Year 5 - Hazel & Hornbeam Classes

Welcome to Year 5!

The children’s penultimate year at Sandown Primary School will see them being taught by either Mrs Pounder (Hazel Class) or Mrs Apps (Hawthorn Class).

As class teachers, they work closely with their Teaching Assistants – Miss Champion and Mrs Perry - along with other adults supporting the year group - Coach Davies, Mrs Wilhelm and Mrs O’Leary.

Alongside the learning that takes place in Year 5, our main aim for all of the children is for them to enjoy themselves, to continue to develop good social skills and to develop an independence that will stand them in good stead for Year 6 and beyond. We deliver the curriculum in a variety of ways to make learning interesting and fun for the children. For example, we try to be creative and flexible in our use of ICT and Art to enhance the learning in other subjects.

The highlight of the year is definitely our residential trip to Mallydams! This is hugely enjoyed by both children, staff and volunteers ... although all are very exhausted by the time they return home!

Other activities that Year 5 children will be involved in during the year include:

  • Visitors throughout the year
  • A stargazing evening
  • A Viking Invasion
  • Many Science investigations
  • Performing at the 'Big Sing' at the
  • White Rock Theatre

Communication between home and school is crucial throughout your child’s time at school and though we appreciate that as your child gets older you may not pick up your child from the classroom door, you can remain in contact with us easily through the Class Dojo app and by popping in to see us.

Our door is always open!

Please remember:

  • your child needs a clear, re-usable plastic bottle filled with water for use in the classroom
  • PE kit must be named with appropriate footwear and in school daily
  • School dinners are now cashless for non free school meal children. Please see the office for further information if you have not set this up.
  • Book bags must be brought to school daily. Your child will be given a new home school link book to take home on Monday.

Have a look on the tabs below to see what we have been learning about in each term…


Term 1

What a fantastic start to Year 5 the children have had! They have made a great impression with their improved behaviours for learning and eagerness to learn. Children have begun their independence project where they can continue their learning at home by completing quality pieces of work in their independence books. To earn their stars, they must complete the following:

Bronze Star- 25 pieces of quality learning

Silver Star-  50 pieces of quality learning

Gold Star– 100 pieces of quality learning

Super Star– 200 pieces of quality learning

Moon Landing Flag

This term, we have been learning about Space in Science so as our DT project we created Moon landing flags. Children learnt a​bout different pulley systems and how pulley systems work. They used this knowledge to design a pulley system that would raise and lower their flag. On their flag, they ensured that they used pictures and symbols that represented them. The end products were amazing. Take a look at some of the pictures of their final pieces...


Our key text for the term has been 'A Rocketful of Space Poems'. In this anthology, we have focused on the poem 'The Worst Monsters in the Universe'. Children learnt the poem off by heart and could recite it independently by the end of the week. Following on from this, the children then created their own monsters and wrote a poem following the same structure. At the end of the unit, children recited a verse of their poem to make a group poem.

Foundation Facts in Maths

To begin Year 5, we have ensured that all children have a solid understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. Throughout this learning, children have engaged with fluency, problem solving and reasoning activities to ensure they have a deep understanding of the concepts. Children have used many mathematical resources to support them to reason about their learning. Take a look at some of our Working Walls to see what we have been learning...

Star Gazing

At the end of Term 1, children were invited back to school in the evening for a star gazing evening. Children enjoyed a hot chocolate and a biscuit while gazing at the stars in the darkness. We were lucky enough to spot Jupiter as well as identifying different constellations in the night sky. One child remarked, "This is the best evening of my life. I've never looked up at the night sky before!"

Story Telling Week

We spent a week engaging in the book 'I believe in Unicorns' by Michael Morpurgo. Children could confidently retell the story by the end of the week. As part of their learning, children created a pop-up scene of a part of the book to form a class pop up book. We then shared these books with Year 1 as a finale to Story Telling Week. Twelve lucky children from Year 5 were also selected to attend a theatre trip to see a production of 'I believe in Unicorns'. We were fortunate enough to speak to the lady who retold the story, Danyah Miller. Danyah loved the children's pop up books so much that she has borrowed them to show Michael Morpurgo. Michael Morpurgo has not seen all Year 5 children's amazing learning- how incredible is that!

Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
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