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Year 5

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Welcome to Year 5. We hope you enjoy your year with us. We cover a number of interesting topics. There will be a variety of themed weeks throughout the year which are always great fun.

Children are encouraged to read as much as possible, at least three times a week. A set of spellings is given to the children each week. These are to be learnt and will be tested. A piece of maths and literacy homework is sent home each week, together with a piece of research based homework. Occasionally we may ask the children to complete a piece of unfinished work as part of their homework. Often, in preparation for or as part of a topic being covered in class, we may ask children to complete some research.

We always welcome parents who are able to come into school and help in any way, whether it is helping on a school trip, hearing readers or helping with a specific project. You do not have to commit yourself to a whole year of weekly visits. We will be very grateful for as much or as little time as you can spare us! All parent helpers must have a DBS check which the school office can help organise.



Scream Machine – Cross Curricular

Scream Machine has a strong science focus with the aim being to teach children about mechanisms and forces. A visit to Chessington World of Adventure will help children develop their knowledge of the properties of materials, pulleys and prototypes and also improve their understanding of the forces that enable roller coasters to be manipulated.

English – Cross Curricular

Early in the year the children will visit Chessington World of Adventure. This exciting day acts as a stimulus for the writing of a chronological recount.  Excerpts from Boy by Roald Dahl will introduce the children to the features of biographical and autobiographical writing.  The children will conclude their learning by writing ‘autobiographies’ of their first ten years.  A study of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes will introduce the children to narrative poetry.  The Scream Machine topic concludes with the writing of a poem about riding on a roller coaster.

Pharaohs – Cross Curricular

The historical focus of Pharaohs aims to develop children’s knowledge of ancient Egypt. Children will learn about life on the Nile, the great pyramids and the powerful rule of the ancient pharaohs. In addition, children’s learning will be enhanced by a visit to the Horniman Museum where they will have the opportunity to examine ancient Egyptian artefacts and engage in activities related to ancient Egyptian rituals and traditions.

English – Cross Curricular

The study of ancient Egypt will be complemented by the reading of There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath by Jeremy Strong.  English studies will focus on reports and journalistic writing, using both the book and information about the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun as resources for writing newspaper articles.  A reading of The Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll by Scott Peters, together with the visit to the Horniman Museum, will enhance the children’s writing of an adventure story set in a museum.


Stargazers – Cross Curricular

The emphasis in this topic is to widen children’s knowledge of the Solar System and teach children about the Moon, planets and significant individuals including Galileo and Newton. Our residential at Winchester Science Museum will have already sparked their interest in space exploration and the universe.

English – Cross Curricular

The children will read different examples of science fiction before writing their own ending to a science fiction story. After examining the features of persuasive writing, the children will write a letter to NASA asking them to permit children to become astronauts - last year the children came up with some very persuasive arguments!

English – Non-Cross Curricular

The children will look at poems on a theme, using T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.  They will examine descriptive language before writing and editing their own poems.  During the latter part of the spring term, the children will look at examples of classic fiction, reading in particular excerpts from Treasure Island.  The children will develop their narrative writing skills in preparation for writing their own alternative ending to Treasure Island.

Beast Creator – Cross Curricular

Beast Creator has a science focus and targets the development of children’s knowledge of living things and their habitats. Children will learn about identification keys, food chains and some of the deadliest beasts on the planet. A visit from the ‘Bug Man’ and his mini –beasts will enrich the children’s knowledge of habitats, classification, adaptation, camouflage and life cycles.


Beast Creator – Cross Curricular

This topic will continue to be taught for the first half of the summer term.

English – Cross Curricular

English studies will link in with the children’s learning about mini-beasts by researching the lives, habitats and habits of house spiders before writing a detailed, non-chronological report about them (not for the faint-hearted!).  

English – Non Cross-Curricular

The children will be introduced to Shakespeare using Marcia Williams’ version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  They will investigate different ways of writing dialogue including playscript layout and the use of informal language.

Time Traveller – Cross Curricular

Time traveller aims to develop children’s knowledge of human change. In addition, children will learn about human gestation, ageing and changes over time in the local community. This topic will be complemented with a visit to focal points in Sutton where children will investigate the changes that have occurred since 1086.

English – Cross Curricular

Michael Morpurgo’s excellent Billy the Kid provides the basis for lots of creative writing including diary entries, letters, poems and a story about a daring wartime escape.


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