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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 Overviews

Week beginning 22.5.23 L.I To pluck strings on a violin

In preparation for their performance, Year 5 learnt a piece that involved plucking the strings.

Week beginning 18.5.23 L.I To design and build a crane

Year 5 rose magnificently to the STEM challenge to build a moving crane from Knex.  In the space of only one hour, they produced some inventive prototypes.  For this difficult task, the PRIDE learning behaviours were present in abundance - resilience in particular.  All the children were able to identify what they would improve on next time. Congratulations to the worthy winners, Sophie and Myah and runners up, Layla, Evie-Grace and Noah.  Many thanks to our governor and STEM Ambassador, Emma Richardson for running the workshop.

Week beginning 8.5.23 L.I To use breathing techniques to calm down

Year 5 enjoyed a lesson in yoga from Happy Little Yogi during which they learnt about the benefits of using breathing techniques to calm themselves down.

Week beginning 24.4.23 L.I To model the phase of the moon and Newton's laws of motion

Year 5 children had an excellent day at Airbus.  They made their own moon phases boxes and enjoyed an interactive show about Newton's laws of motion involving a bed of nails!!!! In addition, they saw the latest prototype of the Exo Mars Rover and found out  what it investigations it is being designed to undertake. A fun time was spent in the activity room.  Hopefully, this has inspired the next generation of scientists.  The support of our parent helpers was much appreciated.

Year 5 Reading Spines 

Important information for Year 5

Week beginning 17.4.23 L.I To design and create a program that control a physical computing project

Year 5 designed a fair ground ride and wrote Crumble programs to control the model they built.  They made their model rotate and repeat light sequences.

Week beginning 27.3.23 L.I To make animal automata

This half term, Year 5 have been learning how cams work and planning their own models of moving animals. This week was the final build. Year 5 were very pleased with their outcomes.

Week beginning 20.3.23 L.I To make a 3D model using contour lines

Year 5 have been learning about mapping skills.  They studied contour lines on a map and learnt that they denote the height and gradient of a slope.  They made their own models to translate 2-D lines into 3-D.

Week beginning 13.3.23 L.I To respond to a piece of classical music.

In music this week, we learnt about Gustav Holst. In spite of his Germanic-sounding name, he is actually a British composer who was born in 1874 and died in 1934. Holst wrote a suite of music about the planets. We listened to one of his compositions and tried to work out which planet it represented. Many of us were correct with the guess of Mars. We had to think about the colour and shapes the music made us imagine whilst listening to it. We then drew spacecraft inspired by the music.

Week beginning 6.3.23 L.I To control circuits connected to a computer

Year 5 have been using coding to change the colour of a light and the speed and direction of a motor. They have programmed controlled loops to make a continuously repeated action.

Week beginning 27.2.23 L.I To engage with a book

Year 5 embraced World Book Day with a host of tremendous costumes.  We read 'The Mousehole Cat' and chose different ways to respond to the story: diary entries, letters and poems.

Week beginning 20.2.23 L.I To use formal division

We used counters to understand how formal division relates to grouping and what the exchanges mean. Then, we progressed to drawing it ourselves before using the short method alone and applying it to problem solving.

Week beginning 6.2.23 L.I To learn first aid

Year 5 learnt how to identify how to spot whether someone had stopped breathing.  They learnt how to safely administer the recovery position, perform CPR and use a defibrillator. 

Week beginning 30.1.23 L.I To perform a dance

Year 5 employed a travelling motif when performing to the track 'Space Man' by Sam Ryder using a parachute to suggest movement.

Week beginning 23.1.23 L.I Table Tennis - To learn to serve. To learn to play rallies

In PE this week, Year 5 did a variety of table tennis activities to help them to learn how to serve and how to carry out a rally whilst following the rules.

Week beginning 16.1.23 L.I To create an illustrated biography about David Hockney

In art this half term, we are looking at the work of David Hockney. We carried out independent research as part of our home learning and added these facts into our illustrated biographies. Later in the term, we will be creating our own piece of art in the style of Hockney.

