Junior School

Educating the Whole Child

Year 5

Summer Term 1


We have had a great half term in Year 5! The obvious highlight has been our trip to Calshot Beach, where the children investigated the effects of longshore drift and other coastal features, as well as having a go at creating some natural art! We had a lovely day and it was well needed by all. This has also linked into our art work in class where we have been looking at the Vincent Van Gogh painting Seascape Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. In English, we have looked at two different books, one called Wolf Brother, a story set 10,000 years ago where a young boy befriends a wolf who accompanies him on his adventures, and another called “Can we Save the Tiger?” which tells the stories of many endangered animals. In Science, we have conducted an investigation into the best material for a specific purpose, the children designed and created multiple versions of a product out of different materials to test which one was the most effective. Most chose to test different types of parachutes and boats but we had some other interesting designs too!

Spring Term 2


In Year 5 this half term we have been doing lots of interesting and exciting things. These have included creating our own street dances to a Michael Jackson song in PE, doing an in-depth study into Ancient Egypt in History, where we looked at various sources and artefacts, and learning Microsoft Excel skills in Computing! The children have really enjoyed their English learning too, in which we have focused on The Great Kapok Tree, a book about conservation of the Amazon Rainforest and The Man Between The Towers, which details the story of Philippe Petit tight roping between the Twin Towers. Overall, it has been a great half term and we are all ready for the summer!

Spring Term 1


In Year 5 this half term we have been doing lots of exciting things. We had a visit from the Wonderdome, a planetarium show where the children built on their learning about space and got to find out lots of new information in a fun and engaging way. In our topic work, we have been learning about rivers, this has included looking at key rivers around the world, a river's journey and flood defences.


Our learning has also included crime stories in English and the children wrote their own, which everyone really enjoyed.