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Year 5



Mrs Khan (Monday-Wednesday), Mr Keohane (Thursday and Friday), Mrs Dunmall and Mrs Samuelson look forward to working with the class this year.


PE: Year 5 P.E. will be on a Tuesday this term.  Please make sure the children have their full kit with them on this day (including tracksuit bottoms and trainers for the autumn term). However, children need a full PE kit from Monday to Friday in case we do an extra lesson or activity.


Library:  In Year 5, our library day is Thursday. We will encourage children to select appropriate books to read independently or a book which you could read with them.


Our final theme of Year Five is WHERE IN THE WORLD? 

Please take the time to read the Curriculum Newsletter for the term.

For HOME LEARNING information, please scroll down to the bottom of this page


On 13th September the Year 5 classroom was taken over by a whole host of mischiefmaking
Big Friendly Giants, Oompa-Loompas and Matildas. 

We began the day with an assembly highlighting the impact Roald Dahl has had on the lives of his readers. We also considered how he has created and adapted a variety of words including 'scrumdiddlyumptious' and 'whangdoodle'; teachers were encouraged to create their own with Mrs Filisetti creating 'huggle' and Mrs Coxell wanting her office to become 'super-tidy-licious'. 

Year 5 fully immersed themselves in The Wonderful World of Dahl. It was GREAT FUN!


To kick-start our Space topic, Y5 and Y6 visited the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. We took part in a Discover Space workshop where we looked at how light is used in telescopes to explore the Universe beyond our reach. We then had time to explore the new interactive zone called Explorer: Space where some of us even dressed up in an astronaut suit. The highlight of the day was the awesome Planetarium where we took part in a show called Our Solar System and Beyond.


Our first Science Week of Year Five focussed on Forces. As our current topic is Space, we looked in depth at gravity and wrote our own explanation texts. Throughout the week we conducted a variety of different experiments testing resistance, friction and balancing forces. We ensured we wrote our investigations thoroughly, creating graphs to support our conclusions.


We have been incredibly impressed with the quality of homework this half term, not only creative very informative. The challenge this half term was to complete a self-lead project on an area of space. We received a variety of different creative pieces: rockets, planets, constellations and even whole solar systems. The children each spoke eloquently about their projects and the information they gained from putting them together. Very impressive!


On Thursday 29th November, Miller's Ark Animals came to school to see the children. This was very kindly been funded by the PTA. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves meeting the animals.

Miller's Ark Animals brought sheep and lambs to cuddle, goats and kids, piglets to tickle, two miniature donkeys, colourful chickens and ducks. We also met a female goose called Douglas! We were told how they look after the animals and some humorous tales too! The children were allowed to join their animals in their pens if they wished to do so and so had a real hands-on experience with the animals.



On Friday 30th November, we were treated to an amazing visit by Brightstorm (our class novel) author Vashti Hardy. We have nearly completed the story so had a wealth of questions about where the inspiration came from, where the title 'Brightstorm' came from and how the story will end (although no spoilers!). 

Vashti really shared the message that anyone can do anything and it's important not to be held back but (perhaps most importantly) not to hold yourself back. 

Ronnie was the lucky one to be chosen to dress up as an explorer, complete with scarf and compass - with Felicity Wiggety's lucky spoon making an appearance. 

We were lucky enough to see Vashti's original map of the continents featured in Brightstorm. She then encouraged us to create our own - which could potentially lead to a piece of writing.

Vashti was then generous enough to stay behind and sign books and answer any burning questions.



The Spring term kicked off with an Athletics competition held at Bracknell Leisure Centre. Fox Hill was represented by Gladys, Mikey, Akhil and several Year 6 children: Lucas, Dale, Ebony, Sophie A, Alfie E, Kelsie. Although we didn't qualify for the finals, all of the children performed brilliantly and were fantastic representatives of the school. Thank you to Mr McBride and Mrs Collins (Sporty Spice) for making this possible.




On Wednesday 16th January, Year 5 were lucky enough to take part in a Good Food Challenge. In true game-show style, the children were put into teams and took part in a variety of quizzes to see what they knew about healthy eating. They had to plan a healthy school lunch box, order cereal based on sugar content and sort foods onto the NEW healthy eating plate. When packing lunch boxes, make sure you have foods from the yellow (carbohydrates), green (fruit and vegetables) and pink (protein- meat, eggs and fish) food groups.


