Blue Bell Hill

Primary School

0115 915 1161 •

Gordon Road • Nottingham •
• Nottinghamshire • NG3 2LE •

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Throughout the term we will be aspiring to be like our school captains: resilient, reflective, resourceful and reciprocal. The values of these four captains are instilled into all that we do, and the children are encouraged to incorporate these traits in their learning.



All of our writing this term will be focused around the book “The Explorer” by Katherine Rundell. This book is about a group of children who crash-land in the Amazon Rainforest. As well as practising our reading skills in a variety of different ways, we will be taking all writing opportunities from this text. We will be writing diary entries as a character from the book, newspaper reports, as well as writing our own narratives about living in the rainforest. We will be practising our spelling, grammar and punctuation skills continuously throughout the term while we are writing.



In Maths, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages and using our understanding of these concepts in a range of different forms. This will be done through practical activities and challenges. Year 5 have so far concentrated on the four operations and developing a deeper understanding of applying these – this will continually be revised throughout the academic year.



In science this term, we will be learning about properties and changes of materials. We will be looking at how to group materials and understanding how things change based on temperature, combining with other materials and how things can be separated again. Within this, we will learn about reversible and irreversible changes. In addition to this, we will be linking our Science Week learning with our topic work.



In year 5 this term our topic is Pathfinders. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning in depth about South America and Europe. They will discuss and evaluate the similarities and differences between the landscapes across these two areas of the world. In addition to this, they will learn about exploration within these continents, how culture has changed throughout history and the vast range of habitats within individual countries.


We will continue to send out weekly spellings, to be tested every Friday. These spellings are uploaded onto Spelling Shed, which each child has a log in for. We will also be taking the Superhero times table tests every week. Reading diaries are checked every Tuesday morning.