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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

I am Mrs Downy and am delighted to be teaching Year 5 this year.

In our class we are supported by Miss Page.


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


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
  • Learn their Year 5 glossaries
  • Complete home learning tasks
  • Revise Year 3/4 and learn Year 5/6 statutory spelling lists (copies are in their glossaries)
  • Complete their Lexia units
  • Use myON every night
  • Revise their times tables up to 12x12 by using TT Rockstars
  • Develop their mental maths skills using Numbots

Autumn Term Learning

This term, in English, we will be writing a variety of genres including balanced newspaper reports.  Our fiction writing will include a narrative based on ‘Cosmic’ and ‘One Small Step’. Our learning will include a clear focus on the skills of drafting and editing. We will continue to develop our knowledge of different forms of punctuation and grammatical terms and how these can be used to improve our writing.


In maths, we will continue to learn maths following the Maths No Problem scheme. This term, we will focus mainly on pace value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


In science this term, we will learn about the Earth and our solar system, including the movements of the planets around the sun. We will then move on to deepening our understanding of materials - how they can be sorted and how they are used in everyday life.


In computing, we will be learning how to code and how to stay safe online.


Our history topic this term is ‘The Vikings And Anglo-Saxons.’ We will find out about how the Viking invasion affected life in Anglo-Saxon England and how this period of history eventually came to an end in 1066.


In geography, we will be finding out how to use maps and compasses to find our wat from one place to another. We will focus on the UK's cities, counties and physical features.


In art, we will be creating mixed media self portraits. Skills that we will develop include sketching, collage and painting.


In design and technology, we will be developing our skills to create pop-ups. 


Our learning in PSHCE will focus on 'Being Me In My World' and 'Celebrating Differences'.


In R.E, we will be learning about Sikhism and how far a Sikh will go for his/her religion. We will also be considering the extent to which the Christmas story is true.


We will be continuing to develop their French reading, writing and speaking skills. The topic headings this term are 'Getting To Know You' and 'All About Ourselves'.


Our PE lessons will be taught be Mr M. We will be developing our football and hockey skills this term. We will also be swimming.



Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Turner, and  learning will be based around developing an understanding of different music genres.


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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