On 23rd January, Frazier and Jack joined Jamie F and Konrad from Year 6 to take part in an inter-schools New Age Kurling competition. This was a totally new sport for all participants and an exciting opportunity to be part of, they had some initial training the previous day to give them an idea of what they needed to do. All four children represented the school brilliantly and were placed an admirable 5th overall. Huge thanks to Mr McBride and Mrs Plumley for supporting the boys.


On 29th (and 30th) January, we were lucky enough to not get one visit from the firefighters, but two! Unfortunately, they got called out for a kitchen fire on the first day so they kindly came back the second day, of which we were super happy as we got to investigate the fire engine and even sit on it! We learnt how the fire service is one of many emergency services, how their kit keeps them safe and we learnt some tips on how to stay safe. Did you know that you are meant to check your fire alarms every week? 


On Friday 1st February the school needed to be closed due to the snow. We hope everyone was able to stay safe inside (and hopefully catch up on some reading and times tables work). 

Straight back to school on Monday 4th!

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4th-8th February was our third Science Week in Year 5, and it focussed on the changes that can happen with states of matter. We spent time considering how these changes can be either reversible (like freezing water) or irreversible (like making a cake). As many children have expressed a great interest in Harry Potter (and as a school, we like to encourage a love of reading) this week was built around a Harry Potter theme. Throughout the week there were a variety of experiments. 

The week involved filtering and separating, creating potions to observe changes of state and chemical reactions, and also looking at the irreversible changes involved in cooking (making Hagrid's Rock Cakes). 


Filtering and Separating Mixtures

Making Potions (chemical reactions and changes of state)

Making Hagrid's Rock Cakes (Irreversible Changes)



From Monday 25th February – Friday 1st March, Fox Hill had a whole-school Healthy Eating Week which included a daily mile as well as lots of other different activities. The week began with Mrs Smith getting everyone moving and thiking about what we put into our bodies, in Monday's assembly.


On Monday afternoon, year five spent some time skipping with Mrs Filisetti. Many of the class had skipped before so the challenge was to count how many times they could skip within a minute (with some reaching over 52 skips!). Then, a more challenging task was to see if skip with others in a group skip with the longer skipping rope. There were many red faces by the end of the activity!


On Wednesday, the focus was to investigate the amount of sugar in everyday foods. The most startling findings were that there is 350g sugar in 1 kg of crunchy nut cornflakes – which worked out at 87 sugar cubes! Also, tomato ketchup has more sugar per 100g than a can of Coke.


On Thursday, Miss Holloway challenged the children to create their own ‘Eat Well’ plates in a more creative activity. Luckily, due to the Good Food Challenge from the previous term, many children remembered which foods came from which sections.


Finally, the week ended with another visit from Roots to Food!


What an excellent week! A BIG THANK YOU to Mrs Smith for organising such an enjoyable week!

Skipping with Mrs F (Monday)

Daily Mile - Supporting Reception and Nursery (Thursday)



On Tuesday 5th March Y5 & Y6 visited Butser Farm to learn a variety of Viking facts and crafts.

Upon arrival, we were able to sit in a replica of an Anglo-Saxon longhouse (which had been built using traditional methods) and learnt about the craftsmanship needed in order to create it.  Did you know that there is evidence that the first "nails" were used in order to secure the beams? 


We then went on to complete a variety of craft activities: chalk carving, wool spinning, wattle fencing, and archeology. 


Using flint and a some of chalk, we carved letters and/or pictures, just like the Vikings may have done.  Did you know you could use a dock leaf to 'paint' the rock green?


Spinning sheep's wool was quite tricky but almost all had a length of wool by the end of the session which we could either tie around our wrists or attach to a zip. This activity was to show how most Viking clothes were created (it must have taken a very long time!). 


Our last two activities were wattling and archaeology.  Using long branches of hazel, we tried very hard to weave between some posts to make a fence - some brute force was needed!


Finally, we were then taught how real archaeologists 'dig' gently and carefully using trowels.


On Wednesday 6th March, KS2 were treated to a very informative lead by Google. The main focus was to reinforce the vitally important message of staying safe online, ensuring no personal information is uploaded onto the internet (unless it’s a secure website) and ensuring we are kind. It was full of exciting challenges and there was a very special appearance from Colin the cat!



On Thursday 7th March we all celebrated the wonderful world of books. Everyone brought in a special prop – this then challenged us to guess which book the prop related to (we had quite a challenge with some which was great!).


