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Howitt Primary Community School

Achieve, Care, Enjoy

Year 5


Mr Wylie and Mrs Marshall would like to welcome you to Year 5.

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wood and Mrs Fowkes.


In Year 5, we will be learning some very exciting topics!


  • Autumn Term 1 - Identify and Diversity - Judaism/Holocaust
  • Autumn Term 2 - Peace and Conflict - WW2


  • Spring Term 1 - Social Justice - Early Islamic Civilisation
  • Spring Term 2 - Saving our Environment - Rainforests


  • Summer Term 1 - Our Heritage - Medicine through the ages
  • Summer Term 2 - Our World and Beyond - Globetrotting



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.

Please take a look at our work from last year which shows all the exciting things going on in our classrooms.

Spring term 2 - Vikings 


We will be charging into battle with the Vikings learning about where they came from and why they invaded Britain. Exploring Viking life, beliefs and ways of living are some of the areas we will cover.



Spring Term 1 - Space


Our topic for the Spring Term is Space. Children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to explore theories about the Big Bang, to learn about our Solar System and discover more about the Earth, Sun and Moon.


We recently enjoyed our WOW Day. The children learned about craters and made and launched rockets. We also had a visit from a mobile planetarium, which was a fantastic opportunity for children to explore more about the stars we see in the night sky.

Harvest Breakfast


It was lovely to celebrate with our Year 5 children, as they organised their Harvest Breakfast for parents, relatives and friends. Well done Year 5!

Autumn Term - The Victorians


We have introduced the children to our Victorian topic and began with some tasting of gruel. Most children didn't like this but some thought it was delicious!


Our trip this term was to Southwell Workhouse. Children got dressed up in traditional Victorian clothes and toured the Workhouse. They even got to take part in a Victorian school lesson. Thankfully they were all well behaved and didn't receive any Victorian punishments.