Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7SD

0161 764 1559

Fairfield Community Primary School

Happiness and High Standards


Year 5

Welcome to Colorado's page. On this page we will share the exciting things we learn about, the places we go and the events we take part in. Key information about the curriculum can also be found on the Curriculum Overview page. 

Teacher: Mr Dempsey

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Mahmood


Start time:   9.00am      Side Entrance

Finish Time: 3.00pm      Side Entrance

P.E. Day - Thursday

The Mighty Colorado

To begin our year, Colorado learned about the American river from which the class takes its name. This required the children to be physical geographers, learning about the terrain, environment and the creation of the Grand Canyon, and human geographers, learning about the reasons for the Hoover Dam, who it supplied, and the cultural traditions and cities along its route. The river passes through 7 states and 2 countries, beginning in the US and ending in Mexico. We created 'Day of the Dead' skulls, to mark a Mexican tradition which takes place on November. It is a big, joyous celebration where families celebrate the memory of family members who have died.

Our project is, "Stargazers"

In English, we will be reading Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman (Series available on BBC iPlayer- His Dark Materials). The story follows a young girl, Lyra, who has a vital part to play to save the universe, by crossing from one reality to another with her daemon, Pantalaimon. We will be learning about acrostic and lyric poems (about our solar system), myths about the moon, fantasy stories that cross worlds, and fact files whilst studying this.

In maths, we will be covering more topics related to multiplication and division, such as factors, prime numbers, formal division and multiplication (including long multiplication). We will also be working on fractions. In year 5, this involves understanding equivalent fractions, and using this knowledge in addition and subtraction of fractions. We also learn about mixed number calculations, finding fractions of amounts and representing fractions in a variety of ways. This leads onto percentages and decimals, and their equivalence in fractions.

Science is the foundation of this project. Children learn about our Solar System and where it is in the Universe, and how the planets move around our Sun. They learn about why we have night and day, international time zones, gravity, geocentric and heliocentric views of the Solar System. They carry out investigations into the factors that contribute to the creation of craters, and the effects of gravity on objects with different mass.

In art and design, children make a 'moonscape' piece, building up layers of texture and painting (using light and shade) with glossy paint to create the effect of a shining moon.

In design and technology, children design and build a 'moon buggy', powered by electric motor and using a sensor as a switch.

History focuses on the Cold War space race, and the Apollo 11 mission, whilst in Geography, children map some of Earth's known crater sites. 

We also learn about dropping hammers and feathers on the moon...

Challenge questions:

Who was the last person to land on the Moon?

Why did the space shuttle need special tiles to stop it burning up when returning to Earth? 

Why do astronauts feel weightless in orbit?


A visit to an allotment

To launch their new topic, South America has visited a local allotment. During the visit, children learned key vocabulary, tasted unusual produce and even planted some bulbs. This topic is connected to geography, science and writing, allowing children to learn through experience.


Brazillian Art and Christmas Cards

We learned lots about Brazil in topic, from the rainforest, to rivers and cities, to artists and more. We combined our learning with our Christmas card designs by producing art in the style of Brazillian artist, Romero Britto.

The Final Frontier...

Space is a big part of our science learning in year 5. We learned about the planets, the movement of the Sun, Moon and Earth, and also the ideas of Geocentricity and Heliocentricity. We shared our learning in a report when we finished the topic.


Poems about Professor Branestawm

In South America, we read 'The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm'. In our writing lessons, we wrote poems based on limericks, then created performances in groups as characters from the book.

Testing the effect of weight on air resistance

South America investigated how air resistance was affected by weight. They made parachutes then added weights (paperclips), measuring the time taken to land every time they added a new weight. The results were then plotted on a graph.

Online Safety

We have been learning about data handling in computing, using Numbers on the iPad to produce spreadsheets. We found some statistics about internet use and internet safety. We produced charts and graphs to help us understand what the data shows us. This prompted a deep discussion, which used as a basis to share what we had learned.


Earth and Space

Year Five have been learning about Earth and Space. They made models to help their understanding of the movement of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun.