Autumn Term 2

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and feel rested and ready for another fun half term together! We have lots of exciting things planned this half term including our preparations for Christmas during Advent. I was so proud of every single child in Year 5 as they were all so excited to be back in school and wow, we worked hard! They really pushed themselves to achieve their very best and I can’t wait to see them come back to school fresh faced and ready to learn more and most importantly, have more fun! This half term, we continue our topic of Ancient Greece, which the children are thoroughly enjoying! Our stimulus for writing is Romeo and Juliet which we started right after watching the Shakespeare Production last half term. Keep checking our class webpage to see all the exciting things we do in class.

Collective Worship

Our new virtue to live to by for the next few weeks is hope. We are inspired in worship together to reflect on what this means and how we can be disciples of Jesus. We know we are living out this virtue if we believe and trust that God will not give up on us, we are positive about the future or if we don’t give up on ourselves and keep doing our best. We learnt a new song in worship linked to generosity. Please enjoy this song when you worship and pray together at home:

Year 5 led a lovely Key Stage 2 Assembly on our virtue of hope. They shared with other classes many different ways that hope is present in our lives. Have a read of the following lovely examples:

“Hope for me is having faith that there is something better and brighter coming!”

“For me, the word hope means standing up again and not giving up.”

“Hope for me is God, who is always on our side to guide us.”

“If there is hope, there is God. So, we should not lose hope while we are still in this world.”

“We need hope so we will have the spirit of helpfulness. And we need hope so we can face a new day with faith in God and gratefulness.”

Live Simply

During Blackout Day, we spent time in class discussing what we can do to help the environment in our everyday lives. The children could already mention many things, like walking to school, recycling crisp packets or turning lights off. So we made a class pledge and found 8 things to do to make us great at acting in an environmentally friendly way. Our Planet Protectors also recorded the children’s ideas to share with other classes.

RE: God’s Covenants & The Ten Commandments

This half term we will learn about some of God’s covenants but specifically the covenant he made with Noah when he flooded the world and Moses when he gave him the Ten Commandments. Both of these stories are found in the Old Testament in the Bible. We will learn about the importance of the Ten Commandments and how they can inform how we behave and how we live our lives. Towards the end of the half term, we will then begin to start preparing for Christmas during Advent, where we will consider the importance of Christmas time in our religion and why the Jesus’ birth was so important for the world.

We learnt about Noah’s ark and God’s covenant with Noah. We discussed how a covenant is an agreement based on love and trust and that whenever God makes a covenant he would never break his word. The children started by making links to their prior knowledge and understanding of the Bible story and recorded these. They also applied their English skills and asked questions they could ask Noah and God. We then followed this up with some hot seating!

We spent time reflecting on our previous learning in PSHE about the British Value of the rule of law. As a preparation of learning about the Ten Commandments, we discussed what rules and laws are and why they are important in our lives. The children also thought about our school T.R.U.S.T. rules and how they keep us safe. They made great links to their lives!

As part of our learning in RE, we played the “What are your commitments?” game. This game enabled pupils to use speaking and listening skills, working collaboratively in teams, to clarify their own commitments, including religious commitments. The children thought about their own commitments, discussed issues of commitments and the impact of belief thoughtfully in a small group, they clarified their own commitments through reasoned conversations. For example, if one child wanted to move a commitment closer to the top, they had to give clear reasons as to why.


Young Shakespeare Company Romeo and Juliet Performance

Last half term, the children enjoyed a fantastic experience from the Shakespeare Theatre Company who performed Romeo and Juliet to kick start our brand new stimulus for the half term. Four Young Shakespeare Company actors performed Shakespeare’s heartbreaking story of ‘star-crossed lovers’ in a fast-moving fully-costumed interactive production to the Y5 and Y6 classes. The play was brought vividly to life around all of us, at times including the whole audience to create such dramatic scenes as the masked ball at which Romeo and Juliet meet and the street fight in which Mercutio and Tybalt are both killed!

Throughout the performance we became actively involved in the play through carefully structured drama and language activities. We had brilliant discussions which encouraged us to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters, imagining, for example, how Juliet feels as she takes the sleeping potion from which she may never wake up. Volunteers from among the children were also chosen to become individual characters in the story and all the children have had the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare’s words in short, accessible sections.

We had a great Burn2Learn lesson on recapping different word classes like nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. The children had to work with the BeachBall Bonanza activity and stop and list as many as they could! We then also focused on working with pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions as well. Then the children applied these words in the context of Romeo and Juliet.

