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Year 5


Welcome to Year Five

Teacher: Miss Gardner


Hello everyone!


A warm welcome to our class page. Please revisit this page to find regular updates, useful websites and to explore what we have been learning about in class. We're extremely excited to support your child in both their academic and personal development over the course of the academic year.


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Gardner





Our Learning

Welcome to Summer 2!

Our topic this half term is Biomes, where we will be exploring the different biomes across the world. 


Year 5 Summer 2 Messages

  • Swimming is every Friday.
  • Reading books and reading records to be brought to school every day (to be read with staff)
  • Homework is sent out every Tuesday and is due in the following Monday. 
  • Remember to log on to TT Rockstars and Numbots at home as much as possible.
  • Please look at the class pages links for further information about curriculum/learning for our child this half term 


Computing - iModel

Maths - Shape

History - Baghdad and the Middle East

Book Talk - Parvana's Journey

RE - Transformation

DT - Cooking and nutrition

Spanish -Mi Casa

Science - Plants

Local History

Science - Properties of Materials

Science - Forces

History - Vikings

Picture News

Art - Installation Art

English - Explanation Text

Book Talk - Riddle of the Runes

Spanish - The Date

RE - Life Choices

Maths - Multiplication and Division

DT - Electrical Systems

Music - Composition Notation

Computing - iProgram

Book Talk - Beowulf

Maths - Autumn 1

History - Anglo-Saxons

RE - Ourselves

Earth and Space

Our first topic in Science this year is Earth and Space, we have been working hard to develop our scientific knowledge as well as immersing ourselves into the topic with a visit from Wonderdome to explore space exploration further.

Poetry Workshop with Paul Cookson

Year 5 had a fantastic morning at Doncaster Museum working with poet Paul Cookson.

The children joined Paul in reciting some of his work before working together to write a joint poem inspired by The Flying Scotsman.

This was a great way to start our poetic style writing journey which we will now continue in class!

Baghdad and the Middle East

This half term Year 5 have been studying Baghdad and the Middle East in History. We have learnt how the Golden Age of Islam grew and what advancements where made in this time period. 
We also compared this to what life would be like in our local area in this time period before focusing on the decline of the empire. 

Science - Life Cycles

This half term we have been learning about life cycles in Science lessons. We have used various scientific skills in this unit including asking questions, drawing conclusions, recording data and using sources. 

RSE - Keeping Safe

Art - Andy Warhol

Maths - Multiplication, Division and Fractions

Geography - Asia: Mountains, Earthquakes and Volcanoes

RE - Hope

During Advent, we focused on the topic of hope. We focused on how we can wait hopefully for the arrival of the Messiah.

Year 5 RSE- Gifts and talents

Year 5 reflected on the similarities and differences between individuals in the class. We understand that children we are all unique, with different family set-ups, gifts and talents. Finally we created self-portraits with ‘I am…’ statements around the outside with the title of the portrait ‘I am loved by God’.

As part of our Multiplication and Division topic we are focusing on calculating cubed numbers. We began to deepen our understanding by working collaboratively to create cube numbers using multilink cubes to explore how cube numbers are found.

In History, we worked together to analyse various sources from Anglo-Saxon times.

In RE, we took part in a job interview for a follower of Jesus. We thought about the key qualities a follower of Jesus should possess.

Year 5 were extremely lucky to get the opportunity to visit the Relics of St Bernadette here in Doncaster today. We began with a liturgy and wahsed our hands with Holy water from Lourdes before visiting the Relics.

Today we celebrated Roald Dahl Day! After focusing on George's Marvellous Medicine we created our own magical medicine potions.

As part of our Science topic, Earth and Space, we investigated the distance between each planet and the position of the planets within our solar system relative to the sun.

Key Information

Homework: Homework will be given out each Friday and is due the following Friday. Homework will usually consist of spellings, timestables practice, SPaG and either a maths worksheet or reading comprehension.


PE: This half term PE is on a Thursday. All children must have the correct school PE kit. 


Reading: Children will have the opportunity to take a school reading book and a reading for pleasure book. Please bring your book and reading record to school daily.