Year 5 2020-2021

Welcome to the Year 5 class page. Here you will find news and photos about the learning in Year 5 during 2020-2021.

Year 5 Curriculum Leaflets

Our 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. Curriculum leaflets are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.

Click on the links below to download the Curriculum Information Leaflets for children in Year 5.

Year 5 Knowledge Mats

Please click on the project titles below to see the 'knowledge mat' for each project. Your child has their own personal copy of the knowledge mat for each project and these are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts being taught. Knowledge mats are also posted in children's Seesaw accounts and are emailed to parents via our ParentPay system.

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 2020-2021 by viewing their long term plan here.

Our 'Quick Links' page provides quick links to a wide range of school information, including links to school routines, links to information about our delivery of different curriculum areas etc.

Home Learning in Year 5

All our home learning tasks are shared via our Seesaw app. At the beginning of each half term, the home learning challenges grid will be uploaded to Seesaw. The grid contains a range of activities and specifies the number of each type of activity (maths, writing and creativity) to be completed. Children may complete the tasks at any time but must have completed the specified number by the end of the half term. All completed work (or work in progress pictures!) can be shared via Seesaw so achievements can be celebrated. At times, teachers may ask children to bring their work in to school. The learning challenge grid for each project is shared below, as well as some examples of the fantastic work completed by the children. The 'hall of fame' gallery is updated at the end of each project to celebrate the children's achievements.

To view the Year 5 Home Learning page and see our home learning grids and examples of some of the children's fantastic work, please click here.

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2020-2021

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2020-2021. Teachers 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. Teachers also 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'!

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

Examples of children's home learning projects to find out about their class gem stones, Diamond and Topaz.

Year 5 maths orienteering - learning about decimals is so much fun!

News from our 'Stargazers' Creative Learning Project

From our exciting Astronaut Training 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 project work we have explored Space and beyond, which has led us into some amazing research and science work. Our new style of Home Learning grid has certainly been a hit! The children have produced some amazing home learning projects that are creative and enriching. Both Miss Passant and I have been so impressed by the quality and volume of work produced across the year group. Well done Year 5!

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.

Well done to all Year 5 pupils who successfully completed their astronaut training programme.

Children's Mission Badge Designs

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 '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.

In their science project 'Stargazers' 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.

Year 5 learned to recognise and name the phases of the Moon.

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

Even our maths calculations took on the theme of space!

Children enjoyed undertaking their own research and choosing what they wanted to find out more about.

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.

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

Year 5 children learned that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They used the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.

News from our 'Pharaohs' Creative Learning Project

To begin our journey to Ancient Egypt, we travelled from Copley to the Valley of the Kings. Year 5 were amazed and awestruck by the sights of the remains of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. Google Earth began our new favourite tool!

Mummification has been a big focus this half term in Year 5. We spent lots of time in class researching and learning about the sacred process of embalming bodies and why it was so important. This helped us to write the Royal Embalmer’s Guide to Embalming.


Creating this got us thinking about what else could be mummified! We used our understanding of the mummification process to mummify tomatoes. It was very interesting to see how the tomatoes changed over time and to see them dried out after being stuffed and covered in salt.

Year 5 gathered and recorded their results (data and observations) using tables.

Children presented their results in a line graph.

Instructions for the mummification process.

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

Children learned about Ancient Egyptian cartouches and then designed their own, writing their name in hieroglyphics.

Children researched famous pharaohs and we spent time focusing on what qualities and characteristics a Pharaoh had to have. We wrote advertisements to attract a new Pharaoh to a recently available role!

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.

As part of their geography work Year 5 revisited previous learningabout the World map to consolidate core knowledge and our new learning focussed on the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptian people.

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

Children created Ancient Egyptian glossaries and chose how to present these.

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

To view our gallery of canopic jars, please click on the first image below.

During their 'Pharaohs' project, children had opportunity to create some fantastic home learning projects, including research into interesting facts about the Pharaohs; creating an information leaflet about how the great pyramids of Giza were built; using their maths skills to calculate how many cubes would be needed to build pyramids of different dimensions; constructing models of pyramids; writing a letter to the Pharaoh in character as a slave asking for your people to be free; making a model mummy; producing a picture of an Egyptian landscape; creating a mask for a great Pharaoh; using Ancient Egypian symbols to create maths calculations; and writing an acrostic poem on the theme of Ancient Egypt.

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

We worked collaboratively to improve our writing of speech by adding adverbs and action.

