Teacher: Miss Male

TAs: Mrs Campbell and Miss O’Connor


This year we have visited Tatton Park for our Stone Age topic. We found out about Stone Age tools, how Stone Age people survived and did an archaeological dig to find Stone Age items.

We had an experience day based around the artist Anthony Gormley. We created clay people (similar to a piece of his own artworks), cave art using printing and created our own Stone Age house using varied materials including those from outside.

In the Spring Term we visited Jodrell Bank as part of our Space topic. We found out about the planets- conducting experiments to look at the conditions, finding information in the exploration areas and looking at the effects of gravity, light and pressure. We also looked at Tim Peak’s space expedition- how he lived and the training that was required.

We had an experience day making space buggies and then raced them on the playground! 

In the Summer term we visited London for Kip on a Ship- staying on the HMS Belfast! After a train and several underground journeys, we visited the Prince Edward Theatre to watch Aladdin. On the evening, we went to Zizzi’s for food- it was very tasty! We enjoyed finding out about the history of the ship and the battles it has been part of in the past!


In Literacy we have looked at the texts:

–          The Green Children

–          Poetry by Pie Corbett and Valerie Bloom

_          The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

_          Unspoken by Henry Cole

_          Playing the Shape Game- Anthony Browne

_.         A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Shakespeare

_          Hidden Figures- Margot Lee Shetterly 

_          The Hundred Dresses- Eleanor Estes

_          Zoo- Anthony Browne

We have designed and created our own Lost Thing out of junk materials as part of our Literacy unit. We wrote a letter of advise to inform a friend how to look after our lost thing including modal verbs, subordinate clause starters, conjunctions and varied persuasive sentence openers. We then planned, drafted, edited and finally wrote our own Lost Thing narrative- some of us retelling the story and others of us changing elements of the story including characters and settings. We looked at relative clauses and description as well as applying previous skills taught. 

During Unspoken, we have focussed particularly on verb openers and direct speech. We wanted to better our speech by thinking about inferring how the characters are feeling and even including some split speech. 

We have looked at part of Anthony Browne’s autobiography and are in the process of writing our own biography imagining that we are famous, looking back on our life.

We enjoyed Shakespeare week- working in groups to plan, write and perform our own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

During Hidden Figures, we found out lots about the history of NASA, the importance of women and how black and white people were treated. 

We loved our empathy text- The Hundred Dresses. We discussed what empathy was and how the characters in the story were or were not showing empathy. We wrote a diary entry in the voice of one of the characters explaining how regretful she was that she was a part of the mistreating of another person.

Our most recent book is Zoo by Anthony Browne. We have started a new way of learning in Literacy and have seen huge improvements already- especially with our basic skills! 


In maths we have already looked at place value and addition and subtraction. In Spring 1, we have looked at multiplication and division and we are using our new maths scheme (Maths No Problem!) which we are really enjoying. In multiplication, we looked at partitioning, grid method and column multiplication as well as continuing to learn and apply our times tables. In division, we focussed on mental division using known facts and the bus stop method- including with remainders! We have also looked at graph work- focussing on reading tables and line graphs. In Spring 2 our focus was fractions. We have looked at adding, subtracting, comparing, find the equivalent and simplifying fractions. 

Our most recent maths learning has been all about angles! We have looked at naming and measuring different types of angles.

In an afternoon, we have started to play mini maths games to help with our fluency. We are really enjoying these! We are also all working really hard on times table rockstars to get our heatmap completely green!!


In Science we have been looking at materials and their states. We did lots of experiments looking at boiling, dissolving, melting and changes of state. 

Our Spring science topic was Living things and their habitats. We have looked at: The life process of reproduction in plants and animals, the life cycle of a mammal, the differences in the life cycles of amphibians and insects, describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, amphibian, insect and bird.

Our most recent topic in Science has been Animals including humans where we have been learning all about life cycles. 

In ICT we have moved on from graphical modelling to internet searches. We have been looking at search engines- how they work and why they are useful. 

In RE, our current topic is Pentecost. We have created some art work depicting the event and looked at explaining what this event tells us about God.


We are continuing to enjoy reading in Year 5 and are bringing our books in every week! We love finding new vocab that we can use in our writing and finding synonyms for these words.


Take a look at our pictures!!!

Year 5 team x














Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter for Year 5- Class newletterYr5 autumn 2019

Document showing what the Year 5 children will look at in Autumn Term- Stone Age topic web year 5 2019