Years 5 and 6                                                                                                 Back to Classes

Welcome to our Year 5/6 page. Our Year 5 teacher is Mrs Hanna on Monday -Wednesday and Mr Moore on Thursday and Friday. Our  Year 5/6 teacher is Miss Kemps and our Year 6 teacher is Mr Rankin.

Topics studied during 2019/2020

Year 5: Ocean Life, Fairtrade, Tudors, Early Man and Energy and Recycling.

Year 5/6: Matilda, Winter, Mighty Me, Northern Ireland and Ancient Egypt.

Year 6: Victorians, Energy and Movement, Space, Titanic and Rainforests

What should your child have with them each day?

It’s important that your child comes fully equipped to school and is ready for all of their school activities. Children in Years 5 and 6 should have these essentials:

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Homework diary (signed), reading book and any other homework
  • Healthy break/packed lunch/dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed


In Years 5 and 6 homework, we see homework as an important part of your child’s development. From Monday-Wednesday Year 5 and 6 children will receive reading, spellings, tables and a written piece of homework. On a Thursday children are to revise their spellings and tables, in addition to any reading homework they may have to do (Year 6 children will also have a written homework on Thursday). On Friday, children will complete spellings and tables tests, and then take home their weekly test books. These should be returned on Monday with parental signature.


In Years 5 and 6, children should wear proper uniform at all times- we want to be the best dressed year groups in the school!

PE Kits- The class teacher will inform children of their PE day and they will need the following:

  • A fresh t-shirt
  • Shorts/tracksuit bottoms
  • Trainers


Children will be told when their swimming sessions are and letters will be handed out informing parents of such dates. Please see below the terms for swimming:

Term 1: Year 6 on a Monday

Term 2: Year 5 on a Monday and Year 5/6 on a Thursday


Children may bring a bottle of water to have at their desk each day. As we are a ‘Plastic Smart’ school we discourage the use of single use plastic bottles and rather encourage children to bring a reusable plastic bottle.

Many thanks,

Year 5 and 6 teachers

Mrs Hanna/Mr Moore's Class

IFA PE time

Year 5 loved having Ronan from IFA teaching us super skills through exciting games! We'll look forward to having him in each week.

Year 5 enjoyed working practically whilst solving digital time questions.

Year 5 enjoyed finding nouns linked to their topic.

Year 5 Submarine Portholes

We really enjoyed creating submarine portholes using sand, paint, shells and other art materials.

Venn Diagram Fun

We read lots of interesting information about two ocean life explorers and then had to sort their similarities and differences into a Venn Diagram.

Shark Poems

We used the five senses to create a scary poem about sharks. This is how they looked when we typed them up.


We did a great job coming up with lots of ocean related adjectives in groups.

Year 5 had a great time hot seating as famous explorers.

Bun Day

We really enjoyed our delicious buns on Bun Day thanks to the Anti-bullying team for organising such an event. Sugar rush time!

Year 5 have worked well whilst finding the properties of 3D shapes.

Shared Education

Year 5 enjoyed their first day of Shared Education with St. Brigid's Primary School. We took part in ice-breakers in the classroom and in the PE Hall. We will look forward to more days of fun throughout the year.

Anti- Bullying Week

Year 5 enjoyed their activities for Anti-Bullying Week. They took part in trust falls, blindfold games and passing the ball from one person to the next by varying the way they had to pass it. Great fun was had by all!

Year 5 have really enjoyed solving word problems involving 3D shapes.

Year 5 had great fun whilst learning about 3D shapes. They used clixi nets to create their very own shapes. Check out this awesome rocket, which consists of a cube, cuboid and square-based pyramid!

Year 5 had a great time on their litter pick. They enjoyed keeping their community and school as clean and tidy as possible.

Year 5 have had great fun in Shared Education. They have loved learning about and playing American sports, such as dodgeball and American rules football.

Year 5 made boats out of plasticine.  We investigated whether the boats would float or sink and we even added weights to see which boat was the strongest and sturdiest!

Turns and Direction

Year 5 enjoyed practising their turns and directions with the 'Turtle Game'

Year 5 enjoyed creating a variety of 3D shapes. They had a four minute countdown to create three 3D shapes from the clues provided. Note how Grace just couldn't contain her excitement too!

Miss Kemps' Year 5/6 Class

Science Investigation - Egg Shell Book Balance

How many books can you balance on 4 egg shells?  The team who won the challenge were able to balance 11 thin books and two dictionaries!!

Talking and Listening Activity

Meet our very own Mr Wormwood and Matilda. Year 5/6 enjoyed preparing and asking them lots of questions.


Year 5/6 are really enjoying their sessions with Ronan from IFA.  We look forward to his exciting sessions each week!

Circuit Challenge!

We have been learning about the essential components of an electrical circuit. Year 5/6 enjoyed experimenting with materials to make a bulb light.

Numeracy - Outdoor Learning

Exploring clockwise and anti-clockwise and measures of turns such as 90°, 180°, 270° and 360°.

Year 5/6 enjoyed writing instructions for their friends to follow.  They had to follow the instructions carefully so that they finished at the correct place.

We are 'Litter Smart!'

We played our part in taking care and looking after our local environment. 

Year 5/6 headed out with litter pickers and bags to collect any litter around our school grounds and on the public path.

Story Sequencing

Miss Kemps jumbled up the story of The Great Explorer by Chris Judge.  We had to read the text and look at the pictures carefully to put it back together again.  Three teams got it correct, first time!

Geography - Atlas Work

Year 5/6 were using the atlases to locate the Arctic and Antarctic. They explored the surrounding seas and countries.


Gummy Bear Investigation

We put Haribo gummy bears into different substances e.g. vinegar, water and salt.  We left them for 48hours and then took them out of the solution (if possible!) to see what had happened.

Human Body jigsaw

Year 5/6 enjoyed piecing together the organs of the human body.

Mr Rankin's Year 6 Class

Rat trap investigation - circuits

Victorians had lots of problems with rats which caused rapid spread of diseases. They used rat catchers to help with this problem. We decided to create our own trap. The trap needed an indicator in the form of a light or buzzer to let us know when we had caught a rat. We used tin foil as a conductor.

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

We have been reading about a boy called Jim who grew up on the streets during the Victorian times. We took part in hot seating where we took on the role of Jim and answered questions from the class.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

We got to make bridges but we were only allowed to use a limited number of resources. We then tested them to see how strong they were by placing heavy books on top of them. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a famous engineer in Victorian times.

Friction investigation

What helps objects to slow down? Year 6 wanted to test different surfaces to see which had more friction. We decided to use a toy car and slide it down a ramp. Then we changed the surface of the ramp. We used - sandpaper, plastic, carpet and wood surfaces. By using a tape measure we were able to measure the distance each time.

Indiana Jones

Are you looking for a geologist? Have you found some rocks in your back garden and can't identify them? Well look no further as Year 6 are at hand to help you out.

By using a tree diagram and studying the rock's characteristics we were able to identify them.

3D nets

Year 6 were learning about 3D shapes and what they look like if you open them up. We decided to investigate using practical materials. We found different ways of making 3D shapes.

Shared Education with St. Brigid's

Primary School

Jason from King Kom computing NI came in to show us some great activities using the Ipads. We got to create games by planning them first using blocks then getting to play them. It was great fun!


We also had fun taking part in various activities.

Mars landers

We decided to help NASA by building a Mars lander. We watched a video on YouTube about one landing on Mars and thought we could make one. We had to build one which would absorb the impact when hitting the ground so that people inside stay alive. We used an egg to represent the people inside.