Year 5: 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Year 5 class page is displayed to provide an overview of provision during the academic year up to 23.3.20 when schools were closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Click on the links below to download the 'Knowledge Mat' for each project. Knowledge mats are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts taught during the project. Knowledge mats 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.

See the overview of what Year 5 will be learning during 2019-2020 by viewing their long term plan here.


Our Class News

News from our 'Stargazers' Creative Learning Project

Launch Event - Astronaut Training

To launch their 'Stargazers' project Year 5 took part in a rigorous programme of astronaut training. Life onboard a shuttle cannot be compared to life on Earth. So many simple tasks that we complete on Earth have to be carefully considered before completing without gravity in the confined space of the shuttle. How do you brush your teeth in space? Year 5 know the answer!

During training, children undertook a series of activities designed to enhance their response time, their core strength and prepare them for life aboard the Copley Shuttle.

Speed of Light: Using rulers and stopwatches, pupils put their reflexes to the test and investigated factors which enhanced their performance. Would they be quick enough to dodge a speeding meteor?

Crew Assembly: Living in space for months at a time in such a confined space means that your teamwork skills are really put to the test! Wearing oversized gloves to simulate an astronaut’s protective outerwear, pupils worked together to construct and deconstruct vital shuttle components. It was trickier than they expected but they used their communication skills and successfully completed the task.

Spacewalk: Qualified astronauts demonstrated ‘bear-crawling’ and ‘crab-walking’ and explained the importance of body strength when in space. The days are long and the equipment is heavy. Without gravity, our muscles begin to waste and our bones become weak. Astronauts must train regularly and maintain optimum fitness to guarantee their safety in space. Pupils practised navigating complex courses using the bear-crawl and crab-walk to strengthen their core and prepare them for their great adventure.

After completing the training programme, pupils designed their own mission badge using Tim Peake’s badge for inspiration. They created wonderful designs which they will be able to display on their spacesuits later in the term. Well done Year 5!

Visit to the National Space Centre

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 introduce children's learning about Space, helping them to collect vital information which will be used to write our non-chronological reports about the Solar System. The whole day will lead to extremely engaging conversations in the classroom!

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

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2019-2020

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2019-2020. Miss Mellor explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practice, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Miss Mellor explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

Our launch event finished with a teacher challenge - five brave (and very competitive) teachers tackled 100 instant recall questions against the clock. Miss Havercroft was victorious with a time of 1 minute 24 seconds!

You can find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars' by clicking here.

From our exciting visit to the National Space Centre to intriguing experiments trying to determine the most appropriate material to make space suits, this half term has been extremely busy in Year 5. I am sure you would agree that the children have had lots of amazing learning experiences! In our topic 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 having our first experience of Shakespeare with an enthralling performance of 'Romeo and Juliet'. 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. Science has involved continuing to develop our inquiry skills as well as creating our own group 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, night and day and all of the planets in our amazing Solar System. 

In their science work children described the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. They described the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and that the Sun, Earth and Moon are approximately spherical bodies.

Children used their maths skills to work out the scale of our solar system in order to produce these to scale diagrams below!

Young Shakespeare Visit

Each year our children in Year 5 and 6 have the fantastic experience of engaging in ‘theatre in the round’ with the Young Shakespeare Company. We organise this so that by the time children leave Copley they have had live theatre experience of two Shakespeare plays.


The Young Shakespeare Company visits provide a wonderful first experience of Shakespeare. Their performance of 'Romeo and Juliet' on 30th September was, quite simply, electrifying and the children were completely absorbed.


At points children were actively involved in the performance and afterwards there was opportunity to ask the very talented actors questions about the plot and the motivation of characters etc.

'Romeo and Juliet'

Please click on the first image below to view our gallery of photographs.

Children used the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

In their study of forces, children explained that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the forces of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object and identified the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces.

Children love independent learning at Copley! The children thoroughly enjoyed working in groups to research and present their learning about space in their own way. Great work Year 5!

Children also carried out their own research to find out the answer to the question 'What is a moon?'

In their scientific study of forces, Year 5 used newton meters to measure forces. Children investigated that the bigger the force applied, the longer the spring stretches and the higher the reading is. 

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

As part of their science investigation Year 5 used data loggers to measure temperature and a graph tool to present their results.

As part of our English work, Year 5 wrote newspaper articles to report the shocking news of an alien landing in Sprotbrough!

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 5's fantastic 'Stargazers' home learning work.

Thank you to parents/carers and relatives who joined us for the Year 5 express event. This was a very active and competitive event that challenged children's problem solving skills as they made rockets using limited materials in a limited timescale.

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

Year 5 'Stargazers' Display

Our Link with Pupils at St Joseph, Carquefou

Pupils across Year 5 were excited to receive their first replies from their French pen friends. We are looking forward to exploring our link with Saint Joseph School again this year.

News from our 'Pharaohs' Creative Learning Project

Kicking off their learning project on Ancient Egypt with a trip to Weston Park, Year 5 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!


Touring the Museum

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

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

Year 5 used maps to find and label key locations in Egypt.

