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.

See the overview of what Year 5 will be learning during 2018-2019 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 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.  

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 improving descriptions of mysterious witches as we studied 'Macbeth'. 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 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.

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.

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 following the Year 5 express event, please click here.

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

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2018-2019

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2018-2019. 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.

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 ‘Macbeth’ was, quite simply, electrifying. At points children were actively involved in the performance and the children were completely absorbed.

'Macbeth' 2018

Please click on the first photograph below to view the gallery of photos.

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.

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!

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

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

Year 5's canopic jars

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

Anti-Bullying Week

As part of our work during Anti-Bullying Week Year 5 filled in the letters to spell 'Respect' with their thoughts about what 'respect' means. Ideas included:

  • shows kindness
  • listens to others
  • is helpful
  • values everyone
  • says please and thank you

Year 5 Christmas Concert

Our Year 5 pupils impressed everyone with their wonderful singing as they presented a lively nativity themed performance, ‘The Inn Crowd’. The nativity story was brought to life as seen through the eyes of the animals, who discovered that there was no better place to be than in the stable on the wondrous evening that Jesus was born.

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

Please click on the video clip below to watch the children singing 'Bethlehem'

Please click on the video clip below to watch the children singing 'Spread the Joy'

Achoo! How far can a sneeze travel and how can we prevent others from getting ill? Through this science activity children learned more about the spread of microbes and their potential to infect people. Children measured the distance and impact of a sneeze by using water in a spray bottle.

Children drew a person anywhere in the 'sneeze zone' (a 4m long roll of paper). The water was sprayed twice (to represent a sneeze) and children measured how far the water droplets travelled using a ruler from the 'sneeze zone' start line and how many people on the mat were affected by the sneeze. Children checked carefully for water marks and drew a red circle round people and areas affected.

The experiment was repeated with a hand in front of the spray (to represent someone sneezing and putting their hand over the mouth) and then repeated it again with a tissue in front of the spray (to represent someone sneezing into a tissue.)

Children then compared their results, discussing the findings and their conclusions.

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.

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.

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.

In Computing Year 5 learned how to create Andy Warhol-style, pop art portraits from a photo using a Photoshop application.

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

We have been busy in maths, learning to measure accurately using protractors and using the Year 5 writing assessment criteria to help us to improve our writing skills.

As part of their Computing unit of study 'We are Game Developers', Year 5 explored gaming, using logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work. They then used logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Year 5 then used variables in their programming before creating and developing their own amazing games!

EDF Switch Off Fortnight

At the end of last half term, the Year 5 eco-councillors conducted a survey in school every day to find out how many laptops and interactive whiteboards were left on during lunchtime when they were not being used and also how many of the school’s lights were on ‘Eco’, ‘Eco+’ or ‘Max’ mode. This is the data we plan to use to compare with after we have done the ‘Switch Off Fortnight’.

This half term, the Green Team have been around the whole school and have put up signs with our energy saving mascot (Mr Energy Saver) to remind people to turn off laptops, interactive whiteboards and lights. Now we have launched the Switch Off Fortnight, the Year 5 eco-councillors will repeat the survey for the next two weeks to see if our signs and reminders help us reduce the amount of electricity we use in school.

Following our Switch Off Fortnight, children in Year 5 created graphs to show the impact of our drive to save energy.

Children in Year 5 also collated data in a spreadsheet in order to create graphs to analyse and show the impact of our drive to save energy. We achieved our aim of reducing energy use over the two weeks, so well done everyone and remember to keep switching off interactive whiteboards, lights and laptops when they are not in use!

News from our 'Alchemy Island' Creative Learning Project

What a thrilling and exciting half term Year 5 have had. 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.

Children carried out many observations to compare and group everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and response to magnets.

Children carried out a wide range of tests to demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state may be reversible changes. Children also explained that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is usually not reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

Year 5 researched facts about solids, liquids and gases and decided how to present their learning.

Year 5 took part in practical investigations to learn about the methods that can be used to separate materials including filtering, sieving and evaporating.

Year 5 were given a challenge to separate some materials using their knowledge about filtering, sieving and evaporation. Children were given a range of equipment and their first challenge was to decide what equipment they would use for each task, what method they would use and to predict what they thought would happen.

