Year 5

Class Teachers:  Mrs L Prasad (5 Hercules) and Mrs J Bredenkamp/Mrs M Cresswell-Bayliss [5 Perseus]

Upper Phase Assistant Head: Mrs J Quintana


Information about what the children will be learning - please click on link below:

 - Year 5 Curriculum Plan 2021/22

 - Timetables: 5Hercules   5Perseus

- Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter - Spring 2022

Homework is set on Fridays and due in the following Friday. This will alternate between a Maths and English task each week.

Spellings set on Mondays and tested the following Monday.  Click here for this term's spellings:  Spellings  Jan-Feb 2022     

Click on this link to view: Spelling Shed League Table

Reading books should be taken home and returned to school daily and read as often as possible. Please sign Home School contact books at least three times weekly.

PE days:  Wednesdays and Fridays [children wear their PE kit all day]

Back at school after lockdown - March 8

Year 5 children seemed glad to be back in their classrooms among familiar faces.

Bikeability, November 2020

Every child in Year 5 had daily cycling lessons for a week to develop their skills and confidence on a bike. For some, their achievement was to learn to cycle for the first time and for others, they learned to ride safely out on local roads. The children enjoyed the experience and were proud of their progress.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Non-Uniform Day, September 2020

Whether, working out on the gym, playing football or just chatting with friends, Year 5 children enjoyed a day wearing their own choice of clothes to help raise £265 for Macmillan Cancer.

A good start to Year 5

Children in 5 Perseus and 5 Hercules started their time in Upper Phase very successfully. Their teachers MrsBredenkamp and Mr Prue said that they were very impressed with the children’s attitude and effort.

Highlights from Year 5  in 2019-20

Making the most of the last day

The children made the most of the last day before the enforced school closure on 20 March. The sun shone as they enjoyed music and sport outside at lunchtime.

Science Day at Ashcroft High

On 16 March, a small team of our top young scientists from Year 5 attended a science day at Ashcroft High School. There, they got to work in a specialist science lab on a range of tasks.

Making aeroplanes - Science Week parent and carer workshop

.On Tuesday March 10, a large number of family members joined Year 5 in their aeroplane workshop. There, with limited time and materials, they worked in groups on the challenge to build an aeroplane that would fly further than any others. 

Design stage

First the groups planned their aircraft on paper.

Implementation stage

Then it was time to select the best materials to implement their design and to work together to put their plans into action.

The finished products

Here are some of the aeroplanes that the children made with support from their adult helpers.

The big test

In school the following week, the children took their aeroplanes out for the big flight trials. They lined up around the Smooga football arena and took it in turns to launch their aircraft into the air to see whose flew furthest.

Steaming frothing chemicals!

On Monday 9 March, the first day of our Science Week, Year 5 classes had a visit from a visiting Mad Scientist. Radioactive Roxanne demonstrated some chemical reactions to the children - with some surprising results!

Year 5 visit Someries Juniors' own Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

Children from Year 5 entered whole-heartedly into the spirit of World Book Day on 5 March. They came into school in a wonderful array of costumes and they enjoyed their time in the Chocolate Factory-themed reading room.


This year we were successful in arranging for the Luton Cycle Training team to come and deliver Bikeability training to Year 5 children. From beginners to experienced cyclists, all of the children learned something new: some gained confidence in cycling and controlling a bike by practising on our playground; others learned the rules of the road and went out to local streets to learn to ride confidently on the road. We are very grateful to the training team for providing this opportunity.

5 Hercules

5 Perseus

Maths Competition

In February, some of our Year 5 children took part in a competition of a different kind at Stopsley Primary School. Our two teams had to solve a range of puzzles and problems in a certain amount of time. The questions were tougher than what they are used to in Maths lessons in school, so they really had to think creatively to find solutions. 

Year 5 Christmas Play – ”Cinderella Rockerfella”

A week after Year 3 performed their nativity play, it was Year 5’s turn to take to the stage with their production of Cinderella Rockerfella. The show was a Christmas panto complete with fairies, ugly sisters, and Buttons. There were a number of children who were brave enough to sing extended solos. Our thanks go to the Year 5 team of Mr Prue, Mrs Prasad and Mrs Whiting who put such a lot of work into the show as well as all the children who rehearsed so hard to make the show a success.

Year 5 Guitar Performance

Year 5 children have progressed from the ukulele to the guitar this year. They have adapted to the new instrument quickly and gave a confident performance on 13th December to a large number of family members who came to listen to them. Chords were displayed on the screen but most of the children did not need them as they had learned the tunes by heart. They performed a medley of classic rock riffs and some Christmas tunes - and an encore of Baby Shark!

We are grateful to Mr Merriman from Luton Music Mix who has taught them so well. If you would like your child to have individual guitar lessons to develop their talents further, please contact the school office. Alternatively you could consider trying the Saturday music groups that Luton Music Mix in the local area. You can find out more at

Making bread at Ashcroft High School

Year 5 have been working on a project about bread and baking for Design Technology (Food) this term. This culminates in each child making their own choice of bread. Amongst their choices were a lemon bread, a pizza dough, garlic bread and chocolate chip bread.  Usually, they bake their bread in small groups in our kitchenette which takes several days. This year, Mr Prue arranged for them to visit a local high school to make use of their food technology rooms so that they can all complete the activity together. We were very grateful to Mrs Habashanti from Ashcroft High School, who welcomed the 5 Hercules children into her food department on December 18th. The children worked in two rooms - each of which had many ovens and baking stations. The Someries children were helped by a wonderful group of Year 9 student leaders from Ashcroft who helped and supported them to make their bread successfully. The Someries children wrote their evaluation while their bread was proving in the oven and washed up their baking equipment. Then they headed back to school with their freshly baked bread.

Highlights from Year 5 in 2018-19

Sports Week: Climbing Wall

During sports week Year 3 children all tried the climbing wall to see how high they could get. Some made it to the top!

You can see more sports week photos on our sports page.

Sports Week: Dance

Here are some photos or our dance workout with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre :