Year 5

Year 5



Brilliant Me

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘Brilliant Me‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation notice how amazing your bodies are!


For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Be Confident (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New BRILLIANT Name‘ to remember how special you are! Click on the ‘Brilliant Me New Name Generator’ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.


Then why not make a dice, write a letter, use the conversation starter to talk with someone at home, write all about how ‘BRILLIANT’ you are or write words around your face!






Friday 20th March

We have set work for your child on Google classroom ‘Year 5 Home Learning’.

If you are having difficulty accessing this please let us know by Friday morning so that we can sort out any problems before closure.

We will continue to add activities and suggestions to the Classroom and your children will be able to keep in touch with their teachers who will be monitoring the work completed.

Can we please request that parents do not communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. If you need to contact the school, please email office@hartleyprimaryacademy.org.uk as you would normally do.

Keep checking this page for further resources or links to further resources to support your child’s home learning.




“No Tree, No Me”

Sharing the planet: Humans may have a role to play in understanding that the survival of all creatures is essential in our world.

Please click the link below to read the Year Five newsletter for Term 4.

Please  click on the link below to find the Year 5 spellings for Term 4.


“Make a Difference”

How we organize ourselves: Communities may be positively strengthened when they take collective action

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Year 5 creating podcasts on our ‘Radio Station’ funded by the PTA!

Friday 24th January 2020

The children have been creating ‘Live News Reports’ on the Australian Bush Fire. To deepen their understanding on wildfires, they recreated a text in Dictogloss. It is so good to see the extra information they add!


Thursday 23rd January 2020

Well Done! 3rd Place in the Year 5 and 6 Athletics Competition

Thursday 23rd January 2020

The children have been looking at the ‘observations over time’ of the early astronomers in developing the Geocentric and Heliocentric models of our solar system.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

This morning, Year 5 were lucky to experience a dodgeball taster session. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Look at the fantastic information posters about different charities that Year 5 have been working on. Read below to find more information about Unicef and Oxfam.

Wednesday 15th January 2020

This morning, one of our Year 5 parents (Mr. Cooke) came to talk to Year 5 about his work with the charity ‘Give Directly’. Year 5’s Learning Journey this term, entitled ‘Make a Difference’, is focusing on communities around the world who support one another by taking collective action. We have started this term by investigating less developed countries (LDCs) around the world, and have been researching the work of some charities who support these communities. Mr. Cooke spoke to us about the work of ‘Give Directly’, who they help and how the money is spent by a variety of different individuals around Africa. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Cooke for giving up some of his time today to come and speak to the children. As you can imagine, they had lots of questions for him to answer!

To find out more information about ‘Give Directly’, please visit their website at https://www.givedirectly.org/

Friday 10th January 2020

Looking at our solar system in science, the children completed a Dictogloss about the “community” of planets and bodies that orbit the Sun. Some children are questioning whether any other planets in our solar system can support life!



Our lines of inquiry, devised by the children, will include learning:

  • about communities around the world who are in need of support.
  • about the work of charities and how they have a positive impact on these communities.

It will also involve

  • taking collective action as a year group to have a positive impact on a community who needs help.

Please click below to view the Year 5 Newsletter and Home Learning for Term 3.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 3.



“Invention Machine”

Where we are in place and time: Inventions from the Victorian era may need to be modified over time in order to still have an impact on our modern day society.

Tuesday 17th December 2019

The Great Exhibition comes to Hartley!

What an amazing morning with Year 5 opening their doors to parents, friends and family. We started in the hall for a festive ‘Singy-Thingy’, followed by a warming drink and mince pies, which wasfollowed by ‘Hartley’s Great Exhibition’ of their children’s Home Learning Challenge –  A celebration of  Inventions from the Victorian Era.

The parents had the opportunity to talk to children, from both Chestnut and Silver Birch, about their learning. as they presented the invention that they had chosen to study.

We had a toilet designed by Thomas Crapper with a U-Bend and ballcock, telephones, steam engines, ladies skirts for riding on bicycles, jelly bean factories and much, much more.

One parent said that it had been so interesting researching inventions from the Victorian Era especially those that did not succeed.

Pause to view the slideshows below of the Home Learning of Chestnut and Silver Birch Class.



And to finish, a poem about the Postal System.

