Northside Primary School


Welcome toNorthside Primary School

Year 5: University of Bristol

Marbled planets! In our Art lesson this week, we used marbling ink to create images of the planets.

Remember to practise your spellings for this half term. Our first test will be on Friday October 4th.

Rockets over Northside

Rockets over Northside 1

Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday and are ready for the Autumn Term. Our topic for the next half-term is ‘Space.’


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In Guided Reading, we will be reading ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

We will be writing our very own:

  • Information texts about Space
  • Science fiction stories
  • Choral poetry





We will be:

  • Working on our Arithmetic skills
  • Practising our times tables
  • Reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1 million!
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000,10 000 and 100 000.
  • Solving addition and subtraction problems using column methods.
  • Reading and interpreting line graphs, tables and timetables.





We will be learning about:

  • The relationship between the earth, sun and the moon.
  • How the tilt on the earth’s axis affects the seasons.
  • The cycles of the moon.




We will be:

  • Experimenting with paint effects
  • Using Modroc to create sculptures for our classroom!


We will be:

  • Making a time- line and investigating the major events of the Space Race.
  • Use primary and secondary sources and show the differences between them.




We will be:

  • Learning some classic rock songs!




We will be learning:

  • Swimming
  • TAG rugby


I.C.T and Computing




We will be learning about:

  • We will be investigating blogs from the International Space Station and creating blogs of our own.



We will be learning about:

  • The different beliefs of your classmates.
  • Buddhism and the 8 fold path.






We will be learning about:

  •  The fact that some substances can alter how people behave and how their body works.



We will be learning about:

  • The culture of Morocco
  • How to describe our feelings
  • How to introduce others

Topic vocabulary

Spin, rotate, axis, equator, light source, shadow, sunrise, sunset, sphere, eclipse, telescope, observatory, The Solar System, gravity, moon phases


Here are some ways that you can help your child at home:


  • Help your child learn the multiplication tables by regularly practising with them at home, in the car or in any spare time you may have.
  • Reading is a vital part of your child’s learning. Please listen to them read as well as developing their enjoyment by reading to them.
  • Remind your child to bring their library book in every day.
  • Please send in a piece of fruit for your child to eat at break time.


If there is any way that you can support our new topic, please let us know.  We would also appreciate it if you have any time to volunteer in class with reading or practising with times table practise.


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Thank you for your support,


University of Bristol (Year 5) Team

Miss Bennett, Mr Harper, Mrs Slater, Ms Tedeku, Mrs Vacheva and Ms Matsu


What should writing look like in Year 5? Our Top Ten Writing Checklist will help you to see:

This term's homework tasks-get cracking with them!!

Maths: How do we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in year 5? Look at these posters for examples of each method.

Meet the teacher -Year 5 University of Bristol presentation