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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5 2023-24

Welcome to Year 5.  We work with children and parents to have a fabulous Year 5! 


Mrs Holmes, Mrs Norbury and Mrs Lagonegro smiley

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PE Days for both classes will be Monday and Wednesday. Monday is swimming kit and Wednesdays is outdoor kit.





Our Learning


  1. Autumn: Awesome Anglo Ancestors

  2. Spring: The final frontier

  3. Summer: A road trip to America


English and Maths are set each week and the children have a week to complete the activity. Lists of spellings will be sent out regularly for the children to practice at home using methods of their choice. Parents and carers, we would really appreciate your support with this at home. Work set is usually consolidation and application. Ongoing home work should be reading, spelling and times tables for a short period each day. If you have any questions or issues you would like to raise with us, please feel free to approach us in the playground after school or send an email via the office and we shall get back to you as quickly as possible smiley


Monday - Maths will be given out to be handed back in the following Monday.

Friday - Spellings will be given out for the following week and English will be set to be handed in the following Friday.

Please read at home regularly and practice your number facts and multiplication and division facts.


English- Space Stories and Astronaut Journals. Mayan Myths

Geography - Central America 

French - Space topic 

PSHE - Enterprise and looking out for others

Computing- Databases, Scratch

Science - Space and Forces

Art- Mono printing Maya temples, artist: Carol Robertson

DT- Fairground Rides- gears, pulleys and levers


Reading is a valuable skill that all children should have the opportunity to develop. We would like to work together with you to develop your child's reading. You can support this by reading with your children at home and sign the yellow reading record to let us know how they are getting on. Books can be changed once the children have finished them and they are returned to school. We encourage the children to read a wide range of texts and different genres. Guided reading takes place each week with the class teacher.


This term we are setting off with multiplication and division, we will then be moving on to our second study of fractions and becoming confident with formal methods. We shall then move on to decimals and percentages and link this to our previous topic on fractions and finish with perimeter, area and statistics. 


Autumn Term: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo is the text we use this term. We study the characters of Grendel and Beowulf and build our reading comprehension skills by looking at how authors present characters. In grammar we write sentences which include relative clauses linked to the text. We write a descriptive letter in role as a survivor of Grendel's attack. We then look at King Alfred the Great and write a biography about him. You can help your children at home by enjoying reading other biographies. Discuss how they are organised and what content is included. The Little Leaders and Little People, Big Dreams series of books are popular and include a diverse range of people for your children to choose from. Finally we explore Kennings (including Anglo Saxon ones) and write our own.

Spring Term:

Our learning is based around an astronaut's adventure to the Trappist 1 Planetary System. We write a third person narrative, using the show not tell technique. After this we move onto writing a first person space journal about a Spacewalk gone wrong! We use the book, Space Explorers: 25 Extraordinary  Stories of Space Exploration and Adventure by Libby Jackson.

After this we use a Mayan Story: Rain Player by David Wisniewski. We use drama and active learning  techniques to engage with and explore the text. 



This term we will be answering the enquiry: In which ways was the Mayan civilisation more or less advanced than Britain in AD900?

Within this topic, we will study where the Mayans came from ad learning about the geography and history in central America. We will also find out about religion, village life, climate, change in society and how and why the civilisation declined.  We will use our knowledge to think like historians by understanding how history is depicted and to make arguments about the past.



Religion, Beliefs and Values

Religion , beliefs and values is about exploring big life questions. Our first big question to explore is; What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st Century? We look at this from many points of view, also exploring non beliefs and world views. After half term we shall explore; If God is everywhere why go to a place of worship?


Throughout the year we shall explore religions, beliefs, non beliefs, values and world views and shall link our learning with many aspects of the wider curriculum.




Parents / Carers - If your child has SEND, click the link below to visit the SEND section of the website which offers advice and ideas for you and your child to support their Home Learning.
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