Our drama sessions helped us to think about using actions to emphasise speech.

We use the 'Polar Express' text as inspiration for our own writing.

In Year 5 we have had regular practice of our core maths skills.

Harvest Festival – Thank You!

Thank you for your donations to the charity ‘Water Aid’.

Children from each class contributed to our online Harvest Assembly with different presentations on the theme of water, including ‘Why is water so important?’, ‘The beauty of water’, ‘How can we get energy from water?’, ‘Save our oceans’, ‘The work of Water Aid’, ‘Why is hand washing so important?’ and ‘Zeitu and Zahra’s walk for water’.

The children enjoyed wearing their non-uniform clothes with a ‘blue’ theme for Water Aid, so thank you to everyone for your support. We raised £166.10 for this worthwhile charity.

Intra-School Cross Country Tournament

The children in our Sports Council decided to organise our own intra-school Cross Country Tournament, as we were unable to take part in our usual Doncaster Schools' Tournament because of COVID-19 restrictions.

This involved every child in school competing for their House, with children in Years 3 and 4 undertaking a one mile course in the school grounds and children in Years 5 and 6 completing a 1.5 mile course. The total distance covered, by totalling the distance completed by each child, equals 265 miles (equivalent to one person running to Exeter or Stirling in Scotland).

Featured below are our medal winners in Year 5. The 2020 Intra-School Cross Country Tournament results were as follows:

1st - Darwin House

2nd - Hawking House

3rd - Einstein and Hodgkin House

I wonder which House will win our next intra-school sports competition? Good luck, everyone!

Our Link with St Joseph in Carquefou

Copley Junior has a valued link with St Joseph in Carquefou, near Nantes. Madame Le Normand and Year 5 teachers are keen to maintain and develop the link between our two schools as it enables children to practise their foreign language skills in context and helps children to learn about the culture of a different country.

Children at Copley and St Joseph completed a shield to provide information about their family, favourite foods, pets etc. As children read the information on each other's shields, they had opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the vocabulary for family, foods, pets and hobbies. We then shared our work via Skype. We could even compare how both classrooms and schools are coping with coronavirus!

Madame Le Normand shared the learning from this project on their school website. You can visit Saint Joseph's website by clicking here. You can click on 'google translate' to translate the text into English if you wish!

Madame Le Normand writes, "Les CM1A et les CM1C vont mener plusieurs activités autour de l'enseignement de l'anglais avec des correspondants de l'école de Sprotbrough dans le Yorkshire. (Copley Junior School)
Avant les vacances, sur Skype, ils ont fait connaissance avec leur correspondants anglais, en se présentant chacun leur tour, en français puis en anglais.
Les élèves ont réalisé chacun un blason pour mieux se présenter, dire leur "hobby" et aussi écrire ce qui leur tenait à coeur.
Ainsi, les élèves vont aussi pouvoir essayer de comprendre une langue étrangère à l'écrit en participant à une même activité.
Les élèves ont vécu de fortes émotions en communiquant, pour la première fois, avec des élèves anglais de leur âge."

At Christmas we sent cards to wish our French pen friends a very Happy Christmas.

Visit by the Young Shakespeare Company - 'Macbeth'

The children in Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed class workshops on 'Macbeth' led by the Young Shakespeare Company. This was an interactive, immersive and inspiring first experience of Shakespeare, which led to some fantastic writing back in class. Many thanks to the CSA for helping to fund this wonderful experience for the children.

Remembrance Day Poppies

Our Year 5 children got creative, using strips from recycled plastic bags to create Remembrance Day poppies on our school fence. Our School Council created a Remembrance Day assembly for all the classes and sold poppies to raise funds for the British Legion charity.

CSA 'Spooky Spoons' Competition

Our parent-teacher CSA group organised a fun competition for the children over half term. The children demonstrated amazing creativity with their 'Spooky Spoon' creations! Well done to our winners in Year 5 - Lola and Allegra.

Anti-Bullying Week

In national Anti-Bullying Week Year 5 discussed what makes each person special and wrote positive messages to class mates to show how words can build us up.

Odd Socks Day

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors invited all children and staff to wear odd socks to launch our Anti-Bullying Week – as bright and oddly matched as possible! We used this theme to celebrate our individuality and to reflect that being different is ok.

Lots of children in Year 5 entered our Anti-Bullying poster competition, and our Year 5 winning entry is posted below.

