Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 2021-2022


Hello everyone! This year we have a fantastic year of learning lined up for you. 5T  - you will have Mrs Thompson as your teacher and Grace as the TA. 5P - you will have Mrs Palmer and Harry. Clare V will also be a part of the year 5 team helping us in class.


Whilst we know we have all had a challenging last two years and we are now keen to make sure that you get the most out of year 5. One thing that we are very keen on you doing is reading. Here are some facts about why reading is such a great thing to do.


1. Reading can help prevent Alzheimer’s.

2. Being a reader means you’re more likely to learn something new every day.

3. People who read are more likely to vote, exercise, and be more cultural.

4. Reading can be therapeutic.

5. Reading enhances your memory

6. Reading actually does make you seem more interesting

7. Reading helps to boost your analytical thinking.

8. Reading expands your vocabulary, so you’ll sound like a genius.

9. Fiction books increase your ability to empathize with others.

10. People who read are more likely to get ahead when it comes to their careers and life in general.


So what os there to loose?! We would like you to take on the challenge and get reading! Books are a great place to start but are not the only options. You can read newspapers, articles you find on the internet, cookbooks - the list is endless. Why not keep a list of the books that you have read (see if you can top Mrs Thompson's monthly average of 6 books!)


Although hopefully we won't have to do any home learning this year (fingers crossed!) we will still be using Google classroom to post your weekly homework. Homework every week will be spellings and times tables practise. It is your responsibility to make sure you check the classpages for your work and let your teacher know if you have any problems - the morning of your spelling test is too late for us to help you. From time to time you may have a small additional task to do.


PE will be on a Friday so please make sure you are wearing the correct PE kit.



Cirque de Soleil  - Evolution project 2020


Year 5 are lucky enough to be a part of the joint Royal Albert Hall and Rolls Royce Engineering Evolution project. This is the third year that we have been chosen to join this project and we are really excited to once again be a part of it.


As part of the project a group of 30 children will be attending the Cirque de Soleil show at the hall on the 7th February. In class we have already started preparing for the two engineers from Rolls Royce to attend our school and have been looking at design as well as the components that we will be using in our project.


If you want to have a look at all the things you can do with the equipment that we will be using, click on the image below to access the website.


Homework 31.1.2020


Set A Set B
stationary patting
stationery patted
steel humming
steal hummed
wary dropping
weary dropped
who's sadder
whose saddest
fate runner
fete runny


Homework 24.1.20

Set A Set B
membership hiking
ownership hiked
partnership hiker
dictatorship nicer
championship nicest
craftmanship shiny
fellowship being
apprenticeship shinning
citizenship scary
sponsorship scaring


Homework 17.1.20

Set A Set B
happiness copying
hardness crying
madness replying
nastiness marrying
silliness flying
tidiness trying
childishness drying
willingness skiing
carelessness taxing
foolishness carrying


Homework 10.1.20

Set A Set B
curiosity copier
ability happier
captivity happiest
activity cried
sensitivity replied
possibility tried
community dried
flexibility driest
visibility funnier
eternity copied


Happy New Decade!

Happy new year to you all and welcome back. Miss Harris and Mrs Thompson are really excited to start this term as we have some really exciting learning to do. In History we are studying the Ancient Greeks and already the children are bringing in things that they have researched themselves. In Science we are looking at Forces, which will involve a lot of practical experiments.


Homework 10.1.20

Set A Set B
curiosity copier
ability copied
captivity happier
activity happiest
sensitivity cried
possibility replied
community tried
flexibility driest
visibility dried
eternity funnier


2020 Calendars

Homework 13.12.19 and 20.12.19


For your homework, over these two weeks, you will need to go through the two test maths papers that you completed in class. Please make sure you put your corrections on the test and use another colour pen/pencil so you can see your corrections. Make sure that your parent sees your maths paper so that they can see how well you have been doing in maths and help you too.


You also need to check through your spellings this term and identify which ones you feel you still need to work on .

PSED Workshop


Last Tuesday we were visited by the No organisation who taught us all about modern-day slavery and how it impacts so many peoples lives. We were told about the signs to look out for is we think someone might be a slave. At the end of the course our classes received a certificate for our participation. 





We have been looking at patterns and shapes and created these collaborative pictures using 'The girl with the pearl earing' by Jan Vermeer as inspiration. Each pupil had a square and they created their own patterns and colour choices. 


Homework 6.12.19


Our spellings this week relate to the science topic we are starting next term - Forces. Make sure that as well as knowing how to spell the word that you look it up to get an idea of what it means. 












