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:

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.

AD 900

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.

Our Learning Journey 

Our learning journey over the last few weeks has included work on Maya myths, civilisation and daily life, Maya writing and Maths, their gods and different creation stories. Here is some of our work. 

African Voices

On Wednesday we welcomed a visitor from Uganda. We took part in several activities to help us expand our knowledge of Africa and it's countries. Anjelo then took us on a journey through Uganda, where we learnt about the culture, geographical features, people, food and animals of this beautiful country. Here are just a few of the photos highlighting our day. 

Road Safety

As part of our road safety training, we went out this morning on our scooters, to learn about the importance of the green, cross code, be aware of our surroundings at all time, to walk across roads not ride, to continue looking even when we are crossing the road and the difference between different road junctions. We had fun but learnt some very important information. Here are a few photographs from our morning. 

Exit Point

For our exit point to our topic AD 900 we completed a carousel of activities, including cooking tortillas, making Maya masks, decorating Maya bowls and using Maya writing. It was a fabulous end to our topic and thank you to all the parents who were able to visit, look through our work, taste our tortillas and share a cup of Maya hot chocolate with us!

What a Wonderful World

The Big Idea

Natural forces have been shaping our planet for many billions of years and these dramatic changes are still going on, right now, all around us. 

Throughout this unit we will be learning more about the physical processes that shape our planet - and the ritual role that we play in safeguarding our planet and its resources for future generations.

 In Geography, we'll be finding out:

  • About different regions and environments around the world
  • How to use different types of map to find out information
  • About the forces and processes that shape our planet
  • About extreme weather events and how they affect people and localities
  • About the possible causes of climate change and its effects on our planet
  • How man-made changes can alter/change our local environment   

In ICT & computing , we'll be finding out:  

  • How to program an online quiz to test our knowledge of biomes  

In Science, we'll be finding out:  

  • About the movements of Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us
  • How different types of cloud are formed
  • How we can set up a weather station and record data  

In International, we'll be finding out:  

  • About local and global environmental issues
  • How different international aid groups and charities are helping those affected by environmental issues.

We have had a fabulous week back after the half term holiday and have started our new topic What a Wonderful world.  Not only have we made paper mache volcanoes as part of our entry point, we have learnt about different regions of the world and how their ecosystems are called Biomes. We also drew a map of the world from memory, for our Knowledge Harvest task. We found this very tricky and will be having another go at this later on in the topic. 

Entry Point

Our Learning Journey

Our class text has been, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. We have throughly enjoyed reading this story together and then writing our own version. I hope during parents evening you were able to read these fantastic stories, which the children have worked so hard on. 

During our topic we have learnt about biomes, the structure of the Earth, tectonic plates and researched and written newspaper reports about natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Here are some examples of our work.  

Exit Point 

Today we ended our topic, What a Wonderful World, by drawing a world map from memory, completing a quiz about the world's time zones and finally by making Earth biscuits! These were almost too good to eat!

Happy New Year Everyone. 

Water For Everyone 

The Big Idea

Not everyone in the world has access to clean and safe water. We all have a role to play in helping others and safeguarding this precious resource for future generations. 

In Geography, we'll be finding out about:

  • Where the water that supplies are home comes from
  • About different types of water pollution
  • About how drought and flooding can affect our communities 

In Science, we'll be finding out :

  • How to make and test a rehydration drink 

In Society, we'll be finding out:

  • About how lack go clean water can affect whole communities 
  • About how lack of clean water can affect different groups within a community 

In International, we'll be finding out:

  • About sustainable technologies that are helping people to access clean water
  • How we can work together to create a positive 'water wise' future 


We have had a fantastic start to 2019 and already completed some amazing work. 

Entry Point 

For our entry point we experienced what it was like to have to fetch and carry water and saw how quickly it could be used up for various tasks. We were asked to imagine that our only water source was over a mile away from our home and how difficult this would make life for us. Carrying the water was hard work and many of us complained and grumbled that our hands and backs hurt! 

Once back inside in the warmth and comfort of our classroom, we watched "Walking in Sabrina's Shoes", which followed a day in the life of a mother in Kenya. We saw how she walked 4 miles twice a day to collect water for her family and that her only wish was to be able to one day have a bath in her own house. 

Knowledge Harvest

For our knowledge harvest we reflected on our entry point. We all realised how fortunate we were and that we defiantly took the availability of water for granted. As a class, we discussed all the things that we and our families use water for. We then recorded these on mind maps to show how important water is to our lives.