Wonderful WellBeing Days

As we are keeping within our year group protected bubbles, our Year 6 Mini Life Coaches were not able to run their usual lunchtime wellbeing sessions, so they met with Miss Wright, our Emotional Health and Wellbeing leader, to discuss what they could lead to support pupils across school at the current time.

The Mini Life Coaches decided they would hold 'Wonderful Wellbeing Days' when all pupils across school would have a health and wellbeing focus. At the end of the first half term, children took part in a year group cross country competition, they had a yoga and relaxation session, took part in mindfulness colouring and designed wellbeing shields to consider what 'powers' they already have to support their wellbeing.

At the end of the second half term, the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches designed another timetable for a day of wellbeing activities and they shared their plans via the weekly newsletter:

"Before the end of term, all of the children in school will be taking part in the second ‘Wonderful Wellbeing’ day of the year. We have organised a day of relaxing, fun and creative mindfulness activities with the help of Miss Wright. Now, more than ever, it is very important that we all take time to look after our emotional health and wellbeing and we are proud to support other children at Copley to do this. The day will involve a House mat ball competition with Mr Henry, mindfulness colouring, Christmas star guided meditation, an outdoor elf hunt, wellbeing photo booth and more. We hope you will all enjoy it very much. "

from the Year 6 Mini Life Coaches

Santa Dash

During the first week of December, thanks to our CSA group, the children enjoyed taking part in Copley’s first ever Santa Dash.

All children took part in a run in their year group bubbles within the school grounds as part of their timetabled P.E. lessons. The Santa Dash events looked very festive, with children wearing their Christmas jumper/t-shirt or a colourful top and a Santa hat.

Following the Santa Dash year group events, the CSA kindly organised for children to be presented with chocolate gold coins and a certificate of achievement. Well done everyone and thank you to the CSA (and also Santa, who completed eight laps of the course as he led each Santa Dash!).

On Your Marks, Get Set...

Crossing the finishing line...

To make the event even more fun, the CSA placed many festive decorations within the school grounds. There were so many hidden surprises for children to spot, it was very fortunate that our Santa Dash involved two laps of the course!

Father Christmas Visits Copley

We had a most fantastic surprise when our Teams reading reward assembly was interrupted by a special visitor, Father Christmas!

Father Christmas arrived in his vintage sports car, his elves had transformed our P.E. container into a magical grotto and in his sacks, Father Christmas had a present for every child. It even snowed on this special occasion! This was a truly memorable experience for children and the excitement and joy on children’s faces was wonderful to see.

Thank you to parents/carers for your support for this event and to our amazing CSA team for all their work to make this such a fabulous occasion.

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

‘Polar Express’ Extravaganza

Our final Friday together of the autumn term was one of the most magical school days that could ever be imagined! Without doubt, we have the most amazing CSA team in the World, as their time, dedication, creativity and imagination in bringing the ‘Polar Express’ experience to the children has been exceptional. After weeks of preparation, a very long evening and an early morning start, the preparations were completed to give children a truly memorable experience.To see the full gallery of photos, please click here.

Year 5 used the text of 'The Polar Express' to inspire their writing.

Christmas Snowflakes

Year 5 perfected their papercraft skills to make these impressive snowflakes.

News from the first half of the spring term 2021

In January 2021, as news broke of the new national lockdown owing to COVID-19, we moved to a hybrid model of learning, with just under 50% of pupils in school, (with places given to children of key workers and those judged as vulnerable), and just over 50% of pupils learning from home.

Our Remote Learning Offer is shared in full on the website, so please click here to access this. This page hosts our 'Parent Guide to Remote Learning'; the weekly timetable for Year 5; our Zoom Code of Conduct; and details of how pupils' work and Zoom links for maths, English lessons and Friday celebration meetings are uploaded to our Seesaw app.

Weekly Highlights from Diamond Class

Please scroll through our PowerPoint sharing highlights of the work this week from the children in Diamond class. Alternatively, you can download the class PowerPoints by clicking on the links below.

Well done everyone!

Weekly Highlights from Topaz Class

Please scroll through our PowerPoint sharing highlights of the work this week from the children in Diamond class. Alternatively, you can download the class PowerPoints by clicking on the links below.

Well done everyone!

News from our 'Time Traveller' Creative Learning Project


To begin our spring term learning, pupils at home and at school were inspired by the short animated film, ‘Dracula’s Whitby’. Pupils developed a number of SPaG skills including embedding relative clauses, showing where things are in comparison to others using prepositional phrases and creating engaging writing by varying sentence openers. Pupils then applied their SPaG knowledge to write descriptively about the abandoned abbey. Year 5 pupils were also given the opportunity to sharpen their performing skills to perform poems and stories aloud. Favourite books were read with great skill and some children even chose to write their own tales to perform – including props too!

