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Year 5W

Welcome to the Year Five class page. Mr Westerman is our class teacher and Mrs O' Brien is our class teaching assistant. Here you can find lots of information about Year Five as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.


Please visit our class Twitter page to keep up to date with what we are getting up to:

We also post videos onto our school Youtube channel:

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Our topic for the summer term is 'The Marvellous Mayans!' This topic will focus on the incredible history of the Mayan Civilisation. We will be investigating the diverse Mayan culture and looking closely at their way of life. This will include finding out about the Gods that they worshipped and learning how they wrote using glyphs. The Mayans were amazing astronomers too. Later in the summer term our topic is 'Amazing Animals & Perfect Plants!' This topic will focus on the natural world and all the wonderful things within it. We will be investigating micro-organisms and looking at the life-cycles of both plants and animals. Wherever possible we will be using our fantastic outside space for our learning, including the wonderful 'Ecoland'! To help in our learning we will also be organising some brilliant school trips for some practical project based learning! More details to follow soon...

 What a lot of exciting things we have to look forward to in this new school term...



In Year Five our homework is given out on Monday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one piece of English, Maths or Topic work.

We will be testing our times tables with certificated being sent home to those who complete them.

We will continue to follow the RWI Get Spelling Programme this year. Spellings from this will be given out and tested on a two weekly basis, depending on the unit being studied. On alternate weeks the children will receive spellings from the appropriate National Curriculum statuatory word lists.

Reading is such a valuable life skill and is also relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practise really does make a huge difference to reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened. We will continue to complete a 30 minute session of guided reading daily in the classroom where all children get the opportunity to read new, exciting texts and answer questions about them.


PE will take place on Tuesday and Friday during the Spring term in Year Five. On Tuesdays the children will be playing Tag Rugby, learning many of the skills and techniques needed to pass the ball backwards and tackle the opposing team. On Fridays they will have outdoor PE. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate PE kit for these sessions available in school. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt, red shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. Trainers are required for outdoor activities. 

Reading and Homework Rewards

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Youtube Videos


Sit back and enjoy our Year 5 & Year 6 Summer Production of Hoodwinked: A Robin Hood Musical again! A fantastic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and how they have to try and defeat the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Boo!)

Birthday Boy - Story from another culture

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In English we have been looking at the genre, stories from another culture. We have used the video Birthday Boy for inspiration in our writing.


Our year 5 children have been adventurous making their own movie for the Newark Film Awards. Here is one of our entries!


The children on Year 5 have been making Viking Longboats for the D&T Project. Take a look at how to re-create your own with our 8 simple step guide.


The children of Holy trinity were inspired by CAFOD's fantastic video of the Our Father. They decided they would like to make their own version... "Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor" Pope Francis On the World Day of the Poor, Sunday 19 November, Pope Francis invites us to pray and show God's love to our sisters and brothers living in poverty.


Laudato Si

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What is the message what Pope Francis is giving us? How can you help the world? What will you do to help the common good?

Odin and the Lord of Asgard

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We have used this video in our English this week.