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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5



In English, we learn how to be persuasive (sorry parents – it could lead to more pocket money!) and extend our writing skills by exploring legends. In Maths, we work towards securing standard methods of calculating, however we also make decisions about when it is more efficient to make informal jottings. Applying mathematical knowledge in problem solving contexts is a regular feature in lessons.


We encourage home learning to be completed weekly. Times table and, spelling practice as well as reading are compulsory. Regular reading is vital as it helps us to learn new vocabulary and notice how many different ways there are to construct a sentence. Keep reading together at home, as well as independently.


In Year 5, we take pride in putting in 100 percent effort. We celebrate the ‘have a go’ attitude. Someone once said, “If you haven’t failed, you haven’t tried.”  We value the efforts all parents give to the development of their children.

Year 5 Curriculum Map Summer 2021

Week commencing 22.3.21 L.I To use shade

In art, we have been studying the work of Georgia O'Keefe, particulary her images of plants.  We practised making shades before applying the skill to our own sketches of flowers. 

Week commencing 15.3.21 L.I To celebrate our talents

We made a paper chain of the things we knew we were good at.  Then, we made instruction guides for a skill we were confident at and could teach others how to do. 

Week commencing 8.3.21 L.I To celebrate books

The class suggested some activities and each child chose one to do. They ranged from quizzes, to descriptions and extracts. 

Week commencing 14.12.20 L.I To make a clear print

The children carved a design into a polystyrene tile.  They used rollers to ensure coverage of printing ink and pressed the onto paper to produce a print.

Week commencing 7.12.20 L.I To investigate a chemical change

We investigated whether the amount of bicarbonate of soda or vinegar had an effect on the inflation of a balloon.  We learnt that vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, when combined, fizz and make a gas which causes the balloon to inflate. This is an irreversible chemical change. 

Week commencing 30.11.20 L.I To separate a mixture

The children were told that the police lab had been closed due to Covid and that they had been asked to analyse a mixture to find out what was in it.  They used a sieve to separate gravel but then had the problem of separating sand from the small grains of the mystery substance.  Having looked at filters, they decided to pour the mixure in but found that nothing passed through it.  Zara drew on her knowledge of dissolving and suggested adding water.  The water and mystery substance filtered through.  Some children suggested that we could leave it to evaporate and then the mystery substance will be left behind.  Others thought of heating it quickly with a hairdryer or leaving it in the sun.   The children have learned that a mixture is a change that can be reversed. 

Week commencing 23.11.20 L.I To use geographical enquiry skills

We didn't know very much about India to start with. We were posed the question How is India different from,or similar to, the UK? By looking at an atlas, photos and using the Internet to research facts we were able to compare the two countries. 

Week commencing 16.11.20 L.I To understand how a river changes from source to mouth

After watching a film and presentation about a river journey, we used photos and widgets to create a labelled model showing how the course of a river changes as it flows from the source to the mouth. 

Week commencing 9.11.20 L.I To hold a violin bow

The grip is quite tricky to master at first.  The thumb is positioned just before the frog and the little finger just rests on the top.  Our wrist has to be relaxed whilst maintaining a grip. 

Week commencing Monday 2nd November L.I To design and build a scale model prototype bridge

The bridge had to satisfy the following criteria: 

  • span a gap of at least 50cm
  • have a clearance of 20cm beneath
  • the deck should allow two toy cars to pass each other, and
  • be strong and attractive.


Week commencing Monday 19th October L.I To understand the importance of the Torah

We looked at  a Torah scroll and learnt about its significance.  We then wrote our own rules about how we should live our lives. 

Week commencing Monday 12th October L.I. To use body tension when creating bridges in gymnastics.

We practised refining and holding balances.  Some groups adapted the balances to the abilities of those in their groups.  In other groups, if the balance was to difficult to hold a change was made to make it more rigid. 

Week commencing Monday 5th October. L.I To hold a violin and strum.

 After some rhythmic warm-up activities, the children learned how to take out a violin and strum.

Week commencing Monday 28th September. L.I To sort and classify.

Children used their new learning about properties to sort materials using a classification key.

Week commencing Monday 21st September. L.I. To write an explanation

Week commencing Monday 14th September L.I. To identify the properties of materials (electrical conductors and insulators)

Week commencing Monday 7th September L.I. To solve a problem