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Beech and Aspen

Please click the files above to see our Medium Term Plan (MTP) and our Long Term Plan (LTP)

Welcome Year 5’s class page!

We have two Year 5 classes; Beech and Aspen class. In Beech class we have Miss Ali as the class teacher and Mrs Qureshi is the SNA. In Aspen class we have Mrs Aslam as the class teacher and Mrs Shah and Mrs Karim are the SNAs.

We are really looking forward to a new exciting year and hope that the children will enjoy the teaching, learning and the range of engaging topics we have prepared for them.

To find out what we are learning this year click on the links above to find our Long term and Medium terms plans for each half term.


PE – This half term PE will be on Fridays for both classes.

Bookbags – Any work, letters and books that are taken from school should be kept in book bags.

Homework – Every Friday, children will be set homework that is expected to come back the following Wednesday. If there are any parts of the homework children find difficult please do not hesitate to contact the Year 5 teachers.

Kind regards,

Year 5 team


Spring Term

Write Up

Year 5 have been working hard, researching and exploring their topic – Vicious Vikings. For our non-fiction unit, we wrote our own explanation text on Viking longships. We used our class text ‘How a Bicycle works?’ to explore the language and organisational features. We studied how causal conjunctions help write an explanation text and made it our aim to include lots of these in our own explanation texts.


For our fiction unit in English we innovated our class text ‘Beowulf’, which we enjoyed immensely. After exploring the language features and organisational devices of mythical texts, we thought of our own similes, metaphors, and sentences of three, which we then included in our own story. We innovated the main characters such as Beowulf, Grendel and King Hrothgar. Some of the characters we came up with were: a slimy sea dragon, a charming prince, who saved the city and a queen, who called for help. Some children changed the plot and included a great twist to the myth.

Highway Man

In Year 5, we have been exploring the poem ‘The Highway man’ as part of our topic ‘My way or the highway’. We really enjoyed reading the poem the highway man and watching the animated clip too. We explored the way in which it was written and the themes that were evident in the text. We really enjoyed acting out and predicting what we thought would happen after part one.


As part of the topic, we innovated the ending of the poem and wrote a persuasive letter to King George persuading him to punish the dreadful soldiers for torturing poor Bess. Below are some letters that we wrote.

Autumn Term

P.E. Basketball

This term, in P.E, Year 5 has been extremely lucky to have had a coach come in from the Bradford Dragon’s Basketball Club to deliver sessions on Basketball. The children have had the opportunity to explore the different skills such as: dribbling, passing, shooting, blocking and many more. In addition to this, the children had a fantastic opportunity, where they were able to go and watch a live basketball match. On Saturday 6th October, lots of children made their way, with their parents, to the Bradford College Sports Centre, where they watched a very competitive match between Bradford Dragons and Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods.

During half time, the children had the opportunity to go onto the court and shoot at the basketball nets. It was impressive to see so many shots from the children go straight into the net. After the match, the children met the players and had the opportunity to take photographs. It was a much enjoyable evening.


In art we have been drawing the characters from Harry Potter, here are a few of the drawings.


In English, this half term, our topic has been ‘School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’. In order to support this unit of work, many of our class texts have been based around Harry Potter. The children have had the opportunity to write their own narrative based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. After reading the text, the children made their own innovations to the text by changing the setting, characters and the philosopher stone to different objects such as: the magical wand, the book of spells, the invisible clock, and the powerful pencil that writes the future. We are proud to say we have some excellent writes as the narratives were excellent!

In addition to this, we had the chance to become reporters, reporting all about the super Quidditch Match. We explored the different features of a newspaper report and later used our five senses to plan our own newspaper report on the Quidditch match.  We then published these reports for others to read.

In Art, we sketched the different characters from the story.

Science - Forces

In science, we explored the different forces and how they impact objects. We did an experiment to find out which parachute would land the quickest. We had three different sizes for our parachutes which we made in class. For the biggest parachute we measured each side to 60cm, the medium size parachute had a measurement of 40cm and the smallest had a measurement of 20cm. Before the experiment, we made predictions for what we thought would happen. We dropped each parachute from our staffroom balcony and timed how long each parachute took. In order to make it a fair test we carried out the experiment three times. We found out the largest parachute took the most time to land because it had a larger surface area. Therefore, the air resistance had more to work against.

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