Year 5


The Big Idea!

What holds an empire together? Perhaps it is faith – a belief in a single god or many different gods; perhaps it is dependency – a need to work together and to help one another, or perhaps it is leadership – strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong. However, the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together...


Entry Point:

For our entry task, Year 5 had lots of fun exploring some Maya ruins using Google Expeditions.


The children had lots of fun designing and making their own fairground rides. They had to overcome lots of challenges in order to complete them.


Year 5 were given various challenges involving circuits. They had to work in groups to solve each problem.

The Big Idea!

We all know that fairground rides are designed to thrill our senses, through fear, excitement and the unexpected. How are these rides powered in a way which enables them to speed up and slow down at just the right moments, whilst staying on a track that twists upside down?
These mysteries will be revealed as we learn more about the science behind energy, forces, sound and light.

Entry Point:

For our Entry Point, Year 5 were set the challenge to design and build a Fairground ride. It was quite tricky but the children really enjoyed it.

World Book Day

We had a wonderful day in our book review t shirts. The designs were fantastic!

Art Week

During Art Week, Year 5 looked at the work of three African artists: Tingatinga, Gakonga and Bulinya. They enjoyed finding out about the styles of meaning about the artwork and produced some stunning pieces of their own.

Staff working in Year 5 this year are Miss Parkinson and Ms Keating. Mrs Towler will also be teaching RE and French every Friday afternoon.

Things to remember:

PE days - Tuesday and Friday. Please, however, ensure that your child has their PE kit in school each day in case this needs to be changed.

Planners - Planners need to be in school every day. Each Monday, children need to hand in their planner which should be signed by an adult for the previous week.

Homework - Children will write any homework which has been set in their planners, as well as the date the work is due to be handed in.

Reading - Children need to read their Accelerated Reader book at home at least three times each week. This should be recorded separately in their Reading Record and signed by an adult each time they read. Reading Record books are checked every Monday.


Our topics this year are:

  • Brainwaves
  • Fairgrounds
  • AD900
  • Climate Control
  • Making New Materials
  • The Holiday Show


Every day, we are learning lots of new and different things – gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve our learning, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.