Year 5 had a go at using modal verbs in various sentences that had to do with the story of Romeo and Juliet. After listing many modal verbs, we had a fun Burn2Learn activity where we had to move around the tables and had to use our modal verbs in the sentences to give advice, suggest solutions to the issues Romeo and Juliet had to face or take on the characters in the story to act out different parts of the text!

We continued working on our reading skills by exploring multiple mark questions and how we can use P.E.E. (point, evidence, explain) to answer these longer questions. The children had to find evidence from the chapter about how Romeo and Juliet’s wedding had to go ahead quickly and in secret and they also had to give examples of how the author builds a sense of danger surrounding the fight on the market square. 


We will begin our half term by identifying multiples and factors of numbers to support our mental recall of key multiplication and division facts. We will then move on to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and beyond. Then, we will focus on written methods for multiplication and division. We will continue to keep skills from last half term bubbling as well as applying new skills in reasoning and problem solving contexts as this is one of our key core objectives in year 5.

We have been working on multiples and factors in Y5. We learnt about common multiples and common factors too. The children had to apply their prior learning and knowledge of multiplication and division facts to work out their answers.

In our fun, active Burn2Learn activity, we became detectives. Year 5 had to work with prime numbers and had to identify prime numbers in a list, had to find missing numbers in sequences and had to answer true or false statements. They worked very well as a team and managed to locate who the culprit was! We then also had the opportunity to create our own games to remember the first lot of prime numbers!

In our practical maths lesson, we explored square and cube numbers. We began by checking out Numberblocks! Then we looked at the useful shapes of square numbers to investigate them. We then compared these to cube numbers too and talked about the notation and how we expand and use number sentences to write them out. We also used multilink cubes to make our numbers and had to group them into square or cube numbers.

Show and Share

We had a super show and share session with parents attending our active maths lesson. We shared with parents ways to practise KIRFs with finger fitness games and we also had a hunt for key mathematical vocabulary around the classroom to talk about the maths concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and negative numbers. The children were practising and consolidating their prior learning of the four operations and doing all of this by going on an orienteering treasure hunt for challenges on the playground.  With their parents, they had to follow the map of the school playgrounds. The children could choose their level of challenge and they had to work out the answers for 8 questions. After cracking the last clue, they could enjoy a snack and keep a tiny toy as a friend to celebrate their efforts. We

Racing to School Trip to Wetherby Racecourse

Year 5 had an exciting opportunity to participate in interactive outdoor educational workshops delivered by the education charity Racing to School. This was an exciting opportunity for the Year 5 children who got to explore practical, lively approaches that spark interest in the sport of horseracing and opened minds to the many different career opportunities within the industry. The context of racing offered many opportunities for exploring school subjects in a practical way: from weights, measurements and the handicapping system, to the geometry in the construction of fences.


Our second topic in Science in Year 5 is Materials which we will be studying for two half terms! This half term, we will focus on Mixtures and Solutions. We will begin by revising previous learning from Year 4 of states of matter and we will look at different ways to separate solids, liquids and gases. We will learn about the difference between mixtures and solutions and how we recover substances/materials from both.  We will plan and explore different methods of separation through investigations and will record and observe the clarity of the liquid at each stage of separation.

We began our learning with reflecting on what makes a good scientist. We linked our learning to our prior learning about Earth and Space as we discovered the contributions of Margaret Hamilton to the Moon landing and the contributions of Stephen Hawking about his theories about black holes. We then learnt about the successful inventor and businesswoman Madam J. C. Walker who created the Walker System to treat the hair of black women. We talked about their successes and their attitudes they had to show. The children then created their own fact files and used a Burn2Learn activity to remind themselves if they forgot pieces of information.

We explored scientific vocabulary and discussed how we can tell what materials are useful and good for what purposes. As a class, Year 5 talked about different properties of materials. The children had to carry out their tests to check the properties. We carried out tests about: magnetism, hardness, transparency, flexibility and whether materials were permeable.

Year 5 have been asked to choose the best material for the inner lining of a lunch box to make sure that it keeps children’s lunches cool and fresh until lunchtime. We used thermometers to check for the temperature of that water as we wrapped our cups in different materials. The children carried out a fair test and after collecting their data, they had to write their report on the results. 


In Computing this half term, we will continue to focus on online safety themed lessons. We will also learn about how we can create websites and the children will be coding and creating their own webpages on our Code4Kids platform where they can safely access and upload their work. We will link these websites to our Topic learning where the children will showcase their knowledge and understanding of what life was like in Ancient Greece!

