Year 5

Our topic this half term is “To Infinity and Beyond.”  This is a Science based topic where we will be learning about the Sun, Earth and Moon being approximately spherical bodies. We will be learning about the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun in the Solar system, the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and investigating the rotation of the Earth to learn about day and night. In Art we will be studying the artists Peter Thorpe and Van Gogh. We will link to our topic work in French, by learning nouns and simple phrases about the planets.  Next half term, the Geography topic is ‘Extreme Earth. Here we will be learning about weather patterns, world environments and widening our knowledge of geographical terms. We will also be looking at forces and magnets in science, exploring and understanding gravity, air and water resistance and friction.  Literacy over the whole term will find us learning and performing poetry, writing memoirs of an astronaut and then…writing a Tale of Fear! We will also be writing instructions and a journalistic text.

Our Math’s work will involve us developing a deeper understanding of number and effective written methods to solve the four operations, (+, -, x, ¸). We will then be interpreting data and calculating perimeter and area.

PE and the Daily mile:

PE: Thursday – All jewellery needs to be removed. Indoor and outdoor PE kit will be needed in school all week.

Library session: Thursday afternoon

Homework: Reading at least 5 x a week and record on the Record card.

Spellings are given out on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday.

Times tables tests take place on a Friday and start next week.

Challenge homework:  Please support and encourage your child to complete one piece each half term. Details below: –

Here are a range of space related challenge homework activities.  Choose at least one to complete by Monday 14th October, Enjoy!

  1. Create your own space themed top trumps cards.
  2. You are going on a spaceship and can only take 10 things with you. What will you take? Either write or draw them in your suitcase.

You are going to meet some aliens on another planet. What 10 things would you take as presents for them? Draw them in a gift box.

  1. Make an acrostic poem for one of the planets e.g.





Can you use metaphors or similes in your poem?

  1. Find out facts about the space missions –

What was the first creature sent into space?

Who was the first astronaut?

Who was the first man on the moon?

What other interesting facts can you find?

Create a power point or write a fact file