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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 -  PE kit should be worn each Monday and Wednesday. Please see the school uniform policy for details. Long hair must be tied back and earrings removed.

Swimming - on Wednesday, wear your PE kit to school and bring a named bag with your swimming kit.

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

Our topic this half term is:


This topic is a science based topic, where we will be exploring our solar system. We will learn about the planets, the sun and the moon - their orbits and their rotations. We will listen to music and create art work based on a space theme. Our class reader, 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce will help us to explore what space might be like. We will think about our planet and how special it is, considering what we need to do to preserve it and how we should treat all citizens within it. In RE, we will be asking the question, 'What does it mean if God is holy and loving?' We will have a focus on texts from the Bible where there are clear relationships between God and humanity.

In Maths this half term, Year 5 will cover:

    • Number and place value
    • Addition and subtraction
    • Statistics


In English this half term, Year 5 will cover:

    • Adventure stories
    • Explanation Texts

Please continue with the following:

    • Reading. Enjoy a book or research our topic. Look through the 'My Reading Record' book for ideas about how to share your reading.
    • 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.
    • Revise the Year 3/4 Common Exception Words and begin learning the Year 5/6 Common Exception words. These can be found at the front of the children's 'My Reading Record' book.
    • Remember that you can access TTRockStars, Mathletics and Rising Stars Reading Planet from home.

Suggested Additional Activities:           
Watch programmes based on a space theme - maybe some more early Star Trek episodes.

Listen out for items in the news which are related to space discovery.

Research information about one of the planets in detail. Present your findings to the class (posters, a talk, a powerpoint, a model).

What do humans need to survive? What must be present on other planets to sustain human life? Which of the other planets is likely to be able to sustain life?
Create a collage showing a planet in our solar system.

Research other galaxies - how far can we see and what have scientists found?

Listen to music by Gustav Holst - The Planets Suite.

Find out about how the planets in our solar system got their names.

Observe the sky at night. What constellations can you spot? Can you see the North Star? Will you be lucky enough to see a shooting star?

Research famous people who have an interest in space tourism – Richard Branson or Elon Musk. Write a biography.

Visit the National Space Centre in Leicester (covid permiiting)



Use these links for further information and ideas:

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.