An extract from Bailey's descriptive writing

Examples of reading with expression

We then moved on to our unit on fantasy writing using the intriguing film ‘Eye of the Storm’. Year 5 pupils, in school and at home, had so many brilliant ideas about the existence of ‘the dark figure’ including who it was, where it was from and why it was being hypnotised by a pulsing beam of light. This led to some amazing writing that staff in Year 5 could not put down! As part of our guided reading work, we enjoyed using our artistic skills to create film reels based upon key evidence that we could retrieve from a text.

Our Friday creative writing sessions gave children opportunity to develop their extended writing skills both at school and at home.


Our spring term learning began with a focus on measures. We began with reading scales and measuring accurately. We then put this into practice with baking and making fruity mocktails. We created some amazing concoctions! This led us to more measures work where we converted between different units of measure (g to kg, mm to m etc).

Later on this half term, we have been focusing on our four main operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Year 5 pupils, at home and at school, have really impressed staff with their skill in this area. Our focus on Times Tables Rock Stars (including our weekly Battle of the Bands) proved very useful by helping us to have quick recall of times tables when approaching new methods.

Children in Year 5, both at school and at home, learned about different time zones and used these to calculate intervals of time.

 ‘Time Travels’ when you’re having fun!

 This half term has been an exciting time for Year 5, as we have been time travelling as part of our 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 humans experience as they develop to old age.

Children researched the stages of gestation in humans and then presented their information clearly. Lots of pupils were so intrigued when we compared foetuses at different stages of development to fruit.

Children collated and presented photos to show the timeline of their lives so far. How much we have changed over time!

Year 5 also designed brilliant posters to present information about the importance of hygiene to help keep our bodies clean and healthy.

In school and at home, Year 5 produced colour washes and silhouettes to represent the passage of time.

Both at school and at home, children researched changes over time, choosing their focus of interest. Research areas included: technology since the 1950s; the development of board games; the history of cars from 1920; life in the 1970s; the history of TV shows through the decades; changes in the food we eat from the 1920s etc.

Children in Year 5, both at home and at school, learned about the life and work of Andy Warhol.

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

In D.T. children were given a brief and designed clocks carefully to ensure that they linked to a well-known quote about time. Some of us went above and beyond and even made our clocks at home!

Both at school and at home, children kept fit in a variety of ways - outdoor skills sessions, online P.E. lessons and even boxing practice at home!

Through lockdown, children continued to enjoy their hobbies, including playing the piano, reading, playing outside and celebrating their birthday.

Our home learning tasks have been many and varied, and have included: biographies of famous people; tackling maths problems based on family birthdays; creating family trees; comparing grocery costs over time; researching the history of the telephone; setting up a time capsule; writing a letter to their future self; developing an invention for the future; designing a future home; presenting a timeline of their own; and lots of TTRS practice. Year 5 have certainly been very busy!

E-Safety Week

During Internet Safety Week, children at home and at school considered the theme of: "An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world."

During E-Safety Week we watched and discussed online e-safety assemblies, including the national 'Safer Internet' assembly; we discussed items that we could put into our e-safety toolkit and how these link to our behaviour online; we took part in an e-safety quiz to test our knowledge and understanding and took part in the 'Detective Challenge' to help us think about reliability in the online world.

Examples of our Digital Citizenship Survival Kits

Children were challenged to undertake the 'Detective Challenge' to see how many e-safety challenges they could complete.

News from our 'Beast Creator' Creative Learning Project

This half term saw all of the pupils in Year 5 returning to school after the latest lockdown. The staff in Year 5 are so proud of the resilience and motivation that the children have shown throughout remote learning and then upon their return to school.

Beast Creator has provided pupils with a hands-on learning experience. We have been learning about all things creepy, crawly and beastly through our Beast Creator learning project.

We polished our sketching skills using a range of mini beasts as our inspiration. We are sure you will agree that they are amazing!

Please click on the first image below to browse through our gallery of sketches.

Please click on the first image below to browse through our gallery of sketches.

Using our understanding of food chains, we developed this to examine food webs where multiple food chains link together within an ecosystem.

As part of our Beast Creator project, we examined the life cycle of different types of animals. We first looked at a caterpillar and its metamorphosis into a butterfly. Then, we looked at the life cycle of amphibians such as frogs. It was interesting to observe the similarities and differences.

