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Howitt Primary Community School

Achieve, Care, Enjoy

Year 5



Mr Wylie, Mrs Knowles and Mr Fearn welcome you to Year 5.

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Painter and Mrs Sloman.


This year, our Year 5 children will be learning some very exciting topics!


  • Autumn Term 1 - Identify and Diversity - What Makes Britain Great?
  • Autumn Term 2 - Peace and Conflict - The Vikings


  • Spring Term 1 - Social Justice - The Egyptians
  • Spring Term 2 - Saving our Environment - Fair Trade


  • Summer Term 1 - Our Heritage - Explorers 
  • Summer Term 2 - Our World and Beyond - An American Adventure 



Autumn Term 1


Children in Year 5 have had a fantastic and busy start to the year.

Children had a fantastic time celebrating European Languages Day. Children ate some French snacks and learned about some of the famous artwork that can be found in The Louvre. Children in 5J also had a go at recreating one of the masterpieces.

As part of our Topic, we have been looking at The British Values. We learned about democracy and voted for our School Council Representatives and Class Ambassadors.

We celebrated Dot Day on 15th September. Children in Year 5 created portraits of famous Britons using dots. We are really pleased with the final pieces - here's just a few of them!



Please take a look back at the work from last year below.

Summer Term 2


This term, children have been out in the sunshine and enjoyed a fantastic Year 5 Sports Day. We are so proud of all the children who took part and congratulate them for all of their efforts. The results are as follows:


1st: Chatsworth - 575 points

2nd: Kedleston - 550 points

3rd: Haddon - 525 points

4th: Hardwick - 500 points

The children have enjoyed an explosive start to our Space topic!


We have had lots of fun designing, creating and launching our own rockets. We have also had a visit from a mobile planetarium and investigated how craters are formed. During our first week, we have also discovered interesting facts about the Sun, Earth and Moon and used our outdoor area to explore how far apart things are in the Solar System.

This term, as part of our Space topic, children have been learning all about the first moon landing. Children across the year group scripted and performed a news broadcast showing off just what they had learned.

Spring Term 1


Lockdown has not prevented the children from learning during this term. We have been learning a lot about Rainforests both in school and at home - we have discovered some of the vast amount of species that live in the rainforest and also spent time creating our very own rainforest models in Art and DT.

Rainforest Tour

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We have also been learning about rainforest climates and presented our own weather forecast. 

Summer's weather

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Bobby's weather report.MOV

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Autumn Term 2


We have had a very busy term and learned lots!


WW2 Radio Broadcasts


During this term, we have continued to learn more about World War 2 as part of our Peace and Conflict theme. As part of this, we discovered how the public were informed about war breaking out and wrote our own radio broadcasts that were shared in class.

Chatsworth House


This term, we were very lucky to visit Chatsworth House. Children spent the day exploring the gardens and learning about some of the sculptures that the Duke has collected. We were also lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse of the Duke and Duchess as they drove through the gardens.

Drumming Workshop


This term, we were very lucky to take part in a drumming workshop.

WW2 Fact Hunt


We used our outdoor learning environment to discover more facts about World War 2 by undertaking a question hunt. We were given the answers and had to match them up to the correct questions.

Remembrance Day


We are proud to say that Year 5 have recognised the importance of Remembrance Day by designing their own unique poppy t-shirts. Their interest was raised when finding out about WW2 and the plight of the soldiers during that conflict. From this, we began our own ‘Poppy Project.’ The pupils experimented with drawing, painting and then digitally modifying their poppy designs to be printed onto t-shirts. This gave the children an opportunity to develop their own creativity through showing respect and becoming more involved in Remembrance Day. Then on November 11th, we wore our poppy prints with pride!

Autumn Term 1


This term, in our Science lessons, we have been learning all about how light travels. We have explored different light sources and investigated how light reflects off different surfaces, allowing us to see.


We applied this knowledge and made periscopes which were used by the soldiers in the trenches during World War 2. 

We have also been very busy in our maths lessons and used our addition skills and knowledge to plan a holiday for our teachers.


We calculated the total cost using both formal and mental methods of mathematics.