Year 5, Mrs Banks

Long Term Plan: Long Term Plan 17-18 Y5.pdf

Year Group Expectations: Parent Leaflet - Year 5.pdf

France 2019: Year 6 Letter france 2019 -Y5 early one.pdf


One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Topic Letter: 1001 Arabian Nights YEar 5 topic letter.pdf


Journey Down the Nile

Topic Letter: Journey down the Nile Year 5.pdf

Trip Letter: Year 5 Crosby Beach trip letter.pdf


Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Topic Letter: Journey Topic letterY5.pdf

Swimming Lessons: swimming irlam pool yr 5 2018.pdf


Topic Launch

We started our topic with the question "Could a volcano pop up on our school field?"

This happened to a farmer in Mexico in the 1920s and it made us curious. We investigated where in the world volcanoes are situated. We looked at a variety of maps and found out that volcanoes usually occur on or near a tectonic plate. 

We looked for our school on a map and then on world maps. Our school field is not on or near a tectonic plate so we think it is safe!

We also made a glossary of the vocabulary we didn't know and made a cross section of a volcano.

We used our investigations to start our learning journey. 

The Industrious Victorians

Topic Letter: the industrious victorians topic letterY5.pdf



On our recent residential to Robinwood, Year 5 faced their fears, built their teamwork skills, improved their communication skills, learned how to support each other physically and emotionally and developed some important independence strategies.

We were incredibly proud of all the children who took part in the residential, pushing themselves to overcome challenges, finding strengths they didn't know they had.

Well done Year 5, we definitely fulfilled our potential!


We were very interested in the Victorians and our History Learning Journey pulled all our enquiries together. We started by investigating Queen Victoria and the events of her reign. We made a human timeline of the events we found and then put this on our learning journey. We were surprised that children didn't have to go to school at the start of her reign and that children our age would have gone to work.

We found out about William Morris and our Wallpaper looks great! After reading Street Child, we focused on workhouses and what life was like to live there. We looked at some of the workhouses from around Manchester and found out that there was a huge one at Crumpsall.

We also investigated toys from Victorian times to the modern day. We were really surprised by some of them. We thought skateboards were invented recently but were amazed how long they have been around. We also found out that the materials changed during the decades and that plastic wasn't invented until the World Wars.

William Morris

In art we found out about William Morris. He was famous for designing wall paper, stained glass and furniture. We took inspiration from this and used poly printing to created our own bird themed William Morris wallpaper.


Workhouse Broth

In Design Technology we investigated what makes a healthy diet. We looked at tinned soups and investigated the ingredients and labelling. Some of them had lots of salt and some had lots of sugar. There were other additives too which we didn't expect.

We peeled, chopped, sliced and grated vegetables and made vegetable stock. We brought our broth up to the boil and let it simmer until all the vegetables were cooked. We saw some reversible changes as the soup cooked it made steam which changed back into water. We also saw some irreversible changes as the vegetables were cooked we couldn't make them raw again.

We took a vote and thought our soup was the tastiest and the healthiest because we used fresh ingredients and didn't add any additives.


Aesop, The Greek Story Teller

Topic Letter: Aesop the greek story teller topic letterY5.pdf


Science: Soluble, insoluble and suspended solutions

In science we did some tests to find our which materials were soluble, insoluble or were suspended in water. We predicted whether the materials would dissolve before we did the tests.

We found out that materials which dissolve disappeared into the water and sometime changed the colour of the water.

We found out that some materials were insoluble and didn't dissolve in the water.

We found out that some materials were dispersed throughout the water. These materials were suspended.

Science: Separating Mixtures

We investigated mixtures and thought about the best method to separate them. We used sieves, filters, magnets and evaporation.

Some of our methods didn't work first time and we had to think about what didn't work and try again. 

We had mixtures of:

  • soil and water
  • paper clips and elastic bands
  • oil and water
  • rice and water
  • beans and water
  • salt and water



We found out that Democracy was founded in Ancient Greece. Only Athenian men aged 30 or more could vote. They had 3 courts how made the rules and dispensed justice. Many modern day democracies are based on the way Ancient Greece was founded. We investigated our government and democracy in the UK to find out what was similar and different about the two democracies.

Trojan Wars

We investigated city states in Ancient Greece and found out about Athens, Sparta and Troy. We found out about the Trojan Wars and the Trojan Horse. We looked at historical sources of Priam's Treasure, which were found in Turkey, it is believed this is where Troy was.

The Treasure was amazing. We thought about what some of the objects were and what they were used for, we were surprised by some of them.

We read the story of the Trojan Horse and freeze framed some of the scenes. After that we worked as a group and to write a diary from the perspective of one of the characters in the story.


In art we have learned about L.S. Lowry. We investigated his work to looked at the techniques he used. We liked the way he created his matchstick men. We were surprised by some of his portrait work.

On Art Day, we practised shading using pencils to make shades and textures. We looked at how Lowry used geometric shapes to draw his buildings. We used the same technique in our drawings.

We used a grey colour wash to make our background. We used collage to create texture on the buildings and then used the pencil shading techniques we had practised. We used black pens to create the detail and outlines of our buildings.


War of the Worlds

Topic Letter: Y5 War of the Worlds.pdf


We have started our work on the planets and the solar system. We used fact cards and planets to sort out the order they are in from the Sun. We found out about their features.


This topic we are reading War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells. We have found out that it is about Martians invading Earth.

Mrs Banks showed us the video of a spaceship flying over school we talked about how we felt about seeing this and it made us ask lots of questions. We began to understand how the characters in the book must have felt when they saw the cylinders for the first time.

We have been investigating the settings in the story.

Our Unique Experience

We will be visiting Jodrell Bank as part of our topic. We will be taking part in a series of experiments to investigate gravity and forces and also how the planets move around the sun.

We will also be visiting the planetarium and seeing the stars and planets as they revolve around us.

The Lovell Telescope is based at Jodrell Bank and we will be able to see the telescope, find out about its history and how it is still used today. We will be looking at some of the images the telescope has recorded.

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