Y5 Spring 1 2018 Summary

This term we have been learning about the Tudors and what life was like for those who lived and worked in the fine Tudor manors, some of which are still standing today. The children took on the role of curator, thinking about how they would restore a Tudor house that had fallen into disrepair and what would be needed to fund such a project. This coincided nicely with our artwork, where we have been studying the Tudor Portraits that would be found hanging in these Tudor houses. The children have all completed sketches and portraits of famous Tudor faces.


In English, the children have been reading ‘My Friend Walter’, a story by Michael Morpurgo. The children really enjoyed it and have written newspaper articles and a biography based on the book. We have also studied a poetry unit and enjoyed learning and performing a poem about Henry VIII and his six wives. Other writing including emails sent to the National Trust and a poem about the properties of plastic.


The photographs show the science learning wall (which includes some science homework) and some converting units of measure in Maths. This involved weighing out Tudor vegetables for a recipe and converting grams into kilograms.


Alongside this learning, the children have also been looking forward to some upcoming events for the rest of this term and into the summer, beginning rehearsals of both our Dance Share routines and the Year 5 production songs.

Children’s comments about their learning:


“This term I have enjoyed English. I have enjoyed it because we wrote our own stories and entered writing competitions. I have enjoyed our blogging as well.” – Rebecca


“Throughout this half term I have enjoyed Topic the most because we got to start a business and we were renovating Oxburgh Hall.” – Dakshith


“During this half term, the subject I enjoyed the most is Tudors. I found them interesting and had lots of fun doing Tudor portraits. I also liked active dance. It was so much fun, it helped me throughout my day (because I won’t feel tired). I had so much fun during the term, I’m excited to see what’s waiting for me next term! “– Amanda


“My favourite part of this term was learning about ‘My Friend Walter’ and throughout this half term I also liked music and PE because it is dance.” – Ethan


Jake commented, “This half term I enjoyed writing up my biography about Sir Walter Raleigh using a laptop. During this half term I enjoyed PE because I liked football and I loved the last lesson!”


“I have enjoyed learning about the Tudors. During this term, I have enjoyed reading ‘My Friend Walter’ and doing blogging,” announced Zoe.


“I enjoyed learning decimals in maths. This half term I enjoyed learning English, art, PE and go-noddle dancing!” Devika exclaimed.

Useful website links to continue learning at home:


For the coming term about the world we live in these websites may provide some support:






Others to be used for starting conversations about learning include:






To support the learning of songs for our production the children could use clips from the following website:


https://easypeasyplays.co.uk/collections/click-n-sing-the-great-globetrotting-game-ages-7-karaoke-videos Go to the ‘Click-n-Sing’ page and then choose ‘The Great Globe Trotting Game’