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Peter Gladwin Primary School

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Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 page. Below you can find out about what we have been learning in class as well as links to home learning activities.

Year 5 & 6 Spelling List 

Spring Term

Welcome back to a new term and a new topic. The children have returned full of enthusiasm and already we have made a great start to our 'Reach for the Stars' topic. Please click on the pictures below for the topic web and the Home Learning grid.


         Topic Web                                                                   Home Learning Grid

In our guided reading sessions we have been exploring the lyrics to space oddity and comparing this to the version recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station in 2013. Click below to hear Chris Hadfield talk about how he recorded this song in space. 

We have begun to learn about the planets in our solar system; the order in which they orbit the sun, the relative sizes of them and a few basic facts in order to make a short video which will link to our computing work.


Maths has been a great success this first week back where we have been looking at area and perimeter as well as starting to use TTRockstars to help with our times tables. All children should have come home with a username and password, if they have lost them then just let me know.

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term, our topic is "We'll Meet Again", which is all about about World War Two.

We will discover how the war started and construct a timeline of key events. We will learn about British leaders, Chamberlin and Churchill, the Battle of Britain and the Normandy Landings as well as learning about life on the home front including rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee. 

Please click on the image below for a copy of the topic web.

Since term began we have been very busy learning about our topic. Take a look all we have done so far!

We started the topic by hiding under the tables when we heard an air raid siren and listening to a radio broadcast from September 1939 when Neville Chamberlain declared that Britain was at war with Germany; we tried to deliver the same speech - videos to follow. After that we made our own gas masks and sampled some wartime recipes. Surprisingly the food was quite tasty and has inspired some children to try and recreate them at home. We have also been cooking Lord Woolton Pie in class.


We wanted to explore the causes of World War II and found out that it was very complicated and was linked to end of The Great War and the Treaty of Versailles. We made posters trying to explain this.

In Reading Workshop we are reading an exciting story about some children who get evacuated to a lighthouse in Devon .. well as learning and writing our own stories about travelling through a portal and travelling back in time to WWII.

We had a wonderful time at Newhaven Fort and discovered much more about WW2 in Britain from the displays, talks and objects that we handled. It is well worth a visit if you haven't been, I am sure that the children would be only too happy to go again. A number of children have also recommended the Imperial War Museum in London, just in case you are looking for a day out during half term.

We have written some amazing story openings this week are just a few examples.

We were lucky enough to have a grandparent in to talk to us about their own experiences of World War II. We learnt about the different types of shelters (Anderson and Morrison), Doodlebugs as well as listening to his own experiences of The Blitz and being evacuated. It was so interesting to have a real life story to accompany all that we have been learning about.

As it is the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, we digressed a little from WWII to look at the poetry from this war. We read Dulce et Decorum est and spoke about the poet, Wilfred Owen. Alongside this we thought about different poetic techniques that poets use and used these to help us to create our own thoughtful, and moving, poems about WW1.

During November, we went to Jubilee Library to meet the author Viviane Schwarz. Viv spoke to us about her life and work as a writer and illustrator and enabled the children to create some wonderfully strange characters that could be used in their own picture book. We are all looking forward to continuing with project over the next couple of weeks at school.


Please click here to find a copy of the Topic Home Learning Grid. We expect children to bring a piece of learning from this grid at least once a fortnight.

Home Learning - Maths

Friday 11th January

As we have started playing on TTRockstars this week, your homework is to have a go in the Studio section. When you play in here ten times you will be given a rockspeed and can then start moving from a Wannabe Rock star to a Rock Legend. Click on the date to go straight to the website.

Friday 30th November:

In maths this week we have been learning about prime numbers and square numbers.

Write down all the square numbers up to 100 and all the prime numbers less than 100. Your challenge this week is to see if you can make a square number by adding two prime numbers together? How can you be systematic? Explain (in writing) how you went about finding all the solutions. 

Friday 23rd November:

We have been learning about multiples, factors and common factors in maths this week. Please click on the date to find the homework on common factors for this week.

