Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School



Hello Lancashire,

I’m Miss Simpson, you might recognise me from such places as Collective Worship and the playground. September will be super and I am really looking forward to working with you all then and cannot wait to be back teaching. Being a teacher is great because I am able to work with so many different children and teach the subjects I love including history and maths. I can’t wait to get to know you all and hope you’re excited too and hopefully we will learn lots of new and exciting things. Some interesting things about me include my love of playing board games and computer games. Recently, I have got a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Brick and I should be getting married next year and the theme is Wonder Woman and The Flash. No I am not dressing up like Wonder Woman but my dress will feature some superheroes on it.

Speak and see you all soon

Miss Simpson

Your new teacher

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Year 5 Spelling and Handwriting week beginning 6th July

Year 5 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 29th June

Year 5 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 22nd June

Year 5 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 15th June

Year 5 Handwriting and Spelling week beginning 8th June


Hello everyone!


I hope everyone has had a good week. In school, we have been learning about Rivers in Geography and Classification in Science. Both have been really interesting and we have been learning about how both topics affect the way we live today. For those who were wondering, I have found my painting by numbers paintbrush so I can resume my painting this weekend! :)


Thank you to those to have been consistently uploading their homework on TEAMS- I really enjoy reading what you do. Remember to check what your home learning is and to complete it by each Thursday! 


Miss Parsons x


Week 2

In English, we have created our own poems based on animals who live in Nigeria. After researching about our animal, we planned which words would be most suitable and be most effective for our poems.


In Maths this week we have been developing our knowledge of fractions and decimals by  turning them into percentages. We have come to the end of our brief percentages topic this week and will next week be moving onto graphs.


This week in Science we were answering the question: who weighs more, baby boys or baby girls? This included looking and extracting the data from a mass chart and percentile chart. We discovered that on the whole, boys tend to be heavier than girls from birth, up to 52 weeks. We then spent time attempting to remember how much we weighed at birth, so were all very keen to find our own red books that recorded our weights and heights!


Week 1

In maths this week, we have been continuing our work on decimals. We have been recapping comparing, adding and subtracting decimals from last term as well as rounding decimals. We have been doing a mixture of fluency questions and reasoning and problem solving questions to deepen our understanding of the topic. As we have now completed our decimals topic, we have moved onto percentages.

In English we are looking at poetry. We have spent the week performing poems written by Karl Nova as the book we are focusing on is written by him. We are going to be exploring poetic devices, writing our own poetry and performing too.




This term we are going to be planning a journey from London to Lagos in Nigeria. Karl Nova, the author of our text this term, was born and raised in Lagos before moving to London.


This week we introduced our Geography topic of Nigeria. We began to look at the differences and similarities between Lagos and London focusing on on physical features. For instance, both have major rivers running through the city centre - River Lagos and River Thames. 

In maths, we have been looking at converting fractions to decimals. Have a look below to remind yourself how to work them out.


In English, this week, we received a telegram from Buckingham Palace asking us, as Prime Minister Henry Asquith, for an update on the Suffragettes. We then wrote a telegram back to Buckingham Palace to say that a letter would follow. Using the telegram as a plan, we wrote letters to Buckingham Palace to inform them about recent events, such as Emmeline Pankhurst being on hunger strike in prison.


This week, Year 5 took on a STEM challenge of attempting to produce clean drinking water. We were given muddy water, a variety of materials and fabrics and an empty container.  We then had to discuss and build a way to pour the dirty water into the clean bucket to create clean  water.

Our STEM challenge

This week, in maths, we have been multiplying fractions by whole numbers. We needed to remember that when we convert a whole number to a fraction the denominator becomes a 1.

We then moved onto multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers. When we are doing this we need make sure we are multiplying both the whole number from the mixed number and the fraction.



In English this week, we created our own anti-suffrage posters. We have also written a possible suffragette’s manifesto to try and encourage new members to support the cause. We wrote our manifestos in the form of leaflets.


