Frizinghall Primary School

Frizinghall Primary School

Year 5 Autumn Term Theme 2


Dear Parents/Carers

Our next theme is ‘Could you be a crime scene investigator?’ This theme focuses on science.

Our theme will begin when we discover a crime has been committed and Year 5 will help the police and forensic scientists to gather evidence from the crime scene and use this to help solve the case! We will be comparing and grouping everyday materials we collect based on their properties, including their solubility and response to magnets. We will then use this to give reasons, based on evidence, for the uses of everyday materials. Our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases will help us to decide how mixtures might be separated; this will involve filtering, sieving and evaporating some of the materials found at the crime scene. We will investigate how some materials dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and learn how to recover a substance from a solution. The investigations will help us to demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes and to explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible.

The theme will help us to develop a range of scientific skills including: planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions; taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision; using our test results to make predictions and reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations. As we will be gathering a wealth of data during our investigations, we will use this in our maths lessons on statistics.

In English, we will be reading the Balaclava Story by George Layton, who was born in Bradford and we will write newspaper reports. The best of our final newspaper reports will be judged by a reporter!

In oracy lessons and dialogic talk sessions, we will further develop our scientific understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

We hope to make a visit to a science lab, experiment with chromatography and meet a crime investigation expert.

In RE, we will continue our work focused on the question, ‘Why are there different beliefs about God?’ In PHSE, we will be thinking about feelings and emotions. On Mondays, the girls will continue their swimming lessons and the boys will continue their PE. In computing, we will continue our ‘Be Internet Legends’ project and learn about programming. Finally, in French we will be learning French linked to school in the theme ‘Dans l‘école’!


Helping at home:

As well as ensuring that your child completes their weekly homework, you could:

  • Access TT Rocks at home to help your child with their multiplication tables.
  • Purple Mash online has some great activities to help with our programming work.
  • Read newspapers with your child and watch the news.
  • Find out about George Layton
  • Explore the following websites


Don’t forget to let us know if you have a go at any of these activities or any other extra work.

If you having any questions or would like to help, please call in to see us.

Miss Wetherall, Mr Palmer and Mr Parsons