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Owston Park Primary Academy

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Meet the team...

5BR                                                                      5P

Teachers - Mrs Burtoft and Miss Roper             Teacher - Miss Pearson

LSA - Mrs Crowe                                               LSAs - Mrs Randall and Mrs Parfitt



Home Learning Expectations

We do not set lesson-specific or subject-focused homework for our pupils as it is more beneficial for them to focus on becoming proficient with reading, spelling and times tables.

Children MUST read at home 5 times a week. This is measured from Friday to Friday. Children can read anything and it will still count so long as an adult has signed their child's planner.

Spellings will be sent home on a Friday night to be practised over the weekend and throughout the week to be tested on the following Friday morning.

Times Tables are all individual to the child and will be tested once per week. We encourage children to access TTRockstars to help them learn their times tables. We also run weekly sessions for TTRockstars in school so all children can access the technology.

TTRockstars link:


PE and Swimming Days

5P - Monday

5Br - Tuesday

All children will need to bring their kits on their necessary PE day.

Swimming for both classes is Wednesday.

Internet Safety:

Children have internet safety lessons using Gooseberry Planet once a fortnight. The children can play and access the games at home and parents can log in and check their child's progress on the website:



Spring Topic: Visionary Victorians


We will be exploring:

  • Peace and Conflict themes: Colonisation; Crimean War; Poverty; etc.
  • Significant people from the era including: Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Lord Shaftesbury, William Morris, Dr John Snow, Dr Barnardo and more.
  • Relationships and Communication themes: invention of telephone communications, family relations, colonisation and exploration, etc.
  • Technology and Innovation themes: Exploration, Victorian inventions, Nemesis ship, trains (Flying Scotsman), The Great Exhibition, Microbiology, Aviation (Amelia Earheart), and more. 
  • Humans and their environment: poverty, health and hygiene in Victorian times, Arsenic poisoning from home products (William Morris paints), microbiology and sanitation innovations - Cholera epidemic, etc.
  • Culture and Daily Life: poverty, children's education (Barnardo's school for children), communist manifesto published, etc.

For our topic launch into the Visionary Victorians we had a trip to Wilderspin National School and Museum where we learned all about using photographic evidence to help us understand the past and we learned what it was really like for Victorian children to go to school.



Autumn topic - The Terrible Tudors


We will be exploring:

  • The Tudor reign and royal family
  • Significant people from the era including: Leonardo Da Vinci; Sir Francis Drake; Sir Walter Raleigh and more.
  • Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe
  • The plague of 1665
  • The Great Fire of London in 1666
  • The baroque and renaissance eras, with respect to their art movements, including music

Our terrific Tudor topic launch involved: looking at a range of weaponry and discussing the forces behind the efficacy of different weapons in battle; how solutions can be changed from acid to alkali; safe laboratory practises; making ink and writing using quills and reeds; transmuting metals into gold; designing Tudor marchpane (marzipan) and making our own butter.

Our Tudor topic landing where we made Tudor-style pomanders and gingerbread based upon our own instruction writing. We had some of our amazing parents in to help us!