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Year 5

In Year 5 we continue to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and the development of independent skills. We aim to teach this through a range of fun and exciting activities which underpin the learning of key skills across the curriculum. Furthermore, this year there will be a strong emphasis on the development of children’s mathematical and English skills, preparing them for the challenges of the Year 6 curriculum.

Year Group Information

Class 5C

Teacher: Mrs Collins

Teaching Assistant: Ms Wright

Swimming:  Tuesday morning

PE:  Wednesday morning



Class 5M

Teachers: Miss Morris

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anderson

Swimming: Tuesday morning

PE: Wednesday morning



Important Dates

Monday 24th April  - Y5 High School Taster Day - (Boys at Birkdale High and Girls at Greenback High). 

25th April - 5th May  - Bike Right (Tuesdays - 5MN, Wednesdays - 5C, Thursdays - 5K,  Fridays - 5M)

Class 5K

Teacher: Mr King

Student Teacher: Mr Killa

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Armitage

Swimming: Tuesday morning

PE: Wednesday morning


Class 5MN

Teacher: Mrs Maddison-Neill

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Fitzsimons, Mrs Taylor

Swimming: Tuesday morning

PE: Wednesday morning






The Best of British (Autumn 1)

Quality Text: 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone' by J. K. Rowling

The Year begins with a visit from Simon Ward, who discusses the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’ when facing different challenges. This is very useful for the children, especially those who attend the Robinwood residential in September! Following the Robinwood trip, the children spend the remaining weeks learning about why Britain is so great! They read J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and at the same time and use their new iPads and atlases to learn all about where we we live in relation to the rest of the UK and the world!

A Victorian Christmas (Autumn 2)

Quality Text: 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens

Here, the children find out everything they can about Queen Victorian and Britian during her reign. The children are transported back in time for a special 'Victorian Day' in class where they gain first-hand experience of what it would be like to be a child in school during this period. They are able to lead their own learning and research different aspects of this era which interest in them, while also being taught about the Victoria Cross in time for Remembrance Sunday. Their learning is consolidated with a memorable trip to Norton Priory where the children are able to get involved in various Victorian activities! As part of the RE syllabus, we also look at The Nativity story and how Christmas is celebrated in today’s society.

A Greek Odyssey (Spring 1)

Quality Text:  The Usborne Book of Greek Myths

In Spring, the children look at how the Greeks have inspired us and society. They study Greek architecture and recognise Greek influences in buildings and monuments on Lord Street. They learn about the Greek city states and forms of government, identifying how a democracy is an effective way of governing a country. The children also learn about the Olympics and are able to participate in their own Olympic events as part of PE. Reflecting on everything they have learned in each subject, the children then create their own production based on a Greek myth.

A Healthy Me/Life's Adventure (Spring 2)

Quality Text:  'How To Live Forever' by Colin Thompson

The children finish the Spring term by developing their understanding of a healthy lifestyle, looking at the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. A particular highlight of this Theme is the opportunity for children to create their own soup recipe, purchase the vegetables themselves from Bill Rimmer's Farm Shop and then create their own soup with their friends! The children also consider the process of growing up and the changes that occur over time.

The Earth and Beyond (Summer 1)

Quality Text: 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes

During this Theme, the children go 'above and beyond' while looking deep into the depths of the solar system. The children learn about the movement and rotation of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun and demonstrate this understanding through creating their own top trumps, a model of the Earth, Sun & Moon to describe how they orbit one another, and an interactive quiz in the style of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.  In Art, they study the work of Peter Thorpe and create a piece of abstract art, linked to space, in a similar style to his. Throughout this term, the children continue to participate in swimming sessions.

Southport (Summer 2)

Details to follow soon.


See Year 5's overview at the bottom of this page.

Home Tasks 

In Year 5, we expect children to read at home with an adult 3 times a week. In addition to this, children should complete independent reading daily and this should be recorded in their Reading Record.

We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning.  Homework will be given out on Friday to be finished by the following Wednesday unless otherwise instructed. Usually, there will be a 20 minute task relating to English and/or our current Theme, as well as a 20 minute Maths challenge.

Times table knowledge is essential as a building block for all maths skills. We expect the children to know all their times tables off by heart, up to 12x12. It is important that the children take time to learn these throughout the week.