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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5.  We are looking forward to a very enjoyable and successful year with lots of exciting topics and great learning opportunities. We hope that this page will give you all the information that you need but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask a member of the Year 5 team.



Our new topic this term is called, ‘Horrible Henry’.


Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 22 April 1509 until his death in 1547.

Famous for his six wives, and thousands of executions, the Tudor King Henry VIII also revolutionised religion in his kingdom by the creation of the Church of England. 


Who was Henry VIII?

  • Henry was born on 28th June 1491. His father was Henry VII and his mother was Elizabeth of York. He had a happy childhood, learning sports, music and a range of languages including Latin, French, Spanish and Greek.
  • Henry was ten when his older brother Arthur died at the age of 15. This meant Henry became heir to the throne.
  • He was famously tall - over six feet - and loved to entertain. As a young man, the hobbies of Henry VIII were music, dancing and sport, especially jousting and tennis.
  • He built many magnificent homes and palaces including Hampton Court. Henry loved to be seen as a champion of the arts, and his court was filled with artists, musicians and philosophers.
  • Henry was ruthless to anyone who stood in his way. It's estimated that over 57,000 people were executed during his reign at his behest.
  • When he died, he was overweight, with an horrific ulcer on his leg, which caused him constant pain.

Why was Henry VIII important?

Henry VIII was particularly important because it was during his reign that the Church of England was created. This event was known as the English Reformation. The Reformation was set in motion when Henry decided that he wanted to be rid of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, who, after 24 years of marriage, had still not borne him a son.

When the Pope refused to grant Henry a divorce, Henry was determined to be rid of the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church in Rome.  Henry set up the Church of England with himself as its Head.


Year 5 children will visit Heaver Castle in Term 5

Art: The children will design and make a Tudor rose using wire

In our reading and writing lessons we will focus on this book:

Adventures in Time by Dominic Sandbrook


The Six Wives of Henry VIII is one of the most irresistible stories in England's history. It's the story of a handsome, dashing young man who becomes a cruel, bloated, greedy monster. It's also the story of the six extraordinary women who married him: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. Or to put it another way: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

The Year 5 Team (2023/24)

Mr G WilsonYear 5 Team Leader, Science Leader, Sea Urchins Class Teacher

Miss A Smith Whales Class Teacher

Mr G Kingdom - Swordfish Class Teacher

Mrs Cooper - HLTA, Intervention Leader

Mrs Hyett - Associate Teacher

Mrs Kingwell - Associate Teacher

Mrs Miller - Associate Teacher


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