Year 5

Year 5 marks the beginning of the children’s final phase at primary school. In this year group we aim to continue to develop the children both personally and intellectually, with a rich and cross-curricular approach, which builds on the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their previous year groups.

Autumn Term

The year begins with a literature topic where we read and learn through the themes in the book The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman. The children write a letter from one character to another as well as learn and create fact pages about volcanoes and write their own story in the same style as the book.

In science, the children learn about the properties of different types of materials.

Following this, the children begin a study based around the The Victorians.

They learn all about what life was like for children during this time, particularly focused on the life of children working as servants.

During this topic, the children visit Preston Manor in Brighton where they discover first hand what life below stairs was like for a young servant in Victorian Britain.

Spring Term

Our Spring Term in year 5 starts with work based around famous myths and legends, with a particular focus on Ancient Greek and Norse myths.  Through drama and other creative approaches the children will explore some key myths and write their own Greek myth style story based on the adventures of Perseus.

Later this term, the children launch themselves into a study of Space and our solar system. This topic includes a trip to the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester.

Summer Term

As the weather begins in warm up Year 5 begin a study of the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.  This culminates in an outdoor performance to parents which includes costumes that the children have designed and made themselves.

Finally, year 5 concludes with another literature themed topic, this time based on the book Holes by Louis Sachar.


Our Year Leader in year 5 is Mr Neale, who teaches in Heron Class. Kingfisher Class is taught by Miss Broadhurst and Miss Beeney teaches in Swan Class.

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