater size, and height the projectiles were dropped from. To round off our learning on space, we created our own non chronological reports. 
To learn about programming, we have used to develop our problem solving skills, applying computing concepts to challenges. To make our lessons have a real world focus, crumble boards were introduced, where the children can create code, and see a real life application for their code. 

We had a fantastic time rehearsing our Play for a Day learning about space, and then performing it to a packed audience in the hall. 

Welcome to Year 5 2019/20


Mr Bird and Miss Green would like to welcome our new classes to Year 5. We are really excited to work with you all. 


During Autumn 1, we will be exploring Space through our novel Leon and the Place Between, where we will create setting and character descriptions, write a diary from Leon’s point of view and create our own version of the story. We will link our learning of the solar system to our English learning by writing a non chronological report about our solar system using independent research. We will end the half term by exploring poetry by Kit Wright, with a focus on his poem, The Magic Box. 


During our science lessons we will explore our solar system, with a focus on how the planets move (orbits), night and day and their shape, size and composition. We will make a scale model and use Google Expeditions on the ipad 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. At the end of the half term, Year 5 will share their findings with Year 2.


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