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 √


Pharoahs √

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 half term.

  • If you could be an insect for a day, what would you be?  Why?  Where would you live?  How safe would you be from predators?
  • Make a bug’s-eye plan of your classroom or bedroom.  How would things look from high up there on the wall?
  • Read the novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’, then write a book review to share with your friends.  Is it a good read?  Would you recommend it?
  • Find out which flowers and herbs attract minibeasts.  Plant a bulb or a seed in a pot or planter and see who comes to visit.
  • Go on a bug hunt in a local park or woodland.  What will you find?  Can you photograph it?
  • Make a comparison between two minibeasts.  How are they similar?  How are they different?
  • Visit a local museum or nature centre to find out more about minibeasts and bugs.  Make your own sketchbook and record any information you can gather.
  • Use dough or clay to make a replica of your favourite minibeast.  Bring it into school to share with others.
  • Make a minibeast glossary to explain all the specialist vocabulary associated with this topic.
  • Use poster paints to design a beautiful and symmetrical design for a butterfly’s wings.


Curriculum Topics

Read all about our latest curriculum projects below:


Check out our Year 5 Twitter page (@Malvernyear5) for pictures and updates of some of the exciting work we do in class!

Beast Creator

A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks … Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out!  How many legs?  How many wings?  Who does it eat and who eats it?  Can you classify it? Can you draw and make it?

Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery – then watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing the earth as they go!

Discover where in the world you’ll find the most dangerous beasts – scorpions, ants and venomous spiders … perhaps the Vespa mandarina japonica is the one that you fear?

Why not become a ‘Beast Creator’?  Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super-strong aphid.

You’ll be a hero!

But I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.  I don’t know why she swallowed a fly … perhaps she’ll die?


Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt.

Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.

Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!

Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.

Now open the doorway to Ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?



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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