Week beginning 9.1.23 L.I To use dance elements in a motif of movement

Today was the first dance lesson.  Pupils danced a morning getting-up routine.

Week beginning 12.12.22 L.I To adapt and follow a recipe

This week, Year 5 made scones as part of their DT Food module of learning. Earlier in the term, pupils had tasted a basic scone and then came up with their own ideas to make improvements and add flavour and texture to the basic recipe. Some of the variations included: cinnamon, banana and raisins; cheese, paprika and chilli flakes; and apple, lemon and cinnamon.

Week beginning 5.12.22 L.I To understand how search results are ranked

We created a webpage and then simulated a key word search.  Points were given for the appearance on the word in headings, paragraphs and links.  We considered what improvements we could make to improve the ranking of our page.

Week beginning 28.1.22 L.I To learn about history through drama

Students from Oaklands College delivered workshops based on our history topic The Ancient Greeks.  Pupils learned about Greek gods through a series of activities.  The session culminated in a drama performance that included song, dance and comedy and historical content such as The Trojan War.

Week beginning 21.11.22 L.I To investigate cube numbers

Using cubes, we explored how to make cube numbers such as 8, 27 and 64.

Week beginning 14.11.22 L.I To generate reasons for and against

After reading Theseus and the Minotaur, Year 5 role played being the conscience of Theseus and gave reasons why he should or shouldn't leave Ariadne on Naxos. Pupils walked down conscience alley and listened to the argument for both sides.

Week beginning 7.11.22 L.I To understand the importance of breakfast

Year 5 took part in a workshop about nutrition and breakfast. They learnt that our bodies need fuel in the mornings.  Using pedal power, they created electricity to activate two different blenders containing different combinations of fruits.  They then sampled the smoothies. 

Week beginning 31.10.22 L.I To measure and observe

Year 5 were set a challenge to build a balloon buggy as part of a science/maths/DT day.  Measuring skills were put into practice as well as their ingenuity in designing a sturdy but smooth running vehicle. As with many design projects in the real world, it didn't always go to plan. However, all the class got to test out those that worked successfully.

Week beginning 10.10.22 L.I To understand the causes and effects of flooding

Year 5 started the lesson by completing a follow-me loop card activity whereby the children had to find a match for an answer and a question about rivers.  Then, after learning about the causes and effects of flooding, they acted in the role of town planners deciding where to allocate amenities such as recreational spaces, residential areas, schools, factories etc on an area of land in a flood plain.

Week beginning 3.10.22 LI To create and experiment with printing tiles

In art, we looked at the work of print-maker Edward Bawden as inspiration for making our own prints using polystyrene tiles.

We tried out different thicknesses of lines and shapes to see what would create the best effects. We used both positive and negative printing techniques.

Week beginning 26.9.22 L.I To investigate insulators

Following on from investigating electrical conductors and insulators, Year 5 investigated thermal insulators.  Using a planning chart, they devised a test to answer the question 'Which material is the best insulator?  A prediction was made following the examination of different materials on a cold surface.  Then, temperature readings were taken every 5 minutes. 

Week beginning 19.9.22 L.I To recognise features of a river

Year 5 spend the day learning about rivers first hand, after studying the course of a river in the classroom, during a visit to the River Lee. They identified and meander and tested their theory about where the water was flowing fastest by carrying out some research using a special instrument to measure speed.   They were lucky enough to time a visit to the lock to coincide with a barge passing through.   The class were a credit to the school, with the Lee Valley Park staff leader commenting, "This is the best group we have had for a long time."

Week beginning 12.9.22 LI: To know how to hold a violin

This week, Year 5 had their first violin lesson. They met their teacher, Miss Humphries, and played some musical games. They were then taught the names of the various parts of the violin; how to open the violin cases and hold the instruments safely and the correct posture for playing. At the end of the lesson, Miss Humphries treated us all to a rendition of "Hedwig's Theme" on her violin which is 150 years old!

Week beginning 5.9.22 L.I To know how a river changes from source to mouth

After watching a film and reading a text, the children sequenced the journey of a river. Then, they created a model and labelled the key features. 

