Year 5

Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.

Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 5. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 5 by clicking here.


Pharaohs Stargazers Time Traveller Beast Creator Alchemy Island


Our Class News

News from our 'Pharaohs' Creative Learning Project

Year 5 have made a great start to the year! Kicking off their learning project on Ancient Egypt with a trip to Weston Park, they explored the exhibitions in the museum before undertaking the task of mummification. Extracting brains through the nostrils and placing vital organs in Canopic jars were just a few of the tasks they undertook before making their own ‘shabti’ to be buried alongside ‘Dead Fred’.

Did you know that the Egyptians used to bury their slaves alive alongside their mummified bodies so that they would have a slave in the afterlife? This didn’t last long because the slaves would run away every time someone in the family fell ill. This is why they began making a ‘shabti’ (a small model of a slave) to be buried alongside their mummified remains. All of the children decided that making a ‘shabti’ was much kinder than being buried alive!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our visit to Weston Park.

The first half term has been an extremely fun, exciting and hardworking time for everyone in Year 5! In fact, we can’t believe just how much learning we have done in such a short space of time. Miss Blades-Baker and Miss Wright are extremely proud of each and every one of the children.

We started the new academic year by introducing our ‘Pharaohs’ Learning Project. You can imagine the excitement of travelling back in time to the dusty desert of Ancient Egypt! There has been some amazing work completed and fantastic facts shared.

We enjoyed reading our class text 'The Egyptian Cinderella' and it inspired our own writing.

We have developed our historical enquiry skills by finding out about the artefacts discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb. We have undertaken research on famous pharaohs, the role of pharaohs and we have enjoyed presenting our learning in different ways.

The children have created detailed portraits of incredible Pharaohs throughout the period, used their design skills to make glorious canopic jars and written impressive job advertisements for a new King (or Queen) to rule the kingdom.

Our final event was the extremely successful Express Event. The enterprise element made a profit of £121, which we will use to fund part of a future learning project. It was magical for the children to bring all of their learning together in a dramatically fun and exciting way. We are starting our next learning project, 'Stargazers', after half term and we cannot wait.

Year 5 'Pharaohs' Express

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from our Year 5 enterprise express event.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.


To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

News from our 'Stargazers' Creative Learning Project

Year 5 made Copley Junior School's latest voyage to the National Space Centre in Leicester to launch the next stage of their 'Stargazers' Science project. What a fantastic venue! The children toured the galleries, which were full of interactive and engaging exhibits, and they also enjoyed a mesmerising planetarium show. The visit really helped to consolidate children's learning about Space, helping them to collect vital information which was used to write our non-chronological reports about the Solar System. The whole day led to extremely engaging conversations in the classroom!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph selection from the visit.  

National Anti-Bullying Week

Year 5 pupils reflected that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure bullying never happens at our school. They created art work to make sure every child knows that if they see a problem, they must speak up to help keep everyone happy and safe in school.

This half term has been extremely busy in Year 5. From our exciting visit to the National Space Centre to our all-singing, all-dancing Christmas concert I am sure you would agree that the children have had lots of amazing learning experiences!                                                                                                   

In our project work we have explored Space and beyond, which has led us into some amazing research and Science work. Indeed, the children have produced some amazing home learning projects that are creative and enriching. Our English work has allowed us to continue to develop our writing and reading as well as carrying out our own research to present in the form of non-chronological reports. Most recently, Year 5 have been investigating alien sightings and reporting the unusual events to the shocked readers of their newspaper reports.                                                                                               

In Maths we have continued to develop our skill set alongside more difficult ‘mastery’ challenges! We have most definitely needed our growth mind-set and learner values when working on the more in-depth challenges. It has been challenging but at the same time very rewarding for all.                                     

We used our maths skills to work out the scale of our solar system in order to produce this to scale diagram below!

We used our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to solve space-themed maths calculation problems.

To view some of our fantastic home learning projects, please click on the picture link below. 

Science has involved continuing to develop our inquiry skills as well as creating our own fact files about the Milky Way and beyond. We have also had the opportunity to look in detail at the phases of the Moon, the mechanics behind our eyes and how they work, and we have learned about light creating shadows, night and day and all of the planets in our Solar System. 

In the science investigation below, Year 5 investigated which material would be the most effective for creating an astronaut's space suit.

Year 5 Christmas Concert

Our Year 5 pupils impressed everyone with their wonderful singing as they presented a lively nativity themed performance, ‘C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S spells Christmas’.

News from our 'Time Traveller' Creative Learning Project

As part of their 'Time Traveller' project, Year 5 described the changes as humans develop to old age. Children researched the stages of gestation in humans using photographs, books and laptops and then presented their information in written reports. They then compared human gestation with that of various animals.

To view some of our fantastic home learning projects, please click on the picture link below. 

During E-Safety Week we watched a whole school magic show to help us learn about being safe online. All children wrote their own message on a jigsaw puzzle template to show their commitment to #ItStartsWithUs 'Play your part, together we can build a better internet'as you can see from our display below.