Year 5

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing Christmas break and you are looking forward to an exciting half term.



Our topic for this Spring term is ‘Hop on Down Under’ (Australia). The children will be learning about where Australia is located in the world. They will be learning to research and identify physical and human features of the country. Using this information, they will investigate why the major cities are located in certain parts of the country and then will compare this to other cities in the world. In addition, the children will learn about the original settlers in Australia and how Captain Cook ‘discovered’ Australia. Finally, the children will be looking at Aboriginal art work and identifying the stories within the art. They will design and create their own art using the same techniques.



Our class book for this term is Alone on a Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo. This is a wonderful book about an orphaned boy (separated from his sister) who is shipped from England to Australia during the 1950s. He has an extraordinary journey from being held captive as a slave on a working farm to finding a new family in Australia. This will hopefully give the children in insight into the migration of children in the 1950s and 60s, and allow them to write reflections and debate on whether this was the right thing to do.

This week we are reading and performing poetry about Australia, starting with My Country by Dorothea Mackellar.

One of our main focus areas is spelling.

Many of the children struggle with basic key spellings from the KS1 and Year 3/4 list. We have attached this list to the newsletter, please spend time with your child identifying unknown spellings and support them to learn them at home.


This term the children will be learning:

  • Perimeter and area
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Reading and writing the time to the nearest minute
  • Solving problems related to time


Family homework

We would like you to create a 3D model of anything to do with Australia. This could be a landmark (Sydney Opera House) or an animal, or even a famous person. There will be a prize for the most creative idea. Please could your child bring the model in no later than Monday 5th February.

PE and swimming

Currently year 5 do PE on a Friday afternoon. From the week beginning 19th February (first week back after half term) this will change as the classes will start swimming lessons. Please make sure your child has returned their form. Swimming is a National Curriculum statuary requirement and all children must participate.

  • Mr Gelsthorpe’s class will go swimming on a Monday afternoon and have PE on a Friday afternoon.
  • Mrs Taylor and Mrs Scoffield’s class will go swimming on a Friday afternoon and have PE on a Wednesday afternoon.


Friday – English handed in following Friday

Friday – Maths handed in following Friday

Please ensure that your child completes their homework and reads every evening. This will reflect in their ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour tracker card and counts towards sessions at the end of term fun day.


We would just like to remind parents of the importance of the children wearing and adhering to the school uniform. This is:

  • A pale blue polo t-shirt or shirt
  • A dark grey, black or navy trousers, smart shorts, skirt or pinafore
  • A navy blue cardigan or jumper (no hooded tops)
  • Navy or black shoes (no trainers)

Thank you for your continued support


The Year 5 Team



> Meteor Mission

During science week, year 5 have been learning about forces. They were presented with a challenge from the National History Museum that would require them to use their scientific knowledge and everything they have learnt about forces to complete their mission!


> Songs with Mr O’Hare

Listen To  Your Heart

New Life

Year 5 have been lucky enough to work with the talented Mr O’Hare this term and have already created two original songs.

Have a listen, we bet you’ll have these tunes stuck in your head all day! Watch out for any future hits!

> Letters

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 2018

Year 5 Christmas Concert 2017

Year 5 News Letter November 2017

Year 5 1960s Fashion Show

Languages Letter Cherry Spain

Language Letter Willow China

Year 5 Hull Truck Theatre Trip

Choir Year 5 & Year 6