Year 5

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Welcome to the Year 5 class page

Welcome to Year 5’s website page! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and are ready for the Spring Term.

Key dates

Monday 15th January – visit from Reverand Jan to discuss Jesus as a teacher.

Friday 7th February – NSPCC Number Day – more information to follow

Wednesday 12th February – Disco (Rec/KS1 6.00-6.45; KS2 7.00 – 8.00)

Friday 14th February- School closes for half term

Monday 24th February- School reopens

Wednesday 4th March- Story Magic Theatre- Read to Achieve- The Magic of Stories

Thursday 5th March – visit from GB Athlete (sponsored event – more information to follow)

Friday 6th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 18th March- Parents Evening

Friday 27th March- Easter Service 9am. School closes at 2.30pm

Curriculum News

Our topics for Spring Term:

Spring 1 – Off with her Head (history focus)

We will be researching The Tudors along with Henry VIII and his wives.

Tudor crime and punishment.

The changes Henry VIII made to the Church in England

Spring 2 – Allotment(Science and geography focus)

Looking at Victory gardens and their impact on the war effort.

Growing our own fruit and vegetables.



We will be planning, drafting and editing biographies, persuasive letters and reports using the correct grammar and vocabulary. This term we will have a focus on improving our handwriting and making sure that we are spelling words correctly.

Grammar, spelling and punctuation lessons will look at using all types of punctuation correctly in our writing and learning about such grammatical features as modal verbs and relative clauses.

We need to improve our stamina in writing so that we can complete our work and focus on evaluating and editing so that it can be improved.


Guided reading sessions happen every day in school and develop key reading skills.

Children are heard independently by staff on a 1-1 basis every week.

Children have a school reading book as well as a library book to bring home and share with you.

Class novel is also a big part of school life – this term we are reading Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley and next term we are reading Beetle Boy by MG Leonard

Children are encouraged to read aloud at home at least 3 times every week – even if this is just for a few minutes. Children can carry on reading independently – they will be asking you for signatures to show they have been reading at home.

We are always encouraging a love of reading and reading for pleasure so if your child is struggling with a book or doesn’t feel it appeals to them, please put a note in their reading record and we can address this at school.

We will also be completing regular reading tests to practise skills taught during our guided reading sessions.


We will continue to practise our key number and arithmetic skills every week and will be tested on these each week.

Year 5 will also be working on place value in decimals; rounding, column addition and subtracting decimal numbers, e.g. money.

We will have a chance to investigate properties of polygons and draw/reflect shapes on co-ordinate grids.

All children will need to know their times tables to help them to be able to answer Maths questions.


These are now ‘blocked’ so children will spend a day and a half on one subject at a time – this allows for deeper learning to happen and skills and knowledge to be built upon gradually.


Use historical sources of evidence to deduce information about the Tudors.

Use appropriate historical vocabulary to communicate what we know.

Describe the main changes in a period of history (Tudors)


Historic Maps and what we can learn from them.

Investigating how London has changed since Tudor times. Is there any evidence of Tudor life around today?

Investigating land use and allotments.

Looking at where our food comes from and how far it travels to reach us.


Portraits inspired by Hans Holbein.

How has Art influenced History?

Botanical drawing – using our observational skills to produce accurate diagrams.

Design Technology

Cooking different local produce and produce grown in our allotment.


We will be continuing to learn about forces and the effect they have along with carrying out a range of science investigations.


Spring 1 topic – Jesus as a teacher

• Why did Jesus tell this story?

• What can we learn from this story?

• How does this story help us to understand Christian beliefs?

• How does this story impact on the lives of believers?

Spring 2 topic – Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of Victory?

• Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of victory?

• In what ways is Christ’s death and resurrection a victory?

• What is Jesus victorious over and why?

• How does his victory affect us today?

• What did Jesus do to save human beings?


PE will take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

This term we are working on our gymnastic skills.
Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school – including suitable footwear – on these days. Girls with long hair should have it tied up and earrings should be removed.

Our class behaviour contract

On transition day the children wrote, and signed, a behaviour contract which states:

  • Be polite and patient
  • Be respectful an selfless
  • Try your best and encourage others
  • Believe in yourself
  • Be positive

Other information

Knowledge organisers are sent home to support your child’s topic and maths learning. These contain an outline of areas covered in school.

Times Table Rock Stars – ensure quick, rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.

Children will have their own log ins for this online resource – should be stuck into inside front cover of their reading journal.

Spellings – sheet to stick into new spelling journal every week (based on feedback from parents regarding spellings on website). Tests on Fridays. Children are free to practise spelling in any way that suits them. Children will be taught a range of different ways to learn their spellings so that they can find one that suits them best.

Maths homework will be sent out to practise key skills – this will not be every week – just as and when needed.

Our reading scheme for this year is Oxford Reading Tree!

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