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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 2022-2023


Year 5 have had an amazing start to the year! The children are settling in with a transition unit based on the text 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers, which has enabled us to get to know all the children and we are ready for a fantastic term! The children have already produced some amazing writing and illustrations. We have lots to look forward to over the year and Miss Ward and Miss Lowe are excited to continue this learning journey with the children.

Summer 2023

In the first half of the Summer Term, we will be using Street Child by Berlie Doherty to write a non-chronological report on the Victorians. In Maths, we will continue to calculate with fractions and decimals. Living things is our Science focus and in Topic, we will be starting ‘Building our Future’ which will focus on the art of David Hockney, looking at landscapes and map reading in Geography. This will link with our Summer 2 trip to the Peak District. In RE, our focus will be The Kingdom of God.

Spring 2023

During the first half of the Spring Term, we continued our learning in History and Geography, focusing on the Ancient Greeks and their influence.  We thoroughly enjoyed the visit of parents and adults as they engaged in our Children’s Mental Health Awareness learning during our Come and Share morning – thank you.  The children loved the rock unit ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ in Music and demonstrated excellent agility in PE during tag rugby lessons.  The Sky Blues in the Community project ‘Move and Learn’ proved engaging and rewarding, with many children designing and making their own healthy pizzas at home.


During the second half of the Spring Term, we tasted Greek foods and created a moussaka. The children developed their food preparation skills while ensuring safety with equipment and good hygiene. In English, the children wrote a newspaper report, using Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, as the stimulus. In maths we continued our learning of fractions, focusing calculating with fractions including addition, subtraction and multiplication. In Science, we carried out a number of experiments, separating materials and developed an understanding of reversible and irreversible changes.

Year 5 Autumn 2 2022

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Autumn Term 2022

Our curriculum focus for the Autumn term is entitled 'Back to the Dark Ages'. In History, we have developed our understanding of timelines and key aspects of Anglo-Saxon life.  While developing our understanding this time period and what life was like, we have discussed how reliable evidence is.  In Geography, we have used 6-figure grid references to locate places.  After half term, we will continue being historians in addition to being artists and design technologist as we discover the impact of the Viking invasion in Britain.  We will create Norse artwork and design and make a Viking longship and we look forward to welcoming you to 'Come and Share' in our learning in November.


During the second half of the Autumn Term, we continued our learning in History, focusing on the Viking age. While developing our understanding this time and what life was like, we were artists, developing our hatching techniques (to create different tones) and design technologist (designing and making longships using levers, sliders and pulleys).  We thoroughly enjoyed the visit of parents and adults as they engaged in sketching during our Come and Share morning – thank you.  In Maths, we developed our knowledge of different measures including time (digital and analogue) length and capacity.  In English we wrote poetry, using figurative language and a narrative based on a Viking named Biorn!




Welcome to Year 5 - 2021-2022!

What a fantastic start to the new school year! Year 5 have settled in amazingly and we are in full swing with our curriculum. It has been so lovely to watch this class grow over Year 4 and continue with them on their journey through Year 5, it has helped everyone (including me) settle in! We have lots to look forward to this year!

Mrs Henderson and Miss Taylor (our lovely new teaching assistant!)

Summer 2022

Our curriculum focus is titled 'Building our future'. We will be looking at several aspects of Geography, in particular land use, 6-figure grid references and fieldwork skills. As part of this theme, we will be undertaking a fieldwork study in the Peak District at the beginning of Summer 2 half term. The Design and Technology element covers electrical circuits and their use in products. We will be researching, designing, creating and evaluating our own product. For art, we will be looking at the works of David Hockney, in particular 'Garrowby Hill' and we will link this to our views collected in the Peak District.


Our first text in English is 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We will be writing a diary and a non-chronological report. In maths we continue with more learning around decimals and then move on to shape. For Science, our unit is 'Animals including humans'. Where we will be looking life cycles, changes in humans over a life span and reproduction in plants and animals. Relationships and Sex Education will take place during the second half of the summer term There will be an information evening for parents in the first half of the summer term where resources will be shared and questions answered.

Spring Term 2 2022

Our Spring term theme, 'On your marks, get set, go!' continued and we have been looking at art work which is linked to sport and studying the works of LeRoy Neiman, creating some sporting images and using screen printing techniques. For our design and technology, we will be researching healthy meals and then creating a Greek-inspired meal!

Our science continued with investigating materials and their properties. Looking at filtering, sieving and magnetic attraction along with evaporation. In English we looked at the text 'Tuesday' by David Weisner, where we have written diaries and retold the story on 'Wednesday' with flying pigs!







Spring Term 1 2022

Our Spring term theme, 'On your marks, get set, go!' covers the Ancient Greeks, the Olympics and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Year 5 planned and organised Children's Mental Health Week for the whole school, with a range of activities for all year groups and a 'Dress to Express' non-uniform day to round off the week. Their favourite part was reading to the younger children...something we must repeat!

Science has involved investigating materials and their properties, looking at conductors and insulators.

Our first text in English is 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell. We explored the text and then wrote amazing newspaper reports, detailed letters and descriptions using inspiration from the text.






Autumn Term 2021

Fun in the sun!


Autumn Term

This term our curriculum for History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology is taught through our 'Back to the Dark Ages' learning. We take a step back in time to learn about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, why they invaded and their daily life. A real-life Anglo-Saxon will even be visiting us in October! For DT we will be designing and making Viking longboats - I am looking forward to seeing the children develop their skills and knowledge from Year 4 when they made Roman catapults. Look out for our virtual 'Come and Share' and 'Time to Shine' sessions, where you can get a closer look at their learning!


Our English is based around the text 'The Nowhere Emporium' by Ross MacKenzie, which the children are loving. Already they have produced some amazing writing. We will go on to look at the poem 'Silver' by Walter de la Mere later in the term.


In Science we are investigating Earth and Space. We had an interesting discussion after looking at evidence for a flat Earth or a spherical Earth! I am looking forward to us all finding out more about the planets and the solar system this half term.

Children leading our weekly Learning Forum - child leadership

Children leading our weekly Learning Forum based on our school values. This half term is Identity.


Outdoor PE with @sbitc as part of their Move and Learn project for Year 5 this half term.


Autumn 2

This half term, we have explored Viking Saga's in English, designed and made Viking longships and created detailed sketches of Norse art inspired jewellery. 


Our Viking longships, complete with a pulley system for the sail, a slider and a lever. All the children chose different ways of using the lever and slider in their designs and they were very creative!


Our Science focus has been a physics unit, 'Forces'. We have investigated gravity, found out about Sir Isaac Newton and tested air resistance with our parachutes!


On our Values Day, we thought about how our school values link to our mental health and wellbeing. One thing we sometimes loose sight of is how amazing we all are, so we spent time thinking about all our special talents, skills and qualities - everything that makes us unique!


It has even snowed!