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!

English: 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 these texts we will be studying the key structural, vocabulary and grammatical features in the following genres:

  • Diary entries– Children will put themselves in the characters shoes and role play different characters from the novel to empathise with a situation. Children will then write a diary entry in role as a character including all their thoughts and feelings.
  • Letter writing– Children will put themselves in the characters shoes and be able to discuss situations characters find themselves in. Children will write a letter in role as the character’s Alfie and Kalena from the novel.
  • 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.
  • TelegramsChildren will learn about communication during WWI. Children will write a telegram in role as Alfie.
  • 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.


In Maths we will be continuing to further the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils will be learn how to multiply fractions, find equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils will also learn how to round numbers with up to two decimal places, to the nearest whole number and the nearest tenth- we will look to see how decimal numbers are used in everyday life. To fully understand decimals pupils will also learn how to order decimal numbers with up to 3 decimal places, this will ensure that pupils fully understand the value of each digit in a decimal number. Pupils will then move on to measurement where they will consolidate their skills of converting different measures, use their skill of multiplication and addition to find the perimeter and areas of regular, irregular and composite shapes, they will use their estimation skills when finding volume and continue to apply their knowledge and skills through problem solving.


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


Term 3: WW1

In History we will be linking our English novel, Stay Where You and Then Leave, to learn about World War 1. Pupils will learn about the key events, including the trigger point for WW1, learn which countries formed The Allies, The Axis and The Central powers, as well as their locations across the world to further their geographical knowledge of the world. Pupils will also gain in an understanding the difficulties the soldiers faced while living in the trenches. We will also explore WW1 through Art and DT.

Pupils will be continuing to:
Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history

-Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

-Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066


Term 4: 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 3 and 4

In this ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ unit the children will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively creating their own investigations.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda


Term 3: Inspirational People


In Religion pupils will look at various inspirational people, such as St. Damien De Veuster and St. Josephine Bakhita        .

Through the term they will focus on the following:

-Understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus
-Know that the Beatitudes show us the way to live
-Understand why Jesus blessed the merciful
-Think of what they can do to help those who are suffering today, and
-Reflecting on the importance of trying to do God’s will.
They will use a variety of secondary sources to support their learning, including The Bible.  

Term 4:
Through the term pupils will focus on the following-
-Understanding that actions have consequences and reflect on some of the consequences of actions

-Understanding that Mary, our mother, untangles knots of sin and reflect on how Mary is always ready to help up
-Know about God’s love and forgiveness
-Understanding the meaning of sin and reflect on how sin hurts us, others and our relationship with God
-Know what happened in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and reflect how this sacrament helps us

-Understanding that God is love and is always ready forgive

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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