Back at school Year 5 developed their historical enquiry skills by finding out about Ancient Egyptian artefacts, considering where they came from, when they were made, what they were made from, what they were used for and who might have used the artefacts.

Children researched famous pharaohs and the role of pharaohs and they enjoyed presenting their learning in different ways.

Research about Cleopatra, presented in a very creative way!

Year 5 used information from their workshop at Weston Park and research back in class using library books and the internet to present their learning about the mummification process in their 'Royal Embalmer's Guide to Embalming'.

As part of their geography work Year 5 learned about the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptian people.

Year 5 also enjoyed finding out about Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and creating their own messages.

As part of their project work, Year 5 wrote newspaper articles about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

As part of their 'Pharaohs' creative learning project, children used their D.T. skills to design and make canopic jars using papier mache and lots of gold paint.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 5's fantastic home learning work.

Anti-Bullying Week

In Year 5 children took the theme of 'Change Starts With Us' and used the internet to search for inspirational phrases before creating their own pic collages.

Year 5 Christmas Concert 2019

Year 5 performed a humorous and delightful nativity themed play called 'C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S spells Christmas.’ Well done to all the actors and narrators for helping us to think about the true meaning of Christmas.

Please click on the first image below to view the gallery of photographs from our 2019 Year 5 Concert.

Please click on the video clips below to watch the children singing some of the songs from their concert.

Link with St Joseph, Carquefou

We have developed a strong link with St Joseph in Carquefou to enable our children to find out about the experience of pupils living in a different country and to enhance our teaching of French. To find out more about our link school in France please click here.

Year 5 were very excited to Skype their French penfriends and to be able to say hello in person. A great way to practise our modern foreign language skills!

Year 5 learned two songs, 'Toc…toc…toc…Père Noël frappe à la porte’ in French and 'Santa Claus is coming to town'. We used Skype to perform 'Toc…toc…toc…Père Noël frappe à la porte’ and watched our penfriends performing it so we could further improve our pronunciation of the French vocabulary. We sent Christmas cards to St Joseph and were very excited to receive our large parcel of Christmas cards from St Joseph.

Young Voices 2020

Once again, our enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 choir (of 64 children!) took part in the Young Voices Concert at Sheffield Arena. After months of practising the songs and dances with Miss Havercroft, the children were very excited to attend the afternoon rehearsal, followed by the concert itself. The whole performance with the dancers and vocalists was amazing, not to mention of course the incredible 8000 children in the Young Voices choir. We greatly appreciate that so many parents/carers and relatives were able to come in the evening to enjoy the performance. Well done to all the children for putting in so much effort to learn the songs and dance moves. As usual, the children were an absolute credit to the school with their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour.

Please click on the first image below to view our photograph gallery.

News from our 'Time Traveller' Creative Learning Project

‘Time Travels’ when you’re having fun!

This half term has been an exciting time for Year 5, as they have been time travelling as part of their project. The children have worked diligently to research what our world has become and what it once was like. 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. Year 5 also designed posters to present information about the importance of hygiene to help keep our bodies healthy.

In maths children compared life expectancy in different countries and chose how to present the information in graphs.

Year 5 produced colour washes and silhouettes to represent the passage of time.

In their D.T lessons Year 5 children enjoyed developing design criteria to inform the creation of their innovative and functional clocks inspired by time phrases such as ‘time is precious’ and ‘time flies’, including selecting from and using a range of tools to cut, shape and join materials.

Please click on the first image below to view our photograph gallery.

All the clocks created by the children in Year 5 are shared below. Can you work out the time phrase that has inspired the creation of each clock?

Please click on the first image below to browse through the photos.

Year 5 invited parents and relatives to their exhibition of clocks. This was also an enterprise event, which gave children opportunity to develop maths skills of calculating running costs, profit and loss.

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

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 5's fantastic 'Time Traveller' home learning work.

We have been busy in maths, learning to measure accurately using protractors and developing our division skills.


We offer Bikeability training to all pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 each year. In 2019-2020 fifty four Year 5/6 pupils took part! This training is designed to give children the skills and experience to cycle safely and confidently. The training involves cycling in both an off-road playground environment and on roads around the vicinity of the school. Children enjoy cycling and of course it brings many health benefits, develops confidence and gives them independence. Children who have been trained are much safer and, in addition, tend to cycle more. Well done to all our Year 5 pupils who passed their Level One and Level Two training!

E-Safety Awareness

Year 5 have learned more about how to keep safe online. Children then produced their recipes for a safer internet. Great ideas and work, Year 5!

News from our 'Alchemy Island' Creative Learning Project

What a thrilling and exciting half term Year 5 are going to have! We have been delving into the amazing project, Alchemy Island, exploring its diverse landscape and analysing precious samples taken from its varied terrain. The children in Year 5 have worked methodically and systematically to test and explore the samples using our learning about changes of state, separating and density of liquids. Children came to the rescue of the residents of Alchemy Island after a tragic flood mixed up all of the elements. Sieves, filters, petri dishes, evaporation, dissolving and stirring were utilised to put the island back together again.

We used iPads to help us to develop accuracy in estimating angles.