Below are the common exception words for Year 3 and 4. Please ensure your child is confident with these words as they are commonly used in their writing. The Year 5 common exception words will be put on the website soon.


In maths, we have moved onto subtracting fractions with mixed numbers, converting the denominators and making sure our final answers are in the simplest form.


This week in science we looked at the effect that temperature has upon the rate a sugar cube will dissolve in water. We had 3 vessels of water (hot, room temperature and cold). The experiment provided a variation of results, causing us to question our original hypothesis which was 'hot water will dissolve the sugar cube quicker than cold water.'


This week in English, we held a press conference with some representatives from the suffragettes and the prime minister Henry Asquith. We asked them questions about militancy, force feeding, the suffragists and peaceful campaigning, as well as Henry Asquith's views on the suffragette's tactics. 

What have Lancashire been doing?


Week 1 and 2

In English, we are continuing to learn about the Suffragettes. We have  learnt the differences between the actions of suffragettes and suffragists. After learning about Emmeline Pankhurst and her actions, we decided whether there was enough evidence to convict her or not. We needed to choose a side and defend our reason. We enjoyed having a debate and supporting our side!


In maths, this week we have been comparing and ordering fractions. We have been doing this by using denominators and common numerators and using bar models to help us visualise them. We then started to make number pairs with fractions and have been adding and subtracting them.  


In history this week, we looked at the impact of the suffragette movement upon society today. With a particular focus on recent elections, from the past two years. We discovered that only 64% of Women chose to vote in the last general election. Would those who protested for suffrage be content with this percentage?

Term 3



This term, we are learning about The Suffragettes. We are taking a close look at how the Suffragette movement has affected our lives today and how women can vote. We will be looking at how class discrimination has changed over the last 100 years and what rights people have now compared to what they had before.

We will be holding interviews, debates and writing pieces which allow us to relive the time when women had no right to vote. Who has helped to change the way we live now? Who is responsible for starting the Suffragette movement? What would life be like during that time? What would life be like now, if the Suffragette movement did not happen? 



In maths this term, we will be learning about fractions. To start, we will be converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, before moving on to finding equivalents, comparing and ordering fractions. We will then move on to adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.  



Properties and Changes of Matter. This will include Comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Understanding that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and being able to describe how to recover a substance from a solution. Using knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. Able to give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.



In Art, the focus this term will be Islamic Geometric Art.

In religious Islamic art, Muslims do not draw human figures or animals because the Qur'an teaches that only God should be worshiped. Islamic religious artwork does include human and animal images.In religious Islamic art, geometric designs, floral designs and calligraphy are all commonly used.  The beautiful geometric designs create the impression of unending repetition, which is believed by some to encourage the contemplation of the infinite nature of God. One pattern commonly used by Islamic artists is called "arabesque." Arabesque uses intricate patterns of leaves and flowers. These patterns were common in wooden carvings, stone reliefs on buildings, textiles, and in decorated books. Islamic artists also used geometric patterns called "tessellation" and artistic writing called "calligraphy" in their design.



How can following God bring freedom and justice? We will be discussing; what is the value of the ten commandments in today’s society? How can all people bring peace and justice to the world?



After our work in French over the past few terms on Healthy Eating and Instruments. This term we looking at the En route pour l’ecole 'Road to school'. 

Je traverse la rue – I cross the road

Je tourne – I turn

Je vais – I go



PE this term Lancashire will be discovering Football, dribbling, passing, shooting and most importantly always finding space. As well as the continuation of Swimming on a Thursday Morning.



We will be looking at the impact of the Suffragist and Suffragette movement in today's society and investigating how much life has changed. 

Week 6


This week, Year 5 have been publishing our amazing suspense stories which we wrote last week! We carefully chose illustrations which suited our story and used our neatest handwriting and presentation. We have also finished our class book 'Town is by the Sea' and we have discussed it and reviewed it. 



