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Year 5

Class Teacher: Mrs Turner and Mrs Papandrea

Welcome to Squirrel Class!


Please scroll down for information about our current topic and the topics we've covered so far this year. On our class page you will also find home learning and curriculum maps for each term, information about PE and useful resources and links.  

Summer Term 1 and 2: Pharaohs and Time Traveller

This term we will be travelling back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. We have chosen to combine two topics this term; Pharaohs and Time Traveller. This will allow us to explore the geography of the place we live and to understand how places change over time and why. During the summer term, we will also be learning about human development and how the human body changes and grows.

Up until the summer break, we will be learning first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll create sarcophaguses out of clay, study their features and carefully decorate them. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs.

We’ll also meet people from different generations to find out what life was like in the past and we’ll predict how things might change in the future. Using real portraits from the past for inspiration, we’ll write character descriptions about the people in them. We’ll create a timeline of our lives and watch a time-lapse of human development. In Computing, we’ll be able to create our own Andy Warhol style prints and experiment to see how photographs can be changed and enhanced. Smile, please! We’ll write adventure stories about the fascinating subject of time travel.

Spring term 2: The Tudors


This term the children will be learning about the Tudors. They will be learning about how the Tudors came to power; who ruled over England during those years and how Henry came to have so many wives. The children will learn about Tudor fashions and they will even make some of their own during DT. 


We are looking forward to rounding the topic off with a trip to the Tower of London!!

Spring Term 1: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence


This term, Year 5 will be learning about the Plague! We began our topic by learning about Chivalry and knights. In order to do this, we were split in to four armies in our class and we had to design our own coat of arms and make our own weapons in order to hold a battle to see which army was the best. 



The armies:


The Royals



The Horrible Huskies



The Silver Squires



The Bone Crushers



The Battle!



The victors!



Please see the attached documents for this term's home learning and curriculum map.

Curriculum home learning is due in on the 12th February 2019.

Weekly maths home learning will be set on a Friday and needs to be returned to school on a Wednesday.



Autumn 2: Firedamps and davy lamps


This term we will be learning about coal mining. We will explore different types of rocks and how coal in mined. We will learn about coal mining through history and we will investigate some of the disasters that have occurred in the past.


In DT, we're going to design our own pasties for miners to eat in the mine. We can't wait for the taste testing!


Keep an eye on our page to find out what we get up to over the term!


Please see the attached documents for this term's home learning and curriculum map.

Curriculum home learning is due in on the 12th December 2018.

Weekly maths home learning will be set on a Friday and needs to be returned to school on a Wednesday.


Please make sure that you have your PE kits in school all week however PE lessons will be on a Monday and Friday afternoon. Please be prepared for both indoor and outdoor PE. Make sure you have warm clothing for PE as we will be going outside this term and the weather is getting colder.

Autumn 1: Allotment

We have had an exciting first term in Year 5 learning about Allotments. We started our topic off by renovating the school allotments. This involved us spending the day weeding and digging in order to clear them of the weeds that had grown over time. After we'd prepared the ground we then planted various seeds and we are excited to see what we can grow over the coming months. We check on our plots regularly to see what has changed.


During the topic, we learnt about how to read 6-figure grid references and we researched different fruit and vegetables. We were very interested to learn about how they are grown and how far they have to travel to get to the UK.


We also learnt about pollination, reproduction and how to propagate plants. We've replanted leaves, stems and bulbs to see what happens.


We are very excited about the end of our topic because Alan Titchmarsh has agreed to talk to us on Skype and answer some of our Allotment questions. We'll keep you updated about what we find out!

Maths Key Performance Indicator Year 5