Homework 29.11.19


Set A Set B
vegetable find
vehicle mind
bruise behind
soldier old
stomach cold
recommended gold
leisure hold
privilege told
occur every
neighbour everybody


Maths Help


In maths this half term we have been looking at the following topics:

Multiples, factors, square numbers, cubed numbers, composite numbers, prime numbers, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000


To help you be more accurate with your sums it is a good idea to learn the cubed and squared numbers in the same way that you learn your times tables. below is a list of the ones up to 12 to help you.



Below is a 100 square which has the prime and composite numbers marked on it. Remember a prime number is a whole number that is only divisible by itself and 1 (only one pair of factors) and a composite number is a whole number which has more than one pair of factors.  1 is neither prime nor composite.




This half term we are looking at the geography of the UK. Can you answer the following questions?


Which countries make up the United Kingdom?

What is the capital city of each country?

What is a county?

Which county do you live in?

Can you name any other counties?


You can use this map below to help you.




Homework 22.11.19

Over the last few weeks in English we have been looking at using modal verbs which define how likely a verb is to happen. Can you find any examples in the book that you are reading at the moment? Do you use them every day?



Spellings this week.

Set A Set B
certainly flies
definitely tries
possibly replies
perhaps copies
probably babies
frequently carries
often cries
occasionally dries
rarely marries
always families


Homework 15.11.19

Set A Set B
statement cry
equipment fly
movement shy
environment dry
replacement fry
government reply
management sky
parliament terrify
document multiply
enjoyment sly


Homework 8.11.19

Set A Set B
can pencil
may fossil
could nostril
might pupil
must metal
shall pedal
should capital
will hospital
would animal
ought oval


Homework 1.11.19

As well as your spellings and times tables this week can you please bring in something about the languages in your home. It could be a range of things: a pucture of a flag representing the language you speak; some phrases or words or maybe even something interesting about the languages you speak. You might want to get someone else in your family to write something. Don't forget that speaking English in your home is still  language! 


Set A Set B
wrestle camel
wrapper tunnel
island squirrel
aisle travel
debris tinsel
mortgage bagel
Christmas hazel
yacht vowel
guarantee jewel
guilty towel


Homework 18.10.19


Set A Set B
doubt table
lamb apple
debt bottle
thumb little
solemn middle
autumn able
column wobble
knight multiple
knuckle dazzle
knot riddle


Angelo Saxon Brooches

This week we completed making our Anglo Saxon Brooches. After designing them we then used a range of materials like pasta, bran and buttons to create the finished product. 


Black History Week


For Black History Week we are studying the poetry of Lemn Sissay. One poem that we are looking at in particular is "Let there be peace". Below are the words to the poem which you might want to have a go at learning. What do you think the message it is trying to give?


Let there be peace

Let there be peace
So frowns fly away like albatross
And skeletons foxtrot from cupboards,
So war correspondents become travel show presenters


Let there be peace
So storms can go out to sea to be
Angry and return to me calm,
So the broken can rise up and dance in the hospitals.


Let the aged Ethiopian man in the grey block of flats
Peer through his window and see Addis before him,
So his thrilled outstretched arms become frames
For his dreams.


Let harsh memories burst into fireworks that melt
In the dark pupils of a child’s eyes
And disappear like shoals of silver darting fish,
And let the waves reach the shore with a
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh



Homework 11.10.19


Set A


Set B      

farther berry  
father bury
guessed brake
guest break
heard meet
herd meat
led ball
lead bawl
mourning fair
morning fare


Homework 4.10.19

Set A Set B
supply badge
apply edge
identify bridge
occupy fudge
multiply age
rhyme huge
cycle  change
python charge
hygiene village
hyphen dodge


Why the Anglo-Saxons invaded 

In history we have been looking at why the Anglo Saxons invaded England - they called it Angle-land. Using our knowledge we then made posters to encourage them to come. We also looked at the different areas that they colonised and how the places got their names. 

Come to Angle-land

Homework 27.9.19

Set A Set B
past gem
passed giant 
proceed magic
precede giraffe 
aisle energy
isle jacket
aloud jar
allowed jog
affect join
effect adjust


Homework 20.9.19


Set A Set B
symbol race
mystery ice
lyrics cell
oxygen city
symptom fancy
physician face
system space
typical bicycle
crystal circle
rhythm spicy


The Anglo Saxons


In history this term we will be researching into the Anglo Saxons. If you would like to do some research in the topic to help you check out these websites.




Why not makes some notes of all the facts that you find and share them with the class.


