Year 5

A very warm welcome from Mrs Lines.

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 look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher 2020-2021


This year, our school focus is Hope.



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

Please sign home school records weekly and listen to your child read as often as possible, focusing on expression and fluency (as a storyteller). Children should bring in their home school record on their Guided Reading day.

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 at the beginning of each half term. 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 on Fridays.

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 practise 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.

The Year 5 Learner


Children must now wear their kit to school on PE days (Wednesdays and Fridays).

Year 5 usually swim in the Autumn term. However, this has been put on hold until we feel it is safe. Instead, we will focus on skills such as throwing, catching and agility, in order to prepare for invasion games.

As we are currently unable to run PE lessons inside, we may have to adapt our plans to ensure the children are receive enough physical activity.

Home Learning and other information

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class.

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.

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


Each day, you child will need:

  • A water bottle.
  • A reading book.
  • A pencil case which includes a Berol handwriting pen in blue, a pencil, colouring pencils, a sharpener and a rubber.

Your child’s reading record should be in school on their reading day.

Curriculum Overview for Year 5

Subject Autumn 2020

Autumn 1

Autumn 2


Year of Hope

Beginning with the Church

Understanding the symbols, actions and words or the Sacraments of initiation.

Other Faith Week- Judaism

From Advent to Christmas

Understanding what Lectio Divinia is and how Christians prepare for the coming of Jesus around the world.

Maths ·    Place value including decimal numbers to 3 decimal places

·    Negative numbers

·    Rounding

·    Multiplying by 10, 100 and 100

·    Factors and multiples

·    Prime and composite numbers

·    Multiply and divide mentally


All about me

A character description of themselves. (SPaG- Fronted adverbials, possessive apostrophes and proper nouns)

River Story

A narrative set near a river.

(SPaG- Modal verbs and dialogue punctuation)


A recount of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica (SPaG- paragraphing and relative clauses)

Poetry based on the Antarctic landscape.

Science Living Things

describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals

Animals, including humans

describe the changes as humans develop to old age.

Computing Programming

• Create, deconstruct and refine programs to accomplish specific goals: – improve efficiency – use selection within programs
• Use logical reasoning to explain how some algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in programs.

History The Saxons and Vikings


Why did the Saxons invade?

How do we know Saxons settled?

What religion were the Saxons?

How did the Vikings try to take over the country and how far did they get?

What opinion do we have of the Vikings and why is this?

Geography Volcanoes

Identify the nearest volcanoes to the UK.

Locate the capital cities of Europe.

Understand how Volcanoes impact the people of Hiemaey.

Art Drawing (Portraits)


Drawing features

Creating Tone

Design and Technology Seasonality

Understand seasonality in the context of when fruit and vegetables are in season in Britain.

Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet in the context of the importance of protein in the diet.

Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through discussion and annotated sketches

Music ·         listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music

·         perform as an ensemble

·         learn musical language appropriate to the task

P.E. Multi skills  and invasion games
P.S.H.E. Mission prayer values and anti bullying