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'Learning to change the World' 'Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
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Key Information

5CC have outdoor P.E. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

5CC's entrance and exit point is to the left of the school reception.

Year 5 Curriculum Map 2022-23

Term 6

This term, we are finishing off our enquiry with explored Earth and what makes it unique. We are then going to be investigating the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality. The focus of our learning will focus on the question "Why are so many children prevented from going to school?" Our ambition for this term will be to create a song or rap about the hardships faced in countries which result in less opportunities for quality education. Alongside this enquiry, our writing will be based on the book 'The Magic Pencil' which tells the story of Malala Yousafzai.  Please check our class page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Being Scientist - Reproduction of plants 

Today we have been looking at how plants reproduce. To support our learning, we went out to the allotment and observed the plants and their key features. From here, we came back into the classroom and thought about the key features and what part each part of the plant plays. We labelled the plant and identified the reproductive parts of a flowering plant 

We are Being Musicians

Today we started our music by listening to music and singing to music. We thougth about beat, pulse and tempo. Here is our first effort at the song!

Being a Theologian - RE Day!

Today, we have been thinking about 'Heroes of Faith'. As part of this, we had a talk from a member of the local Gurdwara. From this, we created some exciting art work ready for an art competition! 

We are being Athletes: This week we have been applying our transferable skills, that we learned from cricket, in rounders. During our sessions, we are learning to change the world by staying active and being mentally healthy by playing and having fun through sport. In this particular lesson, we were practising our batting and fielding skills. Here are some of us in practise!

Ambition: What makes Earth, Earth?

This afternoon, all of Year 5 held an exhibition in the hall to answer our enquiry question: 'What makes Earth, Earth?' To answer this question, we made a range of things including songs, games, non-chronological reports, 3D models, fact sheets and more! We really enjoyed sharing our amazing learning and we can now see just how lucky we are to live on this wonderful planet.

Being an artist - Visit to Mangotsfield Secondary School

This morning, we were invited to Mangotsfield Secondary School where we were able to create Mehndi inspired hand-shaped bowls. We really enjoyed our taster session at Mangotsfield and lots of us are interested in exploring this school more. We can't wait to see the outcome!


Being an athlete - Outdoor Adventures and Activities

To begin our OAA PE lessons, we focused on team work. We know teamwork is extremely important in our every day lives. We were given the task to create letters using our bodies. Our classmates then had to guess which letters we had made.


Miss CJ then set us a challenge and asked us to work with another group to create word using our bodies. We had so much fun and didn't realise how bendy some of our class mates are! 

Term 5

Knowledge organiser: What makes Earth, Earth?

Now that we have finished our enquiry which explored why the Mayans disappeared, we are now ready to begin our next exciting enquiry, 'What makes Earth, Earth?'. Throughout this enquiry, we will be exploring the Solar System and the planets that make this up, we will be learning about day and night, human and physical characteristics of countries and how these relate to where people decide to settle. As well as this, we will be exploring the artist Kathe Kollwitz and using her style of line drawing to help us replicate what Earth looks like from Space. Alongside this enquiry, we will be exploring Global Goal 11 which looks at sustainable cities and communities. As well as this, our class book, 'Phoenix by SF Said' will be used as inspiration in some of our writing tasks. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Being a Theologian - Visit to a Gurdwara

As part of of RE learning, we have been delving in the religion of Sikhism. Today, we were fortunate enough to visit a Gurdwara, a place of worship for the Sikh religion. We were amazed by how large it was (and it was classed as one of the smaller ones compared to the others around the world!) We spoke about the Langar which is where everyone gathers to eat together. Their food is vegetarian so everybody can eat it and everyone sits together on the floor so a clear message of equality is portrayed. We then went upstairs to the room where they pray and play music. Again, we were very lucky to be shown some of their music. We had such a great time and learned so many things!

Being an Athlete - cricket

This term in PE, we have been learning how to play cricket. To start, we first looked at different throwing and catching techniques. Next, we looked at batting techniques and how to hold the bat correctly. After a few sessions of combining the batting, throwing and catching skills together, we play games against one another. We had so much fun! 


The Celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III 

Today, we celebrated the upcoming coronation of King Charles III by creating crowns and bunting. We thought carefully about the jems that we used. We even made a quiz to test others on their understanding of King Charles III and this contained lots of interesting facts about him.

Being an Athlete - athletics

This term we are practising all things althleitcs. This week were thought about our reactions in running and passing the baton in relay races. 

Being Scientists - Planet exploration

This morning, we have been exploring the Solar System and the planets within it. We have be exploring these planets in great detail and have learned lots of exciting facts about them!


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M-Shed Trip

Today, Year 5 had a wonderful trip to the M-Shed in Bristol. During our trip, we learnt all about the history of the Bristol docks and how these were used for trade, famous Bristolians and what they were known for, World War 2 and how this impacted Bristol and so much more!

Easter in a Box

To start off our new term, we had a morning with Regan from St Stephen's Church. He told us all about the Easter story and the key events. We got to make our own Easter story boxes to help us remember what happened in the story.

Term 4

Why did the Mayans disappear?

We will be beginning this term by continuing our exploration around the Mayans and the mystery of their disappearance. We will be continuing to consider how the Maya left their mark on us today through art, mathematics, literacy and democracy too.

Being a Orator: 

Today we shared our learning with our peers from 3HN. We got to share all of our amazing learning so far this year. 

Being an Athlete: 

This term we have been focusing on our hockey skills. During this session, even though it was raining, we applied all of our skills to match play. 

RockSteady Concert!

This afternoon, we were lucky enough to watch a rocking concert hosted by some of our very own musicians! We really enjoyed the show!

Airbus Visit - Paper Planes!

We were extremely lucky to have been able to take part in an amazing workshop held by Airbus. We learnt all about the different types of planes made by Airbus. Did you know a plane built by Airbus takes off every 1.5 seconds? We also learned how a plane works and the different parts of a plane and where they are made in the world. Then to make top it off, we got to make our own paper planes which we then took to the sky on the playground! We had so much fun and will remember this experience for a very long time! 

5CC vs 5ZB

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Being an Athlete!

This term for indoor PE, we are learning how to play handball. This is a mixture of basketball, American Football and netball. In our first lesson, we watched a short clip of a match being played so we had an idea as to what it was we were building up to. We then focused on throwing and catching skills. At the end, we then played a mini game to see how our skills had developed so far. 

Being a Reader!

We have partnered up with 4HT to be reading buddies and are sharing our love of books with other children in the school. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will be reading to them (and hearing them read) after lunch and discussing our books with them. It has been lots of fun getting to know children in a different year group and developing a love of reading across both classrooms

Term 3

Why did the Mayans disappear?

This term, Year 5 will be going on a Mayan adventure, travelling back to the Maya civilisation. We will be using our historian skills to explore this famous civilisation, considering their legacies, laws and democracies and how these have impacted us in present day. We will be using our geographer skills to locate and explain where and why Mayan people settled. As well as this, we will be using our artist skills to create 'day of the dead' inspired masked. Finally, we will be using our writing skills to create our ambition which will be an orally presented newspaper report which explains why the Mayan civilisation disappeared!

Middleworld by J&P Voelkel

Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading the book Middleworld by J&P Voelkel. This book tells the story of fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, who is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. However, things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished! We will be using this book to inspire our writing which will be exploring the use of embedded clauses, direct speech and reported speech.


This term, we are working on our netball skills. Today, we worked on our team work and passing skills in some mini-matches! We have already seen a big improvement in lots of our skills and we can't wait to work on them even more!

Science experiment 

In our science lessons, we have been looking at States of Matter. We have learned there are 3 different types of matter: solid, liquid and gas. To deepen our learning and understanding, we planned and carried out a science investigation. The question for our investigation was 'Do all types of chocolate have the same melting point?'. We had one square of milk, white and dark chocolate which we put into three separate tin foil cases. We then paperclipped the tin foil cases to the inside of a take-away tray. Miss CJ then came around and poured in boiling water. To carry out the investigation, we had to monitor the temperature of the water and how long it took for each piece of chocolate to melt. We really had to use our concentration skills to ensure we read the thermometer really carefully. We noted our results down into our tables so we could compare them afterwards and draw up a conclusion. We really enjoyed carrying out this investigation and cannot wait to do more. It was also very tricky not to be tempted to eat the chocolate as it smelt so good!

