Year 5 Science Investigation.

As part of our Earth and Space topic in Science, Year 5 have been investigating day and night and the apparent movement of the sun.

We wanted to investigate what happens to the length of a shadow throughout the day? We measured the length of a rounders stick post shadow every few hours throughout the day and recorded the measurements. We found out that the length of the shadow was at it shortest at mid-day. This was because the sun was at its highest point in the sky. We also noticed that the angle of the shadow changed each time, this is because as the sun’s position in the sky changes it alters the angle at which it hits the post. This proved to us that the Earth moves!   

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Tudor schools

Most children did not go to school in Tudor times. The people that did go were normally the sons of rich or working families who could pay for them to go to school. Boys would start school at 4 years old and move up to grammar school at 7 years old. No girls got to go to school they were kept at home to help with work round the house or sent out to work to get money for their family.

The teachers at Tudor schools were very strict, if the child was ever naughty they would get hit with the birch. Birches were a type of cane. Teachers would punish children with 50 “lashes” of the birch. Some pupils would not go to school because they were too scared of the strict punishments being given.

Pupils from rich families would pay for a special friend (poor person) called the whipping-boy. This means when the rich child was naughty, it was the whipping boy who took the punishment.

By Archie (5P)

Welcome back!

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely summer break and are now ready and raring to go. We have lots of exciting things planned for the first half term, have a look below to find out more.


We will start the year as film directors by writing and creating a short trailer for our own scary movie! Then our focus will be on ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ by Carol Ann Duffy. This beautifully illustrated fairy-tale tells the story of a princess, who no matter what, always feels cold. Her worried parents, the King and Queen, announce that if anyone can cure their daughter they can have anything they wish even half of their kingdom. The children will use this story to inspire their own narrative and we will be applying different aspects of Year 5 SPaG within our writing.

It is crucial that your child practises their spellings each week including their homework and words from the Y5/6 key spelling words.


The children will start the year by looking at number and place value. They will learn to read, write and compare 5 digit numbers. We will then develop different strategies to add and subtract mentally and look at choosing the most effective method. The children will then look at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 100 before focusing on measurement. The children will develop and apply their reasoning and problem solving skills across all areas of the curriculum.

Your child must be fluent in all of their multiplication tables. Make sure you’re a Times Table Rockstar by practising regularly. Each child has their own login to Times Table Rocksars.



Our topic this half term will be Earth and Space. The children will learn about the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will learn about how we get seasons, day at night and the different phases of the moon. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time. The children will develop their working scientifically skills, by planning an enquiry using a shadow stick to look at changes over time to investigate the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



Our topic this term will be The Tudors. We will be learning about famous Tudor Kings and Queens and about what life was like during the Tudor times.

Please see the curriculum page to find out more.

Religious Educations

“Why do some people believe God exists?”

This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. The children will consider why people do or don’t believe in God and the impact that might have on the way they live their everyday life.



This half term will look at becoming more aware of the dangers of using the internet and looking at ways to stay safe online.



The children will be having P.E. on Monday and Wednesday each week. Our focus this half term will be on street dance.


Your child must have their P.E. kit in with them. Please make sure that your child’s P.E. Kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo.



Our theme for this half term is ‘Being me in my World’, where we will discuss what’s good about ourselves and explore what we want to achieve to continue growing and excelling with our unique talents.


In Year 5 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. Each week the children will be set maths, topic and spelling homework. The children can choose from the “Tudor’ homework menu or think of their own activity! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

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The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log and they are checked every Wednesday and signed by a teacher or teaching assistant. Reading books are changed daily – whenever your child is ready for a new book.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late on Thursday – YELLOW

Late by Friday or no homework- RED

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and talk to us at the start or end of each school day. We are looking forward to a new school year and helping your children to learn and grow.

Miss Wood, Miss Pinington and Miss Wickham.