Year 5 Curriculum News and Parent Information Meetings

Our Year 5 Classes are Galleons and Submarines.

Please read our Newsletter to see what we get up to or follow our news on Facebook. There is also information from our Parents Information Evening that will be useful throughout the year.



Cross-Phase Reading Afternoon

At the end of each half term, the children at Newsham Primary are very lucky because we get the chance to read with our friends in other year groups. This half term, year 5 came to read with us in Lifeboats. When we were finished, they filled in our reading records so our adults would know where we read up to. They were patient with us and did their very best to share what they had learned about reading. This is just another chance for Lifeboats to show just how much we love reading!


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Monkton Stadium

On Friday, 24 children Year 5  were lucky enough to visit Monkton Stadium, alongside Year 6, and competed in many different athletic events. Even though we were late for the competition, due to circumstances beyond or control, the children immediately threw themselves into the events (some quite literally) and even managed to come second out of all the schools competing! The level of sportsmanship and team spirit were absolutely fantastic and the children were an absolute credit to our school!

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Goblin Cars

Year 5 have had the most AMAZING week! As part of the GreenPower Project, our children visited the Port of Blyth and took part in many different STEM workshops. These included, Forces and Friction, Electricity, Gears and most importantly, building our very own electric cars. We will then get to race one of these at Gateshead Stadium later in the year. The children were given a tour of the Port, including finding our about the Tall Ship. All of the engineers supporting our children were impressed with their enthusiasm, knowledge and understanding of many new skills. Hopefully, this experience will encourage children to realise their potential in engineering in the future.

Our camera never stopped clicking because we were so proud of everyone! Here are just a few of the many taken over the two days.

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As part of our week long celebration of Space, last night year 5 got to take part in Newsham’s first ever Space Camp. Everyone in the year group came back to school at 6 o’clock and made our way to the school hall. That was when we were introduced to the carousel of incredible space themed activities that were going to be taking part in for the rest of the night. Take a look at what we got up to:

Constellation Umbrellas:

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We worked in small teams to recreate iconic constellations using strips of white tape.

Challenges of Being an Astronaut:

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We attempted to carry out the most basic of every day tasks (with real difficulty!) while trying to replicate the conditions of an astronaut.

Stringed Solar System:


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Using string, balloons, Plasticine, glue and paint, we created a diorama of the solar system. We then used Ipads to photograph individual elements of the diorama so we could label them. In a different classroom, we then created a digital stop motion animation of the solar system in action.

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Rocket Design:

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Using one of our favourite stories from year two, ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob), we designed our own rocket ships. We labelled our diagrams before splitting into teams and creating a small-scale model for an activity that we carried out back in school today (see the very end!).

Creating our own Constellations:

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After discovering some of the myths linked to the constellations, we created our own using silver stars and pens on black card. Our constellations had to be about a person, a place or story which was significant to us.

Till-Roll Solar System:

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Using long strips of paper and stickers of various sizes, we created a pocket solar system. Although the planets were not to scale in this model and were positioned in a line rather than at different locations in their orbits, it helped us visualise the huge distances between the Sun and the planets.

Straw Rocket Races:

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First, we created a thin paper rocket which would fit around the outside of straw. We attached our rocket to the end of a straw on a milk carton and used Blu-Tac to make sure it was air tight. We then stood on a start line and squeezed our carton as hard as we could to propel the rocket forward. We measured our distances over 5 races then calculated our average scores to see who travelled the furthest overall.


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On the school, tents were set up for us to camp out underneath the stars. We were able to use a high powered telescope and binoculars to observe the stars. Mr Jones explained about certain constellations and planets and the origin of their names.

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To end our experience, we all got together in the hall and had milk and cookies while using a special Ipad app to locate specific stars and planets. We loved our Space Camp experience and we can’t wait to carry on learning about space this half term!

What a wonderful week…

We have had an absolutely wonderful week and are incredibly proud of all the Year 5 children. Our assembly was a roaring success! Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to share it with us and popped into our classrooms afterwards for a chance to see the children’s work. We do understand that not everybody was able to come but no doubt your child has been able to tell you all about it! We were blown away by the children’s confidence and enthusiasm.

In addition, we have been delighted with the homework projects this term. We’ve had models, poetry, games, baking, art and crafts and research. Once again, thank you for your support as we know that everyone is very busy.

This comes after visits from Newcastle University to explain what life could be like in the future. Not forgetting the Bikeability experience for many children. The organisers thought the children were exceptional in regards to behaviour, attitude and readiness to learn. What a compliment!

It’s not over yet… SPACE CAMP IS COMING TO NEWSHAM! Next week, we have planned some educational yet fun-filled activities for the children to enjoy throughout the week. Keep an eye out for incoming photos!