Welcome Back


After a well-deserved summer holiday we are now all refreshed and ready to come back to school. This year in year 5 Mrs Thompson and Miss Kosmidis are looking forward to a fantastic year and have already been busy planning all the amazing things that you will learn this year. 


Some basic information that will help prepare you for the year ahead is as follows:


PE - is on Monday afternoon so please bring in your full PE kit. This year we would also like you to keep your trainers in your bag so you are ready to do some 'Body boosting' throughout the week to help improve our general fitness.


Homework -  this will be handed out on a Friday. It will consist of spellings and maths practice. From time to time you will also be given some additional work.  We expect to have your homework record book back by Wednesday signed by and adult (you will be taking home your spelling tests so that if you get any words wrong you can continue to practice them). You will also be expected to continue to practice your times tables and we will continue on with the weekly times tables tests to improve fluency and accuracy.


To help you with your times tables visit this site


Reading -  we cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading and you are expected to read every day. We would recommend at least a half-hour spent reading at the very minimum. You are welcome to read books from home, the local library or borrow a book form the classroom. You may find you want to read other things from time to time such as newspapers or magazines. The more you read and the greater variety of things that you read the better your general knowledge will be and your writing will also improve. In fact, reading helps you be a better person!



Reading Bingo Challenge


Hope you have a fantastic final week in 5B & 5K!

Rob Ryan Paper cutting

In Art and Design, we have been making art based on the work of printmaker and paper cutting artist Rob Ryan. We made paper cuts depicting some of the urban myths and legends about London; that we read and studied on London History Day.

The Epping Forest Deadly Pool

The Highgate Cemetery Vampire

Into University FOCUS Day Trip 

Both year 5 classes have be gone back to Into University at the Star Community Centre next week. The trips were a focus day, where the classes learnt about publishing and created their own class poetry anthology. They got the chance to learn about bookbinding, bind their own anthologies and improve their proof-reading and editing skills. Here is a sample of some of the lovely poems, or come to our classes and read them yourself.

Our Trip to Cirque du Soleil’s Totem



On the 25th of January we went to see Cirque du Soleil's Totem at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience world-class performers and a great start to this term's D&T project based on the show. The trip also had many cross-curricular links as our geography topic this term is North and South America and gymnastics is the PE focus is this term too.


This term, Year 5 are involved in an exciting engineering project. They are working in groups to create a model inspired by Cirque Du Solei with the help from with Rolls Royce engineers. Year 5 will learn about the design process, as well as various mechanisms in models to make them move. 


Here is our progress so far.... Keep a look out for further updates!






Room 13

In year 5 we will be reading 'Room 13' - a mystery and suspense story, and applying the focus reading strategies each week. The reading strategies include; making predictions, summarising, inferring, questioning, visualising and building our vocabulary knowledge. Through the reading of Room 13, we focus on improving students reading fluency and accuracy.


Students had the opportunity to write their own nightmare stories inspired my our class book. Here are some of our freeze frames that captures each part of their short nightmare story.





We complete many hands on tasks, which include investigations that require; making predictions, observing, recording results, comparing and analysing data in order to make conclusions. 


This is our recent investigation - upthrust Force.

Children learnt that the bigger the surface area the more upthrust and therefore the more coins their boat structure could hold.




Throughout year 5, we will be looking at a number of different maths topics.
Below are a few links to help you with your learning.






Number Facts


Multiply and divide by 10, 100 or 1000





In year 5 we are focusing on reading, spelling and vocabulary.

Summer 2 Week 6 July 12th

Task 1.

Children should be reading for at least 15 minutes per night and getting their reading record signed by an adult to prove they have done this. This is to improve on their reading accuracy and fluency

Children are working through a list of spellings (found in their reading record) in which they are required to learn by the end of year 5. Children have 5 words to learn per week. Our spelling tests are on Fridays. Any words that children do not learn, they add back into their spelling homework to make sure they learn.


Task 2.

Write out your spelling words 3 x (this is so you can practice, reading, saying the word and spelling it correctly) Pick 5-10 words from this term you have found difficult.



You are able to complete additional homework by finding the synonyms and antonyms for their spelling words.

Task 3

Complete 10 or more questions from the past SAT paper in the link:


Don't have homework book or spellings?


If children don't have their spelling words with them because they were away etc.- they can choose 5 of their own words from their reading book. These are words that children may find interesting, or have never heard of before. This gives them an opportunity to build their vocabulary and learn new words which would benefit their writing.


Multiplication is also required for children who still need to learn them. Children are required to learn all tables up to 12.