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Year 5

Meet the Teacher

How is this year group organised?


The year group is divided into 3 classes.
The Class teachers are:


  1. Mrs Thomas- Kites
  2. Ms Rocha/Mr Cole - Sparrowhawks
  3. Miss Helm - Eagles

Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Rymer, Mrs Cooke, Mrs Studley and Mrs Kent


General Expectations/Rewards & Sanctions

As with other year groups, we expect all children to try their best and work hard in the classroom and in lessons.
We always encourage the children to treat each other, and all adults with respect and kindness. In accordance with the rest of the school, we follow the behaviour policy whereby positive behaviours are rewarded and negative behaviours sanctioned in a way appropriate to Key Stage two.
Please see the on-line behaviour policy for further details.

We will continue to encourage greater independence and responsibility and hope that you will also support your child in achieving this.
Although we expect a great deal from your child, we offer a huge amount of praise and recognition for effort, achievement and good behaviour as well!



Within the English curriculum, the children will be taught reading, writing, speaking & listening and spelling & grammar (SPAG) skills. This will include: letters, sounds, spelling rules and grammar, sentence structure and punctuation, understanding of whole texts and meaning, handwriting (cursive script), writing for different audiences and purposes, and reading of different styles of texts. We encourage the children to be reading and writing as much as possible and any opportunities that you may find at home would also greatly benefit their learning.



Within the Mathematics curriculum, children will be taught a range of skills, including: mental and written strategies for solving problems, number patterns, addition and subtraction, multiplication and times tables, division, shape, measure (time, length, weight and capacity) and data handling. Children will have a variety of opportunities to apply their reasoning and fluency within mathematics through a range of practical and problem solving activities. They will also be learning how to apply their mental skills in arithmetic.


Reading Records

Reading records and reading books are expected to be in school every day.
During a week children are expected to complete at least 3 reads at home and these must be recorded in the child’s reading record and signed by parent/guardian.
The reading record will be checked each Friday and if the 3 reads are not completed the child will go to the library to read during Friday break time.
If this is a persistent concern you will be contacted to discuss.


Home Learning

Home learning will go home every week on a Thursday. It needs to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday. Home learning will alternate half-termly:

1) one piece of English work accompanied by learning of times table / arithmetic OR

2) one piece of Maths work accompanied by ten spellings to learn.


In addition to this homework, children are expected to complete 3 pieces of home learning related to the topics covered in class over the course of the year. More details about what these home learning pieces can be will be sent out with each topic.



This year, we will be teaching History, Geography and Science discreetly. 


Our History/Geography topics will be:

The Americas

The Anglo Saxons, Scots and Celts 




Our Science topics will be:


Properties and changes in materials 

Forces in action

Life cycles 

Changes and reproduction 


We will also have a Global Citizenship topic which will be Black History, 

Curriculum Information


Autumn 1: 



- Describing the movement of the Earth, relative to the Sun

- Describing the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth

- Describing the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies

- Explaining day and night

- Learning mnemonics for the order of the planets

- Using equipment to investigate the earth’s rotation on its axis and its orbit of the sun

- Investigating the moon’s phases



-Identifying the countries in North and South America

-Describing, analysing and comparing the climates of the Americas 

-Identifying and describing the geographical features of North America 

-Identifying, describing and comparing the human geographical features of South America 

-Using compass directions to locate and describe the location of the states within the USA

-Using 4 and 6 figure grid references to identify the location of given places on a map. 


Design and Technology:

-Designing and building moon buggies



-We will be studying the artist Frida Kahlo. We will learn about her life and artwork including surrealism and self-portraits. 



-Learning about coding and applying our knowledge to making our own computer games on Purple Mash 2Code



-‘The People of God’. This unit focuses on the story of Moses and the 10 Commandments. It draws comparisons between the modern day and the time of the Old Testament. We discuss how Christians apply these teachings to their lives through looking at charitable organisations.



-‘All About Me’. We cover greetings, introducing ourselves, where we live and what we look like.



-Rugby and Netball. Key skills and match technique.



-Ukulele: Learning to hold the ukulele correctly, pick notes and strum chords. Using the chords of C, F & G7 to play along to a number of songs. Listening to ukulele music in a range of different styles.



Year 5 Activities