Year 5

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St Augustine

Mrs Dix (Teacher)

Mr Bunker (TA)

St Bartholomew

Miss Smart (Teacher)



Welcome to Year 5! We have many interesting things planned for the next few months.

As always in year 5 we will be looking forward to approaching our challenges with resilience and enjoyment and we are excited to discover all of the amazing things that lie ahead!


Term 5: Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

We will be studying the novel ‘Stay Where You Are and Then Leave’ in Terms 3 and 4. This is a warm and moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War. The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name – on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by – a hospital treating soldiers with shellshock. Alfie isn’t sure what shell-shock is, but is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place…

During this text we will be studying the key structural, vocabulary and grammatical features in the following genres:

  • Narratives– Children will produce two war themed narratives. One will focus on a soldier’s experience of war and the other will be written from the perspective of the battlefield.
  • PoetryChildren will write words and phrases that show setting, events and emotions of a character from the novel. They will then use these words and phrases to compose poetry. Also, children will understand characters actions, and use these to create rhythmic poems.



Term 6: Way Home by Libby Hathorne

Shane is a boy who lives alone on the streets. We don’t realise this until the end of the book, when he takes the cat he has found back home with him to a shelter filled with his possessions, to be his friend. Shane’s fast paced story is told to the cat. The illustrations in this picture book are very evocative, full of symbols and meanings that add to what we learn about Shane and his life.

During this text, the children will:

-empathise with a character, explore possible reasons for his actions, and consider decisions he might make

-explore narrative plot, settings, and characters and draw inferences to aid understanding

-write a narrative based on fictional experiences

-Write recounts from a character’s point of view


Term 5: Geometry – properties of shapes

In Maths, we will be learning about shape and space. We will be focusing on area and perimeter of shapes and objects. We will be identifying 3D shapes from 2D representations. We will be estimating, measuring and drawing angles, and finding missing angles and looking at regular and irregular polygons. We will then identify, describe and represent a shape following a reflection, rotation or translation.

We will be applying all of our learning to problem solving and reasoning contexts to consolidate and deepen our understanding.

We will have a focus on real-life Maths and ensure that we can confidently use Maths in the real world.

Term 6: Statistics and Revision

In term 6, as well as having Maths week to look forward to, we will also be working on statistics. We will challenge ourselves to interpret various types of data and discover what we can learn from trends and averages. Towards the end of term 6, we will revise all of our learning in preparation for year 6!


Term 5: Magnificent Mountains

In this Unit, children find out about the major mountains of the world and the UK. They will find out the different ways in which mountains have been formed, and how different features of mountain ranges have been shaped over time.

Pupils will be studying the following:

  • To use a map to find countries and their key features and locate key mountain ranges of the world.
  • To locate key areas of higher ground in the UK and use a map to find and describe key features of the mountains.
  • To describe the key features of a mountain range.
  • To explain how different types of mountains are formed.
  • To describe a mountainous climate.
  • To describe how tourism affects mountain regions.

Term 6: A local History Study 

We will be locating the world’s countries using maps to focus on Europe and we will concentrate on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics and major cities.

We will also name and locate countries and cities within the U.K

We will identify the significance of the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones.

We will continue to develop our atlas and map skills to enhance our knowledge of the world around us.

When we return in Term 6, we have a joint Geography and History week focusing on the UK, which ties in nicely with our local area topic.


Term 5: Forces 

During this topic, we will:

  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

By the end of the topic this children will be able to:

I can identify forces acting on objects

I can explain the effect of gravity on unsupported objects

I can investigate the effects of air resistance

I can explore the effects of water resistance

I can investigate the effects of friction

I can explore and design mechanisms

Term 6: Living things and their habitats


Term 5: Life in the Risen Jesus

We will be learning:

  • Know that Jesus is risen from the dead

Reflect on what the Resurrection of Jesus means for us.

  • Understand the meaning of the Resurrection

Reflect on the importance of the Resurrection for us.

  • Know that the Spirit of Jesus works in many ways

Reflect on the Spirit at work in the Church

  • Know that Jesus is present among us in different ways.

Reflect on how we can be present with Jesus

  • Know that there are different ways of praying.

Explore different ways of praying

  • Understand how Jesus teaches us to pray.

Reflect on the importance of prayer for us.

Term 6: Other Faiths 

In this topic we will be :

  • Know what the church teaches about other faiths

Reflect on the teaching’s of the Church for us.

  • Understand what we believe about our Catholic faith

Reflect on our beliefs

  • Know some important Jewish beliefs

Think about their importance

  • Know about some Jewish celebrations

Reflect on the meaning on them

  • Know some of the beliefs we share and differences between us

Reflect on their importance

  • Know some significant Muslim beliefs

Think about their importance

  • Understand some of the important practices of Muslims

Reflect on the importance of prayer

  • Know some of the beliefs we share and some of the differences

Think about what we can do together


Homework: Dip and Dos


Chemical Creations


Scientists use chemical reactions to create useful new materials.


Can you create a fact file about a scientist and the new material they made?

You should research the scientist and their life, such as when and where they lived, and what they did. You should also find out about the new material, its properties and how it is useful.


WW1 Artefact


Make your own artefact from World War 1 – this could be a rationing book, an evacuation case, a gas mask, soldier’s helmet or a medal.

Materials and properties


Objects are made from different materials.


Choose an object from around your home or school. Draw a picture of it and label the different materials it is made from. Identify the properties these materials have, and why they were chosen to make the object.

WW1 Propaganda


Design a recruitment poster to encourage people to fight for their country during the War

Survival Bag


Decide what you would include in your survival bag for a trek up the Himalayan Mountain Range. You may only take 10 items for you to carry personally. What will you need? Explain your choices and why you feel they will help you to survive.

WW1 Famous figures


Find out about some famous figures from World war 1.

Mountain Medical Matters


There are many dangers that you must be prepared for when climbing. Find out about one of the following medical problems climbers may encounter and how to avoid or cure them: Hypothermia; Altitude or Mountain Sickness; Dehydration and Frostbite

Grocery Bills


Have a look at a weekly grocery bill. Pick 10 of the items, write the cost and then round it to the nearest pound. What is the total rounded to the nearest pound?

Sales Galore


Look through the post that arrives at your house. Find any leaflets that advertise sales or discounts. Work out what the discount/sale price would be.

Compare and Contrast


Choose two different mountain ranges to research and compare. Your findings can be presented in any way you wish; use a model, a painting, an information booklet or even a PowerPoint presentation.

Dream Garden


Using your knowledge of area and perimeter, design your dream garden.
You will need to include:
-The total area and perimeter of the garden
-It must have at least 2 separate area, eg- play area, veggie patch, pool, deck etc for which you must include the area and perimeter they will take up in the garden
-A drawing of your dream garden, with the measurements

Mountain Design


Make your very own mountain in whichever form you wish; it may be a papier-mâché model, a mountain cake or biscuits or even something you have created using fabric.

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