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Welcome to year 5

Welcome to Asteroid Class!




The adults that work in Asteroid Class are Miss Hancock and Miss Sutton 


The Learning Experience is called Bridge that Gap!



The children will be visiting Universal Studios in Watford to explore the magical world of Harry Potter. This is linked into their English topic where they will be exploring portal stories and looking at the ‘bridge’ between their world and a fantasy world.



Having learnt about types of bridges and how they are planned and constructed, the children will design and build their own bridges to meet a given design brief. Parents are invited to come in for a class sharing assembly on Thursday 20th December at 2.45pm.


Take home task:

Choose from one, or even more of the following:

Otherwise, choose something of your own – get creative!

  • A carefully drawn illustration or painting of a bridge.
  • A model of a bride – made from a material of your choice.
  • Photographs you have taken of a range of bridges in your local area.
  • Conduct some research - present using ICT, or via a poster of some kind.
  • A PowerPoint presentation about how bridges have changed.
  • A narrative story set on or under a bridge.
  • A bar chart or line graph, comparing heights of different bridges.

Hand in date: Friday 14th December 2018


Week 2:

To start this experience, the children will immerse themselves in a fantasy world. They will then explore the genre features of stories that take them through ‘a door into another world’ – or a portal. In science, they will review their knowledge on the forces around them and how they are measured, using force meters and practical investigations. This will extend to identifying the direction of forces. During maths, the children will be developing their understanding of division and multiplication, including multiples, factors, prime, square and cube numbers. For their learning experience, the children will be introduced to bridges and structures and working as a team they will build structures and understand the principles for making them strong.


Week 3:

In English, the children will continue their initial journey exploring the sense, purpose and structure of portal stories. During science and DT, the children will investigate different types of bridges, their purpose and through exploration, will learn about tension, compression and shear in relation to forces acting on bridges. Attention in maths will turn to multiplication and how this knowledge will impact upon division. Problem solving will form a significant proportion of our maths work, as we help the children develop their fluency skills.


Weeks 4 & 5:

As part of the writing process, the children will be closely reading extracts from classic texts, such as The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland this will help to bridge response to style in the children’s own creative writing. The children will now be at the stage of designing their own bridges using their previous learning. In response to a challenge, children will work in pairs to come up with a design specification and plans of how they will make their bridge. They will produce detailed drawings as they prepare to build. Following their work on forces and bridges, the children will use construction kits (K’nex) to build models of different types of bridges. As part of this group engineering, the children will be required to evaluate the effectiveness of their bridges and suggest developments. During maths, the children in Year 5 will continue developing their written methods for all four operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also continue to build on the children’s ability to reason – when they solve problems which relate to fractions.


Weeks 6 & 7:

After spending the past week writing their own portal stories based around the texts read the children will be experiencing all things magical with their hook – a trip to Harry Potter world. Their learning experience will be coming to a close as the children in Year 5 will use the knowledge they have developed through problem solving and reasoning to solve multi-step problems, including shape and angle work. This will be a huge mental and practical challenge! In the final weeks, the children’s knowledge of types of bridges, how they are constructed and the forces that act on them in different ways will be developed. They will be making and evaluating their own bridges, and the capacity of their  bridges to hold certain weights. Following this, the children will produce detailed information texts which related directly to how different bridges are suitable for different tasks.


During this experience, the children will further develop their programming skills. They will use Logo software to decompose a problem into smaller parts to design an algorithm for a specific outcome. Throughout this, they will continue to develop a greater understanding of how to use the internet safely.


How you can support your child at home:

  • Take the opportunity to talk about bridges and their uses
  • Share and enjoy a book and/or film from the fantasy genre.
  • Learn tables facts up to 12 x 12
  • Ensure that your child reads as often as possible and has the opportunity to discuss their reading with you. Please could you ensure this is recorded in their reading record.
  • It is also beneficial for children to hear someone else read a text, above their own reading level.
  • Help them to learn their weekly spellings and ensure they understand their meaning.






Miss Hancock




Year 5 and 6 Spellings

Don't forget to use the 'HIT THE BUTTON' website. Here you can:


  • rehearse multiplication tables
  • division facts
  • doubles
  • halves
  • square numbers
  • factors and prime numbers



It's Hook time, so there are a lot of Hooks taking place over the next two weeks!