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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

I am Ms Williams and am delighted to be teaching Year 5 this year.

The children have all settled in well and are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Miss Terry.

This term our topics are ‘The UK’ and ‘Raiders and Traders’.


We have P.E twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. 


Year 5 are expected to complete approximately 1 hour of homework every night. In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to: 

  • Read every night
  • Complete all written homework set (details of this will be in their planners)
  • Learn their Year 5 glossaries
  • Complete home learning tasks
  • Learn Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists (copies are in their glossaries)
  • Complete their Lexia time
  • Practise their times tables up to 12x12 by using TT Rockstars
  • Develop their mental maths skills using Numbots
  • Ensure that they can tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks

Autumn Term Learning

This term in English we will be writing a variety of genres including explanation. Their fiction writing will include a narrative based on ‘One Small Step’ and the book ‘Cosmic’. Their learning will include a clear focus on the skills of drafting and editing. Year 5 will continue to develop their knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve their writing.


In Maths, Year 5 will continue to learn maths following the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme is based on the highly effective, research based Singapore method of teaching mathematics. Lessons and activities are taught using a problem-solving approach to encourage the development of higher-level thinking. Ample time is spent on topics in order to deepen understanding and master concepts. New concepts are initially learned using concrete examples before moving on to pictorial representations and finally abstract symbols. The focus of the series is on teaching to mastery.


In Science, the Year 5 topics are ‘The Earth and Beyond’, ‘Get Sorted’ and ‘Everyday Materials’.


The children will be learning how to stay safe on line and then studying spreadsheets and coding in computing. 


Our history topic this term is ‘The Vikings and The Anglo Saxons’. The children will be taught how the Vikings and the Anglo Saxons struggled for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.

Our Geography topic this term is ‘Marvellous Maps’. The children will explore a range of maps, use the 8 points of a compass and use 4 and 6 figure grid references. The children will also identify and describe key geographical features of the United Kingdom.


In Art the children will be learning about great artist, craft makers and designers whilst understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms. The children will also produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.


The children will be continuing with our PSHCE Curriculum and completing the topics: ‘Being  

Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.


In R.E, Year 5 will be learning about Sikhism and how far a Sikh will go for his/her religion. They will also consider the question: ‘Is the Christmas story true?’.

Year 5 will be starting their French lessons this term with the topics ‘Getting to Know You’ and ‘All About Ourselves’.

Their P.E will be with our Sports Coach, Mr T, and they will be focusing on Fitness, Tennis and Football.

Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Rollo, and the children’s learning will be based around the topic ‘Livin’ on a prayer’ and they will be developing their singing skills.

All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 

If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 

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