Year 5

Our topic this half term is ‘Bowling Bradford’, looking specifically at the rapid changes the industrial revolution brought to Bradford between 1700 and 1900.


As part of our Humanities this half term, we are going to be learning more about our local area of Bradford, particularly focusing on how Bradford changed from a small rural village with a population of 4500 people to what we now know as a thriving industrial city with a population of 536,986. We will be investigating how in the early 1800s, Bradford was the greatest wool centre in the world, taking into consideration agriculture and farming, the Bradford canal, way of life and working conditions.


Our science topic this half term is life cycles! We will be learning all about the life cycle of a plant, including planting our own! We will also be learning about the stages of human growth from a baby to an adult.


In English, we are going to be writing a diary entry from the perspective of Jim, who is a young Victorian boy living through the industrial revolution in the 1800’s. Our diary entry will be based off of the book ‘Street Child’ and will retell Jim’s day of struggle and hardship as the weight of poverty bears down on him and his family.


In Maths, we will be continuing our learning of decimals from last half term. We will then move onto conversion of measurements, where we can apply our knowledge of decimals.

Times tables are an important part of all aspects of the Maths curriculum, so we encourage you to go on TT Rockstars as much as you can at home.

Reading Challenge

Can you learn about the Industrial Revolution on BBC Bitesize?

Creative Challenge

We challenge you to create your own 1900’s industrial city, including all of the features we have learnt about in school. You can do this as a 3D model, a sketch or painting! Our favourite cities will receive special prizes!

Make sure you take lots of pictures and these may appear on our social media channels!

Family Challenge

As we are learning all about the life cycle of plants, why not take a walk around your local area and see if you can spot any plants at different stages of their life cycles?

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