Year 5


Welcome to Year 5. We have 3 classes of 30 children - the Dazzling Dinosaurs, the Heroic Hedwigs and the Crazy Crocs. Our ethos is simple: we aim high, we believe and we achieve! We aim to provide children with many engaging experiences to support their learning and enable them to be their very best.


Who’s Who

Mrs Awan (Key Stage Leader)

Dazzling Dinosaurs: Mrs Desai (Teacher)

Heroic Hedwigs: Mrs Hollingworth (Teacher / Year co-ordinator)

Mr Caldwell (Teacher)

Miss Gent (HLTA)

Mrs Begum (Teaching Assistant)

What we will be learning this year?


Autumn 1: Who were the Tudors?

Our topic is ‘Off with their heads!’ We will be learning about the gruesome and exciting lives of the Tudors during the period. We will learn about the famous Henry VIII and his wives as well as how his reign has changed and affected Britain today – including his ‘Great Matter’. During the topic we will be visiting the birth place of William Shakespeare’s mother where the children will learn about typical Tudor life. We explore Tudor crime and punishment and make comparisons with modern day crime and punishment. We learn about the comparisons between rich and poor Tudors and learn about what it would be like to be alive during the Tudor times. Finally, we learn about exploration and the effect it has had on Britain as we know it.

Autumn 2: How do the Earth, Sun and Moon effect our lives
Our topic is ‘Stargazers’. This topic starts off with the awesome, ‘Hardwick’s Intergalactic Rocket Launch Competition!’ During this exciting topic we are launched in to space to explore the relationships between planet Earth, the sun and the moon. We explore the phases of the moon and try to answer the question – why do we have night and day. As part of our topic we visit The National Space Centre and experience the planetarium. As part of our art project this term we learn about George Seurat (the pointillism artist) and create pointillism space-scapes.

Spring 1: Who were the Ancient Egyptians?


Our topic is ‘Pharaohs'. In this fascinating topic we will travel back in time to 1336BC to visit the Ancient Egyptians! We begin our topic with a trip to the Leicester Museum to explore the incredible Egyptian artefacts and meet the ancient mummies! During tis term we learn all about the Pharaohs, life during Egyptian times, mummification, the Gods and the perilous journey to the afterlife. We become archaeologists – examining ancient artefacts and learning from them, before becoming geographers and learning all about the River Nile and its importance to ancient settlers back then to modern day times. In science we explore lifecycles and habitats. We finish the topic with a fantastic Egyptian market place day were parents are invited and the children can purchase foods and goods that were typical of the time.

Spring 2: How do materials change?


Our topic is ‘Alchemy Island’. We begin this super topic with an exciting science investigation that always creates excitement and gets the children problem solving. This involves a task where by the pupils have to work in teams to filter and purify the contaminated water supply at school which has taken place due to an accident. The children have to work together and use their budget wisely to purchase equipment from the ‘Hardwick Hardware Store’ in order to try and produce the cleanest water sample. As part of this topic we explore the importance of materials and their properties as well as learning how to read ordnance survey maps and use grid references to find landmarks an a map. As part of our DT project, we design and make a buzz wire game that includes an electrical circuit.

Summer 1: Where does our food come from?


Our topic is ‘Allotments’. We begin our journey by visiting a local allotments and learning about where our food comes from. During this topic we learn fascinating facts about seasonal foods, where and when they can be grown and how we can reduce our carbon footprint by growing our own fruit and vegetables. We also learn about the importance of a balanced diet and nutrition. We complete our topic with our DT project where we design and make a healthy salad based upon what we have learnt. This is then added to our ‘Salad Bistro’ where parents are invited to come and try the delicious salads we have created and find out what we have been learning about.

Summer 2: What forces are used in a theme park?


Our topic is ‘ Scream Machine!’ This incredibly exciting topic begins with a trip to a local park where we learn about how different forces are applied when we use playground equipment. We learn all about forces – including gravity, air resistance, centripetal force and friction – along side how pulleys and levers are used in everyday life. We become journalists and write newspaper reports about the grand opening of a theme park ride that we design, before working in teams to design and build a marble run roller coaster with a pulley system. We develop our mapping skills by plotting a journey from school to a theme park and we explore comparisons between a village in the UK and a city in France by looking at arial satellite images and maps. We complete our topic with a show-stopping trip to Drayton Mannor where we see and experience the rides in action.

Maths and English:

We will continue to develop our English and Maths skills alongside all of our themes. To help children learn we use text maps where drawings of what is happening are used instead of words so that the children can internalise the structure of the text. We immerse the pupils in a rich variety of vocabulary which we encourage them to use in their own writing. They will have lots of opportunities to write, read and perform. Some of the text types (genres) that we will be learning about are historical narratives, fantasy (portal) stories, poetry, persuasive texts, information texts and recounts. Children will be developing their reading and spelling skills in their daily Phonics sessions and SPAG sessions.


How to help with learning at Home


We value and encourage parents working alongside their children. One of the most important ways a parent can help a child is to listen to them read or encourage them to read to themselves as often as possible.

We encourage parents to support their children’s learning at home through talk, homework and reading.

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