Archive – 2013/2014 – Year 5

Autumn Term 2013

Our main Autumn Topic…


To celebrate the Gromit trail across Bristol we are doing a 2-week project on ‘Gromit Unleashed’. This will last from the 2nd-13th September. We will look at Bumble Boogie, one of the Gromit statues and find out who designed him. Then we will write some Gromit-related letters and poems.Gromit Unleashed

From the third week back, we will begin our main Autumn Topic…, ‘Asking Brain Bogglers!’ – a mind-boggling term of asking waky science (and other) questions to help our learning and expand our brilliant brains!


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Design your own Gromit


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We will have fun, focused lessons on grammar and sentence construction as well as learning new spelling strategies. We will then apply these skills to writing letters and free-verse poems!


Numeracy will be taught in cross-year groups and will stand alone, following the Numeracy Strategy.


We will learn how to be scientists and follow the scientific method to learn about healthy living, circulation and light.


Every week we will learn different social and emotional skills in PSHCE, following the SEAL units. In RE we will learn about Judaism and how Jewish people practice their faith.


Art and DT will focus on creatively communicating our science learning – we will learn drawing, painting and model making skills.


In addition to carrying out research for our topic, we will learn to write simple programming sequences, use sensors and create different types of graphs.


In Year 5 we look at more advanced invasion game skills and fitness.


To celebrate the Cheltenham literacy festival we are off to Cheltenham on the 9th October to do an exciting poetry workshop.

WolfBrotherClass Reading Book
For guided reading, we are reading the book called, Wolf Brother by Michele Paver. We have 14 copies of this book, so we can all read together. Some sessions, Miss Cosgrove reads the book to us, and we follow. We then discuss the events that happened and practise different reading skills. Sometimes we share read, with our partner.


Useful Website Links
The Times Spelling Bee – a great site for practising your spelling and for learning the meaning of new words.
Ideas for Spelling Games – a great site for parents to give ideas for games that you could play with your child to help them learn their spellings. We play lots of the games in class, and we really like sparkle, invisible man and basketball spelling!


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Welcome to Y5 Letter 2013

Year 5 Science Presentations Nov 2013 – PDF    Year 5 Science Presentations Nov 2013 – Word Doc

Wow Day
The Year 5 Wow morning will be on Thursday 5th December. The focus is on creating French-related crafts.  Please can parents and carers into our class in the morning and help ? It is the Christmas Fayre the following day and it would be fun for the children and adults to work together to create an item we could sell at the fayre. Perhaps we could create a French Calendar and learn the French words for the months of the year and days of the week? Any other ideas for French related crafts, please let me know!

Spring Term 2014

Locate it, Measure it, Build it
Yr 5 Printable Spring Term Topic Overview 2014

Y5 Spring Homework Grid 2014

To inspire our literacy and maths learning, our Spring Term  Topic, which is called ‘Locate it, Measure it, Build it’, is going to focus on developing our geography, computing and technology skills.

We are going to look creatively at simple mechanisms and learn how to put together cams and levers to create cardboard automata. We will also meet our friends, Wallace and Gromit again for their cracking design competition and try to design our own cooking contraption!


We will have fun, focused lessons on grammar and sentence construction as well as learning new spelling strategies. We will then apply these skills to writing explanation texts to help explain how our Wallace and Gromit-inspired contraption works. We will also write some descriptive stories.


Numeracy will be taught in cross-year groups following the Numeracy Strategy and look at:

-2d & 3d shape properties, -area and perimeter, -converting between units of measurement, -measuring length, weight, volume and time, -calculating and solving problems, -securing number facts, -fractions, decimals and percentages


Science and technology links nicely together when we more about forces and the transference of force in the use of gears, pulleys and levers. We will also learn about the differences between the lifecycles of different animals.


With Miss Ward we will learn different social and emotional skills in PSHCE, (following the SEAL units) and about how different religions practice their faith in RE.


We will learn about the 6 main simple machines and follow a design process to design and make pop-up mechanism and cardboard automaton (moving toys). For Wallace’s and Gromit’s 2014 design competiton, we are going to design and draw a model for a cracking cooking contraption.


In addition to carrying out research for our topic, we will learn basic programming skills using the online program Scratch. We will also use a flow-charting program to control devices.


In spring, we look at more advanced invasion games and racquet skills .


Lego-tastic day! No building topic can exist without a mega, Lego building competition.

Useful Website Links
The Times Spelling Bee – a great site for spelling and learning the meaning of new words.
Ideas for Spelling Games – a great site for parents to give ideas for games that you could play with your child to help them learn their spellings. We play lots of the games in class, and we really like sparkle, invisible man and basketball spelling!
Scratch – With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Inventors Toolbox or MiKids information about the 6 simple machines.
History of Lego – The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”. This website tells you all about the History of this famous toy.
Cracking Contraptions – Wallace and Gromit have teamed up with the Intellectual Property Office to teach us that we can all be innovative and design products.
Mechanisms – Explanation of how cams, levers and linkages work.
National Geographic Map Games – CopyCat – Learn the names and shapes of the continents by playing the CopyCat games.
National Geographic World Country Facts -Find facts about different countries of the world.
World Atlas – A fantastic website full of interactive maps and facts.
BBC Bitesize Science – Forces


Yr 5 Printable Spring Term Topic Overview 2014

Y5 Spring Homework Grid 2014

Miss Cosgrove’s Maths Group

Spring Term
Here are some Maths questions, which you might want to practise at home. There are answers for you to use to check and help your learning.

