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Year 5 - Poplar

Welcome to Poplar Class!

Mrs Southernwood is the year 5 class teacher and is supported by Mrs Gilham and Mrs Hanley.


Our topic changes each half term, we use our exciting topics to explore a variety of subjects and to enhance our learning.


Our weekly timetable will also include:

PE – Tuesdays and Fridays

Swimming – Friday (half of Poplar Class will swim this term and half will have the opportunity next term).

It is important that all pupils bring the appropriate kit for these lessons.


Our library day is Friday but pupils will have opportunities to use the library throughout the week so it is important for them to bring their books in every day. We use ‘Accelerated Reader’ to ensure reading books are targeted to the right level of challenge for each individual. Pupils also have reading records and are encouraged to log any reading they do at home. It would be beneficial for pupils to take the opportunity to read at home to a variety of people and this should also be noted in the reading record.


Spellings are set weekly on a Monday, each pupil is provided with a sheet to practise their words. Although pupils are given time and teaching to support their learning of spelling, it is also essential that these are practised at home.


Practising timestables at home will also benefit pupils’ maths fluency and support them in their confidence completing more complicated calculations. 


Autumn Term 1

Our first topic this half term is 'Stargazers'! We are exploring and learning about space, planets and stars. We have kicked off our topic with an incredible visit from a mobile planetarium, which gave us the opportunity to look closer at the planets in our Solar System as well as learning more about stars and constellations.


Autumn Term 2

This half term our class topic is 'Traders and Raiders'! We will be learning all about the Saxons and Vikings and finding out about what life was like at this time. We will also have the opportunity to mark the Centenary of WW1 and will spend the week learning about the war and remembrance.


Spring Term 1

Our topic this half term is 'Beast Creator'. We are focusing on minibeasts and thinking about how we categorise them, their different features, habitats and life cycles. We started our topic with an exciting visit from a selection of different creatures (take a look at our photos below!) which gave us the opportunity to experience, observe and discuss some of the animals we will be learning more about in the next few weeks!

Our Beast Creator visit

Our Beast Creator visit 1
Our Beast Creator visit 2
Our Beast Creator visit 3
Our Beast Creator visit 4
Our Beast Creator visit 5

Music in Poplar Class

Music in Poplar Class 1

Science Enquiry

Science Enquiry 1
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