Year 5

A very warm welcome from Miss Donatantonio.

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

Summer Term Overview 2023 - 2024

Spring Term Overview 2023 - 2024

Autumn Term 2023 ‘Meet the Teacher’ Session


Each day, you child will need:

  • A water bottle.
  • Their reading book and reading record.
  • A pencil case which includes a handwriting pen in blue and a pencil.



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

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

In Year 5, we use the Reading Fluency Project to practise reading and comprehension strategies. This could be in a small-group or whole-class setting, but the principle remains the same: to increase stamina, intonation, expression, confidence, enjoyment – and thus improve comprehension – of a text through modelled expressive reading, echo reading, repeated re-reading, skilled questioning, challenging text selection and modelling comprehension skills.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the following skills: retrieval, inference, explaining words in context, summarising and predicting. A list of useful questions can be found on the school website under Guided Reading Support.

Here is a list of recommended reads to help your child to find a novel that will be at an appropriate level for them:

Y5 & Y6 Recommended Reads – Book List


Spelling lists are given to the children every Friday. 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 words the following Friday in a dictation passage.

The list of weekly spelling rules for year can be found here:

Y5 Spelling Overview

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.


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

Year 5 will be swimming in the Autumn term.  As well as wearing their PE kit to school, please ensure that children remember to bring their swimming kit into school on this day and that all PE and swimming items are labelled.

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.