We have been working on the website lessons on Code4Kids. We worked on tablesrows, columns, headers. The children had to apply their maths skills to calculate costs and to add and subtract. To build on this, children worked on adding colourful designs and IDs to their times tables grids. They also had to format all the square numbers they could find. This linked really well with our maths learning of multiples, fractions, prime and square numbers!

To apply all their previously learnt skills in coding, the children now had to create their own websites by using a blank template. We linked this learning to our history topic and the children worked hard to include as much information as they could. On their webpage, they had to change the colours of headers and background, they had to upload images by copying the picture addresses correctly and also filling in tables appropriately to make the page look informative.

During Antibullying Week, we learnt more about how to stay safe online and what cyberbullying is. We recapped our messages of STOP and STOP to remind us about bullying!

STOP stands for how if unkind acts happen several time on purpose then we call it bullying. What we do about it then is STOP which means we start telling other people! The children really enjoyed making their own posters about these key messages. We also looked at many ways we can keep our online information safe, interact with each other in a kind way and what to do if we can’t tell if we should believe something that we see online. We watched the BBC April Fool’s video about flying penguins which was a very memorable and fun way to then discuss that we must not just trust everything we read or see on the Internet.

Design Technology

This half term in DT, Year 5 will learn about different mechanisms that are used in toys. They will explore and investigate different types of cam mechanisms and think about the shapes they will produce.  Children will also have the opportunity to explore materials and investigate different ways of strengthening moving toy structures. Year 5 will then apply their skills to create their moving toys with the cams mechanisms included.

We started our learning journey by evaluating existing designs of toys that have cams mechanisms. The children explored vocabulary that described the parts of the moving toys and how they worked. The children had to identify handles, cams, followers and sliders. We also talked about the target audience for the toys and how they were similar and different.

In lots of construction jobs, or on building sites, you need to make sure that you keep yourself safe, first and foremost. One way to keep yourself safe is through the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). We explored the importance of wearing PPE and being safe as we used our hand-held saws in DT.

During our project, we worked on the following DT skills:

  • Cutting materials with precision. We used both scissors and hand-held saws.
  • Using various cams to turn a rotary motion to linear.
  • Carrying out continuous refinements to create our interactive moving toys.

To finish our learning journey, we also evaluated our final products! The children had to show true resilience during this project and they worked well together, helping each other out too!


In MFL, we will develop our listening skills through listening to spoken language in French and show understanding by joining in and responding. The children will then write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences. We will focus on spoken conversations by learning appropriate greetings and creating conversations that flow well to talk about ourselves.

We began our learning journey by making links to our prior learning of French greetings and by practising saying the phrases. The children had time to create their own discussions and then we had a go at recording and matching the French phrases to the English ones.

The children spent time working on the different phrases we can use to greet someone in French. They played a fun boardgame of snakes and ladders where they had to pick cards and then read the French sentences!

We continued to work on our pronunciation and used an active learning Burn2Learn activity to practice different greetings in French. As the teacher read the phrases in English, the children had to pick the correct matching phrases in French. They collected lots of house points for the speed and correct matches!


In our history learning, we will continue to explore details about the Ancient Greek civilization. We will learn about Athenian and Spartan children and the different lifestyles and experiences they had due to the city-state they lived in. Year 5 will then take part in an exciting workshop where they will learn more about beliefs, everyday lives and many inventions that the Ancient Greeks came up with that we still use today!

We have been learning about the life in Ancient Greece as we have been comparing the city states of Athens and Sparta. We collected information and organised these into a Venn diagram as a class. We also had a fun Burn2Learn active learning activity where we had to roll dice, read the questions and record our ideas as fast as we could. We had to think about how the cities were ruled, what they valued, what women did and what were the experiences of girls and boys in those times. The children also had a go at a debate where they had to use persuasive language to convince each other which city state was better to live in!

Year 5 had a wonderful day today during their Ancient Greece workshop. It was a jam-packed day full of activities and new learning about Ancient Greece! The children were also invited to dress up Ancient Greece style so we ended up with lots of Greek children, as well as some Greek gods and goddesses, such as Athena! This enhanced our day even more and really allowed to us to fully immerse ourselves into the activities! To kick start the day, the children had a go at acting out various stories and myths from Ancient Greece! We also learnt about different gods and goddesses, and that all Greeks believed in many gods/goddesses, not like us where we believe in only one God. The children learnt that in Ancient Greece, the gods and goddesses were associated with different aspects of life, such as love, war, the sea, hunting…and so on. We also learnt how the gods/goddesses are related to each other. The children were fully immersed in acting out being a god, goddess or demigod hero to help them remember the key information. We captured the fantastic acting on video as well. The children built on their prior knowledge and understanding based on our studies in History already about Sparta and Athens. We discussed how men and women were living their lives and how it was compulsory in Sparta to be part of the army, but it was not the same in Athens. We also had a look at various inventions in the workshop.Y5 also had a go at myth writing! They had to pick a creature the Ancient Greeks believed in and describe their weird and wonderful features! Many fun stories were written today! We also learnt what democracy was and that in a democracy the citizens are involved in making decisions. We also learnt about Greek theatre and discussed what the difference was between comedy, tragedy and satire.

