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Welcome to Year Five - Poplar!

Mr Sayers

Mrs Pearce

Mrs Brailsford



Welcome to the Poplar class page! We always work our hardest in order to reach our goals; we are a team who support each other in any way we can. We work on many interesting topics throughout the year such as World War II, the Gunpowder Plot, the Ancient Egyptians and many more. We encourage children to read three times a week at home.  Please remember to sign their reading diaries! All children are competing on the class Reading Ladder and have the chance to win prizes.


Our English work incorporates a range of different books. These are either stories or non-fiction texts linked to our Learning Challenge Curriculum. We generate lots of amazing writing about 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl ,'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' by C.S Lewis, 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry, 'The Lemonade Crime' by Jacqueline Davies', and, 'Aliens Ate My Homework' by Bruce Coville'.

Children are no longer set for Maths, which is now taught using the 'Maths Mastery' curriculum. Children are given weekly homework on Fridays and this is due back into school by the following Wednesday.

Learning Challenge Curriculum:
Throughout the year we will be covering many fun and exciting topics as part of  the new curriculum. Each topic starts with a WOW activity to capture the children's interest and inspire their curiosity to learn more. The topics are based on either History, Geography or Science with Art, DT and Music linked through each topic.
The Learning Questions are as follows:

  • How could Hitler have convinced a nation like Germany to follow him? (Autumn 1)
  • How different will you be when you are as old as your grandparents? (Autumn 1)
  • Why should the Great Fire, gunpowder, treason and plot never be forgoten? (Autumn 2)
  • Can you feel the force? (Autumn 2)
  • Why should the rainforests be so important to us all? (Spring 1)
  • Were the Anglo Saxons really smashing? (Spring 2)
  • Could you be the next CSI investigator? (Spring 2)
  • How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt? (Summer 1)
  • What is so special about the USA? (Summer 2)
  • Will we ever send another human to the moon? (Summer 2)


Planned trips for Year 5 this year are as follows:

The Churnet Valley Railway Evacuee Experience (Linking to our WW2 Topic)
Pantomime visit, Stafford (Christmas)
The National Space Centre, Leicester (Linking to our Space Topic)

As well as these trips, we are also looking to invite visitors into school to aid our learning. These sessions include an Egyptian workshop, which involves a visit by a 'real' Egyptian Pharaoh.

Things to remember
  • English/Topic Homework is set on a Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday.
  • Maths Homework is set on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.
  • Fitness Friday each week. Children can wear PE Kit and/or suitable outdoor sportswear.
  • Friday is our weekly spelling test.
  • Y5 children go swimming every Friday afternoon commencing Friday 22nd September. Anyone with hair long enough to cover their eyes needs a swimming cap. All girls must wear a costume and boys must wear trunks or fitted shorts. Loose or baggy shorts are not permitted. Everyone must bring a towel and if glasses are worn, then a protective case must also be provided to keep them safe. No goggles should be worn unless for a medical reason in which case a signed letter should be provided.
  • Y5 children will be completing PE on a Tuesday. Children must remember to bring their PE kit in a bag. They will get changed at school and go home in their uniform again.



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