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Welcome to Year 5's learning page!

Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades! This year, we will be gathering knowledge on a diverse range of topics, producing creative and engaging pieces writing, securing our times tables and delving deeper into the world of problem solving!

There are some handy documents for you to view to give you a little more detail on our termly and yearly plans!

Here are a few links to websites for a range of English, maths  and other curricular activities which you can use to practise the skills we teach at school or even to just delve into other subjects!


There are even more listed here, so please take a look:

Term 2 Intrepid Adventures 


Antarctic Explorer from Buenos Aires


In this term’s learning, children will learn and write about a variety of impressive feats completed by a range of adventurers, such as the young sailor Laura Dekker, the Polar explorer Matthew Henson and the French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau. This is accompanied by the further development of geographical skills such as OS map reading and the use of a compass. They will also extend their knowledge of the human and physical characteristics of Europe.


Our author of the term will be Catherine Johnson, we will be reading her book 'Race to the Frozen North'.  If you want to learn more about Catherine Johnson click here.


For the children's homework over half term, we will be asking them to look at and research a famous explorer, such as Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Sacagawea, Christopher Columbus or any other adventurers they find interesting! 


Year 5 Term 2 Topic Overview

Year 5 Term 2 Newsletter 

Term 1 Ancient Greece

Here we are! Welcome to Ancient Greece... This term, we will be delving into a world which is surrounded with magic, mythology and monsters! We will discover heroes, heroines and evil beings...

Our author of the Term will be Maz Evans, we will be reading her book 'Who let the Gods out?' as our class story, learning all about what Elliott gets up to when Zeus, Virgo and Hermes suddenly drop on his doorstep! 


As part of their Ancient Greece topic, Year 5 had a brilliant day taking part in a variety of exciting Greek-themed activities! In the morning, we took part in the Whitehall Olympic games. There were five sporting events that each class competed in: javelin, discus, long jump, relay and sprint. We discussed how the Olympic events have changed since ancient times; for example, chariot racing is no longer an event! After this, we designed and made our own olive wreaths (which were used to crown the winners of the Olympic games) and Greek-style shields. In the afternoon, we prepared and tasted some delicious Greek food – pitta chips with homemade tzatziki dip and a Greek yoghurt dessert topped with honey and watermelon. To complete the day, we finished by reading a variety of Greek myths.  


In English, we have been doing lots of fantastic writing, including creating our own myths and mythical creatures, learning about Ancient Greek Olympics and improving our debating skills by deciding if we would rather live in Athens or Sparta. The children made some fantastic artwork of their own mythical creatures using oil pastels. All teachers have been really impressed by the effort the children have put into their work and the quality of their writing. 


In Maths, we have been improving our addition, subtraction and problem solving skills. In particular we have been focusing on how to calculate mentally in a variety of ways. 


In Science, the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring space. We have learnt about the first British astronaut to visit the international space station (Tim Peake) and explored how the Earth, moon and planets move around the Sun. We have discussed the reasons why space travel is important and how theories about the universe have changed over time as technology has advanced and our scientific understanding has improved. 

Please click the following links to download more information about this term's topic:

Year 5 Term 1 Newsletter

Year 5 Term 1 Topic Overview

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Whitehall Primary School

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