Church Of England Primary School

Year 5 Contact

 The topics we are covering this year are...


Autumn 1 – Savage Saxons!

Autumn 2 – Food, Glorious Food

Spring 1 – Out of this world!

Spring 2 – Ingenious Inventors 

Summer 1 – The amazing Amazon 

Summer 2 - Gruesome Greeks!

To see coverage of key skills we will be developing throughout this years' curriculum, please see our half termly backpacks below...






We have been learning all about Music, Art, Drama and Dance during our MADD week at school. This has involved a range of exciting opportunities including: meeting a real life artist, drama workshops, learning to the play boom whackers BUT best of all, ballroom dancing with a professional dancer. See us in action below...

 Welcome to Year 5 

 Welcome to Year 5

 Mrs Howlett (Teacher and SENCO)

Mrs McGrath (Teaching Assistant)

 In Year 5, we have an inspiring curriculum which includes a variety learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom for children to achieve their full potential. It is my job to promote children's passion for learning whilst ensuring their holistic needs are met.

Each day, children are encouraged to uphold the school's Christian ethos through the teaching and modelling of our Christian values; courage, respect, friendship, forgiveness, truthfulness and thankfulness.

We have a challenging yet exciting curriculum which includes: Maths - No Problem! and this year we are also introducing Times Table Rockstars! In English, we use 'Accelerated Reader', guided reading workshops and  alongside this, we are continuing to follow the new curriculum, consisting of a broad range of creative topics in addition to core learning within Science, Computing, PSHE, RE and PE (Wednesday and Friday afternoons with our sports coaches Miss Smith and Mr Molloy.)

If you have any queries regarding your child please don’t hesitate to send me an email on Otherwise, if you wish to discuss any matter in depth please feel free to arrange an appointment with myself.




One of the most exciting parts of Year 5 is our residential trip to Bewerley Park in the Spring term!

(To see our Bewerley Park Parent Information PPT - click HERE) For further information, see below 


Times tables knowledge and reading skills are vital for everyday living. In Year 5, we practice these often, but our favourite way to do this is to play 'Times Table Rockstars' and quiz our understanding of our texts using 'Accelerated Reader'...


In Year 5, we link our learning to events in the news...


As a part of our geography unit on the UK, we looked at the ethical issue of fracking. This involved sending tweets to Caudrilla, debating the pros and cons of this process and producing a short news round to present their balanced arguments...


This term, in Geography, we have been looking at world foods and the importance of Fairtrade. Take a look at our class Power Point...



 What's going on this month? 


Take a look at some of the amazing things Year 5 have been up to, whilst learning about the Savage Saxons!


To finish our Saxon topic, we traveled back in time during our visit to Martin Mere Wetlands. We had the best time living life as a Saxon!


"We found out about the Anglo Saxons from artefacts that have been excavated - some of the things we looked at were: leather shoes, ceramic pots, a steel sword, and much more!" Anna.

"Last week a visitor came to teach us about Anglo - Saxons . He told us a story, taught us how Anglo- Saxons lived and also he let us hold real life artefacts which had been dug up by archaeologists. When it came to the end, we finished with weapon training using spears and were learning all sorts of moves - it was great! I will always remember this day." Amy


Important information...  

Home Reading

Children are taught their reading skills through guided reading and comprehensive skills workshops. Home reading is hugely encouraged daily as this is extremely valuable to the children.

Take a quick look here at 10 top tips for when reading at home with your child.



 PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, full (labelled) PE kits must be in on these days.



Homework and spellings are compulsory. Spellings are handed out on a Monday to be handed in on the Friday.

Homework will be handed out on a Friday and this should be returned on the following Wednesday morning. If for whatever reason homework isn't able to be completed on time, additional homework support is available through homework clubs.


Autumn 1 spelling list

Autumn 2 spelling list

Spring 1 spelling list

Spring 2 spelling list

Summer 1 spelling list

Summer 2 spelling list


 Times Tables 

In year 5, times tables knowledge is a crucial part of calculations and children should have a good understanding of all tables up to 12x12. 

Here are a few websites that have games to help learn and practise times tables:

Hit the Button  (Tablet Friendly)


Oxford Owl  (Tablet Friendly) 

Mission Times Table Challenge 


Look at our legends!

Year 5 have been working incredibly hard reading, analysing, planning and writing their own Saxon Sagas! See some of our stories below...
















Websites and online activities:

Click here for lots of fun tasks and interesting facts about Anglo Saxon life on the BBC page...

Click here for some cool clips about the Anglo Saxons...

Gruesome Greeks...

Year 5 will be embarking on an amazing adventure to the amazing world of Ancient Greece. Pupils will become explorers, learning everything we can about what life was like as an Ancient Greek and how they ruled and governed their cities to create such a successful empire. We will be revealing what happened during the ongoing Spartan Battles. We will be exploring the Olympics and considering the influence that Ancient Greece had on the rest of the world.

