Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School

'Through Christian values we support, help, inspire, nurture and encourage all individuals to SHINE and reach their potential'

Church Ln, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5TA

01484 845544

Welcome to Year 5

Our teachers are Ms Starrett and Mr Pollitt and our TAs are Mrs Moss and Miss Warren.

On this page you will find links to our Newsletter, Long Term Plan and lots of other information and exciting things we have done this year.

If parents have any questions please email us via the school office or message us on Class Dojo.

Summer Term Newsletter

Year 5 Long Term Plan 21-22 


Class News and Activities

Food Technology - Curry Making

As a link to out British Empire topic, we have done a series of food technology lessons. We began by trying foods from around the Commonwealth. Next we researched curry and have planned our own dish. We made Chana Masala; the children had a great time chopping the vegetables, mixing the spices and cooking the sauce. We all had a chance to try our curry with some rice, poppadoms and naan bread. 


Oakwell Hall

We had an awesome day today at Oakwell Hall. We travelled back in time to Tudor England and experienced quill writing and tudor games, sketching and took part in the History Mystery Handling activity. We also learned about Tudor Herbs and Spices in the Kitchen and Herb Garden, had a tour of the hall and finished the day with a ghost story and sing along on the coach back. It was fantastic!

Outdoor Learning Day Spring Term

Today we enjoyed making scarecrows on our outdoor learning day. Can you guess the movie???

Christ Church, Linthwaite, Mothering Sunday service March 27th 2022

School were all invited to join in with the Mothering Day Service at Christ Church, Linthwaite on Sunday and  contributed prayers and poems for this.

Year Five had been thinking about all the ladies in our lives who care for us; sisters, aunts, step-mothers, grandmothers and carers, as well as our mothers and even ladies who may no longer be with us. We have looked at what the Bible says about the role of mothers and, with this in mind, we have written some poems and prayers about mothers. Please read a selection of these but be warned; you may need to have a hanky ready!

Hand to Mouth Spiritual Day

 Year Five spent a spiritual day with the 'Hand to Mouth' Christian worship team, starting the day off with a lively collective worship that involved songs, puppets and a message about how God supports us through life. Thinking about how we live in challenging times when the world can be a confusing place, we then had a workshop where we all got the chance to be contemplative and undertake thoughtful mindful activities, writing prayers for the world and our loved ones. Finally, we learnt the story of the The Good Shepherd and worked together on creative drama, performance, art and crafts. 

Watercolour painting of daffodils

 To celebrate the start of spring, we have been creating some delicate daffodil painting using watercolours.

Formal Letter-writing

Years Five and Six have been writing formal letters this half term and have sent one to our local MP, Jason McCartney, inviting him to come along as a special guest of honour, to our tree-planting ceremony. Mr McCartney wrote to Linthwaite Ardron in the Autumn, inviting us to participate in the Queens Green Canopy Initiative, to plant a tree to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

School then requested a tree from the Woodland Trust charity and we are delighted to have been given fifteen trees to plant in our school grounds.

Read Year Five's formal letter of reply to Mr McCartney below. Thanks to Parker-Maye.

Year 5 and 6 Trip to York

We had an awesome day in York. We visited the Railway Museum and explored the different engines and learnt  about their history. We climbed on the city walls and crossed the river. We visited the Jorvik Viking Centre and travelled back in time 1000 years! We walked down the shambles and saw the many historical buildings of the city. It was great fun!

Vikings! Vikings! Vikings!

Scandinavia and the Vikings was our humanities topic in the Spring term and below is a selection of some of the writing linked to this. We have written our own Norse myths, based on their gods and the mythical settings of Asgard and Valhalla. Reading the book 'Viking Boy', we also wrote some dramatic narrative writing about the true-life raid on Lindisfarne 'Holy Island' in 793AD, describing in vivid detail the blood-thirsty character of a Viking raider. Finally, we wrote some kenning poems about ..... well we'll let you guess!

