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Year 5


Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 page where we will add updates and celebratory showcases of the work we are producing in class. Come back and visit us again for the latest information and to see the fantastic work Year 5 have been producing.

Best wishes from the Year 5 team, 

Mr Rock, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Gee

Important Information

Homework: Set on a Wednesday and handed in on a Monday. Spellings will be set on a Monday and tested the following Monday. 

PE days: 5GT and 5AR Wednesday and Friday.

Brass: Tuesday

May 2022 (Summer 1)Image result for harry potter and the philosopher's stone

It’s the topic we have all been waiting for, ‘Harry Potter and the classroom of Secrets’. Dust off your wands and iron those cloaks ready to hop onboard the Hogwarts Express to enter the magical world of wizards and muggles. We will be rooting our learning this term through Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.


At last, we were able to resume our Year 5 visit to Warner Brothers Studios to explore the breathtaking sets, authentic props and original costumes. During the tour of Warner Bros. Studios, Year 5 were able to walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the Wizarding World. The experience started with a Film & Media workshop where children had the opportunity to look at original mood boards and costumes which gave them an insight into how there is never a costume without character and history. Following that, a tour of the sets, props, and artwork brought the story to life. The magic of visual and special effects was heightened as the children took part in a green screen experience and flew a broomstick just like the cast did. Nerves were put to the test in the Forbidden Forest with an 18-foot spider to contend with, and who could resist an iconic photo of platform 9 3/4 complete with a journey on the Hogwarts Express? As we continue to delve into the text through our summer topic work, this experience will no doubt enhance the children's engagement.

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March 2022 (Spring 2)See the source image

The new half-term brought a new topic, 'Work like an Egyptian' which we launched with an incredible text to hook the children. We rooted the topic in 'Secrets of a Sun King' by Emma Carroll; historical fiction at its best. Through reading, writing, history and computing, the children ventured back in time to explore the mysteries of this ancient civilisation. 

Within this unit of work, we learned about the process of mummification, the hierarchy of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation and empathised with Howard Carter on the finding of Tutankhamen’s tomb. We wrote mummification instructions, newspapers, biographies and diaries! In computing, the children honed their video skills to plan, produced and edit an instructional vlog explaining how to make and Egyptian Death Mask. We may have some budding YouTubers amongst us! Through project work, children were able to research key aspects within this unit and produce artefacts for our Egyptian Museum. There was a wide range of creative ideas from Minecraft projects to home-made papyrus paper, hieroglyphics and Lego pyramids. We were finally able to open the doors to invite families in to see the Egyptian Museum – which saw pupils showing their creative side once again in order to produce many ‘artefacts’ for display.  

February 2022 (Spring 1)

The first half-term of the new year has been packed with learning around our topic 'To Infinity and beyond'.  Through Geography, children have enjoyed locating of the space bases during the ‘Space Race’ then using the information to order events leading to the moon landings from America and Russia. Did the moon landings actually happen? We had a debate to consider the facts and the conspiracy theories; some of us are still undecided. Through our non-fiction writing, children were able to research the billionaire space race and write a persuasive brochure style piece linking to current events. Science has been all about the solar system. Children enjoyed taking their learning outside to learn about the phases of the moon and the rotation of the Earth.  In art, children have learned about Kim Poor using the elements of colour, space and texture to create an aspirational final piece including a background, middle ground and foreground. 

This half-term marks the change over time for brass lessons with Mr Walker. 5GT have thoroughly enjoyed learning a new skill and are proud to share their achievements with you in the video below - enjoy!

November 2021 (Autumn 2)

Monday's return to school marked a journey back in time for Year 5 as they entered a Victorian classroom. The children planned and created costumes over half-term which they wore to school giving the classroom an authentic Victorian feel. The day began with girls and boys having their hands and fingernails inspected for dirt and grime by a frighteningly strict Mrs Thomas and Mr Rock. After the inspection the children completed some drill exercises in the hall before returning to the classroom. Once seated in rows of boys and girls, Year 5 began learning the three Rs (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic) by handwriting on a slate followed by an arithmetic session. When asked, children were told to stand and answer the teacher in full sentences always using sir/ma’am. Anyone slouching or sitting with elbows on the table would be reprimanded. A science lesson came next followed by deportment and vocal gymnastics . Later in the morning, we sang ‘All things bright a beautiful’ and learned about the money system used in Victorian England, comparing farthings, shillings, pounds, guineas and pennies.

See the source imageHaving read the thrilling end to Cogheart and concluding our Victorians topic, Year 5 have moved on to our new space topic which also means we have a NEW class text- Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Having read the opening chapters, Year 5 have put their reading and writing skills to the test, informing the public of a mysterious rocket launch in Northern China by writing a newspaper report. We investigated different newspaper styles and their audience and purpose before identifying the features of an effective news story. The use of eye-catching headlines, informative orientation paragraphs and formal descriptive language allowed every child in year 5 to write a successful newspaper article.

Having written articles, Year 5 also tested their skills as newscasters, investigating  news bulletins and what is involved in the role of a newsreader. We focused on intonation, speaking without regional accents and placing emphasis on certain words. We then read a news bulletin from a teleprompter using the skills we had learnt and focused on reading with appropriate pace as if we were true reporters.


September 2021 (Autumn 1)

See the source imageWelcome back! We hope you have had a fantastic summer break, and we are very pleased to welcome you back to school. We have an exciting year ahead in Year 5 and there is lots to look forward to. There will be some changes to routines, but these will be shared and explained to ensure that we are all comfortable with the new procedures. 

Much of our learning for the first two weeks of term will be focused on a text called 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd-Stanton. 'The Secret of Black Rock' focusses on young a girl, Erin Pike, and her journey to a mysterious mass of rock in the middle of the ocean. From this tantalising tale, pupils from across the whole school will produce artwork and written pieces inspired by the book with the aim of transforming our displays and celebrating the children's collaborative efforts. There is a timetable attached for your information however this may be subject to change at times. See the source image

September also saw us dive in to our new class text for the autumn term - Cogheart. A story of adventure and mystery, Peter Bunzl's Cogheart had Year 5 on the edge of their seats. As always, our texts roots itself firmly in the curriculum, linking closely with our historical topic of Victorians. Year 5 learnt what life was like in Victorian times, investigating jobs, transport, inventions, the industrial revolution, empires and finally - schools. 




Useful Links

BBC Bitesize KS2 - English, Maths and Science videos, games and more.

Spelling Frame - A simple website for practising the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists.

Espresso Learning - A site school has bought into; see your teacher for your login.

Compare4Kids - Some free activities, including Year 6 SATs 'online boot camps'.

Sumdog - Online maths games. Please see your teacher for your login.

Parkfields Links - Links to a raft of helpful sites for revision.

iXL Maths - a subscription site, with limited free activities. Great for focusing on specific maths skills.

Clarity Maths - A site with links to  old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games.  Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.

Mad4Maths - Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.

Crickweb - A range of English games and activities.

KS2 Literacy - Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.

Spellzone - A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.