Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 2019-2020!

On this webpage you will be able to discover some of the exciting activities that we have been – and will be – doing throughout the term.


To start Autumn 1, we will be travelling back 5,000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. We will cruise along the Nile (hypothetically of course) entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. With the help of Mr Egypt (a real life Egyptologist, who lives in Egypt) we will be unravelling the secrets of ancient tombs using historical resources and ancient age-old artefacts – some over 4000 years old! We will also be looking for an apprentice who will work for Ramose (he’s our chief embalmer) to help prepare a body for its journey to the afterlife. Who will write the most gruesome set of instructions on how to prepare the body?

Did you know that the Hancock Museum has some fantastic Egyptian displays?

Egypt Knowledge Organiser 1

Egypt knowledge organiser 2

Here are some photos of us enjoying this topic:


The second half term’s learning is a Science-based topic all about Space. We will be taking part in a recreation of the Moon landing and interviewing astronauts (we don’t want to give too much away!) for our newspaper. We will also study the planets; what causes day and night; the effect of gravity and the seasons. In Literacy, we will create our own non-chronological report and write descriptively about a fictional planet and the creatures living there.

Did you know that the Life Centre in Newcastle has a brilliant planetarium and displays?

STARGAZERS knowledge organiser

Here are some photos of us enjoying this topic:

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence:

This medieval topic starts in gruesome fashion! We won’t spoil anything by giving too much away…

We use this topic to assist our writing, which, in the past, has resulted in making some horrific plague cures of our own. In addition to this, we have also tried to personify pestilence and write an explanation text about how the plague spread.
It’s not only our writing we have involved our topic in. As part of our D.T. work, we have designed and made plague doctor masks from a range of materials.

Did you know that the village of Eyam, Derbyshire, is famous for the way they sacrificed themselves to stop the plague from spreading? We are really excited to go and visit this place!

PESTILENCE Knowledge Organiser

Here are some photos of us enjoying this topic:

Beast Creator, evolution and the Outdoors:

The children start off Spring 2 with a topic all about mini-beasts and the great outdoors! We will be looking at how creatures are classified, their behaviours and their changes (metamorphis) and the reproduction of some plants and animals. During this topic, we will try and get ourselves outside in the wildlife area and exploring different areas of the school (hopefully build a bug hotel). We also like to have a range of real creatures growing inside our classroom!



Mr Hurley and Mr Stanbridge are also huge rugby enthusiasts, so in Friday’s usual golden time, we offer extra curricular rugby for anyone interested. We also encourage this to now be known as ‘active time’, where children are expected to do some form of activity which will raise their pulses! Not only do the children (and we) love this, but we also find it very useful for teaching skills like teamwork, empathy, resilience and being able to win or lose with a graceful handshake at the end!

We also do the ‘golden mile’, which is a short burst of activity every day, aimed at improving children’s health!


Year 5 News