To apply all of our learning so far and also include our English writing skills, the children wrote their own letter or non-chronological report about their chosen city state of Sparta or Athens. They reflected on boys’, girls’ and adults’ experiences from the time period as well as making links to other time periods and comparing children’s experiences in other times in the past. 


This half term, Year 5 will continue to learn how to play the ukulele. They will carry on learning the ways to use their chording and strumming hands as they play. The children have their music lessons every Friday morning where they focus on developing their skills by playing chords, strums, and songs.

The children started the lesson with a recap of their prior learning from last half term. They were fantastic at knowing when to play and when not to play in the game of ‘don’t play this one back’ by recognising the correct tune! Everyone worked really hard and followed the instructions as they learnt their new song using the A and E strings. They had fun performing the whole song as a group and individually as well by moving their fingers to the correct places on the frets. The children practised playing alongside the music of Rocky!

The children continued their learning journey by learning some more chords. They worked on chord C and then also on A minor and F too. They keep in their minds which finger is placed where: first finger first fret, second finger second fret, third finger third fret, fourth finger fourth fret. The children worked on their A, E, C, G to create the sounds and rhythms as well for the eye of the tiger song and twinkle twinkle little star!

To warm up at the start of the session, Year 5 was playing chords as well as saying their names, G, C, E or A. They played their favourite game of ‘Don’t play this one back’, listening carefully to two different rhythms now which they couldn’t play back. They played different notes using different frets. They had to make sure they pushed down hard to get a good sound. The children had to practise and come up with their own solos which were added into the groups of a class performance following the pattern and rhythm of the song. They repeated moving from G to C as they played. At the end, the children then played different notes to Bruno Mars’ song Count on Me! Everyone had joined in superbly and performed beautifully along with the real song, keeping in with the tune and rhythm.


This half term in PE, Year 5 will continue to develop a range of skills through a unit on techniques and game decisions. They will develop their flexibility, strength, body posture and control and will have the opportunity to apply their skills in game situations. Year 5 will continue swimming every Thursday where they will develop their confidence in a range of strokes, including their breathing techniques. They will swim at least 25m and up to 100m unaided and will work on their water safety understanding and skills.

The children were learning to understand rules and referee decisions as part of their focus on cognitive elements of PE. They also worked on their ability to repeat accuracy and power on both sides whilst shooting in team games.

To improve their control, the children had to work on changing their power for their shots. As well as they had to work on the appropriate timings for passes and recognising when not to pass.


This half term in PSHE, we will consider how the media may manipulate pictures and that these may not reflect reality. Year 5 will have the opportunity to see how the media can do this and discuss the effect on young people because of this. Year 5 will also learn about the British Value ‘Individual Liberty’ which means each of us having the freedom to make our own choices and do what we want—within reason. This half term, we also have our annual ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ which will involve a range of activities as well as Odd Socks Day.

In PSHE, we have been learning about more protected characteristics as we looked into disability. We discussed scenarios where disabled people might be treated differently and what we can do to make sure this does not happen.

We also recapped what we know about good touch and bad touch and the children had a chance to make their own posters!

STOP stands for how if unkind acts happen several time on purpose then we call it bullying. What we do about it then is STOP which means we start telling other people! The children really enjoyed making their own posters about these key messages. We also looked at many ways we can keep our online information safe, interact with each other in a kind way and what to do if we can’t tell if we should believe something that we see online. We watched the BBC April Fool’s video about flying penguins which was a very memorable and fun way to then discuss that we must not just trust everything we read or see on the Internet.

We attended an online live lesson by Yorkshire Water to learn about water safety. This has been great timing as the children that week learnt also about water safety and drowning prevention during their swimming lessons! We learnt about being S.A.F.E. by staying away from the edge! The children were very knowledgeable during the short quizzes in the lesson and shared many ideas through the comment box. They could also identify many hazards. We then followed this learning by recapping what we know about road safety and what we need to do as we Stop! Look! Listen! and Think!