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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


5 Craufurd – Mrs Wellings

5 Field – Mrs Smith

with support from Mrs Graham

Essential information:

PE - kit needed on Monday and Tuesday each week. Hair must be tied back and earrings removed.

Water bottles - please bring fresh water from home each day.

Reading books - children may like to bring in a suitable book from home, but they can access school books also.

Spellings - Each week, children will be given spelling tasks to be handed in each Monday.

Mathletics - Each week, a task will be set on Mathletics which will be based on current learning in Maths.



Our topic this half term is:

Keep The Home Fires Burning


During this topic on World War Two, our main focus will be on the lives of ordinary men, women and children and the part they played in the war effort. We will learn about rationing, the home front, digging for victory, ‘make do and mend,’ the Home Guard, the Land Army Girls, the Blitz, the experience of evacuee children and keeping cheerful!

Our English work will be based around historical narratives, with a focus on characterisation. We will also learn how to write a discussion text, using our knowledge of WW2.


In science we will be learning about solids, liquids and gases. We will find out about reversible and irreversible changes by exploring dissolving, filtration, evaporation and sieving.


In RE, we will be asking the questions, 'Why do some people think that life is a journey?' and 'What significant experiences mark this journey?' We will be making comparisons between religions, thinking about how and why people mark the significant events of life.


In Maths this half term, Year 5 will cover:

  • Geometry: Properties of shape (continued)
  • Geometry: Position and direction
  • Measurement: Converting Units
  • Measurement: Volume 


In English this half term, Year 5 will cover:

  • Historical Narrative
  • Discussion texts


Please continue with the following:

  • Reading!! Enjoy a book, read about places you visit or research our topic.
  • Practise your times tables.
  • Writing: You might like to write a diary, send a postcard, make up a quiz to test your family or friends, write a story or copy from a book to work on your handwriting.
  • Begin learning the Year 5/6 spelling list.

Suggested Additional Activities:           

  • Talk to relatives about their experiences of the war.
  • Find out about the different types of World War Two defences that you can still see about Britain.
  • Listen to some war time songs
  • Find out about the Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane – 2 iconic aircraft from the Battle of Britain
  • Find out how propaganda was used during World War Two – look at posters and films
  • Try out some war time recipes like Lord Woolton Pie or Corned Beef Hash.
  • Give your sewing skills a boost – try darning some old socks or turn old textiles into something new.
  • Find out why the Blitz was called the Blitz and what happened.
  • What did spies do in World War Two? Find out about some famous spies.
  • Research how the war affected fashion. Draw wartime clothing for men, women and children.
  • Watch Anne Frank: A Life in Hiding – A Newsround Special – BBC/ Read the Diary of Anne Frank
  • Visit Coventry Cathedral
  • Visit Imperial War Museum, London
  • Visit Duxford Airfield, Cambridge.



Use these links for further information and ideas




Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.