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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 

Summer Term

During the Summer term, our topic is Ancient Egyptians. Please click on the following pictures to access the 'Topic Web' and the 'Home Learning Grid'.

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                                                                                         Topic Web                                         Home Learning Grid                        

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.

In English, we have been writing some persuasive adverts for a wonderful new Robotic cleaner. The children's levels of persuasion are very good - they have included many persuasive devices such as snappy slogans, rhetorical questions, personal appeal and many more. Watch this space for some examples of our writing.

Our trip to the South Downs Planetarium was fabulous. We all learnt so much about space exploration and were completely mesmerised  looking up at the night sky projected above our heads.


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.

Weekly Home Learning - Maths

Don't forget, for extra maths there are always the 'Monthly Maths Challenges' (click here).

Friday 26th April 

This week we have been learning how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and next week we will be learning how to do this if the denominators are different. Practise your skills by completing the worksheet (copies are available in class in you can not print it out).

Friday 22nd March

As we have been learning about fractions, your task this week is to make a poster that will clearly explain to others how you go about finding equivalent fractions.

Friday 8th March

We have been learning how to divide a 4 digit number by a single digit using short division. Your task for this week is to practice this method.

Roll a dice 4 times to create a 4-digit number, this is your dividend.

Roll it once more to generate the divisor.

Your task is to calculate the quotient.

Remember you can draw a place value grid if that helps. 

Dividend  divisor = quotient

Friday 15th February

After half term, we shall be looking at division in maths. In order to help with this look at each of the times tables; for each multiplication, what are the two related divisions

e.g. 6 x 7 = 42 so 42 ÷ 7 = 6 and 42 ÷ 6 = 7

How quick can you become at recalling all divisions for a multiplication table?

Friday 1st February

As we have been learning about multiplying a 4-digit number by a 1-digit number, your challenge this week is to create and solve 5 multiplication calculations. For each problem think:

What is the multiplicand? (each digit should be different)

What is the multiplier? (It must be >2)

How will you calculate the product?

Remember that you can you a PV grid to help you visualise these calculations, it is really helpful especially if there are regroupings.

e.g. 2,315 x 3


Can you think of a word problem that could go with your calculations e.g. Sam was buying a new car. She paid for it in three payments of £2,315. How much was Sam's car?

Friday 18th January

Continue to play on TT Rockstars. This week keep playing in the studio section to see if you can increase your rock speed, but also practise in the Garage section to play only tables you have been set and to earn more coins. Really focus on those facts that you take you longer to calculate and don't forget the related divisions. Good luck, I shall look forward to seeing how many coins you earn this week. Good luck!

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?

Weekly Home Learning - English

Friday 26th April 









Friday 5th April

equip, rhyme, yacht

system, symbol, rhythm, occupy, muscle, harass, bruise

Friday 22nd March

 Look for examples of sentences containing relative clauses. Copy the sentence out and underline the relative clause. Try and find at least 8 sentences. Hint- look for the relative pronouns

Friday 8th March

 Following on from our trip to the South Downs Planetarium, can you find out about what happened on the Apollo 13 mission? This was a mission intended to go to the moon but they never landed ....what happened?



Friday 15th February

 After half term, we shall be looking at the spelling lists for Years 5 & 6 for a couple of weeks. Take a look at the word list below. Are there any words that you can already spell? If so that is brilliant, add these to an 'I Can Spell' list. Pick ten words that you are going to learn over the next week, these now become your 'I am Learning' list. Practise these three times a day, spell them forwards, backwards, writing them with your right hand, left hand or even with your foot! Look for these words every time you read. Once you are completely confident that you can spell a word, add it to your 'I Can Spell' list and replace it with another one on your 'I am Learning' list.

Year 5 & 6 Word List 

 Friday 1st February

We have been learning about apostrophes. Can you remember the two reasons why we use an apostrophe? This week, I would like you to try and find  examples of apostrophes being used in a book (at least 10).

  1. Copy the word 
  2. Explain why the apostrophe has been used
  3. How could you write the word/sentence without using an apostrophe but still keep the meaning the same 

e.g. This is Sam's new car.         This is the new car that belongs to Sam.