St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Year 5

 Term 1

Year 5 have had a cosmic beginning to the year with our topic of Earth and Space.

We started with a big bang of building rocket capsules to protect an egg on re-entry from launch. The children worked in teams to plan and build their designs; showing off our Star Learning Skills of learning with others. One of the teams even managed to return an egg safely to the playground.

The class loved the text this term (Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce) and used it as inspiration for their own incredible space stories as well as for acting out scenes. From this we then held a debate over whether humanity should colonise Mars; learning a huge amount about the red planet and the dangers of living there. The class have been enthusiastic astronomers over the term as they have come up with all manner of questions about the stars, on top of learning about the orbits of the planets. We have even been making our own video explanations of how theories about the solar system have changed over time using some fancy green screen effects.

We have also been incredibly fortunate to learn how to play the ukulele this term. We have played a whole host of songs from ‘we will rock you’ to ‘shake it off’. The class family has made an impressive start to the year and we are looking forward to continuing to learn so much more.

Term 2

This term year five have been investigating materials and their properties and even managed to make their own bath bombs. In our English, we read the book Floodlands. We imagined what Bristol would be like if it flooded and then created our own stories based on the book.


However the highlight of our term was our class family trip to Kintbury. We spent two nights away from home in beautiful surroundings where we explored the journey to Bethlehem. One evening, we all went on a night time walk to a stable to help us to understand more about the journey taken by Mary and Joseph. We spent time with each other and had the opportunity to be creative through art, drama and song.


When we returned to school, we continued to develop our artistic talents by creating works of art based on the sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy.

Term 3

This term, year 5 have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his amazing feats of engineering. We explored life in the Victorian workhouse, interviewing some inmates, reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty and using powerful descriptive language to create our settings for a story.

In Science, we enjoyed learning about forces and investigating friction in lots of different ways. We used a newton meter to measure forces and we looked at water and air resistance. We even had a go at making paper planes using our knowledge of forces to see who could create the most aerodynamic plane. We flew and evaluated these as we watched the Beluga aeroplane fly over Filton.