Year 5 2022 - 2023

Mrs Burtoft

Mrs Spiby-Wilson

Mrs Toomey

Welcome to the Year 5 Class Page

Mrs Burtoft, Mrs Toomey and Mrs Spiby-Wilson

5BT have PE lessons on Tuesdays

5S have PE lessons on Wednesdays

We test spellings on a Friday

We test times tables every day 

Our homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 5. 

We encourage children to access TTRockstars to help them learn their times tables. We also run weekly TTRockstars sessions in school.


Click here to download our long term plan


Autumn Term

History - The Windrush

Geography – Trade and famous explorers

Science – Space

Science - Properties and changes of materials

Music - Learning to play the recorder using standard notation

Art - Renaissance and Baroque – Drawing and Painting Portraits

DT – Cooking, Nutrition and Sewing


Spring Term

History - The Victorians

Geography - Mapping Skills

Science - Living things and their habitats

Science - Animals, including humans

Art - Art Nouveau

DT - Mechanisms


Summer Term

History - Our Local Area - Doncaster and Mining

Geography - Doncaster and the UK

Science - Forces

Art - Industrial Artists

DT - Gears, Levers and Pulleys


Our learning so far...

Summer Term

For our summer term we have been reading Holes by Louise Sachar. The Children have been learning to write letters as a character to send home to their parents, putting a positive spin of the negitive experience the character has had up to this point. The children are now working on a non-chronological report about a fictional animal from the book - The Yellow Spotted Lizard.


In Maths we have been recapping all of the units we have already covered as part of our daily maths meetings. Our current unit is on convertion. This is focusing on converting time, length and capacity touching on areas the children have learned in previous years but allowing them to delevop a greater understanding.


History has been an interesting topic this term as the focus has been on the history of our local area. The children have been learning all about the coal mining history as well as learning about Doncaster's connection with Flying Scotsman Steam Train. There is plenty of excitment among the children about our up and coming school trip to The Coal Mining Museum. 


Our Science focus this term has been on forces. The children have been learning about Gravity, Air Resistance and Friction. They have been enjoying participating in the weekly experiements to put their learning into practice. This term year 5 have also been learning from the experiements and working as a team to discover how they could change the experiements if they were to repeat them. We have also found some anomalies within our results which has allowed greater depth discussions to take place cementing the learning fo the children.


As part of our life skills we have had a huge focus on budgeting. The children have created shopping lists, looked at cost, worked on a budget and learned how much utilities etc cost. This has helped them to realise the expenses of our current world but also how important it is to pick a job you enjoy that can help provide for a family. The children have looked at various jobs they aspire to have and identified the pathways they can take to achieve their choosen career. In addition to this the children have completed a litter pick around school after sports day. This was part of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. The children are now able to discuss how to recycle, what to recycle and how to know if an item can be recycled. 


PSHE has been a subject the children have enjoyed this year. Our lessons this term have been on Health and Wellbeing. This has included understanding how to stay safe in the sun, what medications and vaccinations are as well as things like the importance of sleep. The children feel able to voice concerns, worries and opinions during this lesson without judgement and support each other easily. With the upcoming Mayoral Elections we held an election in school. The children read through the cadidates manifests. Each child was given a ballot paper and allowed to go into a private space to chose the candidate they wished to win - just as the adults would do in any election. The children then folded their ballots and posted them into a secure box which was counted at the end of the day. As a majority the school chose Bex Whyman for the Green Party.


The children have been recapping French this term. They have learned how to ask someone if they are ok and respond to explain how they feel with different adjectives for emotions. The days of the week have been learned through a song which has allowed the children to recall them easily when asked out of lesson. 


Spring Term

For Spring term we have been looking at fairytales in English with the aim at producing our very own twisted tale. The children have loved going back to their younger years and remembering fairy tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. They have become quite adapt at recalling information and comparing and contrasting different tales. Through this work the children are learning to look at a story from someone else's point of view and how that can skew our ideas, opinions and thoughts of previously loved characters.

We have covered many units in Maths since our return after Christmas such as perimeter, area, fractions, decimals, percentages and we are shortly moving on to angles. All of these along with previously taught areas of maths are being recapped daily as part of our Maths Meetings. This allowed the children key time to focus on all areas of maths we have covered not just this year but in previous years.