Art: Pupils will be experimenting with dry and wet media to create pattern, tone and lines. They will particularly focus on their perspective skills and producing art on a different range of scales. They will turn 2D art into 3D art by sculpting, modelling and shaping a human torso from wire and modelling clay and create intricate patterns in malleable media to make it come to life!

History: Pupils will become budding historians where they will explore what Ancient Greece was like to live there and be ruled and governed by them. They will consider why their Empire was so successful. They will use historical evidence to consider what the Spartan Battles were like and how the Ancient Greeks influenced the rest of the world.


The Amazing Amazon...

This half term we will be embarking on an amazing adventure to the wonderful world of the Amazon Rainforest. Pupils will become explorers, learning everything we can about the species of animals, flora and fauna who occupy the different layers of the rainforest. We will be participating in a range of missions to become a true explorer. These involve making an explorer’s waistcoat, making a print pattern exhibit in Art and even becoming budding conservationist, observing life cycles of different plants and animals and even debating  global issues in English, considering how they impact our planet!

DT: Pupils be creating their own explorer’s waistcoat. They will be evaluating existing products and designing their own using sewing skills to create a finished product!

Art: Pupils be using their observational drawing skills to replicate the work of Henri Rousseau and Ruth Daniels using different media. Pupils will then adapt their final design to make their own motif using printing skills.

Geography: Pupils will become budding geographers, learning to use grid references, reading maps with a variety of different scales. We will locate the cities which the Amazon Basin covers, evaluating its success in location with regards to the tropics and equator. We will also be identifying features of the Amazon River.

Ingenious Inventors...

This half term we will be delving into the wonderful world of inventions. Pupils will become budding inventors producing their own gadgets and gizmos by the end of the half term. We will be participating in a range of missions, learning anything and everything to do with cracking contraptions and how they impact our daily lives. Pupils will learn about forces, make their own moving toys and even investigate the Islamic Golden Age where they will learn all about how the House of Wisdom began to change the world!


Out of this world...

During the Spring 1 term, Year 5 will be jetting off into the fascinating world of Space, becoming budding astronauts by the end of the half term. Year 5 earthlings will be participating in a range of missions, learning anything and everything to do with space itself. They will learn about the Earth, Moon and Sun, planets, orbit patterns, day and night, how seasons are created, black holes, and even learning about Tim Peakes! Pupils will also become budding artists, experimenting with a range of different media to create tone and 3D effects to create their own planet surface masterpiece. Alongside this, in English, we will be creating space information booklets and videos using our amazing new learning and writing the most exciting sci-fi stories!

Food, Glorious Food...

During the Autumn 2 term, we will be looking at food from around the globe with a particular focus on food from the UK. We will extend our locational knowledge through doing this and will also describe human and physical geography in detail including trade links.

In DT, we will be using our learning from geography to create a product which uses foods from around the world. We will be planning, carrying out market research, designing and making our very own festival food. This will include a trip to a local supermarket where children will be able to buy their own ingredients. Watch this space...


Savage Saxons...

During the Autumn 1 term, Year 5 are scouring the U.K on a mission to locate clues showing the past life of Anglo-Saxons. We will plot their journey to the U.K, thinking about why they chose this location, researching their lifestyle and identifying the problems they may have faced when travelling seas across to the U.K.

History: Pupils will be delving into the Anglo-Saxon era where they will be investigating their invasion, exploring their way of life, finding out what it takes to be a Saxon warrior and discovering who took over their reign.

Geography: Pupils will be travelling the UK in a search to understand the physical and human features of the Saxon settlements. They will develop their use of maps in order to locate specific areas and become representatives for different countries to debate geographical issues.



Take a look at our epic Saxon ships...


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Anna(less than a year ago)

MADD week was so much fun we did so many things like ballroom dancing and art everyone enjoyed it!

Molly c(less than a year ago)

I am having such a great time in year 5. We have only done two topics so far but I am loving it. You are the best teacher, thank you. Kind regards Molly

Lilly D(less than a year ago)

My favourite part of the trip was weapon training. It was really fun.

Finley hough(less than a year ago)

I loved it when we made the necklaces and I liked weapon training.

Neve(less than a year ago)

I really enjoyed the pottery at Mere Tun as I had never done this before. It was a great trip thanks for taking us.

poppy rose hoyle(less than a year ago)

Thank you for the school trip I hope you liked it too. You’re the best teacher in the world.

Anna Dixon(less than a year ago)

I think the Anglo Saxon trip was so fun. We got to see everyone in their outfits and wrapped our dinner in a tea towel. We ALL enjoyed it and will remember it forever!

Ava kay(less than a year ago)

Today we went on a Saxon trip! It was amazing. We got to meet a real Saxon,we learnt how to make a bracelet, necklace and pottery! We had to eat like a Saxon too, but the teachers did not follow the rules...

scarlett wealthy(less than a year ago)

I love year 5 because Mrs Howlett makes everything fun. Mrs howlett is the best teacher in the world

A. Day(about a year ago)

Thank you for giving Amber such a wonderful experience at Bewerley, it's something she will never forget!

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