Year 5 2018 - 2019

Mr Bebbington

Spring Term 2019 | Year 5 (Mr Bebbington / Mrs Seddon)

(Last updated January 6th, 2019):
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USEFUL SPELLING HELP FOR YEAR 5: Super Spelling Practise

How does this work? 

Click on the link > Choose a year group category > Choose a spelling pattern from the list of options on the next page > Play the game

How does the game work?

Click the link to start practising. The words on the right will disappear, and one of these will appear in a box. As soon as you start to try typing the word, it also disappears - and you have to remember how to spell the rest of the word. After this, press enter, and the next word will appear.

When you have tried all the words from this list, you will be shown which are correct or wrong. The more you play, the faster you will find you get, and the better you will remember the spelling patterns!

Topic focus: Europe (Studying a locality overseas)

Pupils should be taught to:


Locational knowledge

  • locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities


  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time


  • identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)


Place knowledge


  • understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America


Human and physical geography


  • describe and understand key aspects of:
    • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
    • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


Geographical skills and fieldwork


  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied


  • use the 8 points of a compass, 4- and 6-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world


  • use fieldwork to observe, measure record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies


Science Focus:  FORCES!

Pupils should be taught to:

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object


  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces


  • recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


Pupils should explore falling objects and raise questions about the effects of air resistance. They should explore the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall. They should experience forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. Pupils should explore the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects, for example, by observing the effects of a brake on a bicycle wheel. Pupils should explore the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement.


Pupils might find out how scientists, for example, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton helped to develop the theory of gravitation. 


Pupils might work scientifically by: exploring falling paper cones or cupcake cases, and designing and making a variety of parachutes and carrying out fair tests to determine which designs are the most effective. They might explore resistance in water by making and testing boats of different shapes. They might design and make products that use levers, pulleys, gears and/or springs and explore their effects.


Class Story: What will it be!?


To be announced!

Stay tuned, as Year 5 will make the final decision this week!


Two of our Year 5 pupils will be chosen to take part in E-Safety training at Winsford Police Headquarters this term, and be trained up in school by the current Year 6 E-Safety officers for continuing this role next year. We look forward to seeing how they will help promote E-Safety even further in 2019.


PE -
Year 5 will be having Dance tuition on Tuesday afternoons, but swimming has now finished.

Cookery -
Year 5 are also lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to take part in some cookery lessons this term, which will happen weekly and be linked to our topic work - we can't wait!

Brass Instrument Tuition -
What a wonderful opportunity to learn how to play cornets, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums and baritones with Mr. Birch from the Love Music Trust! Our pupils will be hoping to maintain their amazing progress from the autumn term, building towards a culmination of a trip to the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra in the Summer, to play alongside those world-famous musicians!

Times-Table Rockstars -
Your child continues to have an account on Times-Table Rockstars and should be practising on increasing their rock speed, though they may train in the garage area of the site to earn virtual coins and gain confidence (these coins are only used to change the appearance of their rock star's avatar, and have no actual monetary value.) The soundcheck game is also particularly useful for gauging an idea of where their confidence and ability lies. Here is the direct link to the website:

Improving Reading Comprehension Online -
Your child will continue to be able to access their account on, an excellent website designed to test your child on a variety of reading extracts and quizzes based on these, which then tracks your child's progress and makes decisions on whether to increase or decrease the difficulty of the texts based on their answering of the comprehension exercises. If you didn't ask last term, ask your child about our readtheory display outside the Year 5 classroom!



Other useful information:

Contacting me: Please use the usual lines of enquiry (either in person at the end of the day, or via the school office and also via the Class Dojo messaging system*).

*If you have any technical issues with Class Dojo, please let me know and I'll try and resolve them as soon as I can.

Water bottles: Pupils should bring a water bottle to school and take it home each weekend for cleaning. The pupils are asked to change the water in the bottle and refill it each day.

Raincoats: Keep your eyes on the weather forecast - some children still came to school in the autumn without a coat. Please remember we are in the spring term and the weather will be variable for some time to come. Thanks.

Snacks / Bacon rolls: Snacks are available at break every day, and bacon rolls for £1 on Friday's. You may pay for your child's bacon roll, should they wish one, via the online payment system.

Reading diaries / Reading books: Please continue to encourage your child to read a regular amount each week, and to record this (signed) in their reading diaries. We will continue to celebrate their reading success in school. Also, we strongly encourage parents to ask questions after the child has finished reading (or during the passage) to check if they understand what is going on in the story, do they know why a character has said a particular thing or is behaving a particular way, and what do they predict might happen. If you can throw your own questions in from time to time, this will be a hugely beneficial addition to the reading already being done. (If you do this already - many thanks!)

Homework: Weekly homework includes time to test yourself on TT Rockstars and ReadTheory, but your child also receives a spelling list and a half-termly Dojo Homework Project Challenge list. We will check through the homework books regularly, and talk with the pupils about the standards within them, giving dojo points where merited. Please remind them of the importance of not misplacing or mistreating their homework books. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer them.

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