Maths Focus Home revision questions Home revision answers (try to only use these if you are stuck or are checking through your work)
Properties of Shapes 2d Shapes 2d Shape Answers
Calculating Area and Perimeter Area
Harder perimeter
Area Answers
Perimeter answers
Harder perimeter answers
Finding equivalent fractions Fractions to decimals
 Fractions to decimal answers
Fractions of amounts. Fractions of whole numbers Fractions of amounts answers
Time problems Time Time Answers
Measuring angles           [You may want to use the Printable Protractor you can print out] Angles Angle Answers
Reading line graphs Line Graphs Line graph answers

Summer Term 2014


We are going to become historians in the Summer Term and learn all about the lost village of Skara Brae, in our topic called, ‘Lost then Found!”

Skara Brae was a Stone Age settlement, built before Stonehenge, and is older than the Great Egyptian Pyramids! It is often referred to as the Scottish Pompeii and we are going to find out why. We will then use our geography skills to locate exactly where Skara Brae is and find out about some of the geographical features of the area.

It is important we understand where in history different events take place, so we are going to build our own timeline and compare where some of the different periods fit in.

We will then use this topic as stepping-stones for learning in other areas of the curriculum, but some lessons will stand alone.

If you want to do some of your own research on Skara Brae, the BBC has a great interactive resource…

Here is an outline of some of the things we hope to do in the Summer Term in the different subject and skill areas:

Non- Fiction: understanding and writing an information text about Skara Brae. Learning and using the meanings of words such as archaeology, Neolithic, archipelago, artefact.Writing interesting recounts and newspaper articles.Narrative: Focusing on developing character and setting in stories.Plays: Looking at stage directions and performing another children’s-style Shakespeare play.
Counting and Partitioning;
Handling Data and measures;
Calculating, measuring and understanding shape;
Securing number facts, understanding shape;
Securing number facts, relationships and calculating.long-division-08
Scientific and technological understanding
– Investigating the factors affecting the growth of plants and learning about the Life cycles of plants and the structure of flowering plants.
– Furthering our understanding of forces and investigate forces involved in floating and sinking. (We will have to find the book, Mr Archimedes Bath…Eureka!)mrabath
  Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding
Research into the history of Skara Brae and understand its place in time as well as its significance to archaeology.
-Read the story, ‘The Boy with the Bronze Axe’ by Kathleen Fidler.boywithbronzeaxe -Put time periods in order including: Neolithic, Stone Age and Bronze Age and compare this to other areas of History already studied.
-Identify the location of Skara Brae and some of its geographical features.
Understanding the Arts
-Practise our textile skills and do some weaving, making good use of our outdoor weaving boards.
-Use a variety of materials to make models of the artefacts found at Skara Brae.00983130
-Use Stone Age rock paintings for inspiration for our own music making…a good reason to get the drums out :)
-Researching topic information and using ICT and photo editing software to present our work.
-Learning how to use ICT models to simulate processes, linking in with our science learning.flower
-Programming with more advanced Scratch.
Religious Education
-How different religions worship and the similarities and differences between different religions.religionsworld
  Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing
-Developing our fitness and athletic skills and practising our swimming.
Understanding relationships and emotions.
-Understanding differences between drugs and medicines.
-Understand the changes that happen to the body as it goes through puberty in S.R.E.
ctabletPLUS!!! We are going to have a whole school history week based on ‘The Fascinating History of Communication’. We will look at different ways humans have communicated throughout the ages from: cave paintings; cuneiform and marking on stone;  inventing and using paper, use of pigeon!; printing; invention of the telephone; semaphore and the use of flags; up to the invention of computing and the world-wide-web!



PDF Version of the Year 5 Summer 2014 Learning Overview

Year 5 Summer Term Home Learning Grid 2014

Trip to Stonehenge 2nd July 2014 Letter and Permission Slip

Interesting Topic Web Links:

BBC Skara Brae Interactive Website: Museums Scotland online collections database – Search for ‘Skara Brae’ and a page of ancient artefacts from Skara Brae will be displayed:

BBC Ancient Britain – Activities, Timelines and Resources:

Time Travellers Kids Time Machine – Facts and ideas for fun activities for different periods in History:, for Stoneage:

Make a replica Stoneage clay pot:

Ancientcraft – All about Archaeology:

Young Archaeologists’ Club- Make your own Stoneage Petrospheres (carved stone balls):

Details about the book ‘The Boy With The Bronze Axe’ – Kelpies Publishing: or Amazon:




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