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Barn Owl

Welcome to Barn Owls!


Class Teacher Miss Lock

Teaching Assistant Miss Terrett


Welcome back! I hope you feel well rested after the half term.


Creative Curriculum

This half term Year 5 will become scientist in order to answer the question 'Can Science make me a Master Chef?'
To kick start the topic we will have a party and sample delicious food prepared by Master Chef Scientist. From this we will look at the properties of food and how materials can be sorted.

Through some research, the children will discover why different materials are used to make different objects. Following this the children will carry out an investigation to discover which material will keep a drink the hottest for the longest.
The class will investigate which solids dissolve in liquids, how the volume of water affects how fast sugar dissolves and how they can separate materials. We will also investigate reversible and irreversible changes and if new materials have been made. This potentially messy experiment will be done using the yeast balloon experiment!

To conclude the unit the class will complete a menu, with accompanying scientific explanations to show what they have learnt about materials and their properties.




Guided Reading


This half term we will be reading 'Farther' by Grahame Baker-Smith.


When a father who dreams of flying goes off to war and does not return, his son decides to make the dream come true. Grahame Baker-Smith’s moving story, with stunning illustrations, show how, with love and a bit of ambition, you can reach seemingly impossible gaols.




This half term, Barn Owls will be using Greek myths to produce a variety of pieces of writing. Following this, we will be writing and performing slam poems.



This half term we will be looking at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Other useful information:

  • P.E. lessons are on Wednesdays and Thursdays so please make sure that you have your P.E. kit in school.
  • Creative Curriculum homework will be given out in the first week of every half term and will be due in the last week of the half term.
  • Keep reading books at home that you enjoy. Remember you have logins to the e-reader service. See the link below.