Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School


Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Year 5 Staff

Miss Aldis - reading

Please use the below link to see the stunning artwork created by Y5 this term.

21st January 2021


This week, Year 5 have been learning more about the composition of folk tales. We have discussed how the writers use these tales to share different morals with their readers. Year 5 have written their own endings to folk tales, focusing on using the content of their story to teach the reader a lesson about how to behave in the world. 


In Science, the children have continued their journey into space. They have investigated whether the Earth is round or flat by comparing the size and shape of shadows that have formed on the moon. We discussed how ideas around the shape of the Earth changed over time as new technology has been invented and new scientific discoveries have been made. This includes the use of satellites to take pictures and the discovery of gravity. 


This term Cambridgeshire have been attending forest school. In the first week, they investigated the different trees that grew within the woods. They also built hedgehog houses using natural objects. Since then, they have made necklaces using slices of wood and practised lighting fires using different materials.

14th January 2022


Happy New Year!


The children have had a great first few weeks back after Christmas. We started our new book Tales from the Caribbean last week and are enjoying listening to the traditional tales. We spent the first week of term researching the islands of the Caribbean and creating our very own class information books about them. 


In Science last week we did a very exciting experiment! We all had three cups of water of varying temperatures. To start the experiment, we measured the temperature and recored it, before putting ice into each cup to see how fast the ice melted. We were testing the effect of sea temperatures on the rate of ice melting.


In Geography this term we are continuing our Investigating Water topic, focussing this term on where water comes from. In Computing we are learning about algorithms and last week we were investigating different searching algorithms by pretending to do them ourselves when playing a game of Battleships. In History this term we are learning about how numbers have changed over time. We started the topic off by discussing why numbers would have been used in the prehistoric period and what they would have been counting, as well as comparing ancient number systems to our current number system. 


This term, Cambridgeshire are having Forest School every Wednseday. Cambridgeshire have made their own wooden necklaces and have made some habitats for small animals in the woods. They have gone on a leaf hunt to see what trees and bushes there are in the woods too! 


In PE this term, Year 5 will be doing hockey with Mrs Smith and gymnastics with Mr Levett. The children have really enjoyed coming up with their own gymnastics routines and performing them to the rest of the class. 


This week we had a visit from Fantastic Fred and a professor. They were teaching us the importance of looking after our mental health. We learnt about the four elements to help us: F - food, R - rest, E - exercise and D - devices. It is important for us to have a balanced diet and not eat biscuits on toast for breakfast, like Fred was! The Professor also taught us that it is important for us to rest, try to do 60 minutes of activity a day and to not spend too much time on our devices, particularly before bed!

Fantastic Fred

Thursday 16th December 


It was so lovely to see some of you this week for our performance! We had a great time and hope you enjoyed watching it, and if you weren’t able to come you can watch our filmed dress rehearsal! Thank you for all your help with costume and learning lines!


This week, we published our own versions of Twitch and have put them on display in our classrooms for our classmates to read.


Next term we will be transporting ourselves to the Caribbean as we begin to study the book Tales from the Caribbean, by Trish Cooke.


We hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in January!

3rd December 2021


This week has been another busy week. Rehearsals for our upcoming Christmas Nativity, 'Straw and Order' are in full swing and we are all so proud of the effort and commitment that our Year 5s have been displaying. Their singing is beautiful and their enthusiasm uplifting! In English, we are approaching the last few chapters of our wonderful text, 'Twitch'. We shared the sentence: 'an exciting mystery adventure about friendship, bravery and birds, as well as a celebration of the natural world' and explained that this is what Twitch was based on. Children worked incredibly hard writing their own narratives based on this. These will then be published as a class anthology.


Have a wonderful weekend! The Year 5 team.


Friday 19th November 2021


This week in science, we have been looking at different forces, specifically air resistance. We used different materials to make parachutes and carefully considered how to make it a fair test. Once we had created our parachutes, we dropped them from a height and timed how long it took for them to hit the floor. We discussed why we thought some materials worked better than others.


This week, we recognised anti-bullying week by having an ‘odd socks day’. We spoke about what this term meant and what we could do in various scenarios to help ourselves and others.

Science experiment -

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Friday 5th November 2021 


Welcome back! This week we have started our new book Twitch. It is about a young boy named Corvus (though no one calls him that, everyone calls him Twitch) who loves birds and bird watching. He spends a lot of his time in Aves Wood, a nearby nature reserve, where he likes to wait in his hide and spot birds like kingfishers. Scarily, he has found out that there is a convict who has escaped from prison and could be hiding 5 million pounds in Aves Wood! 


This week in RE we answered the question What is compassion? We discussed what is means to be compassionate and learned about how Florence Nightingale was compassionate. For our class prayer tree, we have created some lanterns and written prayers on the back of them. 

Friday 1st October 


Bonjour! Comment ҁa va? En Franҁais cette semaine nous avons appris à commander de la nourriture au restaurant.


Hello! How are you? In French this week, we have been learning about how to order food in a restaurant. 


We have been role playing being in a cafe or restaurant and have been improving our pronunciation.


In maths this week, we have started our new topic on addition and subtraction, focusing on adding and subtracting two 4-digit numbers. We are using our knowledge of place value to support us. 

Friday 24th September 


This week we have been getting into role as the main character from our class text, Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths. Danny is an 11 year old boy who was promised an amazing surprise, only to find out that his surprise was sharing a bunk bed with his Chinese grandmother, who he has never met! We got in role as Danny and did some hot seating, asking each other questions about how he could have been feeling at different points in the text. We then put ourselves into Danny's shoes by writing a diary entry.


We have also finished our place value topic this week. We have become much more confident in comparing and ordering numbers up to 100,000 and have learned new skills like rounding to the nearest 100,000 and comparing and ordering numbers to 1,000,000.


In science, we have been looking at different materials and their properties. This week we were investigating the thermal conductivity of different materials. 

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