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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:


This is a Design Technology led topic. We will be drawing on science knowledge and thinking about machines, using this to help us make and power a moving vehicle. This will encompass: generating ideas, disassembly, designing, making prototypes, construction, testing and evaluation. Our English text type of explanation will help us to understand how everyday things really work and help us to write with clarity. Imagination and creativity is the key to invention. Let's hope we come up with some cracking ideas!


In Science, we will be learning about gears/springs, pulleys and levers. 


In RE, we will be asking the question, 'What did Jesus do to save human beings?' We will be learning about Jesus' death and resurrection through reading the accounts in the Gospels. Our focus will be on how Christians interpret these events and what they mean to a Christian today.


In Maths this half term, Year 5 will cover:

  • Fractions
  • Number: Decimals and Percentages


In English this half term, Year 5 will cover:

  • Persuasive writing (continued work on writing a persuasive letter)
  • Explanation 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.
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Suggested Additional Activities:           

  • Research some famous inventors, such as: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Mary Anderson, John Logie Baird, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, James Dyson.
  • Research local inventors, from the West Midlands. Who are they? What have they invented?
  • Reinvent an everyday object to make it even better than before.
  • Come up with a cracking idea to help get boring jobs done quicker and better.
  • Watch Wallace and Gromit short films, eg. The Wrong Trousers or A Close Shave.
  • Read 'The Time Machine', H.G. Wells, or watch the movie.
  • Find out about 'Thrust2' and 'BloodhoundSSC' (jet propelled cars).
  • Watch clips from the 'Back to the Future' films.
  • Visit Coventry Transport Museum (current location of 'Thrust2')
  • Visit the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire.
  • Visit the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
  • Visit RAF Cosford.




Use these links for further information and ideas



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