Heybrook Primary and Nursery

Heybrook Primary and Nursery School


Welcome to Year 5.

The year 5 classes and teachers are:

Azure - Mrs Peel

Cobalt - Mr Walker

Indigo - Miss De'Ath



Please ensure that your child reads for at least 15 minutes, a minimum of 3 times a week. They must also use the question prompts and sentence stems in the front of their reading record to make comments about their books. A Reader of the Week will be awarded each week in assembly.

All children also have spellings to practise at home and will be tested every Friday. They are expected to return completed spellings homework.

Each child has a username and password for Times Tables Rockstars. If they forget their log in, they should ask their class teacher. Children will be rewarded green points each week for accessing TTRS at home and extra green points will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. There is an app you can download or you can access it here: https://ttrockstars.com/

Every child also has a log in for Mathletics where they can complete homework set by their teacher and have access to lots of maths games. Again, if they forget their username and password, they should ask their class teacher. There is an app you can download or you can access it here: https://www.mathletics.com/uk/


This half term we will be learning about:

Our topic for this term is, ‘Exploration and Endeavour’ and our key question is, Would you have joined the Endurance?   

In English we will be focusing our learning on Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill. Our writing outcomes will range from creating a motivational speech that Shackleton himself would be proud of, to writing a descriptive telegram in role as members of the crew. The half-term will conclude with writing a newspaper report about the exciting expedition. In addition, we will use drama and role play to develop empathy and understanding for what life must have been like on board The Endurance. Grammar will continue to be embedded within English lessons as well as taught discreetly.

In Maths we will be focussing on decimals, fractions and percentages before moving onto algebra, converting units and then perimeter and area. Children will consistently revisit prior learning through daily retrieval games and exercises to ensure they continue to practise all the learning we have covered so far. The children will have daily opportunities to develop their arithmetic skills to build speed as well as having regular times table tests to ensure these vital skills are fluent.

In Science, we will be learning about materials. We will begin by comparing and classifying materials based on their properties, with a focus on vocabulary and their specific uses. We will also carry out various investigations in order to develop the children's understanding on separating mixtures In addition to various reversible and irreversible changes. You may help your child by helping them to understand the following vocabulary: thermal/electrical insulator/conductor, change of state, mixture, dissolve, solution, soluble, insoluble, filter, sieve, reversible/non-reversible change, burning, rusting.

In Geography we will use Antarctica to gain an understanding of the significance of lines of longitude and latitude, the Equator and other locational features of the Earth. We will continue our study of maps by plotting the route of The Endurance and other expeditions to Antarctica. This will lead to learning about climate zones which will link to the importance of Antarctic research in current understandings of climate change and the environment.

For History the children will contextualise the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration in British history by creating a time line of global expeditions to the continent. They will compare and contrast these with contemporary examples of exploration. Furthermore, they will evaluate specific artefacts related to exploration and consider the differences to modern day resources.

Art and D & T. will begin with looking at the work of both Nerys Levy and David Bellamy and try and recreate their styles using a range of media. In D&T, we will be designing and constructing a sledge.

In Computing, we will use stop motion animation to recreate the journey and sinking of The Endurance.

PE: Azure - Monday. Cobalt - Tuesday. Indigo - Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school every day: black leggings/shorts/tracksuit bottoms, a white t-shirt and black pumps. We will have PE lessons outside as much as possible so please also bring a warmer jacket and suitable footwear.

RE: Christianity. Key question: How significant is it for Christianity to believe God intended for Jesus to die?


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