World Book Day 2022

 Check out our amazing costumes for World Book Day. On the day we had lots of book related writing activities, competitions and games. We had a great time!

Pop up Vikings

In Design and Technology we have been making Pop Up Vikings. We used cams to ensure that when we turned the handle the Vikings moved up and down. Check out our designs below:

Scoot Fit

Today we had a Scoot Fit PE lesson. Everyone enjoyed learning about scooter safety and practicing their moves!

Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica'

 We looked at the painting 'Guernica' by Pablo Picasso, discussing our opinions and thoughts about the artwork and its subject matter. In art, we learnt how to use various monochrome shading techniques in pencil and charcoal, trying to recreate the same black and grey effect. We also looked closely at the painting and learnt a little about why Picasso painted it, during the Spanish Civil War. It prompted lots of interesting discussions about conflict and wars currently taking place around the world today. This then lead us to write some very powerful and dramatic poetry about how the painting made us feel and what we saw within it. Have a look, read their writing and we are sure you will all agree!

Viking Artwork

 As part of our Vikings and Scandinavia topic, we have been looking at writing Viking stories and creating some striking Viking portraits using mixed media, newsprint, charcoal, photographs, tissue and art pencils.

In English, we have been writing character descriptions about Vikings and the raid on Lindisfarne, based on the book 'Viking Boy'. We think our artwork has really helped us create lively characters, some charming, some really quite fearsome, what do you think? 


As part of our geography learning, as well as learning about the mountains of the world, we learnt about the geographical features of a mountain. Have  a look at the fabulous peaks and slopes of the artwork we then painted after the geography lesson.

Space Assembly

Today we did an impromptu assembly about ideas of how the planets move around our solar system - we taught the other children about how the view has changed from a geocentric view (the planets orbit the earth) to a heliocentric view (the planets orbit the sun). Different children pretended to be different peoples throughout history including Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Babylonians, Ancient Indians, Greeks, Islamic Scholars and Europeans Scientists.

PREVENT Training

Jade from PREVENT came into class to lead a session on influence and trust. We had loads of ideas on how family, friends, social media, faith leaders and celebrates influence us in positive and negative ways. We thought about how trust isn't always the same as influence.

Lowry Artwork

We have been learning about the artwork of L.S.Lowry. Lowry was an artist from Greater Manchester who created artwork of industrial landscapes using oil paints. His work was criticised for being too simplistic at the time but he has become a renowned artist across the world. We created our own Lowry style artwork including buildings from the Colne Valley.

Street Child Writing

Check out our emotive letters pretending to be Jim Jarvis from Street Child begging to be rescued from a Victorian workhouse!


Today we went on our the Year 5 and 6 pilgrimage around Linthwaite. We thought about Edenezer Stones and made our own cairn. Mrs Travis taught us about George Mallinson and Florence Lockwood, two very important people in the history of Linthwaite.

Our images of God

In RE we have created images of our personal views and visions of God. Children were allowed to choose their own media to express themselves. We included words in our images which we felt described God.

Autumn Outdoor Learning Day

Today has been our Autumn Outdoor Learning Day in Y5. We began the day by planting bulbs in around our school. We thought about our hopes and dreams for the new year as we planted them. We then did an insect data collecting activity with Mr Taylor. In the afternoon we did lots of team building activities.

Recommended Reading Books for Year Five Pupils

We are often asked what books to recommend that might suit a Year Five pupil. Click on the link below to take you to a site with bags of ideas for suitable reading material. Obviously, you know your child best; their level of reading ability and what subject matter might be best suited (or avoided) for their own individual needs and beliefs, but this site enables you to click on the book, gain further information about it and will even take you directly to an on-line shop. Please note; we are not affiliated to the site in any way and the books shown are meant as serve as ideas for your children only.


Times Table Rock Stars

 Purple Mash

Power Maths 

Oddizzi Website Review 

EdShed Web Game - Spelling Shed and MathShed  Charanga - Primary music curriculum, Secondary & Instrumental music