Hayfield Primary School

Loving Learning, Loving Life.

Year 5 love to work and learn and have lots of fun.


Mrs Horton

Welcome to Year 5. We are part of the Upper Junior team. The classes on our corridor work hard to ensure we are the very best we can be. This applies to both our learning and our behaviour. We learn to be more independent, resilient, and responsible.

Our class country is Canada; throughout the year we learn about the natural environment, the people, the history, the food and culture.

In English we continue to develop our reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to a much deeper level in preparation for the rigours of Year 6. In Maths we consolidate the learning we have covered previously and then deepen our understanding by applying our skills and using them to reason and problem solve. In Science we cover biology, studying living things, habitats and life-cycles; the chemistry of material properties and changes; the physics of forces and Earth and space. In Geography we learn about mountains and rivers. In History we find out about Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Ancient civilizations.

We are also passionate readers in Year 5. We have been lucky enough to receive, lots of new books for our class library. We love being the first to try a new book and share recommendations for good reads with our friends. We also subscribe to Scoop magazine and First News to keep us up to date with world events.


In autumn term we have been getting to know our class country - Canada: learning about the people and plants that live there. We have also been finding out about mountains and taking a closer look at the one on our doorstep. In Science we looked at how forces impact our everyday lives and we will be using this knowledge to help our Design and Technology lessons next term. We also enjoyed observing some brand new kittens; recording and presenting data over their first 10 weeks in order to support our learning about life cycles. We spent time learning about about different religions in our community and thinking about what its like to be a Muslim in Britain today - we learnt about the Five Pillars of Islam. We were lucky enough to be joined by Miss Frew this term and everyone enjoyed her lessons; particularly all the Geography work. Towards the end of the term every child took part in the Bikeability scheme and achieved Level 2 in road safety. It was hard work getting back into a routine and remembering how to be independent and resilient after the long time away from school last year. We have spent time building these skills back up so that we can really become a fantastic Year 5 class.

Autumn Term Letter for Parents


Due to the national lock down our spring term has changed significantly. We will be continuing our learning but the majority of the class will be accessing their work remotely. Some topics remain as planned but some have had to be changed. Our Science topic will be taking us to outer space. Our history topic will focus on the early British settlers and invaders - beginning with the Anglo Saxons and then the Vikings. In PHSE we will now be following a unit of work called Money Matters. Whilst in RE we will start to learn about Buddhist beliefs and practices.

All children will be keeping in touch daily via Zoom meetings but we look forward to getting back together as a class as soon as possible.


In the summer Term we  will be working on our Mayans topic, including lots of Art and Design & Technology. In Science we will be exploring properties of materials. We will also hopefully be getting ready to take part in the big end of year performance - although it might be a bit different this year.