Upon our return to school, we launched ourselves into an experiment, which involved examining the habitat of woodlice.

We learned that they are crustaceans and like to live in dark and damp places!  We discussed the difference between macro-habitats and micro-habitats and identified where we could find these on the school grounds.

We discussed which micro-habitat would be most suitable for woodlice to survive and gave evidence to support this.

A choice chamber was set up in each classroom and we conducted a test to see which habitat the woodlice would choose.

Afterwards, we wrote comments of reflection about what we had learned and discovered throughout the experiment.

What is a mini-beast? We created our own classification keys after learning about different groups of mini beasts such as arthropods, crustaceans, molluscs and myriapods. We came up with questions to distinguish between different animals.

We love an investigation in Year 5! Charles Darwin said that in one acre of land there would be 53,767 worms. We decided to see if he was correct! Read on to discover the outcome with our investigative findings.   

As part of our Beast Creator project we conducted our own research to discover the deadliest creatures located in different continents. We certainly hope we are never confronted by some of these fiends!

We continued to expand our knowledge of these critters in English by writing non-chronological reports about mini-beasts. We learned about the features that we should include and how to gather research and take effective notes. We presented our work in a variety of interesting ways!

We created our own glossaries and decided how to present these.

Our non-chronlogical reports

Did you know that mini-beasts are creatures of habit? They love their habitat and follow the same routine all of the time. In English, we tried to persuade them to take a break and check in to our relaxing bug hotels. Everyone deserves to take the weight off their wings! 

We were fraction fanatics at the start of this half term! All of the pupils in Year 5 really impressed with their knowledge and understanding. Whether at home or at school, work was completed to a high standard. Upon our return to school, we learned all about area and how to calculate the area of rectangles and compound shapes. During our worm charming experiment we looked at how to calculate the area of irregular shapes and this helped us to determine the area of the school field. It proved very useful in helping to calculate the total number of worms!

Year 5 have loved learning about mini beasts and have continued with their learning at home during the evenings and weekends. Here is some of the fantastic work they have produced as part of their homework challenges for this half term. We have seen bug hotels, research, bug hotel leaflets and craft activities to name just a few!

Team work and communication has been a focus within our learning upon our return to school. We dedicated time to completing collaborative games and activities which encouraged us to communicate and problem-solve with our friends and peers across the year group. We also practised our skills to prepare for the intra-school Athletics tournament.

Acts of Kindness

Lots of children in Year 5 got involved with our 'Acts of Kindness' challenge. We saw children reading to a younger sibling; washing up; making bird feeders; donating toys to a children's charity; clearing snow from an elderly neighbour's drive and helping to cook tea to name just a few.

Bailey decided to be kind to elephants and to give grown ups in school a great treat too. Her family funded an 'ele-cake' of tasty fruit for the elephants in Thailand to enjoy and we were sent the video clip below!

Captive elephants in Thailand have really suffered due to the lack of tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are left shackled and starving. The sanctuaries have taken this as an opportunity to rescue as many as possible, by buying them from their owners. Fund raising activities such as the 'ele-cake idea' help to support these wonderful creatures. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website at:

Please enjoy the wonderful video below!

French Pen Friends

Year 5 were delighted to find that a card from their French pen friend in Carquefou was waiting for them on their return to school on March 8th. Our friends in France had learned about St Valentine, they made cards to send their love and best wishes to children at Copley and they shared the poem 'Comme il est bon d'aimer' by Jean-Pierre Simeon. Thank you to our kind friends in Carquefou!

'Comme il est bon d'aimer' by Jean-Pierre Simeon

Easter Fun at Copley! 

As part of our Easter celebrations, we were joined in school by Peter Rabbit! Excited to meet him, Year 5 dashed outside and on to the playground to meet the special visitor. They enjoyed dancing along to a number of popular songs before receiving an Easter gift of a Cadbury's Creme Egg from their House Leaders. We finished the afternoon by finding out who had won the many Easter competitions. Tesco was very kind and donated lots of Easter Eggs as prizes. Yum! 

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.

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 vinegar on bicarbonate of soda.

Year 5 researched facts about solids, liquids and gases, and changes of state, 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 these processes. 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 were asked by the alchemist to help him to ‘hide’ his precious resources from pirates waiting to attack Alchemy Island. Year 5 investigated 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.

Children conducted an investigation to find out how different liquids can float on top of one another. They discovered that liquids with a higher density will sink below liquids with a lower density.

