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The Lions (Year 5) Mr Barker

Welcome to Lion Class and Year 5!

This year in Lion Class we are fortunate enough to be supported by a number of fantastic adults.  Mrs Schooling, Mrs Balikie and Miss Bishop will be working with the children alongside myself and we are really excited about the many activities and lessons we have planned in order to further the pupil’s learning.

Below is an overview of what we have in store…

Term 1 - Stargazers

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 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 the 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 3, 2, 1, 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?

Term 2 – Gods and Mortals

In this topic we learn how Britain today has been influenced by the Ancient Greeks. We learn how many of our ideas about politics, art, architecture, sculpture, science and philosophy (thinking) and literature (stories) originate in Ancient Greece and understand why Ancient Greece is thought of as "The Birthplace of Western Civilisation." In English we will read exciting legends about Greek Gods (immortals) and heroes including Achilles and the Trojan War and The Adventures of Odysseus. We also listen to fables and myths which teach us how the Ancient Greeks made sense of the world around them and passed along their learning from one generation to the next. We learn about Greek theatre and art; their religion and food; their warriors and battles and the development of both democracy and the Olympic Games. This is a topic the children will never forget!

Term 3 – Alchemy Island

It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.

Term 4 – Beast Creator/Sow and Grow

Learn about the history of food – from eating what we grow locally to importing food from around the world. Learn how an explosion in exploration during Tudor times changed the way we eat forever and decide if our most famous Tudor explorers were heroes or villains. Discover how the American War of Independence changed the direction of British Exploration from West to East and how a second era of colonisation began in India – further changing the things we eat and our cultural heritage.

Learn about the world’s biomes and consider the issues or fair trade, air miles and the benefits of growing your own and buying local! In Science – learn about animal life cycles and design your own beast!

Term 5 – Fallen Fields

Known as 'the war to end all wars' the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.

What started this global tragedy? What was life like for families on the home front as they waited for news of loved ones who were 'missing in action'? How did the soldiers endure the terrible conditions in the trenches? How was a fragile peace finally achieved? We will always remember the fallen.

Term 6 – Scream Machine

Roll up, roll up! You’re going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Testing, testing! Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news! The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death-defying new drop ride for a theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff! Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster!


Our English curriculum is woven in with our topic areas. The lessons cover reading, writing, spelling and grammar, speaking and listening. In year 5 the pupils should be able to build on the firm foundations laid in lower school to develop their skills of fluency, accuracy and understanding in reading and writing. Handwriting should be legible and each child should be able to write in a joined-up style, using a handwriting pen. We would be grateful if you would continue to hear your child read on a regular basis and sign their reading record book when you have heard them read. We also encourage wider reading other than just school books so please encourage them to read any text (book, magazine, manual etc.) which interests them. If you have some spare time and would like to help with reading in school, your child’s class teacher would love to hear from you.


Maths is taught in ability groups. There is an emphasis on mental arithmetic and it is imperative that all children strive to have a sound grasp of all the tables from 2-12. In term 1, we will be extending our knowledge of Number by investigating Place Value, Addition and Subtraction whilst in Term 2 we will be covering Statistics, Multiplication and Division, Perimeter and Area.


We will have a set PE slot allowing for use of the big hall if weather prevents us from completing our lesson outside, however this may change according to other necessary timetable changes. For this reason, the children should have their kit at school at all times and it can be. Please could you make sure your child has a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named. We expect the children to wear the correct school uniform as detailed in the school prospectus, and would ask that this is also clearly named. Thank you.


Homework will be set regularly and is expected to be completed. I hope you will support us with this. It will be given on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday.  Please do let us know if any support is required, we are happy to help where we can.

We also encourage the children to read as regularly as possible.  Reading to an adult, at least, four times a week is encouraged.

Collection at the end of the day

Picking up your children at the end of the day - Year 5 children walk from the upper school block onto the play-ground in the same way they did in Year 4. Should, at any point in the year, your child be allowed to walk home or leave the school site independently at the end of the day, please ensure that the office and class teacher are made aware first.

If you have any further queries or questions do not hesitate to ask. Here’s to a wonderful year!

Mr Barker,

Lion Class Teacher


Updated July 2020