As the theme was to ‘Share a Story’, we then focussed on one particular book in class – The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy. Having read the first part of the story, we then had to follow on a write the rest. The stories produced were excellent and contain lots of powerful imagery.


In the afternoon we took part in a World Book Day Emoji Quiz and watched the BBC Live Lesson (and even got Alfie P's question answered – a real highlight!).


Each child left school with a National Book Token, to exchange for one of the £1 books!


In March 2019, during our class Science Week, we were learning about the life cycles of a variety of animals and plants. To make our learning more meaningful, we had caterpillars delivered to our classroom. We will be closely monitoring their progress through their own life cycle to transform into butterflies.


PLEASE have a look at our class blog:

Our butterflies!

During our work on flowering plant reproduction, we mimicked the way bees pollinate flowering plants. In groups, one member had to be a bumblebee, with the rest representing flowers. Sticky notes, representing grains of pollen, were stuck to one of the flowers in their team. The bumblebees’ job was to spread the pollen (sticky notes) to all of the flowers in their team. This showed that all flowering plants need to be pollinated in order to reproduce, and many use insects to achieve this.


Unfortunately, we had to complete this activity inside the classroom as it was too wet and windy outside and all of the sticky notes would blow around the playground (to which some cleverly pointed out would represent wind pollination).


Our Science Week took a flying start today (Monday 11th March) investigating biscuit dunking! Mrs Filisetti began with an engaging assembly introducing the week but also sharing a variety of activities we could then complete in class. 


Back in class, we focussed on: How long can a biscuit last in a liquid of set temperature? 

We discussed the importance of a fair test as well as ensuring our results are accurate. Variables were also considered (independent and dependent). 

Independent Variable (what is changed): the biscuit type

Dependent Variable (what is being measured): how long the biscuit lasts - measured in seconds


Here's the science: Biscuits are largely made of starch molecules (the flour), which are long chains of
molecules. Between them are sugar crystals that stick them together along with some fat
as well. When you put the biscuit in something hot like hot tea the heat melts the fat. Also,
the water soaks into the holes between the molecules and dissolves the sugar. This makes
the whole structure become very weak and the biscuit falls apart. Different biscuits with
different physical properties and dimensions have different "dunking times" - in other
words how long it takes before biscuit-meltdown occurs.

Our second fun-filled day of Science Week also focussed on absorbency, but this time on paper towels. Mrs Filisetti showed us a variety of paper towel adverts, all claiming to be the “best”.


Back in class, we focussed on: How absorbent are (a variety of) paper towels?


Here’s the science:  The capillary action means the water fills the tiny gaps between the molecules of the paper towel.  Capillary action occurs because water is sticky, thanks to the forces of cohesion (water molecules like to stay close together) and adhesion (water molecules are attracted and stick to other substances). ... Dip a paper towel into a glass of water and the water will "climb" onto the paper towel.  This is expected, as the tiny space between paper towel layers helps hold more water. Paper is made of cellulose, which water molecules like to cling to. As a result, paper readily absorbs water. Paper towels are especially absorbent because their cellulose fibres have empty spaces—tiny air bubbles—between them.


On Thursday 21st March, Year Five visited Bracknell Forest Library in the Town Centre. Librarian Sarah Jenkins was kind enough to meet us and discuss the importance of books and even share an extract of 'Fortunately the Milk' by Neil Gaiman. We were then shown where to find a variety of books, using the Dewey Decimal system and even given the challenge to find books from non-fiction animal books to computer-related books. 

It was a great opportunity to see such a wide range of books and read a variety of author's works (and reintroduce ourselves to some much-loved characters some may have forgotten). 

A BIG thank you to Sarah and Bracknell Forest Library for accommodating us. We hope to visit again soon.


On Thursday 21st March, Explore Learning teachers Becka and Nia came in to support the children in their writing and with the Writer's Award competition. 


In this competition, children can enter by writing a creative piece of writing with the theme of "A chance to change the world!". This year the guest judge is Alesha Dixon who has written the Lightning Girl series.


Both Becka and Nia, with their giant story dice, engaged the children and helped develop their ideas. Many of the children focussed on medicine to 'change the world' with some wanting to create one medicine to cure all diseases, creating one medicine to cure both humans and animals and even a medicine that only ever tastes delicious. 


The entries will be collected on Friday 26th April so the children will also have the Easter holidays to complete their writing.