Year 5 ‘Innovative Inventors’  

This year we  saw the launch of the new format of the Leigh Aspire Primary programme, #LeighInnovate. This
year, #LeighInnovate19 was pursuing the United Nations Sustainable Goal 12, which aims for responsible production and consumption, in particular, recycling.

Using their creative thinking skills, all primary academy pupils in the Trust and in Hartley in Years 4, 5 and 6 worked in teams to create a recyclable product out of paper, plastic, glass or aluminium.

The team with the best product from Hartley, which was a group of girls from Year 5,  then went on to represent
Hartley in the #LeighInnovate finals event, which was held at Strood Academy on Thursday, 5th December.

They ‘did us proud’ by coming third out of 15 schools.


As part of Year 5 studies on Forces, the children completed an investigation recognising that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect? They have focussed all their investigations this term on planning a fair test considering independent, dependent and controlled variables.

Yet another Friday afternoon of ‘hands-on’ science….such concentration looking at how we could balance heavier weights on a see-saw!


‘Junior Bake Off’ comes to Hartley!

Year 5 were certainly in a festive mood as they baked their own Victorian Christmas cakes and then designed and ice their cakes in what felt like the Junior version of the Great British Bake Off. The children were so proud of their final creations!

Boat Investigation

As part of our studies on Forces, Year 5 have been looking at water resistance and had ‘fun’ investigating how far their boats would travel when they changed the shape of the front of their boats. How better to end the week than playing with boats and water! And, ofcourse, learning about dependent, independent and controlled variables and the effect of the shape of the front of a boat on water resistance.

Please click below to view the Year 5 Newsletter and Home Learning for Term 2.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 2.


“Free To Be Me!”

Who We Are: Understanding the cultural diversity within different communities may help people live with others.

‘Gravesham Primary School 7s tournament’
On Saturday 28th September, 11 boys from Year 5 and 6 competed in the annual 7-a-side football tournament at Riverview Primary School. Not only did we win the large school tournament (the Cooke Shield), but also the overall final, which means that in November the team will travel to Thamesmead Town to represent Gravesham in the Kent finals! Well done to all the boys!

Year 5 have been using the outdoor environment in the forest school to immerse themselves in a variety of activities so far this week.
The first activity encouraged them to work collaboratively to visually create symbols and images, using naturally found objects to represent their chosen topics based on a written speech, in the style of Martin Luther King.

Today, the children in Chestnut enjoyed a fantastic session with Donna, the Forest School Ranger. They explored our Forest School area with ropes, made tree swings and obstacle courses, created dens and shelters, and made stick men and clay animal faces on the trees. And it was all washed down with some “smooth and chocolatey” hot chocolate around the fire pit! Great fun! Thank you to the parents who joined us; we really appreciated your help!

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 1.

Welcome back and welcome to Year 5. Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.














How we express ourselves: People may use the performing arts to connect, inspire and challenge


A Hat-Trick of wins at the LAT Sports Day!

LAT Primary Cricket Competition

Quad Kids Athletics Competition

Friday 21st June

Year 5 had an introduction to William Shakespeare using Dictogloss – a classroom dictation activity where learners are required to reconstruct a short text by listening and noting down key words, which are then used as a base for reconstruction.

Look at two of their reconstructions:

Tuesday 18th June

Year 5 have created their own artwork to use for their front covers for their Learning Journey this term on ‘Shakespeare4kids’. They learned how to draw Shakespeare, then created their own colourful representations.

Click below for our latest Newsletter.


Friday 14th June

Year 5 Mini-Fair

What amazing ‘entrepreneurs’ Year 5 have proved to be! What an amazing fair they organised and ran! What an amazing profit they made!

On Friday, Year 5 organised and ran the ‘finale’ of their Learning Journey on ‘make5grow’ for Year 1, Year 3 and their families and friends. It was absolutely packed, and such a ‘fun’ afternoon enjoyed by all!

I want to do it again!” (Hudson, Year 1)

All the activities were great fun!” (Dominico, Year 1)

Enterprise is all about making ideas happen. It’s about having the skills, can-do attitude and drive to turn ideas into a successful business. Year 5 have now proven themselves to be entrepreneurs; they are people who create their own business ventures!

As a year group they made a profit of around £350, taking in almost £500 on the day, almost 250% profit on their initial costs – every group made a profit.

Amazing writing from Year 5


Tuesday 14th May

Year 5 have been writing slogans in preparation for their ‘Mini-Fair’ next term.


