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 Miss Pluss or Mr Brown. As class teachers, they work closely with their Teaching Assistant – Miss Featherston - along with other adults supporting the year group - Miss Jenner, Miss Clarke, Mr Davies, Mrs O’Gorman and Mrs Mott.

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 trip to Battle Abbey
  • A Viking Invasion on the school field
  • 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 notes in home-school link books and by popping in to see us. Our door is always open!

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

Term 1

Wow! What a busy term Year 5 have had! We have begun our learning at 100 mph. The children are responding well to their learning and are beginning to show their great behaviours for learning.


Blast off! The children now have a secure understanding of our solar system. The children can:

-  explain the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative t the Sun in the solar system,

- describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth,

-  describe the shape of the Sun, Earth and Moon,

- use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

To achieve these objectives, the children have made fact books about the planets and our Moon and created bar graphs and line graphs to show data that we have collected.


During the term, the children have learnt about different aspects of the UK. The children have learnt about the different countries within the UK, named counties across the UK and found out about hills and mountains in the UK. Ask your child: Which is the tallest mountain in Wales?


This term, we have designed and made flags for our mission to Mars. The children chose a shape for their flags and created symbols out of felt to sew onto their flags. The children learnt the running stitch, the back stitch and the blanket stitch. They should be able to help you to sew on a button or sew up a hole in their clothes.

Welcome to Year 5

We are really looking forward to the busy term ahead where we have lots of exciting learning planned. The children have settled in well to the new term and are showing us that they are enthusiastic learners.

This year we will be focusing on our vision statement 'Pride In All We Do'. This includes:

- Personal Pride

- School Pride

- Community Pride

We will also be looking at how we can challenge our Year 5 children with their reading. This includes choosing books from a range of genres. We will be supporting your children to choose appropriate books in the library as well as suggesting fiction and non-fiction books that link to our topic.

We look forward to working with you all this year. Please make sure you check the website regularly as we update it with photos, examples of work and key messages.

Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6