Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

Year 5 AR

Monday 13th September 

Charles Darwin -  The Voyage of the Beagle Hook Day!


Today we had a hook day for our new topic. We worked our way around a carousel of activities and had the opportunity to work with the other year 5 and 6 teachers. 

With Mrs Plumley, we learnt about the history of sea exploration. It is important that we have an understanding of where the Beagle is paced in this history. 

We became scientists with Mr Hanrahan. We tested a range of liquids using litmus paper to identify if they were acidic, alkaline or neutral. Some of the results surprised us! 

We were greeted with the challenge of blowing up an inflatable globe with Mrs Paton. We recapped the location of the equator and the tropics and the continents of the world. Next, we used atlases and maps to plot the voyage of the Beagle. We finally plotted the voyage onto our inflated globes! 

Charles Darwin made some interesting discoveries with fossils so with Mrs Retter we started to look at these. Using a range or mediums, we carefully sketched fossils focussing on tone and texture. Lots of us really enjoyed using the charcoal as we like getting messy! 

Fossil Sketches

Voyage of the Beagle

Welcome to Year 5!

Our first week is now over and what a fantastic week it has been. The children have settled back into their learning with enthusiasm and have adapted to the new routines with maturity.

Your children may well have told you by now that our topic is ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ in which the children will be learning about the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin. Please find attached an overview of what we will be covering over the course of this topic. You will note on the overview that both Year 5 classes will be doing PE on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure PE kit is in school on these days.

This year the children have been given new reading records which contain a really useful glossary of grammar terminology and spelling patterns on the pages in the middle of the book. Even though the children are now in Year 5, reading continues to be our highest priority and is the area where you can support your child the most. Please make sure that you sign their reading record when your child has read or had a discussion with you about their book.

We are looking forward to working with you to ensure that your child has the best experience possible this year and makes good progress. Feel free to email us on our class emails if there is anything you would like to know or feel that we should be aware of.


Kind regards,

The Year 5 Team