Year 5

A very warm welcome from Miss Pringle.

Year 5 is an exciting and challenging year for the children. They are now in the ‘upper school’ and are expected to take a more mature and independent approach towards learning. These skills are developed throughout the year and the children will have excellent opportunities to take part in a range of activities and to develop key life skills. I value the opportunity to work with parents to support their children.


Until November we are focusing on the “Year of Mercy”.  More information about each RE Unit on the overview below.



It is important that all children continue to read to and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis.

Please sign home school record weekly and listen to your child read as often as possible, focusing on expression and fluency (as a storyteller).

Guided reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills, in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills. A list of useful questions can be found on the school website under Guided Reading Support


Spelling lists are given to the children on Friday with home learning. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, personal errors such as common words and topic words. The children are then tested on these lists of words at the end of the following week (Friday morning).

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace when writing. Children should write in blue pen or pencil.


Please ensure that children practice mental maths and time tables regularly at home to build up their skills in rapid- recall of number facts and their ability to manipulate number mentally. It is best to keep practices short and as much fun as possible.


During the Autumn Term all of Y5 swim on Wednesday. P.E. will be on Tuesday and Thursday but, due to the nature of a busy school calendar and inter school festivals; this may need to be altered at times so please ensure full PE kit is in school each day. On dry winter days children will have P.E. outdoors. For those lessons children can wear a tracksuit bottom and top. Mr Duggan from Dame Alice Owen School will be supporting P.E. in the Autumn Term.

Home Learning and other information

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It is due back on the Tuesday in order to allow me the time to mark them. All home learning is kept in folders. It is vital that Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class. In order to keep you in touch with your child’s learning, all home learning tasks are to be signed. Feel free to write any comments which may help me make a better assessment of your child.

Home learning will consist of a spelling task, Maths and English. In the case that a project has been set, the children may get longer, for example, 2 weeks.

If your child has a specific target such as handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, please remind them before they start and then to check over at the end. Children still require adult support with home learning in Year 5, particularly with personal targets, so please support your child.

Please read the home school’s Home Learning Policy for further information.


Children need pencil cases, reading records, reading book and P.E. Kit (named) in school every day. Reading records must be signed by an adult to confirm that daily reading and home learning has been completed.

Curriculum Overview for Year 5