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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
  • 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 units
  • Use myON every night
  • 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

Summer Term Learning

This term, in English, we will be writing a variety of genres including balanced arguements. Their fiction writing will include a narrative based on ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ and ‘Kensuke's Kingdom’. 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 mastery.


In science, the Year 5 topics are 'Circle Of Life', 'Reproduction In Plants & Animals' and 'Marvellous Mixtures'.


In computing, the children will be learning how to word process effectively using Google Docs on their Chromebooks.


Our history topic this term is ‘Crime and Punishment.’ The children will study how crime and punishment has changed, extending the children's knowledge beyond 1966.


In geography, children will learn about how the world around them is physically changing.


In art the children will be learning about great artists, 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: 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me'.


In R.E, Year 5 will be learning about Sikhism and how far a Sikh will go for his/her religion. They will also be learning how significant it is for Christians to believe that God intended Jesus to die.


Year 5 will be continuing to develop their French reading, writing and speaking skills. The topic headings this term are 'All About Me' and Food, Glorious Food'.


Their P.E will be mostly with our sports coach, Mr T. Sports covered will include athletics, rounders, cricket and tennis.


Music will be taught by our music teacher, Mr Turner, and the children’s learning will be based around the topic of the Baroque orchestra and composers. Later in the term, children will learn to play the ukulele.


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. 


Experiencing the outdoors with our friends - Forest School.

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