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Year 5 - Sea Lions

Mummies, Mystery and Magic

This term we will be delving deep into the remarkable history of the incredible Ancient Egytians. In our geography lessons, we will locate Egypt on a map of the world and learn all about the environment of the country, especially the importance of the River Nile. During our history lessons, we will investigate who the Pharaohs were and find out about burial and mummification. We will learn about the Egyptian Gods and how the Egyptians worshipped them and much more!


Our class novel will be Secrets Of A Sun King by Emma Carroll which is an exciting adventure into the past, full of twists and turns. We will be using this, and other information about historical and modern Egypt to write persuasively. and to explore recounts, including diary extracts and news paper reports. See the source image 

Take a look at our topic map for this term to find out what else we will be doing.

We are especially looking forward to our residential to PGL at Osmington in June.

Mummies, Mystery and Magic Topic Map

Extracting DNA from peas at The Swanage School.

Writing non-chronological reports on otters.

Leaning about rivers with Leeson House Field Studies Centre

Science - investigating air resistance with different parachutes.

Science at The Swanage School.

Terrific tennis on Friday afternoons with Ryan and Paul from Swanage Tennis Club.

WWII cooking

Football fun with Patrick the coach.

Our trip to the Tank Museum

Remembering the fallen soldiers from Swanage on the Armistice Centenary

Remembering the fallen soldiers from Swanage on the Armistice Centenary  1

Reading gives you wings!

Reading gives you wings! 1
Reading gives you wings! 2
Reading gives you wings! 3


Reading regularly will help develop your vocabulary, improve your spelling and inspire your own written work. We read daily in school; as a class,through guided reading sessions and independently. Ideally, you should be reading daily at home but we recommend at least four times a week. As well as always having a school reading book on the go, it is good to read other materials too. 


Every month, you will be given a 'Home Reading Bookmark' to record all the reading you do at home. This needs to be signed by an adult on each occasion and then given to  us to check at the end of the week.

 Happy reading!




This guide will help you with your grammar.

Help with spellings

Help with spellings 1
Help with spellings 2

Statutory spelling lists for KS2

Maths Homework

Maths homework will often be set on IXL Maths and will complement work done in class that week. Additionally, children will be asked to practise their times tables and core number facts. Using TimesTable RockStars, Studyzone.Tv  and Xtramath will help with this. There are links to these websites below. If children do not have access to a computer/ the internet, just let us know and we can make arrangements for them to complete the work in school. 

Percentages Guide

Decimals Guide

Fractions Guide

Area and perimeter guide


Currently, PE is on a Monday and Thursday afternoons. This may change occasionally due to weather conditions and hall availability so please ensure you have appropriate kit in school every day.

Code of Conduct

At Swanage Primary we follow our Friendly Four rules: be safe, be kind, be respectful and be responsible.

As a class, you considered what your rights  are and you said that it is also the responsibility of everyone in the class to be kind, considerate and polite; to try hard and persevere when you face challenges; and treat others as you like to be treated yourselves.  

Managing and Monitoring Behaviour

The same high standards of behaviour are in expected in Year 5 as in the rest of the school. However, as some of the oldest pupils in the school, you are a role model to the younger children and should be setting a good example at all times. In Upper Key Stage 2, we use the Class Dojo app to monitor and manage behaviour. Please see below for a copy of a letter explaining how this system works.

The Ancient Technology Centre visit

Our Class Assembly. What a fantastic performance by everyone!

Useful websites