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Flying Bull

Year 5

Spring 2018

Is it right to fight?

This term, as part of our topic in Year 5, we will be investigating the question ‘Is it right to fight?’

During our History lessons we will be studying major conflicts including World War 1 and World War 2 and the impact of conflicts on the world we know today. We will be looking at what life was like during these wars, not only for those people fighting, but also for those who did not go to war. We are going to be researching and reading about various key events and people involved in these conflicts and we will be producing many interesting pieces of writing based on our research. Finally, we will be researching the effect of the war on our local area.

Geography – we will be studying the impact of war on human and physical geography through the study of aerial photographs taken during the war and acting as a ‘War Cabinet’ to decide upon suitable sites for invasions and bombing raids, based on maps and photographs.

In our English lessons, we will be looking at various recounts from the World Wars and using these as inspiration to write in a range of genres. We will also be writing our own recounts of famous events in History alongside creating our own newspaper articles.

In Design Technology, we will be building trebuchets and would like to invite parents and carers in to engage with their children’s learning on Wednesday the 21st of March. Please feel free to come and join in with your child’s learning. The first part of the morning will focus on the investigation and designing of their trebuchet. By 11:15am, the children will be beginning to build their design. This will carry on into the afternoon with the children testing them towards the end of the day.

We will also be making rations as part of our food technology. The children will have a chance to research rationing before re-creating dishes that only use rationed ingredients.

This year, Year 5 children have the chance to participate in Bikeability which will begin on Monday 5th March. This gives children the opportunity to learn how to ride bikes safely on the roads and become comfortable, confident and safe in the saddle.

Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that your child should be reading at least 5 times per week at home (minimum) and this is being signed in their homework diaries. We also ask that your child practises their times tables using the Kumon cards that have been sent home with them. Both Year 5 classrooms are open from 8:30am for children to come in and read with an adult. This is highly encouraged as reading is shown to be the number one way to improve your child’s learning.

We hope you enjoy the term!

The Year 5 Team.


Autumn Term 2017

Extraordinary Earth

Welcome back to a very exciting term, with a brand new topic to Year 5: Extraordinary Earth.

Over the course of this term we will be covering a range of learning all about our Earth and the people that live on it.

In Geography we will be learning about rivers and how they are formed. By the end of our learning journey the children will know the various features of a river, will have had the opportunity to build their own river as a class, have visited a real life river and completed experiments on it.


5W – 9-11

5C – 1-3



In Science we will begin the year by learning about evolution and inheritance: how we have evolved as a species and what we inherit from our parents. After half term, we will be moving on to learn about the Circulatory System. This is a very exciting part of our term as we will be making our own blood, investigating how our heart works and even dissecting animal hearts to better our own understanding.


Within our PSHCE lessons we will be learning about Body Image, how the media alters images, how to love ourselves and be accepting of all body types.

The artist BANKSY will lead our Rebel Artist unit: looking at the differences between graffiti and street art, creating our own tags and using BANKSY as our inspiration to create our own prints.

In our History learning, we will be taking inspiration from our staff to look at people who have had an impact on our planet.

It would be great if at home families can talk about who they consider to have had an impact on the planet – this might be inventors, leaders, scientists, painters, musicians – and why they have had such an effect.

We will be covering many more elements in our curriculum with Reading, Writing and Maths being affected by this non-core learning so that the subjects link together where possible.

All classrooms will be open from 8:35 every morning for children to come and be heard reading, with ERIC continuing on Thursday mornings, 8:35-9:15. During this time, class teachers and teaching assistants will be checking reading logs.

PE Days will be:

Monday – Year 5 - Outdoor

Tuesday – Year 5 – Indoor

Welcome to Summer Term 2017

Ancient Greeks

Year 5 are looking forward to an action packed, fun-filled term as we explore the ‘Ancient Greeks’.

In our English lessons we will be writing stories that contain mythical and legendary characters, based on Greek mythology. We will also be performing plays linked to our PSHCE work on discrimination and anti-social behaviour. In PSHCE we are also looking at ‘who can help’ and we’ll be exploring human body changes and relationships.

In Summer 1 we will be moving on to long division and fractions. In Summer 2 we will be exploring properties of shape, position and direction, statistics and measures linked to the Olympic Games.

In Science we will be investigating classification, life cycles and reproduction of animals and plants. We will also be looking at changes in humans as they grow (this will lead onto and link to our PSHCE work).

In History we will be delving into the exciting world of Ancient Greece, looking at how they changed today’s world and the origins of the Olympic Games. We will use the Olympics as a context for Geography work on map skills and different climates.

As part of our DT programme, we will hopefully have the opportunity to visit a Greek restaurant, where we will be preparing and tasting traditional Greek food.

In our Art programme of study, we will be creating our own mosaic collage, linked to our work on Ancient Greece.

We are continuing to learn about rhythm, pulse and chord progressions in our Ukulele lessons in Music.

In Languages, children will have the opportunity to continue learning French, learning numbers to 60 and exploring the Olympics in French.

We will be communicating using graphics, data, text, sound and film within our Computing lessons, as well as continuing to learn how to code and debug.

Finally, in PE lessons we are learning a traditional Greek dance, striking and fielding and athletics, leading to our very own Year 5 Olympic Games competition, as well as our whole-school sports day.

Keep an eye on our school website and newsletter for news about focus days, special visits and transition to Year 6.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school at the beginning of each week. PE lessons will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, a quick reminder to read with your child at least five times a week and continue to support them with any homework tasks.

We are looking forward to our third and final term of the year, packed full with exciting learning opportunities!

Mrs Adams, Mrs Darbyshire and Mr Philpott

Welcome to Spring Term 2017

To the Moon and Back!

Our Year 5 topic this term is ‘To the moon and back’. We will introduce the topic by finding out about Tim Peake’s recent mission into space and we will be becoming ‘space detectives’ as we find out more!

In our English lessons we will begin by exploring and writing stories of mystery and suspense, followed by biographies, including those of people who have travelled through space. We’ll be writing recounts, as well as becoming journalists, ending the term with further opportunities to become news reporters on Flying Bull Radio!

We will be using our Maths lessons to look at Geometry: properties of shape and position and direction, linking this to the movement of planets and spacecraft. We will then move on to statistics, fractions, decimals and percentages, again linked to our space detective work.

In Science we will be exploring our place in the universe and will then move on to investigating different forces

In History and Geography we’ll be finding out about how Britain has changed and developed since the end of the Second World War, as well as developing our map skills. Following on from this, we will have a fun-packed Design and Technology day, in which we will be finding out about and cooking food on a ration!

Through our Art programme of study we will be studying and creating our own art work, taking inspiration from Andy Warhol. We will be continuing to learn the Ukulele in Music lessons.

In Languages, children will have the opportunity to continue French, looking at food and the story of the hungry caterpillar.

We are looking forward to developing our knowledge and skills in coding in our Computing lessons, mostly using Scratch to create space-based computer games.

Within our PSHCE scheme of work, we will be looking at alcohol and its effects, followed by exploring identities in the UK and recognising and challenging stereotypes.

Finally, in PE lessons we are going to be developing gymnastics, social skills and outdoor adventure activities.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school at the beginning of each week. PE lessons will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, a quick reminder to read with your child five times a week and continue to support them with any homework tasks.

We are looking forward to an exciting spring term, packed with new learning and experiences, with the possibility of some ‘out of this earth’ trips to bring our topic to life!

Mrs Darbyshire, Mr Philpott and Mrs Adams