Y5 Staff:

Miss A. Everington - 5E

Mr J. Mason - 5M

Mr W. Collington & Miss E. Mason - 5CM


Teaching Assistants: Miss E. Stoneman / Mrs B.Khan & Mrs L. Fletcher


Novel Study

They've gone now, and I'm alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won't waste a single moment of it... I want tonight to be long, as long as my life...

During the next half term, Year 5 will be studying the novel 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo. It tells the story of Thomas Peaceful who looks back over his childhood memories from the battlefields of World War I. 

However, there is a reason why Tommo is reliving these memories as the clock ticks closer to something that will change his life forever...


You may recognise our author this half term? Have you read any of his other books? If you want to find out more, click the picture below.



We are also going to study a very famous poem to kick start our English work this half term.

Do you know why this poem is so important in 2018? 

Watch the live reading of the poem - what is it about? Can you find out the translation of the title and see how it compares to the content of the poem? 

Cornerstones Topic

This half term Year 5 will be studying the topic 'A Child's War'!

 As we study the life and times of WWI through our novel study, we will look at how WWII compares, especially from a child's point of view. 

A siren sounds, a building crumbles,a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It's 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must take the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. 

Make do and mend - and cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sank ships.

And, as peace is declared, let's get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says "It's an unconditional surrender!"


What will we be learning as we delve back into the life and times of World War II? 

As geographers, we will locate and name main counties and cities in England, compare land use maps of the UK from the past to the present. We will also use the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references and use the symbols and keys of Ordnance Survey maps in order to build up knowledge of the UK in the past and present. 

As historians, we will study different sources of evidence to find out about life during World War II and sequence key events. We will use relevant terminology and labels to make comparisons between different times in the past. 

As scientists, we will recognise the effects levers, pulleys and gears have in relation to forces.

As sportspeople, we will play basketball and study dance and gymnastics to practise running, jumping, throwing and catching skills, develop control, technique, co-ordination and fluency to move fluently and expressively. We will create complex sequences of a range of movements and manipulate equipment as well as the body in a sequence. When performing, we will reflect on our performance and modify our work to show improvement of skills. 

As linguists, we will learn French classroom instructions and write letters to Father Christmas.

As artists and designers we will manipulate materials to create objects through designing and evaluating and create working lever and pulley systems.

As musicians, we will use and understand staff and other musical notations as well as listen and respond to high quality live and recorded music from different traditions and great composers and musicians.

In PHSE, we will learn about political literacy and citizenship and consequences of inequality. This will involve learning about rights, rules and responsibilities, understand how the media presents information and look at inequalities across the globe.

During RE lessons, we will learn about the Five Pillars of Islam and find out about Muslim children's lives and learn to respect how their culture and beliefs may be different to our own. 

In computing, we will use 'Scratch' to learn some computer programming, use a 'Greenscreen' to present information and explore and compose music using a multimedia programme. 


Below are Year 5's long term and medium term plans for the foundation subjects. These show the topics covered throughout the year and experiences we aim to provide for the children (visits subject to change depending on availability/cost).

The medium term plan for our current topic gives an overview of learning outcomes covered across the curriculum. We aim to teach as much of this as possible, however, there may be some days/weeks where time will be restricted due to other events happening in school. The activities planned aim to engage children and allow them to experience a broad and balanced curriculum alongside teaching skills linked to the foundation subjects (see wider curriculum pages for more information).

Future Visits/Activities

On Tuesday 6th November, Year 5 will be visiting Kelham Island Museum. 

Below is the letter sent home with details about our visit. Children are also invited to dress up for the visit too. 

Please be aware that all medical consent forms need to be returned before the visit otherwise your child will not be allowed to leave school premises. 

Also, Kelham Island Museum is not heated therefore, please ensure that your child has a coat and shoes suitable for the time of year. 

During Autumn Term One, Year 5 have been lucky enough to participate in an Ancient Egyptian Day in school and visited Rackford Meadows for some fantastic outdoor activities. Please have a look at our photo galleries to see what we got up to! 


We expect children to read at least 3x a week – please ensure your child brings their reading diary to school everyday as they will be checked each morning and any adult who reads with your child in school will record it in their reading diary. If your child has read at home and it is recorded and dated in their reading diary this will help them achieve their reading certificates - for every 15 reads that are dated and signed by an adults your child will earn a certificate, on this certificate there could be an opportunity to choose a prize!

Look out for the weekly spellings sheet on a Friday – children will practise these at school and will need to hand their practice sheet in when they complete a spell check on a Thursday. Don't forget to access Spelling Shed as well to practice (see below)!

Practise times tables - we expect the children to be learning their times tables several times each week. Children need to know all of their multiplication and the related division facts up to 12 X 12 as they help unlock a lot of other learning in maths. Check your child's reading diary for their Times Table Rock Stars Log in (see link at the bottom of the page for the website) - will you get onto the leader board? If they play the 'garage' section of TT Rockstars then the times tables are set alongside the tables they are practising in school. 

 We would also like children to access the Bedrock Learning website once a week to complete a unit of work - see below for more detail (useful websites section). 

Children can also choose to complete homework from our 'A Child's War' homework menu. This is optional however, it will be enjoyable for the children and it will allow them to take their learning further and share it with you at home. Once any tasks have been completed please bring them into school and we will do our best to display as many of them as possible.

We would love to see how creative you can be and display your hard work for all to see.


All of the Year 5 classes have PE sessions each week, one of which is likely to be with our sports coach; Mr Smith. The days which these lessons take place can change depending on the weather so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school all week. Please note that even during the winter we may deliver some PE sessions outside so it is important that children have all the kit listed below in school every day.

Indoor Kit =  plain white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable shoes (pumps or trainers). No football shirts or strips please.

Outdoor Kit = plain tracksuit bottoms and warm jacket and shoes suitable for all weathers (trainers)

Please be reminded that no jewellery should be worn and earrings MUST be removed by the child for any PE session. Long hair needs to be tied back.


All children in school will be taking part in the '1km a day' challenge. Each day, every class will run the equivalent of 1km within our school grounds - we are currently running 8.5 laps of our school playground. We aim to improve our stamina and resilience for running by timing ourselves and working on our own personal bests! Children will have the opportunity to change into their trainers to complete this, another reason to ensure your child has PE kit in school all week!

For more information on this initiative please visit the following website:





This is a fun and competitive way for your child to learn their times tables. Look out for new competitions and challenges! All children will have their log ins given to them before the end of the first week back, just in case any have been lost!



All children have a log in for spelling shed. Every week, their assigned spelling rule and list will be put onto the website so your child can practice their allocated spellings. We encourage children to access this site at least once or twice a week, they also have an opportunity to practice on Spelling Shed once a week in school too. 



We are very lucky to be taking part in the Bedrock Vocabulary scheme this year. This aims to develop your child's use and understanding of vocabulary and what your child accesses is based on their ability from a task they completed towards the end of last year. Children's logins are in their reading diaries and we ask that they access the Bedrock site at least once a week alongside their Bedrock session in school. 


If your or your child are struggling to access any of these websites please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be able to support you.