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Year 5

Mulberry Class: Mr M McCormack (mmccormack@wps.org.uk) with Mr A Lombardi (SCITT)

Chestnut Class: Mrs R Carr (rcarr@wps.org.uk) / Mrs C van Lierop (cvanlierop@wps.org.uk)

End of Year Expectations for Year 5 can be found  here.

A glossary of terms used in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in Primary Schools can be found here.

A suggested Reading List for Years 5 & 6 can be found here.

Autumn 1

Beast Creator

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go for the sting!

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs, myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks…. Come search for these minbeasts and lets sort them out! Build a bug hotel or wormery – then watch them wriggle and burrow – mixing the earth as they go.

Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest animals and what it is that makes them so! Why not become a ‘Beast creator’ and combine the deadliest from across the globe to make the deadliest creature!

 Homework and spellings for this half term can be found here.

Autumn 2


Let’s travel back 5,000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age old artefacts. Find out about the powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods.

Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt- who knows what treasures you will find!

 Homework and spellings for this half term can be found  here.

Spring 1


Journey through space, the final frontier…Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system. Investigate the eight planets, take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Then it’s three, two, one … BLAST OFF!

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other life forms out there?

Homework and spellings for this half term can be found here.

Spring 2

Time Traveller

Tick, tock, tick, tock…the hands on the clock never stop. From the moment we are born, from toddler to teen, middle age to elderly, time stops for no one.

Take a good look at yourself….How has your face changed since you were a baby and how will it change as you grow older? Can you photograph it, change it, age it?

And what would happen if the clock struck 13? In ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’, he travels to the past. What an adventure! Imagine you could time travel too: where would you go and what would you like to see? Will you head back to your past or into your future? You decide!

Tick, tock, tick, tock…the hands on the clock never stop.

Homework and spellings for this half term can be found here.

Summer 1

Off With Her Head!

What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad?

Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history.

Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find out the facts, or will the evidence from the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused…innocent or guilty?

Homework and spellings for this half term can be found here.

Summer 2

Scream Machine

Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair.

Design and run your own theme park! Testing, testing! Time for some mini investigations to go behind the scenes to see forces at work!

Ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!!