Enterprise Fair – Friday 14th June at 2.30pm

The children have been working very hard over the last term, working collaboratively in teams, to decide on a product to sell to ‘Make £5 Grow’.  Some children have decided to sell a product, others have chosen to create activities or competitions (fair-like activities), with the aim of making a profit which they will then give back to the community. These include: cupcakes, smoothies, guess the number of jelly beans in a jar, wet sponge throwing, seed bombs, tattoos…

They have had to research and decide how they can keep their costs low so they can maximise potential profits – thinking very hard about making their products and services attractive. They have begun to realise that £5 is not a lot of money when trying to resource their ideas!

With the deadline for ensuring that the children repay the initial loan, set at the end of June, we have now set a date for them to be selling their products/ services.  Weather permitting, the ‘mini fair’ will be held outside during the afternoon of Friday 14th June. In the event of wet weather, arrangements have been put in place so the fair can still go ahead.  We are planning for the fair to open at 2:30pm and invite Year 1 and Year 3 children, as well as parents, friends and family the opportunity to come and see the ‘enterprising’ goods and services that the children have come up with and to help them make their money grow by ‘spending some money’.

As this is a business enterprise, the children will have the opportunity to sell and buy goods from each other, and to children from other classes.  If you are able to join us that would be a bonus for the children.

Can we just take this opportunity, in advance, to thank you all for the support this year and particularly with this project.  Please, if you are able to come, be aware these ideas come from the children, we are just facilitating them. Some may not make a profit, others may, but this is something that we will the have to follow through as part of the children’s evaluation of the project.  



How we Organise Ourselves: People work together to give back to their communities

Wednesday 22nd May


Year 5 have been learning about the life cycle and reproduction of amphibians and insects today and so we decided to have a looks what was going on in our pond!


Wednesday 5th June

Year 5 have been learning about the difference between credit and debit cards in our latest Dictogloss.

Friday 10th May

The children wanted to know about some of the features on banknotes.

Tuesday 30th April

The children developed their understanding of what makes a team player in business.

Monday 29th April

The children composed letters to our Finance Officer to request a loan of £5 from the academy. Click below to read one of our letters.

Wednesday 24th April

One of the lines of enquiry the children wanted to follow was their understanding of what a community is.







Year 5 are currently taking part in the Virgin ‘ Make £5 Grow’ money enterprise. The Year 5 children have been particularly resourceful in planning their ideas which range from painting stones, baking cookies and washing the teachers cars! The children will be selling their products/services in order to try and make a profit. The children will be deciding who they wish to donate their profit to. It could be a local community project or charity.

Click the image below for the latest Year 5 Newsletter.



‘Invisible Forces’

How the World Works: Understanding and harnessing forces make our lives easier.


Wednesday 3rd April

Day 3 of STEAM Week: BIG ART DAY!


Tuesday 2nd April

Day 2 STEAM WEEK: Robot wars comes to Year 4 and Year 5

Monday 1st April

Year 5 kicked off STEAM Week making lava lamps…..those 1970 ‘retro’ lava lamps.


They then used their knowledge on ‘Invisible Forces’ to look at designs of planes, helicopters and gliders – creating their own and testing them outside.


They also learned how to play Watermelon Chess….an ancient Chinese Strategy Game.



Tuesday 26th March 2018

Year 4 and Year 5 participate in the ‘Blue Planet – Live Lesson’

Friday 22nd March 2019

This afternoon, Year 5 were investigating which material made the best brake pads linked with their work on ‘Invisible Forces’.


Click below for Term 4 Spellings.

Click below for a copy of Term 4’s Home Learning Challenge.

Click below for a copy of Term 4’s Newsletter.



SHARING THE PLANET: The ocean environment can be altered by human activity.

Wednesday 6th February

And the final piece of independent writing from Samuel:


The young girl nonchalantly strolled across the abandoned road, oblivious to the cloud of death hovering just metres above her. She sauntered a little further and then glanced up, resting her eyes on the gracefully, floating jellyfish that had caught her eye. With a sense of adventure, her inquisitive nature reached out and she grabbed a tendril with her hand. Now airborne, a regrettable pain gurgled in her stomach and she wanted to come down but it was too late; she had to face her terror-stricken next few seconds head on.

