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St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Webpage


 Year 5 Topic - Summer Term   The summer term is always such a busy time of year and 2021 will be no different. We started term with a Shakespeare week, where Year 5 pupils explored The Tempest, prop making and even discovering which plays all the streets of Warwick Gates are named after.  As we embark on a new term, out topic theme is ‘Invaders!’: looking specifically at the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in History with links to the topic through our English, art and DT with some special topic days planned. Details will follow separately.


Our summer term topic is ‘Invaders!’

•The focus is mainly History and a study of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will be teaching a lot of this history curriculum through themed days: more information to follow.
•In English, alongside grammar, punctuation, spellings and reading comprehension, we will be looking at Viking sagas amongst other texts to inform pupils’ writing in many different genres and styles.
•In Maths we will be concluding work on fractions, decimals and percentages, before moving on to angles, geometry and measurement.
•Science –  Properties and changes of materials.
•Geography – Atlas work linked to the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons (and French).
•DT – Sewing linked to the Bayeux Tapestry on a special DT day. More information to follow.
•Music – ‘Dancing in the Streets’.
•ICT – Cryptography – codes and ciphers.
•RE – Christianity: ‘Kingdom of God considering different possible meanings of biblical texts & how Christians put their beliefs into practice. World religions: similarities and differences between beliefs and behaviour in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
•PE activities three times a week with our sports coaches – summer sports and dance.
•ML – We are continuing French using Language Angels.


If your child should need to access the blended learning via their school Welearn email account, details of how to access this are in their home/school diary. Parents/carers have also received an email with this information. Please also watch this video explaining how to access it.

Please remember that you can email the Y5 teaching team through We check this email inbox throughout the day and will respond as soon as our teaching commitment allows us.

Storytime with the teachers on the Learning in Action page...


Mathletics and Study Ladder will continue to be set on a Monday to be completed by the following Monday.

Every week, pupils should also do:

daily reading – pupils should write the book title & the page read up to at least three times a week
practise of spelling list in diary for a test the following week
regular practise of times-tables

Please sign your child’s diary every week.

Important PE information: PE and fitness sessions 3 times per week

All long hair should be tied back for school every day.

Children should wear their outdoor PE kits with purple sweatshirt instead of uniform:

SM7 (Miss McAleese) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

SM8 (Mrs Ellis & Mrs Atkins) – Monday, Tuesday, Friday

SM9 (Mrs Williams) – Monday, Thursday, Friday


Friday’s PE for Year 5 is technically an indoor lesson,

but in the summer term it may take place outside if weather permits.

Break Time Snacks

Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school. Pupils are allowed to bring in snacks of fruit, vegetables, plain bread sticks or cheese to eat at morning break. Thank you for your support with this.

On Wednesday 30th June, Year 5 were visited by the 'Farm on Wheels'. Children had the opportunity to meet a calf, lambs, Indian runner ducks, rabbits, and a guinea pig. 

Year 5 Wales Residential Launch Presentation

Still image for this video

Year 5 wrote letters to Matt Western MP and subsequently took part in a TEAMs meeting with him.

Dancing with Ricky

SM9 Viking Art Day

SM9 spent the day learning about Viking shields. After looking at different symbols and patterns that the Vikings used to decorate their shields, we designed and made our own Viking shield using paint.

We designed and made a patch about us to form a class tapestry. We embroidered our patches using different stitching; running stitch, over stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch. We also included an applique – a piece of material attached to another through stitches.

Science Investigation

Dissolving with a 'Think the Link' activity then trying to sort soluble and insoluble substances.

Blue Peter Green Badge

We would love the Year 5 children to join together in a bid to improve the environment. At the moment, Blue Peter are promoting a new really simple way to earn Blue Peter Green badges. These have the added benefit of free entry for the child in tourist attractions all around the country! Children just need to spend 2 weeks saving water, energy and reducing plastic pollution and you can apply. For further details follow this link:


If at least 20 children from Year 5 successfully gain this badge and we complete a group challenge, we will be able to apply for special certificates to go alongside the badges. We have some excellent art ideas and would love it if you could start collecting plastic bottle tops that the children can get creative with.


There will be assemblies about environmental issues during the Summer term which will make the children feel really proud to have taken part in and project to raise awareness about the steps we can all take in our homes and school.

Active Maths

We went pond dipping and observed animals in their habitats. We found a variety of different creatures including tadpoles, frogs, leeches and more!'

Census Week 2021

Collecting data to create a class census data base in computing. We made the most of the lovely sunshine for some cross curricular maths/ computing!

SM9 exploring the copse and identifying invertebrates!

Thank You Letter

Mila wrote a lovely, thoughtful letter to the NHS thanking them for all their hard work, care and sacrifices they are making. It was shared amongst many people working for the NHS who showed their appreciation for the heartfelt thanks.

Autumn Term Gallery...

Year 5 enjoyed watching these David Attenborough film clips to inspire their writing in English.

Christian Values

Spreading Happiness and Kindness During This Time 

We spend many opportunities at school, through collective worship and personal reflections, looking at how we can support others in line with our school's vision and our Christian values. This resource has a few more ideas that you may choose to do during school closure to bring a little bit of happiness to others, whilst keeping everyone safe. We know so many of you are already doing little things to help already. Please feel free to use this as your family would like to. The suggested activities are for those who live in your household. Just a reminder that this is not set home learning and children do not have to do any/all of the suggested activities but we are sure that the children will enjoy spreading kindness and happiness through these and other ways, as they always do. 



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Our Briar Hill and St. Margaret's vision: 'Flourish as a family, love to learn, make memories, shine!' We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 7th June when all children return after the half term break