Year 5 - click here  for powerpoint from Secondary Transition information evening.


Our first Summer term finished in a whirlwind of excitement on our Year 5 residential trip.  As is traditional for residential trips here at HPS, the sun shone it's very brightest and we had the most amazing weather!  The children (and staff!) had a brilliant time running around the South Downs National Park, eating delicious food and staying in lovely accommodation.  Here are just a few pictures of some of our exploits:





Our learning this term has also been quite exciting!  In  English we wrote some thrilling mystery stories and learned how to achieve a goal through the art of persuasive writing!

The focus in Maths lessons has been on geometry this term.  We have practiced identifying and measuring different types of angles and investigated the properties of regular and irregular polygons.  We used these properties to find missing lengths and angles as well as to help us identify and construct 3D shapes from their nets.

We have completed some lovely artwork in Topic to illustrate our learning about the Maya Civilisation.  We based our drawings on those of Frederick Catherwood, the artist best known for his detailed drawings of the ruins of the Maya Civilisation.  We have also learned about the Maya gods and beliefs as well as the Maya number system.  We shall continue with this topic in the second Summer term.

In Science our topic of Properties of Materials and Changes has once again given us great scope for practical experiments.  We enjoyed finding out which materials made good thermal and electrical conductors and insulators.  We also investigated which changes were reversible or irreversible, including looking at whether materials could be separated by filtering.





Well, the first term of this year has absolutely whizzed by! Thank you to all of the parents who visited us for the mid-year target reviews to find out how your children are progressing with their learning.  We will see you again in May when we report on how the children perform in the CATs tests that they will sit in April.

In English this term the children have had great fun looking at play scripts, and in particular Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s writing really captured the children’s imaginations and they enthusiastically took on roles from this play and performed to their classmates.  This complete immersion in the play helped the children to re-write their own version of a scene.

In Maths our focus has been on exploring fractions.  We realised how useful an excellent knowledge of our times tables is, and in particular the ability to quickly recognise factors and multiples.

Our new Topic for the term was the Tolpuddle Martyrs.  The children were very interested in the story of the six men who are credited with being the founders of modern day trade unionism.  They  were particularly fascinated with the harsh punishments of the age and the ordeals experienced by the men during their transportation to Australia.

In Science we begun our forces topic with a look at gravity and air resistance.  We planned and carried out an investigation to explore the effect of air resistance on parachutes of different sizes


As some of you will have seen in Mother Teresa Class’ assembly, in PSHE we have been looking at business and this linked with our fantastic trip to Kidzania.





We hope you have had a relaxing October half term and are rested and ready to enjoy the forthcoming festive term!

 Before we get too excited about this term though, a quick catch up on what we were up to at the end of last term. 

In English we designed our own Cracking Contraptions (for all you Wallace and Gromit fans out there!) and used lots of features such as temporal and causal conjunctions, modal verbs and relative clauses to explain how they worked. 

In Maths we had fun collecting data to plot on line graphs.  We recorded our pulse rate for 1 minute intervals whilst jogging on the spot.  It was hard work but got the blood pumping to our brains nice and early in the morning!!

In Computing we completed the 'We are game developers' unit of our learning having created some well thought out, simple games that actually worked using the Scratch program!


In Topic we learned the story of the Trojan Horse and created our own Trojan horses.  Lots of patience (as well as lots of lolly sticks and cardboard boxes) were required!



Our topic of Ancient Greece continues this term. We will be studying all aspects of ancient Greek history and daily life in detail, and will be making comparisons between modern day and ancient civilisations.

 If you want to help your child with this learning, the British Museum has a fantastic Ancient Greece exhibition. You can also find lots of information on their website by following this link:

 British Museum



Below are the list of year 5 key spellings for the year. Please use them to support your children with their English.  As requested by many of you at parent consultations, these words can now also be found at the back of your child's home learning books.

accommodate               definite

accompany                    desperate

according                     determined

achieve                         develop

aggressive                    dictionary

amateur                       disastrous

ancient                         embarrass

apparent                      environment

appreciate                    equip (-ped – ment)

attached                      especially

available                       exaggerate

average                        excellent

awkward                       existence

bargain                         explanation

bruise                          familiar

category                      foreign

cemetery                     forty

committee                    frequently

 communicate               government

community                    guarantee

competition                  harass

conscience                 hindrance

 conscious                 controversy

 convenience             correspond

criticise (critic + ise)   curiosity


General Reminders 

  • The class doors will be open from 8.45-9.00am. If your child arrives after this time, please take them to the school office. (School telephone number 01322 663792)
  • The school day ends at 3.30pm. If you are unable to collect your child, please telephone the school office.
  • In year 6 many children begin to walk home from school alone or with friends, we are happy for them to do so (as long as you are!) please could you write us a note if you would like this to happen,
  • The children will be doing PE on Wednesday and Thursday. However, sometimes plans change, so we would ask that children have their PE kit in school everyday please. For the colder months this can include jogging bottoms.
  • Please make sure your child’s water bottle is in school every day and that their name is written clearly on the bottle. Please provide children with a pencil case containing handwriting pen, pencil, whiteboard pen, coloured pens/pencils, rubber, ruler, glue stick and sharpener.
  • Home learning will continue to be given out on Thursday and is to be returned by Tuesday please.