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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 5 2019 to 2020

Welcome to Year 5!

Teacher: Miss Appleyard 

TA: Mrs Wilkinson

Spring 2 Newsletter:

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to school. I hope you have had a lovely half term break and we are looking forward to what the rest of the Spring term will bring. We had a lovely start to the term, after the Christmas break and managed to fit so much in! The children made a fantastic start to their Stargazers topic and it has been great to see so much amazing home learning being brought into school. We had a great start to the topic with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester, which the children really enjoyed. There was so much for them to see and explore. Year 5 then had the pleasure of visiting the Amazon Factory in Doncaster. Not only did we get a fascinating tour around the factory, but Year 5 were also lucky enough to take part in a STEM workshop, focusing on coding. The children loved programming their mini Ozobots. As mathematicians we started work on fractions, which we will    continue to focus on more this half term. The children will also continue to work hard on their times tables and basic skills in their arithmetic sessions on a Friday. To enable the children to access the learning more easily, children are still expected to continue learning their times tables at home, using Maths Shed for their homework. This half-term, the children will continue their space topic and we are looking forward to sharing all of our amazing work with you at the end of the term, in our Stargazers express event. In English, the children will be working hard to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of genres, linked to our topic, including a persuasive letter to NASA, explaining why they would made the best candidate for the newest astronaut.



Swimming— On the last week before half term, Year 5 started swimming at Dearne Valley Leisure Centre on a Wednesday afternoon. These sessions will continue every Wednesday until the end of the school year. Please ensure that swimming kits are brought into school every Wednesday, in a separate bag. Can we also please remind you that Year 5 will return to school at 3:15pm every Wednesday and should be collected from their classroom door, as normal, as the children need to collect all their other belongings which we do not take to swimming.


PE—Please ensure that PE kits are brought into school at the start of each week, as PE slots may vary now that Year 5 have began weekly swimming sessions.


Home Learning Tasks – Your child will receive home work on a Thursday which needs to be completed by the following Friday. This includes: reading 3 times a week at least, practising their spellings on Spelling Shed and their maths skills on Maths Shed. They have also received the Stargazers topic    challenge homework last half term, which can still be completed.


Reading - Children should also be encouraged to read at home each night independently or with an adult. As the children become more confident readers we would like to encourage them to read a variety of different genres and to read books, magazines or comics that they love to read. It would be great to see more children choosing a book which they are really going to persevere with and read from cover to cover. We are really     trying to encourage this in class and would appreciate any possible support that can be given with this!


Thank you for your continued support and here’s to another great half term!


Miss Appleyard & Mrs Langley


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Year 5 School Councillors

Anais Jackson & Joe Little

9.1.2020 NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE - On Thursday 9th January 2020, Year 5 travelled to the National Space Centre in Leicester to hook them into their Stargazers topic. The children had a fantastic day and enjoyed every second of the visit. The visit started with a show in the Planetarium before the children had time to explore all the different scientific areas of the centre. The children had a go at presenting their on weather broadcast, dressed up as stars, sat through the Tim Peake launch experience and so much more. One of the main things they all loved, was climbing the 144 steps to reach the top of the rocket tower. Year 5 had a brilliant day and it was a great way to 'engage' them in their new space topic.

Merry Christmas from Year 5!

Well done to some our Year 5 children who joined some of the Year 6's in singing carols at Frenchgate. They raised a magnificent £699.15 and received some lovely feedback from spectators. Well done to the carolers!

Merry Christmas from Year 5! The children have had a lovely build up to the Christmas holidays; making Christmas cards for their loved ones; opening their class gifts from Santa; visiting church and performing their concerts. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Year 5 Residential - High Adventure

Year 5 travelled to High Adventure in Skipton, on Wednesday 6th November, to complete their Year 5 residential trip. They spent 3 days; climbing, abseiling, canoeing, completing the Labyrinth, completing team building tasks, doing archery, completing low ropes and high ropes courses, zip wiring and doing the leap of faith. It was a very wet, but amazing trip and it was great to see all children showcasing every single one of our Core Values!

Remembrance Day Poppies: As part of a whole school project, Year 5 have used their D&T skills to make their own poppies.

World Mental Healthy Day 2019

On Thursday 10th October, Barnburgh Primary School took part in World Mental Healthy Day. In the Year 5 classroom, KS2 children completed some art therapy. Year 5 then completed some GoNoodle mindfulness exercises. 

Year 5/6 Anti Social Behaviour Talk - 8.10.19

On Tuesday 8th of October, Y5 and Y6 learnt about anti-social behaviour and criminal offences. Anti social behaviour is when other people's actions make you nervous, upset or frightened and a criminal offence is when you break the law. You can be arrested from the age of 10 or over and you might not be in a child's cell, you could be in an adult one. An anti-social could be something such as: egging windows and a criminal offence could be something such as: hedge hopper and damaging property or trespassing.


Written by: Laila Beniston, Anais Jackson & Evie Meakin (Year 5)

Year 5 Harvest Prayer at St Peter's Church - 7.10.19

Autumn Term Topic - Pharaohs 

As part of the 'Develop' stage of their Pharaohs topic, the Year 5's thought about how it was possible for the Ancient Egyptians to build those magnificent pyramids! They then had a go at making their own (much smaller) versions of pyramids using different mediums: cardboard, polystyrene, building bricks, lego and small sticks.

As part of the 'Develop' stage of their Pharaohs topic, Year 5 designed and made their own jug which needed to hold water. They looked at pots, jars and vases which the Egyptians would have used in their homes to carry water and then created their own designs.

As part of the 'Engage' section of their Pharaohs topic, Year 5 baked Egyptian flatbread. Bread was a key part of Egyptian's staple diet. The class made their own piece of flatbread and took it home to taste!

As part of the 'Engage' state of their Pharaohs topic, Year 5 used soap to make their own Egyptian cartouche, like the ones found in Tutankhamun's tomb. They engraved their names on the soap in hieroglyphics, just like Egyptians would have written in.

To start off the 'Engage' section of their Pharaohs topic, Year 5 made their own nemes (an Egyptian headdress), using either blue and gold paint or craft paper. They then had their photpgraph taken, to make it look as though they were wearing their nemes. Expectations:

Homework will be issued on a Friday and should be completed by the following Friday.

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activities                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activities                   
  • Learn the Key Instant Recall Facts for that half term
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week. 


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Year 5/6 Spellings

End of Year 5 Curriculum Expectations

Year 5 Recommended Reading List