Friday 16th November:

As our next topic in Maths is multiplication and division, keep practicing your times tables. If you haven't completed your multiplication grid then please do as we will be using these this week.

Friday 19th October:

During the holiday, I would like you to complete the multiplication square (you should have all been given one today, but if you have lost it just click on the date). Once you have completed all the boxes, think carefully about which facts you are confident with and colour those in. By colouring in the ones that you know, you can easily see which ones you still need to practice and you can focus on just a few each week. Please bring it in on Friday Nov 9th.

Friday 12th October:

We are starting to think again about using the column method for addition. The children were really helpful today as I kept making lots of mistakes. I have just done this problem, could you have a look and see whether I have finally learnt this method. If not where and why have I gone wrong.

I think I need to practice a little more. Could you make up ten addition problems (using up to 6 digits for each number) for me to try. You will also have to make an answer sheet so you can check that I have done every step correctly. If you want me to have a challenge perhaps you could give me three numbers to total.

Friday 28th September:

We learnt  a learning rap this week to help us remember how to round numbers, This week I would like the children to make a poster to help others remember how to round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Friday 21st September: 

This week we had a go at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000. Have a go at the worksheet (click on the date), don't worry if you can't do them all, just try the ones you feel confident with and we can talk about the rest at school.

Friday 14th September:

This week we have been thinking about different ways to represent numbers.

Choose your own 4 digit number; how many different ways can you find to represent it? You could show it using: words, base 10, p;ace value counters, part-part-whole models, bar models, number lines, Roman Numerals, number sentences, diagrams and illustrations, .....Who can find the most ways? Do different numbers have more possibilities?

Home Learning - English

Friday 11th January

We have been looking at homophones this week in spelling, especially isle/aisle   aloud/allowed   affect/effect   passed/past    heard/heard

What other homophones can you think of and what do the different words mean? Make a list to add to our class list.

Friday 30th November:

We have almost finished reading Letters from the Lighthouse and it has certainly had a few surprising twists to the plot. For your English homework this week, I would like you to pretend that you are either Olive or Cliff. You have to write a letter home to your mum explaining about one of the 'events' that has happened whilst you have been staying in Budmouth Point. It might be about the German plane crashing, or the painting of the lighthouse, or even the arrival of the Austrian refugees by boat. Let her know everything that happened and don't forget to tell her how you both are. Even though you can tell her the truth about the events, make sure that you still pretend that you are having a great time down there so that she doesn't worry too much.  

Friday 23rd November:

We had such a great afternoon with Viviane Schwarz at Jubilee Library so your homework this weekend is to create some characters and put them in to a scene. Where would this scene come in a picture book? What has happened before? What will happen after? Can you make up a short story for your characters? 

Friday 16th November:

Next week we shall be looking at the suffixes -ible and -able. What words can you find that contain these spelling patterns. Your challenge is to try and find at least 8 for each.

Friday 19th October:

During the holiday could you write a book review about a book of your choice. If you are unsure which one to choose, you could always write one for 'Letters from the Lighthouse' or 'Coraline'. When you write your review don't forget to include:

  • Title & Author
  • A brief summary of the plot that doesn't give too much away
  • The characters; who is in the book and what they are like
  • Your highlights/ favourite part and whether there were any weaknesses
  • Don't forget to give your opinion of the book, whether you liked it or not and explain why
  • Would you recommend the book? Who would it be suitable for?

Friday 12th October:

In spelling this week we have been looking at words with silent letters, eg muscle and knowledge. Pick any book you want, choose a page and look through to see if there are any words on it that contain silent letters. Keep looking until you have found ten words. Good luck!!

Friday 28th September:

We have continued to look at the 'ough' spelling pattern. Homework for this week is an 'ough' wordsearch.

Friday 21st September:

We have been looking at the 'ough' spelling pattern. Make a list of at least twelve words that have this spelling pattern in. Challenge to find fifteen ... extra marbles for the class if you can find any more!

Does 'ough' always make the same sound? Can you find a way to sort your words.