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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Welcome to Year 5!


Welcome to our Year 5 page. Here you will find aspects of our academic content, homework, websites for learning and useful information such as trips and forthcoming events. We are looking forward to an awesome year! 

Mr Millington, Mr Brett & Mrs Bush


Literacy and Numeracy

In this section of our web page we will provide regular updates regarding our literacy and numeracy learning. We will endeavour to provide the information before we teach the content so that parents/carers can talk about it with their children if they wish. 



This term the children will be asking BIG questions such as Why is wee yellow? and What would I look like if I didn't have a skeleton? Such fascinating questions, amongst  others, can be found in our class book Why Can't I tickle Myself? Study of this book will ultimately lead to the children planning and writing their own explanatory texts. Later in the term, the children will be considering the strong possibility that other life forms exist somewhere within the cosmos and using this premise to write their own sci-fi alien stories. 


We will be revisiting verbs and using evermore powerful ones in our writing, exploring expanded noun phrases using increasingly adventurous adjectives, playing around with the location of adverbs within  sentences and having as much fun   ( as one can possibly have) with coordinating conjunctions.)


Spelling word lists will be sent home every Monday and should be  learnt using the Look, Say, Cover, Write spelling strategy as part of home learning. The children will be tested on these words each Friday. Please encourage your child to practise the words on a daily basis as this is proven to help children retain spellings in the long term.


This term we will be reading, writing and comparing numbers up to a million,  using negative numbers, and developing mental and written strategies for adding and subtracting larger numbers. Children will be expected to know their times tables fact up to and including 12x12. We would appreciate any help you are able to give your child with the learning  of these facts.

Home Learning


 Every Monday, maths home learning will be set and should be handed in on Friday of the same week. The questions and challenges will  reinforce learning that has taken place during the previous week. 


Please choose any three tasks from the learning wall opposite.

This home learning will be due in this term on the following dates:

Friday 29th September

Friday 13th October

If your child would like to do more of the learning challenges, this is absolutely fine!


Spellings are handed out on a Monday and due in on Friday when we will have a spelling test. 


Curriculum Overview

Here you can find information regarding all other aspects of the curriculum for this term. 


In term 1, our topic is Mysterious Materials. We will be making our own non-Newtonian alien slime,  creating a chemical reaction to inflate a rubber glove, evaporating soft-drinks to calculate their sugar content and investigating the differing densities of solids, liquids and gases whilst making a lava lamps.




We will be writing a pop song based on solids, liquids and gases.

Art and design:

We will be creating a 3D molecular model, looking at the art work of Frederick Edwin Church and creating our own Aurora Borealis art pieces. We will also be creating our own plastic planet Modroc sculptures.




Relationships (Jigsaw)


How to cite a site - to acknowledge a source of information appropriately. 



Here are some photos of us enjoying ourselves at Year 5 camp!