Year 5

Welcome to Year 5's class page

The adults in our classroom will be Mrs O'Donovan , Mrs Stead, Ms Keating and Mrs Thornton



This year we will be learning:

Curriculum Planner

We have had a fantastic first week back and started our first IPC topic Brainwaves. 


The Big Idea

Everyday we are learning lots of new and different things  gaining knowledge, skills, and understanding that we 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. 

We'll be finding out:

  • About different methods of teaching and how we learn
  • About some of the different areas of the brain
  • How information gets into the brain
  • How relaxation can help prepare us for learning
  • How we can improve our memory
  • How positive thinking can help us to succeed
  • How we can support each other to achieve our goals

When the children learn they will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and in groups.

On Tuesday we looked at improving our Growth Mindset and were challenged to produce an origami penguin, first without instructions, then with instructions. Many of us found this tricky and mistakes were made, but we learnt from these and by encouraging each other we were all able to make a penguin!


Exit Point: For our exit point we talked about our emotions and learning. We researched the technique of 'mindfulness' and tried out some breathing exercises to help us feel calm and push away any anxiety or stress that we may be feeling.

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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 prep haps it is leadership - strong individuals whose power and wisdom are admired. These bonds help to make empires strong but the bigger they become, the more difficult they are to hold together. 

In History, we'll be finding out:

  • About the Maya from buildings and artefacts they left behind
  • How the Maya worshipped their gods
  • How the Maya used glyphs for writing and counting
  • Why the Maya empire declined
  • What Benin City in West Africa might have looked like
  • How to use different sources to find out about the Kingdom of Benin
  • How the Edo/Benin people celebrate and worship
  • What happened to the Kingdom of Benin
  • Why the prophet Mohammed was so important to the Islamic civilisation
  • About the achievements and inventions of the Golden Age of Islam  

In Art, we'll be finding out:

  • How to make West African masquerade masks and costumes
  • How to create Islamic art


In International, we'll be finding out:

  • About the culture and traditions pf modern day Maya and Muslims

Entry Point

For our entry point we travelled to Mesoamerica using Google Expeditions. Here we discovered the ancient Maya ruins, we saw the city of Chichen Itza where we located The High Priests Grave, El Castillo and The Temple de los Guerreros (Temple Of Warriors). We loved walking round these fascinating places and hope to visit more places throughout Year 5!

Knowledge Harvest

For our Knowledge Harvest we were given a world timeline and asked to work in groups to communicate a chronological understanding of the past. We were provided with key dates that were important for each civilisation and were set the challenge to include these events on our timeline.