Week beginning 11.7.22 LI To make blackwork bookmarks

In DT, we have been looking at blackwork which is a type of embroidery popular in the Tudor times. These days, it is used to decorate items or create pictures. We looked at a variety of modern blackwork patterns to help us create our own designs, which we drew on graph paper and then stitched. Once we had completed our stitching, we folded the edges and used a running stitch to secure the folded edges to prevent fraying.

Week beginning 4.7.22 LI: To draw nets of cuboids.

In maths, we started to look at 2D representations of 3D shapes, which are called nets. We went into the playground and drew around a variety of cuboids with chalk, making sure we included all six faces, to create our own nets.

Week beginning 27.6.22 L.I To reason about angles 

We were given an angle and had to find the diagram it matched with.  For the next angle, we had to try to remember if we had already seen the diagram in another part of the area. Otherwise, we had to visit each cone until we found it. 

Week beginning 20.6.22 L.I To investigate and compare climates in North America

We used the clues in a statements about cities and towns in North America to work out which graph and photograph illustrated its climate.  We then considered which place we would most or least like to live and why. 

Week beginning 6.6.22 L.I To construct a moving bridge

Year 5 engineers took part in a Knex STEM challenge to design a bridge with moving parts and then were given an hour to build it.  The children demonstrated resilience, perseverance and determination.  Congratulations to William and Amelia whose bridge will go forward to the county competition.   Many thanks to Emma Richardson, a Trotts Hill governor, who delivered the workshop.

Week beginning 23.5.22 L.I To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Today, Year 5 marked the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by dressing in red, white and blue and researching some significant events of her 70 year reign.  In art, inspiration was taken from Georgia O'Keefe to paint flowers in keeping with the royal celebrations.

Week beginning 16.5.21 L.I To compare the life cycles of insects

We have been observing the lifecycle of ladybirds. Meanwhile, we have spotted eggs, larvae and pupae on the trees in the school grounds.  In English, we are comparing the lifecycles of dragon flies and ladybirds.

Week beginning 9.5.22 L.I To perform a sequence using balances, transition, unison and cannon on equipment

We have practising patch and point balances and rolling transitions. Today, we transferred our skills to the equipment and composed group sequences. 

Week beginning 2.5.22 L.I To describe asexual reproduction in plants

We looked at how some plants can reproduce without the need for a male or female sex cell.  We wrote a leaflet encouraging this as a way to save money while getting more new plants. 

Week beginning 25.4.22 LI To build an animal automata

In DT, Year 5 have been designing and building animal automata: a moving animal model. The brief was two create a moving animal through the use of axels and cams to raise awareness of endangered species. Year 5 enjoyed using tools including saws and glue guns to create their projects. We then evaluated our success and discussed how issues were resolved and what we would do differently if we had to do it again.

Week beginning 18.4.22 L.I To respect our planet

As part of our Earth Day activities, we used natural materials to create pictures.  We didn't pick anything but used what had landed on the floor.

Week beginning 28.3.22 L.I To take part in Arts Week

For Arts Week, Year 5 performed two dances to an audience of parents.  In the classroom, we participated in a 'Dance of the Day'.  In a drama workshop, Mr Driver encouraged us to use our senses when conveying a story.  This was useful when writing our mystery and suspense stories. 

Week beginning 21.3.22 L.I To find out about hills and mountains of the UK

After carrying out research about a selected mountain or mountain range, we presented our knowledge in the form of a leaflet aimed at tourists. 

Week beginning 14.3.22 L.I To be active

Year 5 have been very active this week.  In maths, we raced to grab fractions on the playground,  and,  to support Red Nose Day, we undertook some physical challenges in the hall. 

Week beginning 7.3.22 L.I To identify and calculate with fractions


We investigated halves, quarters, thirds and sixths using strips of paper.  We identified which fractions were equivalent.  Using our strips, we generated a variety of number sentences. 