Children drew maps of the mystical Alchemy Island.

In English we have been writing narrative based around a magical video, 'The Alchemist’s Letter'. We have worked on 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.

Year 5 have produced some wonderful work at home this half term as part of our home learning challenges. We have seen examples of baking, research using ICT, science experiments and so much more! Well done to everyone for their excellent efforts.  

Click here to read home learning research about metals.

Click here to answer a quiz about metals.

Sports Day at Copley! 

Mr Henry planned a morning of sports for everyone to enjoy, including seated throw, cricket, basketball shot, hockey dribble and javelin to name a few! We all had a wonderful time developing our skills and demonstrated great sporting attitude by cheering and encouraging our team mates! The gallery of field events at Sports Day is shared below.

Our Sports Day afternoon continued with a very active theme with the track events, which included: sprint, hurdles, skipping, egg and spoon, football dribble, bat and ball, potato race, bean bag on head, sack race, relay races and Copley's very own spoke relay races as the grand finale. Our Sports Day gave all children so much opportunity to be actively involved. Well done to all the children for trying so hard in their events and for cheering on team mates with great sporting spirit.

2021 Sports Day Results:

4th place: Hawking House - 400 points

3rd place: Hodgkin House - 421 points

2nd place: Einstein House - 466 points

1st place: Darwin House - 503 points

Congratulations to Darwin House who will have the yellow ribbons on our Sports Day trophy until next year.

Our 2021 Sports Day Champions, Darwin House, enjoy their lap of honour!

Reptile Rendezvous

Using funds raised through the year, the CSA organised an educational experience with a difference! Year 5 found out so many fascinating facts about invertebrates, habitats and adaptation whilst handling a variety of creatures. Our learning from our Beast Creator project meant that we already knew lots of exciting facts which we shared with Lucan and Donna! There were so many great moments captured that we couldn't choose which ones to upload! Year 5 were all very brave and stepped out of their comfort zones to try new things. Well done everyone!  

Happy Father's Day

All Year 5 made cards to wish dads, step dads and grand dads a very happy Father's Day. What lovely cards, celebrating all dads as super heroes!

The Annual Copley Spelling Bee

Year 5 put their spelling skills to the test in our annual Copley Spelling Bee. Completing 22 rounds in total, our enthusiastic competitors demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork as they battled to win the gold medals! We even had a 'sudden death' round to choose between silver and bronze medallists. It was a nail-biting battle! We rewarded our spelling champions and most improved spellers with certificates and a special, sweet treat.

Maths Investigation Week

Maths Investigation week this year had a theme of ‘The Vitruvian Man’. We learned about Leonardo da Vinci and his work on the proportions of the human body. We chose to investigate if we could be the Vitruvian Man. We used our accurate and precise measuring skills to take a number of readings such as height, arm span and the width of our palm and compared our findings to da Vinci’s theory.

We investigated da Vinci’s theory that the maximum width of the shoulders is one quarter of the height of a man. We also investigated the old adage, ‘Once around the waist, twice around the neck. Once around the neck, twice around the wrist’.

News from our 'Coal Mining Local Study' Creative Learning Project

This half term, Year 5 have been learning about coal mining as part of our local study. Many of the children have commented about how fascinating the project has been and this has led to pupils leading in-depth discussions within the classroom about the information they have independently researched at home. We are so proud of the excellent learning behaviour that was displayed.

We learned about how coal was formed over millions of years and that it is a fossil fuel. This means that it is non-renewable and will eventually run out. As an eco-school, children were shocked when they found out just how damaging fossil fuels can be for the environment.

We then talked about the importance of coal mining to the local area. Many children had relatives who had worked in the mines. Pupils were able to identify and label some of the local Doncaster mines.

Children then researched mines across Yorkshire and the dates in which they closed. 

Many of the children were particularly fascinated with the fact that young children were expected to work down the mines in the Victorian era. This led to very passionate discussions about why that was so unfair. We all agreed that we were glad we didn’t have to work as a ‘trapper’ down the mine at the age of 3! We discussed historical figures who helped to highlight the poor conditions of child workers and the laws that eventually ended the practice.

Children worked collaboratively to research and present their own learning about mining in groups. We were so impressed with the excellent learning behaviours on display. Well done Year 5! 

Year 5 have produced some wonderful work at home this half term as part of our home learning challenges. We have seen examples of art work with careful shading and use of light and dark, research using ICT, interviews with miners and so much more! Well done to everyone for their excellent efforts.