Is it that time of year already?

How on Earth has the year nearly gone already? It seems only yesterday that everyone walked into year five, fresh from their time in year four, ready and eager to learn new things. Thankfully, that is still the case and we really have a great half term lined up!

Over the holidays, as ever, I’ve been busy doing lots of things. From featuring in the Evening Post (I really was!), swimming with the family, day trips and more the Litchfield family have certainly been a busy bunch.

The highlight of the holiday for me was a trip to Wollaton Park to see the new art exhibition currently on display – well worth the visit if you have no plans on a certain weekend. My children loved it.

As we return after the May half term break, we’ve got lots of brilliant things planned – read on to find out more about our final spate of Year 5 learning…

What are we learning?


Our theme for this half term focuses in around the topic of ‘Pompeii’. We’ll be learning about the geography of the country of Italy and, of course, Pompeii itself. We will also be reading stories linked to Pompeii, including ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and ‘The Roman Time Machine – Vesuvius’. It’s going to be great!

Highlights from last half term

Solar System Savants!

During the last half term the children worked brilliantly to create their very own working model of the Solar System. They used their knowledge of animation; timers; sourcing images from the internet; removing undesired parts from images, e.g., backgrounds; and then set their planets in motion marching around our Sun!

A quick thank you


A huge well-done to all those children who have been keeping up with their reading at home; we’ve really enjoyed talking about books during the summer term and this is set to continue as we examine lots of different text types this half term, ranging from ‘Boy in the Tower’ to ‘Escape from Pompeii’.

Homework Tasks

Homework will keep to the same theme as previous half terms. As ever, I want to thank you for supporting your children’s learning – it continues to be a real treat for me to see how much effort your children put into their work and we celebrate this every Friday in class.

Art Request

Without wanting to give away our plans to specifically, I would like for your child to bring into school (over the first two weeks back) a single, empty cereal box. We will be using them to create something quite special to share with everyone later in the summer term…

A catch up

If you do have any questions or concerns that I can help with, please catch me on the playground and I’ll do my best to answer them then and there.

Kind regards,

Mr. Litchfield