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Year 5

Welcome to Y5!


General Information


Staff: The class teachers this year are Miss Parker and Miss Peterson and the teaching assistants are Mrs Riley (who is in Miss Parker’s class) and Mrs Little (who is in Miss Peterson’s class).


PPA: Our PPA is on a Thursday afternoon and the children will either be taught science by Mrs Marshall or computing with Mrs Little. Our NQT time is on a Friday afternoon and the children will be taught topic by Mrs Little and Mrs Flint.


PE: Our PE days are on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please ensure that PE kits, including trainers, are brought in every Monday so the children are prepared for both lessons.  PE will be taught outside this half term, a warm jacket or jumper may be beneficial as we get to the colder months. Please make sure that all PE kit is labelled with your child’s name.



New spellings will be sent home on a Friday and children will be tested on these the following Friday.

Each half term, children will be encouraged to complete homework from a 'homework menu' from their class teacher. This will be a range of activities relating to their current topic that parents can complete with their children. Please do share photographs of your children carrying out the tasks by e-mailing them to

Topics covered:


Spring 2- To Infinity and Beyond!


This half term we will be transported into the solar system to learn all about space. To begin with, Year 5 will research and design rockets which they will then create and set off. Let’s see how high these rockets can go! We will also travel back in time to the Ancient Greeks and explore how they used constellations and what they believed about space, and Year 5 will sketch their own constellations. After that, Year 5 will learn all about space travel and the famous Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States, as well as finding out what life is like as an astronaut. In Literacy, Year 5 will investigate the moon landing, first writing a newspaper article on it and then debating whether or not the moon landing actually happened.

Books to enjoy at home!


Spring 2:


Cosmic-It's one giant leap for all boy-kind

Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up.


The Jamie Drake Equation

When your dad's lost in space and his only hope is you and a bunch of aliens, it's going to be a bumpy ride... How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him... Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too? 


George's Secret Key to the Universe

George's pet pig breaks through the fence into the garden next door - introducing him to his new neighbours: the scientist, Eric, his daughter, Annie, and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos. And from that moment George's life will never be the same again, for Cosmos can open a portal to any point in outer space . . .



Curiosity: The Story of Mars Rover

Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum's stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has been before.


The International Space Station

Did you know that astronauts can grow up to 5-6cm taller in space because of the lack of gravity compressing their spines? Or that astronauts on the International Space Station often add chilli sauce to their space meals because their sense of taste is altered in space? Or that sometimes space-walking astronauts wear an adult nappy underneath their spacesuit? Nor did we, until we read this absorbing information text about the International Space Station! We highly recommend this book, which is packed with fascinating fact boxes, diagrams, engaging illustrations and a comprehensive glossary.