Welcome to Brushwood Junior School!

Brushwood Junior School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

We strive to develop young minds, whether it's academically or artistically, to be the best they can be.

We hope that you enjoy exploring what we have been learning about so far!

Meet the team:

5DW - Mrs Dunne-Wall and Mrs Wijayatilleke are the class teachers, Mrs Taylor and Miss Lloyd are the teaching assistants

5J - Miss Jan is the class teacher, Miss Morgan is the trainee teacher and Ms Franks is the teaching assistant


Throughout the year, we read a variety of texts. In the autumn term, a particular favourite of the class was ‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver. This book was universally loved by all of the children and many of them have gone on to read more books in the series, which just shows the enthusiasm and self-motivation the children have. This text allowed us to write in many different genres such as poem, non-fiction and fiction writing. The vocabulary in this book was incredible, which led to many fact finding missions and vocabulary trails which the children loved! 


"We love the story because it makes us want to find out what is going to happen next, each chapter ends with a cliff hanger. There is lots of great vocabulary, for example carcass, surreptitiously, hurtle. The twists and turns are very engaging!" Charlotte







Maths is another area that is particularly enjoyed in year 5! We try and do as many practical activities as we can, like playing games using equipment such as cubes, shapes and computers to really help cement understanding.


In the Autumn term, we will cover many topics such as number: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, statistics.


In each area we continue to develop and stretch our children’s minds and ask questions such as why does or doesn’t that calculation work, what if I change this number in the number sentence, what will happen then etc. One of our particular favourite ones is “Prove that you are right!” The children love to be challenged.






In Science we have carried out many practical activities while exploring the topic of Forces. We have investigated air resistance, water resistance and the effects of gravity. We will be exploring our solar system and the planets this half term. 




In the Autumn term, the children have been transported back to the century where Saxons and Vikings ruled the lands. Discovering what it was like to be a peasant or a king was a shocking revelation to the children. We can assure you most of them will want to be a king by the end of this topic! They will learn about crime and punishment, the people’s lifestyles and produce a newspaper article about when the Vikings invaded England, a frightening time!




In the Autumn term, our topic in PSHE is ‘Healthy lifestyles’. We will discuss physical, emotional and mental well-being and explore the best possible ways of looking after our health. 




 In RE we have thought about the importance of Pilgrimage in different religions. We will enjoy celebrating the festivals of Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas.


In Music, we have explored traditional music from countries around Europe including the UK and we have thought about how national anthems make us feel. 


In Art, we have been exploring the artist Scottie Wilson; his new approach to art involved using fine liner and techniques such as cross hatching to create original dynamic pieces of work. 


In PE, the children have been using their geography and mathematical skills to explore orienteering.