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St Richard's

Church of England First School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!


The enthusiastic staff in Year 5 are Miss Poynter, Mrs Lazenby, Mrs Dawson, Mr Longman and Miss Bigg smiley


In our Art lessons this term, we are looking at the artist Peter Thorpe, who creates paintings of rockets. This week, we experimented with different acrylic paint techniques and at the end of the lesson, created a class gallery of our work. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what we liked about each others' pieces! 

Curiosity, the Mars Rover

In our English lessons this term, we have been using the book 'Curiosity' by Markus Motum to inspire our writing. We have loved learning all about how Curiosity, the Mars Rover, was launched into space. Check out this link below to the NASA website - it's a whole section dedicated to Curiosity! 

Curiosity Mars Rover

You can also have a look at some of our writing that we have been doing based on the story. Theo even carried on writing about Curiosity at home! Robbie wrote about the space stories we have also been looking at in English. Well done, boys! smiley


In our science lessons this week, we used the inflatable solar system to create the orbits of the planets around the sun. We learnt the difference between rotating and orbiting, and looked at the distances between the eight planets and the sun, thinking about the differences between their orbital paths. We also learnt about the heliocentric and geocentric model, and how ideas about the solar system have changed over time. Take a look at some photos below!

Library Sessions

During our library sessions over the last few weeks, we have been carrying out research about the biomes of the world. This links to our topic 'Earth From Space'. Take a look at some photos below of us using our reading skills across the curriculum!

Steel Pans Workshop at TDMS

On Thursday after school, some Year 5 children attended a steel pans workshop at TDMS. TDMS students taught them how to play four different steel pans and at the end of the session, they learnt a song to perform to their parents. The children had such a brilliant time and we can't thank TDMS staff and students enough for putting on such a fabulous workshop!


Earth From Space

Our first topic this term is a geography based topic all about the biomes of the world. It's called 'Earth From Space'.

For our Sparkling Start, we went into the hall to play a game. Our teachers asked us a range of questions about the biomes of the world. Each corner of the hall represented a different answer to the question. We had to stand in the corner that we thought was the correct answer. If we were wrong, we lost one of our five lives. This was a fun way to start learning about the biomes of the world. 

Please see some photographs below and our knowledge organiser for this term.


Autumn Term

Our first geography topic of Year 5 was South America. We kicked off our learning with a Kahoot quiz and researched the continent using atlases. We looked at the physical geography of South America and used fieldwork to compare and contrast the environment around school with the Amazon Rainforest. After this, we focused on looking at the country of Brazil, including its settlements, cultures & traditions and economy & trade. 


Our first history topic of Year 5 was all about the Vikings. We started off the topic being 'history detectives' to discover what the Viking era was like, creating our own questions to form our own lines of enquiry. We wrote a non-chronological report all about the Vikings, learnt about the key events throughout the era and compared Viking life in Britain with our lives today.


In English, we have linked our writing to our topics and have used high-quality texts to inspire us to write in a range of genres: stories, persuasive letters, non-chronological reports, poems and dairy entries. Some of the texts we have read include Kensuke's Kingdom, Arthur and the Golden Rope and extracts from How to Train Your Dragon. 


In maths, we have developed our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction, shape, statistics and started to explore multiplication and division. We also competed in a TT Rockstars competition which 5KP won!


In RE, we have learnt about the different ways in which Christians believe God can be represented. We have also considered that there are people in the world who don't believe in God or are unsure whether God exists, including the reasons why they have these beliefs. 


In our science lessons, we have been looking at the properties of materials and exploring a range of reversible and irreversible changes through experiments. We have learnt how to carry out a fair test and presented our findings in a range of ways, including line graphs. 


We have also been lucky enough to have Mr Walker teaching us computing this term. We have learnt how to code our own computer games and applied our maths knowledge of statistics using Excel spreadsheets to present data in a range of ways.  


We have also enjoyed our learning in PE, art, French, music and PSHE. 


We're have worked so hard this term; please see some photos below that show our learning. We can't wait to celebrate Christmas with our families!

Roles of Responsibility

On the final Thursday of term, the children in year 5 proudly received their Roles of Responsibility. See photos below! 😀

Head Boy and Head Girl

House Captains

Sports Leaders

Maths Buddies

Reading Buddies

Playground Friends

Roles of Responsibility


If you would like to type out your Roles of Responsibility application, please download and complete the form below! Applications are due in by Monday 10th October.