Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Staff: Mr Jacob, Mr Phillips & Mrs Jenks

Our exciting research projects for this year will be:

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence √



Beast Creator

Alchemy Island

Time Travellers


Year 5 – General Information

P.E Information

Year 5  P.E. lessons will take place on TUESDAY and THURSDAY. 

They must wear a full Malvern Primary School P.E uniform.  This includes:

  • White T-shirt (plain white or white with Malvern badge)
  • Green shorts Black / grey pumps

If the weather permits, children may bring an outdoor P.E. kit into school along with their normal P.E kit.  This includes:

  • White T-shirt (plain white or white with Malvern badge)
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Jumper or jacket
  • Trainers

Children should have their P.E kit in school everyday.


Reading and Homework

Children should read four times a week and record this independently in their school planner. This should then be signed off by an adult.  This can be any book/magazine they wish that is of the correct standard.  Some children may have books suggested to them by their teacher to make sure they are of the correct level.

Children should have access to their planners in school every day.  It is the children’s responsibility to make sure their planner goes home at the end of each day to record their reading / homework, and comes back into school the next day.  If they forget their planners, their reading should be recorded on a piece of paper and brought into school.

Children will be given a spelling list to complete each week. These will be sent home every Friday to be returned (and tested) the following Wednesday and should be used as an opportunity to learn spellings rather than just copy them out! Other homework tasks will be sent home by the class teacher as and when required.


Independent Learning Tasks

Choose three of the following exciting activities to complete at home this half term.  Projects are due in on the Monday of the final week of the term.

  • Keep a Moon diary over the course of a lunar month.  Draw the shape of the Moon each night, finding out and recording the correct term for each lunar phase.
  • Use non-fiction books, astronomy magazines and the web to find and record amazing facts about space.  Create a space scrapbook using your facts and downloaded images.
  • Visit your local library and search for space-themed books.  These could be non-fiction, novels or poetry books.  Write a review of your favourite to display in the library or school.
  • Search the night sky and try to identify the Moon, stars or even some of the other planets in the Solar System such as Venus or Mars.  Use binoculars or a telescope if possible.  You might also be able to use an app which will help you to locate the position of the stars.
  • Imagine…an alien space ship has crash landed in your back garden.  Write a story about what happens next.  You may want to borrow ideas from space stories or films you know well.  Remember to use powerful vocabulary to bring your story (and your alien) to life!
  • So far, 24 astronauts have visited the Moon.  Find out their names, download pictures and record interesting facts about them.
  • Write a letter of application to the UK Space Agency to become an astronaut.  What personal qualities or skills would you need to carry out this role?
  • Write a film review of a space-themed film that you have watched with your family.  Some great films to choose might be ‘Wall-E’ (U), ‘ET’ (U), ‘Star Wars’ (PG) or ‘Apollo 13’ (PG).  How many stars would you award your film?
  • Design and create an astronaut space helmet or alien headwear using junk materials.  Bring it to school and take part in a space-inspired fashion parade!
  • Teach your family the order of the planets in the Solar System using a mnemonic of your own creation, then test them! Have they remembered correctly?
  • Using non-fiction books and online research, find out the names of some of the best-known star constellations.  On a clear night, try to identify them.  Draw diagrams of those you have spotted.  Do you think the names they have been given suit them?
  • Make a 3D model of the Solar System which displays all of the planets in order.


Curriculum Topics

Read all about our latest curriculum projects below:



Journey through space…the final frontier! Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity … and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs.

Then it’s three … two … one … BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?


5TJ Creative Writing Competition

The Task:

The children were given just 45 minutes to create their own piece of creative writing, in whichever genre they wanted, based on a stimulus picture called ‘Rocket on the Moon’.


First prize wins 300 house points, second prize wins 200 house points, and third prize wins 100 house points.

Check out the winners below:

Writing prize pieces


Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deadly ‘Great Pestilence’ is here! 

Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to King and country!

Rouse your troops with the promise of a bloody battle and violent jousts.  Read and write historical accounts, poems and tales and discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body. And if you smell a rat, my friend, get out of here!

Our terrifying topic will provide curriculum coverage of the following subjects:

  • History
  • English
  • Computing
  • D.T.
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
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