Week beginning 28.2.22 L.I To investigate gravity

After discussing that weight is a measure of gravitational pull, we used force meters to measure the weight of mystery masses. Part of the task was to select the most appropriate instrument.  When the masses were revealed, it was discovered that 1 N = 100g. 

Week beginning 21.2.22 L.I To use core strength

In the yoga session, we learned about the importance of belly breathing rather than shallow breathing.  We used this breathing technique when seated and created balances.  We made sure that we pulled our belly button in an up in order to protect the back.  We practised meditative sequences. 

Week beginning 7.2.22 L.I To research a planet

For home learning, the children were tasked with researching a planet.  They had to cite their sources of information and avoid plagiarism by writing facts in their own words.  There were some excellent PowerPoint presentations which showed off technical skills that are out of this world.

Week beginning 31.1.22 L.I To use strategies for 2 vs 1 in hockey

In PE, the children learnt about positioning when defending, in the midfield or as a forward in hockey.  They honed the skills and  then applied them in match play.

Week beginning 24.1.22 L.I To observe an artist's work and accurately recreate a section

Year 5 are currently studying the work of David Hockney in their art lessons. This week we looked at a colour wheel and talked about the way he uses contrasting colours in his painting. We then chose from a selection of Hockney's landscapes and tried to re-create them using poster paints.

Week beginning 17.1.22 L.I To learn about the Mars Rover and the phases of the moon

Year 5 had a fantastic time at the STEM Discovery Centre at Airbus in Stevenage.  The children learnt many facts about the planets.  They viewed the testing site for the Mars Rover and learnt about all the considerations the engineers had to make when building the different prototypes.  They made moon boxes to help understand about the phases of the moon and enjoyed learning about electricity, forces and other scientific ideas in the activity room.

Week beginning 10.1.22 L.I To follow a sequence

The children were very excited for our first dance lesson in Year 5 and at the prospect of having it indoors instead of outside.  All the class participated in a solo freestyle inside the 'circle of confidence'.  Mr Sapsed introduced some new dance steps to the sounds of Little Mix. It was amazing how quickly they could pick up the fast-paced choreography.  

Week beginning 6.1.22 L.I To plan, carry out and record an investigation

We enjoyed a maths and science activity day. After playing with different materials and seeing how they move by pushing, throwing and blowing, we discussed questions we could investigate about what might affect the movement of a material cut into the shape of a fish.  Each group composed their own question - some children tested different materials the fish was made of, others investigated the force of the flapping while some used different objects to flap the fish.  We used cross-curricular maths and science skills to record our results 

Week beginning 13.12.21 L.I To plan and carry out an investigation

There was a bath bomb factory in Year 5 this week.  After learning about chemical reactions, we investigated how to make the best bath bomb.  Each group chose a question. Some children were interested in  whether the colour affected the fizz, while others tested the type of acid, the brand of bicarbonate of soda or the amount of each ingredient 

Week beginning 6.12.21 L.I To understand how historical events influence life today

We have been exploring the origins of democracy through role play. After discussing that our MPs are selected after a national vote, we went back in time to consider the reasons in favour and against the building of the Parthenon in Athens after the defeat of the Persians.  After the discussion, we voted.  Pericles won the argument and it was agreed that a magnificent temple would be built.

Week beginning 29.11.21 L.I To understand the significance of light

We discussed how light has significance in several religions.  Then, we read the the story behind the Jewish celebration of Hannukah and looked at the Menorah.  We learned about the game played by children using a dreidel.

Week beginning 22.11.21 L.I To adapt a basic scone recipe

Having tasted scones made to a basic recipe in our last DT lesson, we added extra ingredients to make our own scones. Apples and raisins were a popular choice, several groups added glacé cherries to their basic mixture and one group added cheese and garlic. We weighed, measured, cut, chopped, grated, squeezed, mixed, kneaded and rolled but best of all - we ate! We all agreed our scones were better than the basic recipe.

Week commencing 15.11.21 L.I To work collaboratively to create a database

After exploring a ready made data base, we worked in groups to create our own databases about Ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

Week beginning 8.11.21 L.I To use bar models