The wind took her up to the huge yonder of plastic; it was an array of fireworks. She stared down at the unrecognisable abyss down  below while she glided over acres of land like a god being worshiped. Without warning,suddenly, a cold breeze chilled her neck. She stopped looking at her surroundings, her pleasured face lost in thoughts dropped; as she saw the gyre of plastic recklessly plunging into the murky waters that lurked below. She quickly clambered backwards and with a perplexed face, she dived down falling face first into the hardened sand. A strong gust of wind continued to violently push the plastic even further. In pain, she crawled back with horror; frozen with shock, all she could do was watch.

Friday 1st February

Year 5 had an afternoon of looking at ‘smart polymers’ and reversible and irreversible reactions….photos coming soon to see what they were doing!





Thursday 31st January

The children in Year 5 are drafting a narrative linked with their Learning Journey on Plastic having watched a short 35 sec animation on a plastic bag floating up to a sea of plastic that is being blown into the sea. This is the initial draft for the first 8 seconds of the clip by Samuel. We can’t wait to read the whole story!

The young girl nonchalantly strolled across the abandoned road, oblivious to the cloud of death hovering just metres above her. She sauntered a little further and then glanced up, resting her eyes on the gracefully, floating jellyfish that had caught her eye. With a sense of adventure, her inquisitive nature reached out and she grabbed a tendril with her hand. Now airborne, a regrettable pain gurgled in her stomach and she wanted to come down but it was too late; she had to face her terror-stricken next few seconds head on.

And Ben has drafted and amazing piece of work as well:

As the boy sauntered through the deserted streets, the amber glow of the sunset sky shone upon him. Oblivious to his surroundings; lost in his thoughts, until a jellyfish shaped figure, elegantly glided past him. With great curiosity, he clinched onto the tendrils and was immediately airborne in the cluttered, plastic cloud of the once clear sky.

Up, up, up he flew until he was higher than the tallest building.

Anxiety filled his heart as he continued to rise. Although he had a fear of falling, he was overwhelmed by the vast tsunami of plastic invading the sky.

Mysteriously, more and more of the planet’s plastic pollution was pulled into the eerie atmosphere.

Suddenly he found himself being carried by a sea of waste, heading to an unknown destination. The sky darkened as the sun appeared to cower in fear from the frightful events that were taking place.


Monday 28th January

Silver Birch demonstrated the IB Learner Profile of being ‘Caring’ in our recent maths lesson on areas of triangles. Once they had mastered identifying the base and height of different triangles (right angled, acute angled and obtuse angled triangles) they supported their peers.


Friday 25th January

Year 5 enjoyed investigating the ‘super polymer’, hydrogel, that can be found in disposable nappies. The removed the hydrogel from nappies (from Asda and Sainsbury) looking at the volume they extracted from the different brands.

They looked at the reaction that occurred when they added 100ml of water having learnt that hydrogels are able to absorb large amounts of water and they possess the ability to respond to changes in their environment.

They had the opportunity to feel the gel that formed – such fun!

Monday 21st January

Year 5 spent time on Friday making ‘Milk Plastic’ – casein plastic – from milk and vinegar. They learned that in the early 20th century, milk was used to make many different plastic ornaments —including jewellery for Queen Mary of England! 

Click on the image below to view our Term 3 Home Learning.

Click on the image below to view our Term 3 Newsletter.



“The Arrival”

WHERE WE ARE IN TIME AND PLACE: Migration occurs out of necessity or to seek new opportunities

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Click below to read Claudia’s amazing Home Learning on Migration….

Look at some of our ‘creative’ Home Learning Presentations on migration that our children have shared today.


Tuesday 4th December

#LeighIdeas Final


Thursday 29th November

Unbeaten after our first two games!

Monday 12th November

#LEIGHIDEAS2018 with Year 4 and 5

Tuesday 6th November

Click on the images below to read our Dictogloss at the start of our topic on migration.

Click on the image below to view our Term 2 Newsletter.


“THE SKIN I’M IN……….cannot tell my story.”

WHO WE ARE: Understanding our differences can help us live with others

13th September:  Open Afternoon

Year 5 had a ‘fun’ afternoon when the parents joined us on Open Afternoon. Parents joined in mixing skin tones and then painting a ‘collaborative’ picture of Nelson Mandela linked to their Learning Journey this term.

Year 5 Term 1 Newsletter