This half term, the homework project took inspiration from World Book Day and required the children to consider what their favourite story is (their current favourite or a favourite from when they were younger). All children were expected to produce a ‘Storybook Shoebox Diorama’ depicting a scene from their favourite story/book/novel.


All children presented their final piece to the class during the last week of the half term. The children shared their shoebox diorama but also shared why they chose the story/book/novel (and read an extract). 


Mrs Cooper was also impressed with the dioramas and asked if she could display some in the library.


Well done Year Five!



As the end of term fast approached, Year 5 have concluded their learning about Vikings with a DT project of designing and creating some beautiful pieces of sculpture – Dragon Eyes!


First, the children write their descriptions, ensuring all detail was clear. Then, the children designed their dragon eyes in their art books, thinking carefully about size, shape, colour and texture.


Finally, the children have used clay and manipulated it to create the shape of a dragon’s eye. Using special tools and techniques to add texture such as scales and eyelids, once the models were dry, they chose pearlescent paint to add colour. The children used their own stories, written a couple of weeks ago, for inspiration. Some superb sculpting skills.


Have a look at some of our creations - they turned out really well! Mrs Coxell was so impressed she asked for them to be displayed somewhere in the school.


We kick-started our 'Where in the World?' topic creating our own globes. In groups of three, we chose a continent which will be the centre of each week's topic lessons. However, first we needed to know where the continent is on a 2D map, and also on a 3D globe. 


Using modroc, each member of the group was able to add a layer to create a solid globe. Next week we will be adding paint!


On Thursday 23rd May, Year Five had an excellent trip to Woburn Safari Park. Due to our 'Where in the World?' topic, we were able to see a vast variety of animals and learn about their distinct habitats. 


As we entered the park, we were greeted by elephants, giraffes, zebras and oryxes (to name a few!) which was very exciting. Then, we went to see the otters who were being fed. 


A huge highlight was travelling on the Great Woburn Railway and stopping at the Alpaca Outpost. We were able to feed the alpaca was an exciting experience. 


Unfortunately, the Sea Lions weren't able to make an appearance for the show but we were still able to watch the 3D show. 


Finally, we had our taught session on animal adaptations. During the session, we were able to feel real skins and learn about cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and royal pythons. 


A very full but very fun day! 


On Friday 24th May, we ended the first half term of the summer with a delicious homework-sharing treat! The children made a fantastic effort in creating a huge variety of tasty treats. We invited Year Two to join us after their week of quizzes which made it extra special.


We had some many countries represented: a Victoria sponge from Great Britain, sushi from Japan, dumplings from Zimbabwe and even a Mongolian rice dish (to name a few). Many of the children tried something new and many reported to enjoying every dish!


Thank you and well done to all those who completed the homework!


On Friday 24th May, we had a very exciting Skype chat with Alastair Humphreys (author of our class text, ‘The Boy Who Biked The World’). Due to a technical hitch, we had to swap classes with Year Six. 


Alastair explained how it was actually himself and his own experiences that inspired the writing of the story. 


Most of the class had prepared some very interesting questions - which Alastair even commented on several times. 

Home Learning

Times Tables: 

Each Monday Year 5 will be taking part in the Times Tables Challenge.  All children start at the first stage.  To move onto the next stage children must complete the challenge in 3 minutes with all answers correct. Children need to know all their multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x table. 

Children can now practise their times tables whenever they want to with TIMESTABLES ROCKSTARS.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

Times Tables Support


The children are expected to read at home 5 times each week. Please make sure you sign their reading record each time you hear them read.  You can also make a comment on their enjoyment and understanding of the book, how fluently they read and any difficulties they experienced, at the end of each book. Don't forget the children can also comment on their own book in the new reading record !The children should bring their book bags to school every morning so that we can monitor their progress. Reading Records will be checked on a Wednesday

Children can now practise their reading comprehension whenever they want to with READTHEORY.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

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Recommended Reading List for Years 5 and 6


All children will get ten spellings to learn every week. The children are given a suggested activity to support them to learn their spellings, these will be stuck in their Spelling Homework Books. Please can their (yellow) Spelling Homework Books be handed back in on a Tuesday. Then the new activities can be stuck in ready for the new spellings to be handed out on Thursday. Children can now practise their times tables whenever they want to with SPELLING SHED.  Please click on the link to practise these vital skills.  Log in details are inside Spelling Homework Books. 

Autumn Term Y5 Spelling List

Summer Term Spelling List

Curriculum Newsletters