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Year 5

How is this year group organised?


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


  1. Miss Thompson- Kites
  2. Ms Rocha/Miss Labour - Sparrowhawks
  3. Miss Helm - Eagles

Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Rymer, Mrs Richardson, Mrs Studley, Mrs Manley and Mrs James 


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.



Our topics over the course of the year include:

  • To infinity and beyond
  • Please Sir
  • Mystical Mayans 
  • 'Tyger, Tyger'
  • Eureka

Curriculum Information


Autumn 1: To Infinity and Beyond



- 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


Design and Technology:

-Designing and building moon buggies



-Learning about the artist Peter Thorpe and abstract art 

-Recreating Peter Thorpe’s abstract rocket art work using a variety of media, including poster paints, colouring pencils and pastels

-Sketching rockets, experimenting with shade and tone 



-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.



-Gymnastics: creating different bridge shapes both on and off the appartatus. Working in partners to create balances together and develop sequences including given criteria



-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.


Autumn 2: Please Sir



-Learning about what life was like for poor children in the Victorian time

-Discussing key figures, such as Barnado and Lord Shaftsbury, who campaigned for children’s rights

-Learning about Victorian schools and comparing them to modern schools

-Analysing the impact of the Victorian era and discussing which impact was the greatest

-Studying a range of sources and determining their reliability



-Studying the artist Lowry and producing a landscape drawing of Victorian Britain

-Making connections between Lowry’s artwork and the industrial revolution

-Creating Victorian style Christmas decorations and cards



-‘Incarnation’. This unit focuses on the Christmas story and Jesus’ role as a messiah. We study the lives of Jews prior to the birth of Jesus and think about why a messiah was needed. We make links to modern day celebrations of Christmas and how Christian’s share the true meaning of Christmas through helping those less fortunate.



-‘All About Me’ continued from Autumn 1.



-Learning about spreadsheets, their uses and inputting formulae. Creating our own spreadsheets on Purple Mash 2Calculate.



-Handball: ball skills, shooting, passing, tactics and officiating



-Singing: preparing for the Christmas service. 


Spring 1: Mystical Maya 



-Discover facts about an ancient civilisation. We will learn all about the Maya culture and way of life. Excitingly, we have an outside provider visiting us to deliver a day of in-costume role-play!

-Explore ancient religions and compare them to modern religions. We will make contrasts between the Maya understanding of the world and religious practises and ideas and beliefs held today. 

-Note connections and contrasts over time. We will learn about the Maya number system and compare it to Arabic and Roman number systems. We will also learn about the types of food Maya ate and make links with modern recipes.

-Use a range of sources to learn about the past. We will learn about Frederick Catherwood (a British artist and architect). We will study his drawings and make inferences about the Maya based on them. 

-Develop our understanding of world history. We will study the ancient city of Chichen Itza in depth and create tourism leaflets to display our learning.



-Interpret a range of geographic sources including maps. We will locate ancient Maya cities on maps and identify the countries that they would have been in today.



-Use sketches to record observations and revisit them. We will add to our sketchbooks by sketching Maya artefacts.

-Improve our mastery of art and design techniques, including paint, sculpture and colouring crayons. We will make Maya masks using clay and then we will paint these. We will create and colour our own Maya calendars.

-Imitate great artists. We will learn about, and imitate the work of, Frederick Catherwood.



-This half term our topic is the Gospel. We will learn about the teachings of Jesus and how Christian's apply these to their lives. Within this we will consider; Jesus' 2 Great Commandments, the importance of prayer, the interpretation of miracles in the Bible and the work of charitable Christian organisations. 



-In computing we will be creating and debugging games. We will be using algorithms to program our games. We will be using the Purple Mash software  2Create. 



-We will be learning about the ukulele and samba instruments. 



-We will be learning cricket this half-term. Specifically, being 'cool catches', 'brilliant batters' and 'amazing all rounders'. 



-We will be learning about families and pets.