No Pens Day!

Today is no pens day and we have been working on our oracy skills all day. We have discussed many important issues, worked on our team work skills and understood the meaning of evaluating. 

RE - Visit to St Stephen's Church

To help answer our question 'If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?', we visited St Stephen's Church. When we walked in, we were asked to sit down and we all discussed why we thought people came to church. We came up with ideas such as to pray, to get together as a Christian Community and to be forgiven for our sins. We spoke about how God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and even though God is a spirit, how did we know he was still around. Filip was asked to put a blindfold and walk to the front. This was to show us how something can happen or be there even if we can't see it.  After, we explored the church to help us think of any questions we might have. We really enjoyed our visit to the church and felt we learned so much. 

Indoor PE  - Gymnastics 

This term in PE we are going to be developing our gymnastic skills. To begin the lesson and warm ourselves up, we played stuck in the mud as this would help us to focus on our balancing skills and core muscles when we were 'stuck in the mud'. After this, we got into pairs or trios and sat on a mat. Miss CJ showed us a clip of a gymnast performing a gymnastic pose called 'frog stand'. The gymnast made it look a lot easier than it was but that didn't stop us from trying. We made sure we encouraged our friends and worked together to improve the pose each time. The next pose we looked at was called the ' Y stand'. Again, this was fairly tricky as it meant we had to stand on one leg whilst holding the other leg in the air completely straight. We really enjoyed our first gymnastics lesson and can't wait for our next session!

Term 2

Were the Vikings vicious or victorious?

This term, we will continue to learn all about our enquiry question which explores the Vikings. During this term, we will be delving into some Viking-inspired art, Viking settlements and working on our debate skills in preparation for our ambition which will be a debate held in front of parents and carers.


Christmas in a Box!

With Christmas time drawing so near, we had a special visit from Lisa. Lisa told us the Christmas Story and from the story, we then chose a key event which we would then use to design our own Christmas Box. We had so much fun getting into the Christmas spirit!

Football competition

We have been very lucky as we were able to take part in a football competition with some of the PE coaches from Mangotsfield School. We were put into our houses and we then had to dribble the footballs between the cones. The quickest team won and if any players missed cones and didn't go back to replay those cones, points were deducted! Considering how cold it's been we warmed up very quickly!

Rocksteady concert

This afternoon, the whole school was lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful concert hosted by Rocksteady. In this concert, we got to listen to some amazing singers, drummers, keyboard players and guitar players too and we were so impressed with what we heard!

Outdoor PE- Football!

This term, we are taking inspiration from the World Cup in our outdoor PE sessions. We are working with Sporting Chance to develop our football skills so that we can aspire to be in the World Cup one day too!

Bristol Old Vic Production 

We would like to say a massive thank you to the PTA for organising a wonderful production from the Bristol Old Vic. We really enjoyed our afternoon watching the play and admired the set, actors and costumes. 

No Pens Day!

Today, we worked on our oracy skills all day and did all of our learning without using a pen! In maths, we used the story of Pezzettino to carry out some work on addition, subtraction, fractions and percentages. We had to think carefully about how we could calculate these problems because of the different sizes of our Pezzettino figures.

Term 1

Learning Overview

Enquiry Overview: Were the Vikings vicious or victorious?

Viking Boy


Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading the book Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. This story is an action-packed blend of historical adventure and fantasy for junior readers; a blast of uncensored Viking adventure. We will be using this book as inspiration for diary entries, letters, character descriptions and setting descriptions as well as some of our artwork.

Being a Theologian - Today we shared 4AH's Havest Celebration at St Stephen's Church. We thought about other's needs and being humble by sharing when other's are not as fortunate as ourselves. 

St Stephen's singing at Church

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Oracy learning- Article 4 Access to Education

This week we have been learning all about oracy, which means learning to talk through talk! We've been trying lots of different ways to communicate effectively.

Engage Day! Article 4 Access to Quality Education

As part of our engage day, we took part in a Viking workshop where we learnt lots of interesting facts about Vikings, explored some Viking weapons and armour and even re-enacted a Viking burial!