Welcome to Year 5

An overview of  Year 5’s curriculum:

To find out more about Year 5’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Miss Khan).


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Year Group Events

Knife Crime Assembly - June 2019

On Wednesday 12th June, an officer from Bedfordshire Police visited Year 5 to deliver an assembly regarding knife crime.

The aim of the assembly was to inform children about the potential dangers associated with carrying knives or other weapons, but also to ensure that the children know what to do if faced with potentially dangerous situations, and also how to report crimes (or information) to the police.

She provided the children with a website, www.fearless.org , where children can anonymously report any information they have.

School Linking - 22nd January 2019

Hamilton School linking at Stockwood Discovery Centre

On Tuesday 22nd January 2019, Hamilton class met up with Hawk class from Southfield Primary School.

The day was filled with friendship building activities, where the children interacted and worked collaboratively. The children from both schools explored the museum collection; looking at Caravans, Carriages and Lorries .The activity involved measuring ‘wheel sizes’ and answering questions using information from the information cards.

The artefacts in the museum were intriguing and encouraged thought provoking ideas from all children.  This was followed by a practical activity, where the children from both classes, worked in groups to construct a carriage from Meccano. The children formed good relationships and worked in teams to construct a carriage that could carry a member of the group across the hall.

All in all, it was a fantastic day and we look forward to welcoming Hawk class to Downside Primary School.


E-Safety - Year 5 - January 2019

This term the children will be learning about encryption and password security in their ICT lessons. Through their ICT lessons and e-safety lesson, the children will learn how to create a secure password, and the importance of creating strong passwords and why we have passwords when using the Internet. 

The website the children can check our secure passwords are is 


Fire Safety Assembly

On Wednesday 5th December, we had a special visitor in to speak to Year 5. A member of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service came to talk to us all about the service and their important role in situations where a rescue is needed.

The purpose of her visit was to inform us how to stay safe from fire, in water and on the road, so that we can avoid any situations where we would need rescuing. She gave some useful pieces of advice for us to take on board to help us to keep safe!

Below are some pictures of our assembly.

Parliament Day - 12th November 2018

Parliament Day

Today was a special day at Downside. Today was Parliament Day! 

The children learned all about the UK Parliament and the Government. 

Year 5 and 6 were very lucky that they got to meet the MP for the South of Luton – Gavin Shuker, who told the children lots of information about what a Member of Parliament does. 

The children also held debates within their classes about issues that were important to them. 

A great day, and the children learned so much about the UK Parliament. 

Rainbow Homework Autumn 1
Anglo Saxon Day - 3rd & 4th May 2018

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of May Year 5 experienced an Anglo Saxon day.

The children learnt about the Anglo-Saxons through activities such as handling artefacts,  writing with ink and feathers and battle move training.

The fascinating day was led by Cathy Murphy, an expert in Anglo Saxon history and experienced teacher. 

Summer Term 2018

This half term in Year 5, we shall be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons. The children will have the opportunity to experience what life was like in these times, and learn more about Anglo-Saxons in a creative workshop, as well as our own Topic lessons. This term, the children will also write a newspaper article about a Saxon artifact discovery, and an invasion diary. 

Art inspired by the poem Tyger Tyger by William Blake

In literacy Year 5 have been studying the poem Tyger Tyger by William Blake. This has also been the inspiration for some art work in which the children experimented with water colour paints and oil pastels.

Egyptian Death Masks

Brampton and Fitzroy class explored how Egyptian death masks could be created using plaster casts. The children took casts of one another’s faces and then painted them using the colours and patterns of original death masks. 


Each Year 5 class had a workshop where they incorporated maths skills with drama!  The children learnt how they could perhaps understand areas of maths better and in a completely different way.

Shortenills - 2018
Children from year 5 went on a residential trip to Shortenills for three days. Here, they took part in lots of outdoor activities, including map reading, shelter building and building camp fires! The children learnt about sustainability and recycling, and developed the skills of independence. 

On 10th November 30 pupils from year 5 went to the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton to perform in a concert with Amjad Ali Khan who is a famous musician from India. He has written a new work called Roots of Fire, a fusion of Asian and English traditions, in collaboration with renowned conductor David Murphy. We were one of only three schools in the country chosen to take part in a series of workshops in school with David to learn rhythms and vocal techniques from India to perform with Amjad Ali Khan. He brought some musicians to the workshops so that we could learn about different instruments, and also gave pupils the opportunity to practise conducting.

At the concert we performed excerpts from `Roots of Fire` with the Sinfonia Verdi Orchestra and Amjad Ali Khan under David`s direction. One pupil sang a solo backed by Amjad and the orchestra. Another pupil had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra. After the concert we had photos taken with David and Amjad. The orchestra and Amjad Ali Khan went on to perform the whole of `Roots Of Fire` at a more formal evening concert and used some of the pupils` ideas in that concert. The whole project was an exciting and enjoyable learning experience and we thank David Murphy and all those involved.

Design Technology Day

In October, the children in year 5 had a technology day where they made a cushion on the theme of the Great Barrier Reef. Firstly, the cushion material was tie- dyed in a range of colours. Next, the children had to sew up the cushion sides and fill out the cushion. The cushions were decorated with felt and sequins to show an underwater scene. The children enjoyed the challenge of the skills involved in needlework.  

Year 5 trip – Sea Life Centre

On Wednesday 11th October, the whole of year 5 travelled to London to visit the Sea Life Centre on the South Bank.

Upon arrival, the groups made their way around the aquarium, studying the sea creatures and learning facts as they went.

The children were able to touch starfish, hold the biggest shark’s tooth that has ever been found and even run their hands along a piece of shark’s skin.

The giant Sea turtles, Blacktip reef sharks and the seahorses proved to be some of the most popular creatures.

The children all had a great time and supplemented their learning in topic lessons.

Year 5 - Bikeability

Over the last few weeks, all Year 5 children have had the opportunity to take part in cycle training. They started learning control skills in an off-road environment and then, once everyone was competent to control their cycle, they moved on to quiet residential roads where they learnt road positioning, right of way and how to deal with other road users, using a logical, confidence building framework. The children have developed a valuable life skill and they thoroughly enjoyed it



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