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Fernvale Primary School

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Year 5 Curriculum Page

The children work towards objectives from the National Curriculum. Their subjects include Maths, English, Science, Design Technology, RE, PSHE, Music, Computing, Art, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages  and PE. 

Spring Term


Role play:

In Literacy we have been reading ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. We worked in groups and acted out one of the scenes from the story to help us understand how the characters felt.


We worked in groups of three. One person was Bradley from, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ and the others represented the good and bad thoughts in Bradley’s head. The role play helped us to explore Bradley’s thoughts and feelings.

We worked in pairs to turn a part of the story into a play script. Then we acted it out.


In Literacy we also studied a picture book called ‘Tuesday’. We worked in pairs to conduct interviews to find out more about the mystery of the frog invasion!


Filtering Water

In Science we conducted an experiment to filter dirty water. We were given some gravel, sand and rocks. We had to decide which order to put them in to get the cleanest water.


We conducted different experiments in groups to find out what factors affect dissolving.

Science linked to Maths

As part of our Space topic we worked in groups to measure the scaled distance of all the planets from the sun. We measured string to represent the scaled diameter of each planet. Then we used a trundle wheel to measure the scaled distance of each planet from the sun, which we marked out in the playground. Finally, we drew a scaled version of each planet using the string to help us compare the size of the planets as well as the distance between them.

Autumn Term One 


In Literacy we have been reading ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.  In the story the character of Michael goes missing after falling overboard so we had a go at interviewing his parents.


Place value investigation

We were given a place value table and 5 counters. We had to investigate the five largest six digit numbers we could make and then we had to make the smallest five digit number we could.

Tic Tac Toe

We played a version of Tic Tac Toe. We made different numbers by covering two numbers from 1-12 to find the total or difference. Each time we could only move one counter. Every time we made a number we covered it with a counter. The winner was the first to make four in a row. We discussed the different strategies we used.

Addition Challenge

Using only the digit cards from 0-9 we had to try and make the smallest total we could by adding two five digit numbers.

Design Technology

In Design Technology we investigated several bird hides and made, used and recognised the use of tubes as a material from which to make a framework. We have also reinforced and strengthened frameworks using triangulation. We then used this information to design and create our own bird hides.

Food Technology

In Food Technology we used our chopping skills to help us make pear, smoked cheese and leek potato parcels. They tasted delicious!


As part of our ‘Circle of Life’ topic in Science we planted daffodil and tulip bulbs in our poly tunnel and watched them grow over a few months. We also learned that some plant stems can grow roots if they are planted in the correct conditions. We took cuttings from a geranium plant and planted them in small plastic pots. Once the plants started to grow we took photos at different stages.


Autumn Term Two



As part of our instructions topic, we had to play a barrier game.  One person would make something with coloured cubes and describe it to their partner who had to try and make it.  Neither could see what the other was doing until the end.

Poetry Maps

In the poem, ‘Everyone is doing it’, Benjamin Zephaniah describes lots of different dances which happen all around the world.  In pairs we had to find the different countries or cities.

Football poems

In our groups we had to learn a football themed poem off by heart and perform it to the rest of the class.  Another group would mark our work to see if we: spoke clearly, used expression with our voices and faces, knew it by heart, were loud enough and if we performed it with enthusiasm!





In Maths we have been using place value counters to help us divide four digit numbers.


As part of our Science topic we visited the Attenborough Arboretum and learned about seed dispersal. We went on a seed dispersal tree trail where we had to identify different types of trees using an information booklet and clues from the leaves, flowers and seeds on the trees. In the afternoon we met under weeping willow trees and acted out a story together. We had a fantastic time!

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