Frizinghall Primary School

Frizinghall Primary School

Year 5 Autumn Term Theme 3

Dear Parents/Carers

Our new theme is Blast Off! This will include us learning about the Earth in space in science. We will be describing the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system, the movement of the moon relative to the Earth and the sun and that the Earth and moon are approximately spherical bodies. We will also learn about the Earth’s rotation and how this explains day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. We will also look at the force of gravity, explaining that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. We will identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces using ideas about rockets and moon vehicles.

We will develop scientific skills including: planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions (recognising and controlling variables where necessary); taking measurements (using a range of scientific equipment) with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeated readings when appropriate; recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, tables and bar graphs; using test results to make predictions; reporting and presenting findings from enquiries (including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results), in oral and written forms and identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

Our oracy work will focus on using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas. Much of this work will be based on our science work.

We will be visiting the National Media Museum, here we will be exploring space in the Wonderlab and taking part in a workshop exploring the universe.

Our activity passport events for this theme are making and launching an air powered rocket and making papier mache planets.

In English, we will be writing a journey story and a diary linked to the book Cosmic.

In DT, we will be making and controlling models using our programming skills, whilst in art, we will record our observations of planets in our sketch books and improve our mastery of drawing painting and sculpting as we create papier mache planets.

Throughout this theme, we will be listening to Holst, The Planets, to help us develop our understanding of the history of music through the work of this great composer.

We will complete our RE unit ‘Why are there different beliefs about God?’ and begin our new unit ‘Why are certain people, places and times sacred?’

In computing lessons, we will complete our computer science programming unit and begin to learn about digital media.

On Monday mornings, the girls will continue their swimming lessons and boys will continue PE and French (Dans l’école and Mon Monde).


Helping at home:

As well as ensuring that your child completes their weekly homework, you could:

  • Research space and space travel on the internet or at the library.
  • Use Purple Mash to explore coding in 2code.
  • Use Purple Mash to explore the topics on aliens, space and forces.
  • Take a family trip the Science and Media Museum – it is well worth a trip and entry is free.
  • Why not take a look at the following websites:


If you have any questions or would like to help, please call in to see us.

Miss Wetherall, Mr Palmer and Mr Flynn