Year five have excelled in their History topic of the Victorians. They have loved learning about how different the way of life was for Victorian people and were fascinated to learn that children as young at 5 years old had to go to work to earn money for their families. Over the course of the topic so far year five have placed the Victorian era on a timeline which has allowed them to recognise when the period occured in relation to other topics they have learned previously, created an information guide about the Victorian Workhouse and writen a diary as a child working in this era. Our guided reading texts have also helped immensely with the children's understanding of life during this time.

In Geograpghy, we have been working on our mapping skills. Our first lesson recapped compass points and directions as well as learning how to use a compass. We have looked at Ordinance Survey Symbols to help us read maps and recognise certain features within an area as well as using our mathmatical knowledge of co-ordinates to read latitude and longitude grid references.

For our science we have been completeing a number of investigations around changes in materials. We ave looked at the best materials to use for filters, what is soluble and insoluble (whilst making a delicious cake) as well as learning what types of metals can rust (oxidation). 


We have recently celebrated the 25th World Book Day in school. Year Five absolutely smashed it with their amazing costumes. This is definately one day a year we all love! This year children were asked to decorate a potato as their favourite book character and below is a selection of year five's work.


Leading on from our Windrush topic Year Five have been working on a canvas print for the school as a collaborative project between the two classes. They have also been focusing on the artist William Morris and trying to recreate their own version of his work - bringing nature into the home with wall paper of the natural environment outside.


We have been recapping numbers and colours in French whilst learning to name body parts. Most recently we labeled one of our year fives to help us remember the correct words for each body part as well as using a song with actions from our childhood (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes).


Autumn Term

We began reading The Boy at the Back of the Class as our English Text. This is the story about how one ordinary nine-year-old child and three classmates are full of empathy for Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria (he is the boy at the back of the class). Through their sensitivity, curiosity, ingenuity, bravery and innocence, they make a massive impact on Ahmet’s life, friends, class, school, community and wider world.

We have been thinking about what it means to be a good person whatever your circumstances and realising the power of kindness.








Our Maths lessons so far have been covering units of work based on reasoning, addition and subtraction with large numbers and reading and creating line graphs and tables. Our first lesson focused on building a pyramid using the domino method with Roman Numerals.

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We have been teaching each other how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and solving problems.


As part of our History topic we are learning about Windrush and the generation of people it brought to England, helping us to rebuild our country after the war. We have looked at the prejudice that people suffered and the reason so many people choose to leave thier own country and migrate to England.

In Geograpghy we have been learning about trade. How trade started, developed and has continued across the globe. We have looked at the difference between natural and man-made resources as well as discussing how towns and cities have grown and developed over time due to trade.

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In Science, we have been learning all about Space! So far, we have learnt about the plantets in our solar system and their distance from the sun, what causes night and day, about the phases of the Moon, how shadows are cast and about what causes the seasons! We also had a class debate about whether the moon landing was real or fake based on various pieces of information.

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Music has become a large part of our daily routine this year. We have been learning to play the recorder focusing on learning new notes and then playing a small piece of music. At the moment we have learned the notes B, A and G and are not trying to move between these notes within a piece of music.

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Our Design and Technology lessons have been a mixture of learning about food. We have done this by looking at food groups to decide what is healthy and what is not. We have looked at creating a shopping list based on food we will need for a recipe and costing up how expensive the meal would be to make. This is in preparation for cooking after Christmas. We have also been learning to sew in order to create a Rastamouse. So far we have learned the running stitch and blanket stitch to create our Rastamouse.

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As part of our RE Day, we learnt about Diwali, the heritage-rich festival celebrated by Hindus.

For World First Aid Day, Year 5 learned about what they would need to do to help someone who was bleeding. We created a list, storyboard and posters to help us remember our learning. 

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We enjoyed a lovely Coffee Morning in supprt of McMillan. As a school, we raised over £319! Thank you for all of your donations.

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As a year group we have spent a few days in our Forest School over this half term. These days have linked up with many different subjects such as allowing the children to have an experience of being in a forest to aid them in writing similies and metaphors to describe a forest with accuracy and deep reflection. The children have also worked as teams to build mini shelters learning a life long skill.

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Year five were lucky enough to be invited to Hill House School for a science day. This allowed the children to experience sceince lessons in labratories but also split into their three main categories; Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Everyone was given a booklet for each lesson and within each lesson they completed experiements. 

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Our Art focus this term has been around the artist Frida Khalo. She drew self portraits but in the background she drew, painted or sketched natural things that she loved such as animals, trees and flowers. As Frida Kahlo was bedridden for a large part of her life the children enjoyed learning about her history, why and how she became famous. For our school display we also created flowers to bring our art to life.



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