In Maths, we have begun looking at multiples, factors and prime numbers. We have been using multi-link and to help us find out what a prime number is and some of us investigated square numbers. Some of us completed mastery tasks investigating prime numbers - some of us found this tricky!

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In French this term, we have covered Healthy Eating. We have learnt the names for certain foods and created a healthy lunchbox with French descriptions. 

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Week 5

In English, Year 5 have continued writing their suspense story based on a coal mine collapsing. We have been slow writing by writing one paragraph each day and then editing and uplevelling that paragraph. This has meant we have been thinking carefully about the content of the paragraph alongside our plan. We needed to make sure we have our build up to our problem to ensure the suspense is there. 


In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction with numbers up to 1,000,000. We have been looking for differences in word problems. Some of us have been using number cards and other maths resources to help support us. We have been loving the mastery tasks which we complete independently or in a group! 


In Geography, we became environmentalists and have studied the impact of pollution on rivers and how it can affect the local area as well as the potential global impact. We have had mini debates and discussions about what the right and wrong thing to do is.

Week 4

In English, Year 5 have been planning and writing a suspense story based on our class story. The suspense story is based on a coal mine collapsing whilst we are hard at work. We have got into role by using drama to really think about how our character would react to the problem. We are focusing on ‘show not tell’ and using body language to describe how our character feels rather than just saying. This is much more effective and so far our stories are fantastic!

In Maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction with numbers up to 1,000,000. We have been looking for differences and totals, whilst comparing numbers. 

In Science we have been investigation forces, looking at the impact they have on cars travelling down a ramp. With each class producing their own tests, which we will then be comparing our results.

In Maths this week we have finished our first topic, place value, in Maths No Problem! We have been doing lots of challenges in maths lessons this week before moving onto the next topic, addition and subtraction. 

Week Three


In English this week, we have been exploring what it would be like to be a coal miner. We worked towards writing a free verse poem as a group by imagining how the miners would feel when they were at work in the mines, as well as what they would be able to see, hear and touch.




In English we have been exploring what it would be like to be a coal miner through our text Town is by the Sea. We worked towards writing a free verse poem as a group by imagining how the miners would feel when they were at work in the mines, as well as what they would be able to see, hear and touch. We have also been writing persuasive letters to the management of a coal mine, to encourage them to think more carefully about the safety of their coal miners. 



This term we will be continue to be following the Maths No Problem scheme. We shall be looking at Place Value, Addition and Subtraction with numbers up to 1,000,000. This will be alongside cross-curriculum use of Maths within science, computing and beyond.



In science this term we will be looking at forces. We will be conducting an experiment to determine what will affect the speed and control of a cart down a ramp. This will involve looking at different materials for the ramp, height of the starting point of the ramp. We will have to decided how to conduct the experiment, create a hypothesis as well as determining what is a fair test.


In RE this term we will be delving into understand ‘Who is God?’ We shall be looking into the Bible, Worship Songs and philosophical text, to gain an understanding of the God whom Christians worship.



PHSE- On the Life Bus, we learnt all the body parts. There was a model which lit up as we talked about it. We watched a video clip about how to be kind and to tell the truth about how we are feeling.  Elizabeth Vidler Lancashire 5


Week Two

Well done to all the children who brought back their mustard seed plants that they had grown over the summer, and congratulations to Jasper for growing the tallest plant! 

In Lancashire 5, this week we have started looking at our class text for the term, 'Town Is by the Sea'. We learnt about the author Joanne Schwartz. We recreated being coal miners going down into the mine. We thought about our journey from leaving the house in the morning to arriving at work and how we would be feeling on the way.



Week one

This week in Lancashire 5, we will become Travel Agents. We will be using our persuasive techniques to advertise our holidays to a mystery location somewhere out of this world... We will need to use our communication, teamwork and mathematical skills to ensure we are providing the best holiday package to our new clients. We will require our artistic skills to inspire our clients and allow this new company to flourish. 


Will you join us for the holiday of a lifetime?

Year 5 Curriculum Overview