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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 Wednesday each week. Hair must be tied back and earrings removed.

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

Reading books – children can bring in a suitable book from home to read as well as their Reading Planet book, which should be in each day with reading record books.

Mathletics – Regular tasks will be set on Mathletics, based on current learning in Maths.

TTRockStars – This is a great way to practise times tables.

Rising Stars Reading Planet – Access the books on line and complete the quizzes.

Our topic this half term is:


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. Our class reader is Carrie's War, by Nina Bawden.


In Science, we will be completing the Chemistry unit, 'Changing and separating Materials'.


 In RE, we will be asking the question, 'Why do some people think that life is like 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
  • Geometry: Position and direction
  • Measurement: Converting Units
  • Measurement: Volume


In English this half term, Year 5 will cover:

  • Historical Narratives

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.
  • Continue 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



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