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Year 5


This term, year 5 will be looking at the topics of Peasants, Princes and Pestilence in their English lessons. We will be reading the text The Children of Winter and learning about the plagues of both the 14th and 17th century. During this time, the children will complete a range of different types of text, from diaries and non-chronological reports to prince's oaths! After half term, the new topic will be Star Gazers, where pupils will learn about the Earth, Sun, planets and stars. 


Children will continue to get weekly spellings and complete weekly GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) lessons. 

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This term, the children will be completing the topics of Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Statistics and Perimeter and Area. We will also continue with our Big Maths Beat That tests and CLIC tests as well. Want to find out more about what the children will be learning? Just click on the link below.


Below you can find the links to some useful and fun maths activities.


This term, year 5 will be learning about different organisms and how these are classified. They will learn about different plants and animals (as well as minibeasts and micro-organisms) and create experiments using yeast and mould! After half term, the children will be learning about Earth and Space; looking at the 8 different planets and how seasons occur. 


Peasants, Princes, Pestilence and Star Gazers

As mentioned above, the first of our topics this year focusses on the Middle Ages; from the Black Death to the Peasant's Revolt. Children  will learn about how the plague was spread, what the knight's code was and who the kings were at the time. Following this, the children will complete the topic Star Gazers. This topic allows us to immerse ourselves in studying Earth and space. We will be looking at the phases of the moon; famous astronauts and how they live in and explore space; finding out about the first moon landing and Apollo 11 mission; researching and comparing the planets and investigating the stars and constellations. 

The Wider Curriculum.


In addition to topic and the core subjects, pupils will be completing a range of other subjects. In computing, children will be learning how to create their own apps using MS Sway whilst in Music they will be listening to, appraising and recreating rock music. PE will concentrate on dance and gymnasics whilst art and DT look at printmaking, sculpture and creating armour! 


Why not have a read of the parental information sheet below for a more in depth look at each subject!



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In year 5, children are given homework twice per week.

Mondays: English homework (due in Friday).

Fridays: Maths homework (due in Monday)



Pupils are also expected to read at least four times a week and learn tables for their CLIC and Big Maths tests. Reading books are changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is expected that children read at home at least four times a week.



Library books can be changed every Monday.



Spellings are given out every Friday and tested the following Friday. We would appreciate you spending time with your child, learning these for their weekly test.



Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school on Fridays this term.