Welcome to Year 5
Welcome to the Year Five page. Here, we aim to share useful information that you can refer back to. We also want to celebrate and share the children’s learning with you.
What’s happening and when?
Autumn Term 2023
PE this term is on Wednesdays and Fridays – Children can come into school in their PE kit for the whole day.
Spellings will be uploaded to Teams each half term with all the spellings for each week of that half term.
Homework – this will be set on Prodigy or PurpleMash each Friday and will be due the following Thursday. It will be a combination of English and Maths activities.
Please ensure your child brings their reading book and bookmark to school every day where we will change it if they have finished it at home.
Here are a list of some of the websites that you can use in Year 5.
Learning in Year 5
Year Five Spellings
Year 5 Statutory Spellings
Below are the Year 5/6 Statutory spellings. These are covered over the year in the children’s weekly spelling tests but any additional practise will help the children become confident with the Year 5/6 spellings. Repetition and application is key when it comes to children remembering their spellings. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.
Writing in Year 5
English – Autumn Term
This term, Year 5 are using the book ‘Room 13’ by Louis Sachar as a stimulus for their writing. They love the mystery genre and have enjoyed writing a tense and atmospheric narrative, a formal letter, setting descriptions and more!
These are the texts that are used in Year 5 this year:
Living things – Autumn 1
Throughout Autumn 1, Year 5 have been learning about reproduction in living things. They found out about the different parts of a flower and their functions in relation to reproduction, then examined some real flowers to identify the features.
Earth and Space – Spring Term
Year 5 have loved learning about Space! They created models of the Solar System and presented them to the class, using their knowledge and research to give facts about each planet.
Bird Hides – Autumn 1
Year 5 have been learning about creating a strong structure and the many considerations that need to be taken into account. When designing their own bird hides, the children researched some existing designs to evaluate, discussing the features they liked and ones that did not benefit the final design. They then designed and made their own bird hides, ensuring they comply with the design specification and success criteria. Take a look at their final products!
Automata Mechanisms – Spring 1
Year 5 were so proud of their Automata Mechanisms! They used their reasoning and problem solving skills to figure out what went wrong and correct it, so in the end they all produced a working mechanism. Take a look at their designs and see if you can figure out who the target audience was!
Year 5 are really enjoying learning Samba this year. They have learnt different rhythms and patterns to play on a range of instruments including surdos, ganzas, tamborins and agogos. Their first school performance will be in November!
Skateboarding – Autumn Term
Year 5 have been working on their Skateboarding skills in PE this half term! They are improving every week and are now starting to work on tricks including touching the floor with their hand and jumping off the board.
Hockey – Spring Term
This half-term, Year 5 have been learning how to play hockey. They did some skills practise to learn how to pass, score and make informed tactical decisions, and some of them had the opportunity to play against other teams at the Slazengers Hockey Festival in March. The Year 4/5 team came second!
Autumn 1 – Mountains
In Geography, Year 5 have been learning all about mountains! They have been researching information including what they are, where they are found and how they are made. They have used an atlas to find and label the seven summits on a map and have suggested reasons for these locations using their knowledge of tectonic plates. When investigating the climate of a mountain, the children wrote diary entries based on a person living on a mountain, considering the challenges and limitations of living at such a high altitude.
Spring Term – Volcanoes and Earthquakes
After finishing their ‘Mountains’ topic, Year 5 moved on to learning about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. They loved learning about how these natural disasters occur and compared the benefits and challenges associated with these occurrences, particularly for people living on a plate boundary. They loved learning about how plate tectonics move using Oreo biscuits!