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Year 5

Jubilee celebrations

As part of our Jubilee celebrations, we created rock buns and coronation chicken. We then created our own fantastic recipes! We have thought about the future and made bunting with our hopes and aspirations for the next 70 years. 

Year 5 have planned, resourced and conducted a range of science experiments to test hypothesis during our learning on forces. 

Walesby Residential 

Year 5 had a fantastic time at their residential taking part in a range of activities, including climbing wall, cave maze, tomahawk throwing and crate stacking. 

Walesby Presentation 2022.mp4

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This term we are exploring the scientific understanding behind forces. Linking to our knowledge of gravity learned earlier in the year, we will now begin to understand how forces such as push and pull operate within a variety of contexts including machinery. The children will be working scientifically throughout the term, using key vocabulary, creating hypothesis and testing those hypothesis through fair experiments. Additionally, children will gain a scientific understanding of the properties of different materials and be able to apply their understanding to real-world contexts. Building upon their knowledge of states of matter from Year 4, children will be able to deepen their understanding of these states by analysing the properties of different solids, liquids and gases under different conditions, for example within a solution. Furthermore, later in the term Year 5 will have the opportunity to explore the society of Ancient Egypt. By making links to other ancient civilisations such as The Romans, children will approach Ancient Egyptian civilisation with a critical eye, learning more about their society, culture and practises along the way. Our learning links to one of our key texts in English, The Man Who Walked Between The Towers, which has links to the concept of forces and gravity. We will explore the theme of courage throughout our learning, was Phillipe Petit brave or foolhardy in his decisions? Does Daniel have the bravery required to explore the Nowhere Emporium and save his new friends? Linking to our history learning, we will discover more about the continent of Africa as well as applying our understanding of maps to discover more about countries across the world. Additionally, within computing, we will look at: different computer systems; how they impact upon our lives and how they can be interconnected.

Design and Technology

Year 5 have explored different stitches and created their own Anglo Saxon coin carrier. 


In music, we have been learning to sing and play a range of songs using a glockenspiel. 


We have been learning about different lifecycles, including animals that undergo metamorphosis. We explored our classroom to find missing information about lifecycles of different insects and amphibians. 

Spring Term

This term we are exploring a key period of change in British history, building upon knowledge children learnt in Year 4 about the Roman Empire. We will explore the invasion of the Anglo Saxons, and the Vikings, noting similarities and differences between the two time periods, and their lasting impact on our local environment; thinking about artefacts left behind; local place names and their meanings and how and why settlements were formed where they are.  Children are given the chance to pose enquiry questions to deepen their understanding. Our learning links to our key texts in English, The Lady of Shalott and Beowulf, which are both based in those time periods. We will explore the theme of freedom throughout our learning, was the Lady of Shalott free to make her own choices? Were the people of England free to choose their rulers? Should the characters in the story be free to live life without the tyranny of Grendel the monster? We will look at our local environment, exploring what plants and animals we can find, researching about their life cycles and comparing how our locality differs to other regions. We will apply our coding skills to create a Viking ship game, linking to raiding and exploring.


In geography, we have learnt about mountains, exploring where the highest peaks are and famous mountaineers. We have looked at the profile of mountains and the features of a mountain. We developed our understanding of the tropics and completed comparison work. Tween South Africa and the UK.

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.