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Year 5

Year 5

Our Spring 2/Summer 1 learning enquiry is…

Will our great-grand children be living Mars? 




This topic is amazing because it links Science (Physics) and History (Space Travel)!


History Objectives

  • learn about the history of space exploration.
  • to define the terms: astronaut and cosmonaut.
  • learn the requirements to be an astronaut.
  • name famous astronauts and explain their contributions to space exploration.
  • describe notable space explorations in history.
  • identify potential reasons why people want to travel to space.
  • describe how different types of engineers each contribute to space travel.
  • give examples of what the future may hold for space travel.


Science Objectives –

  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.



Space Earth Solar System
asteroid black hole big bang theory
astronaut comet binary star
astronomer astronomy elliptical orbit
density constellation deep space




Can you define what a planet is?

What’s the difference between orbit and rotate?

Can you name the planets in order from the Sun?

Use the language largest/smallest, larger/smaller than when describing the size of the planets.

How does night and day happen?

What are the phases of the moon in order?

Can you name any scientists with theories about our Solar System?

Explain why we have tides.

Space Knowledge Organiser

Our Literacy Focus

This half term, we will be reading (and writing our own versions of) ‘Wishing Tales’ set in space. We will also be planning and writing explanation texts about our Solar System.


The text that we will be focusing on is: Moustronaut by Mark Kelly.

Did you know, Mark Kelly is a real astronaut! He used his experiences from his own space adventures to inspire his stories!



Here is a list of other KS2 stories with a science fiction (Space) theme! https://www.booksfortopics.com/space-ks2




To see the Weekly Timetable and Long Term Plan for Year 5 learning, please click the links below 🙂

Spr 2 Weekly Timetable 2021 Y5

Long Term Plan Year 5 2020-2021




If you are isolating due to Covid, please visit your Showbie page daily to find new work and get feedback 🙂



We recommend that your child also regularly accesses the following learning platforms: 



Link to Year 5/6 Statutory Spellings- Look, cover, say, write, check.



Click here to download a list of suggested reading books for Year 5 children.



Supporting well-being is super important right now. Here’s a great website to lots of free well-being activities…. https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/



Stay fit and healthy with some sporty challenges with ASM! –>  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw3adMR45pFcwVUrii4WGKw