After carrying out their investigations children reflected on 'exit cards', where they thought about what they had learned, which scientific enquiry skills they had used and whether they would refine their approach in future in the light of what they had learned.

Year 5 worked in pairs to investigate how solutes dissolve in a solvent to form a solution and how this process can be reversed, before discussing how they could refine their methods to ensure a fair test.

In English we have been writing narrative based around a magical video, The Alchemist’s Letter. We have worked in detail at building suspense and tension, using weather to paint the mood of the story and using figurative language effectively. Year 5 teachers have been extremely impressed with the standard of work and the excellent vocabulary being used by all children across the year group.

In maths we have been learning about angles, area and perimeter and fractions. We have also used our cross-curricular skills to look at data taken from meter readings within school and produced graphs showing the impact on the environment, as you can see in our 'EDF Switch Off' information above. We have also continued to consolidate our learning from previous projects ensuring that we have used all of our skills to approach challenges with an open mind and a growth mindset!

As part of our Alchemy Island project, Year 5 experimented with delicious ingredients and their knowledge of reversible and irreversible reactions to create mouth watering products which could be sold in the Alchemist's Restaurant. From omelette, jelly and chocolate truffles to gluten free cake, smoothies and chocolate covered strawberries with popping candy, pupils put their cooking and science skills to the test. The results were varied and delectable.

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

As part of our D.T. work in our creative learning project children designed and made board games, writing clear and succinct rules.

The hall was filled with laughter and challenge as parents/carers and grandparents were invited to play the games. Thank you to everyone who attended our express event.

Please click here to read a selection of parent comments from our express event.

Joyeuses Pâques

We have kept in touch with our French penfriends by sending them an Easter card and we enjoyed receiving cards in return. Our pen friends write to us in French so this helps us to develop our French language skills. Our French penfriends received our cards just before Saint Joseph School closed for their Easter holiday.

We skyped our French penfriends to share the Easter songs we have been learning. We had shared one of our favourite Easter hymns, 'We have a King who rides a donkey' and we watched a skype lesson to see how well our French friends could sing the hymn in English. We were very impressed!

Learning about Islam in Year 5

Year 5 have been learning about the key beliefs of Islam and the impact these beliefs have on the life of a Muslim. We were delighted that Imam Omar was able to visit to help us learn more about the five pillars of Islam, the importance of the pilgrimage to Hajj and the key features of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr. We were very impressed with the children's thoughtful questions, so many thanks to Imam Omar. 

News from our Local Study Project

Year 5 started their Local Study project by undertaking a walk to identify key geographical features of the local environment.

Year 5 used primary sources, maps and knowledge from their local walk, to produce their own sketch map of the local area.

‘Bible Explorer’

In Year 5, our delivery of R.E. is enhanced by the ‘Bible Explorer’ sessions led by Mr Barlow. Children learn about the stories of the Old Testament in a very lively and active way that involves all the children.

Swim Safe

Many thanks to the RNLI and Swim England for providing our Year 5 Swim Safe session. Young people love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool. Swim Safe gives children aged 7–14 an opportunity to learn how to be safe in and around open water. Our strongest 24 swimmers were selected by our weekly swimming instructor for a fun outdoor swimming session with fully qualified lifeguards and swimming instructors. All Year 5 children learned about the dangers of falling into cold water and guidance to improve the chances of survival. 

News from our 'Beast Creator' Creative Learning Project

We launched our project on 'Beast Creator' with a visit to the Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield. Our visit included a minibeast workshop and handling session, a led session to find out about the conservation and varied talents of parrots, a tour of the Tropical Butterfly House and an exploration of the wildlife park. Children were great detectives, reading all the information boards and observing the wildlife carefully to answer the questions in their booklets.

Please click on the first image below to view the gallery of photos from the visit.

Whole school maths investigation

Whole school maths investigation weeks provide another focus for using and applying maths skills in different contexts.

During our 'Magic Squares' work, each year group worked on maths challenges on this theme, with progression through school in the complexity of the problem solving skills and knowledge required to crack the puzzles. Year 5 had some tricky puzzles to solve!

Year 5 used the microscopes to examine minibeasts and their habitats in detail (before returning the minibeasts safely to their habitat!).