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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

To get in touch with the Year 5 team, email :



Teacher– Miss Bacchus


Teacher– Mr Shaw

Year 5 Teaching assistants: Miss Dobson and Miss Pawson

Important dates

Reading records and leveled reading books taken home on a Monday and returned the following Monday

PE: Wednesday and Friday (Come to school in PE kits)

Maths: Practise your times tables knowledge: x2, x3, x4, x5, x6, x7, x8, x9, x10, x11, x12

Home Learning

Y5 Requirement for each pupil
Lexia/ Bedrock/ Reading Express 2 x 20 minutes per week
To read and have recorded 4 x per week
Mathletics 1000 points weekly
Time tables Rock Stars 30 minutes total per week
Weekly spelling lists on Spelling Frame

Useful links

TT Rockstars.




Spelling Frame

What are we learning about this year?

Year Group 5 Curriculum Maps (LTP and topic themes)

Spring 1 term

This half term, our big topics are “Were the Vikings really viscous thieves?” and “Can we compose Music for the Valkyries?”

Please find our History Knowledge Organiser here,

And our Music Knowledge Organiser here,

Our class reader is the epic tale “Viking Boy”

Week 1 – Jorvik Trip

What an amazing day we had in Jorvik yesterday! Children were greeted to the underground Viking world of Jorvik city, buried under the city of York. We went on an amazing ride through an old Viking settlement, before being shown some real artefacts. After that, a Viking showed us how to make our own Viking coins, before we headed across York to the DIG centre. There, we were shown artefacts which had been found all around York, including Roman and Victorian treasure. Then, we took part in our own excavation, digging up everything we could find. Finally, we finished by looking at some Viking weapons!


Autumn 2 term 

Our Class Reader –

Week 5

This week, Year 5 have been finishing off their superb writing topic, all about Plastic pollution. It was lovely to read all about children’s arguments and persuasive language!

Week 4

This week, our highlight of the week was using “DIY” playdough to create costal features such as stacks and arches. It was great fun! We then took part in a protest about the use of plastic in school. The children loved walking round chanting outside Mrs Horan’s office.


Week 3

YET ANOTHER crazy week in Year 5, this week we’ve been making coastal features out of play dough! Some amazing caves, stacks and cracks were made! We also took part in Children in Need day on Friday and anti-bullying week all week!


Week 2

Another great week this week! We have been voting on our school council representative for the Year 5 classes. A big well done to Poppy K and Niamh who won the most votes, but also a big shout out to all those who took part in the elections! We also took part in Remembrance day activities, including the minutes silence and writing letters from the front lines.

Week 1

What a start to our Autumn 2 term! On Wednesday, we had the WONDERDOME into school. This allowed children the experience of a visiting planetarium, to help launch our new topic, WHAT IF THE SUN DIDN’T EXIST?

On Thursday afternoon, we then launched our new Geography topic, all about coasts. This involved children making their own coastline in a tray!

And then on Friday, we took part in Leeds City Council’s Scooter safety training!

Autumn 1 term 

Week 7

Year 5 have had a busy, but exciting half term! Over the last seven weeks, we have:

  • Made Parachutes,
  • Written descriptive stories,
  • Made gears and motors work with iPads,
  • Raced our own cars down the corridor!
  • Tested water resistance with sinking submarines,
  • Made our own Anglo-Saxon jewellery

We can’t wait for next half term!

Week 6

What an exciting week. This week we have had an amazing science experiment (all about water resistance), designed some amazing Anglo-Saxon artefacts and used coding to build our own working gears using LEGO. All this whilst also learning about statistics in Maths, and beginning to write our Non-Chronological reports in Writing!

Week 5

This week, we have been finishing off our Addition and Subtraction topic. We have also been learning about money in PSHE and how we use it sensibly. In computing, we did our first Digital Citizenship lesson of the year, which covered Media choices and the right choice to make when accessing media. In PE, we started our group games, playing bench ball outside! We also finished our letters back to Lucy from the wolf in the walls.

Week 4

Over the week, we have been researching and making our own parachutes, culminating in a Thursday afternoon science experiment – “What can save the maths bricks?”

This involved dropping our very own made characters and seeing what type of parachute would slow them down the most. Unfortunately Mr Shaw’s iPad wasn’t working, but let’s imagine they looked a little something like this! This week we also finished our RE topic and discussed what we valued the most in our lives, as well as writing up some amazing French – all about animals in different places!

How Does a Parachute Work? - Wisconsin Skydiving Center

Week 3

This week, we launched our latest class reader – Anglo-Saxon Boy. This ties into our fantastic Anglo-Saxon topic: ‘What happened after the Romans?’ In our first few History lessons, we have looked at how Anglo-Saxons recorded their history, and how they buried their people in long boats underground. Year 5 wrote some great notes and even designed their own timeline!

Anglo-Saxon Boy: Amazon.co.uk: Bradman, Tony, Hart, Sam: 9781406363777: Books

Week 2

In our second week back, Year 5 were focused on our new Science topic – Forces. We had a go at seeing how paper falls quicker if it is folded – and the effects that air resistance has on it. We also spent some lessons of PSHE discussing discrimination and stereotypes. Finally, on Friday, we completed our first topic day all about RE. We looked at how different religions dealt with bad choices and good choices.

The Wolves in the Walls (Book & CD): Amazon.co.uk: Gaiman, Neil, McKean, Dave: 9780747591627: Books

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