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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 5HW

Teacher: Mrs Wilson & Mrs Healy

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Johnson

PE / Games: Monday morning

PE / Games: Thursday afternoon


Class 5Y

Teachers: Miss Yates

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Derbyshire 

PE / Games: Monday Morning 

PE / Games: Thursday afternoon



Class 5SB

Teacher: Mrs Bluck and Mrs Samra

Teaching Assistant: Mrs McDonald & Mrs Stephenson

PE / Games: Monday Morning 

PE / Games: Thursday afternoon                                                             


Class 5C

Teacher: Miss Cole & Mrs Collins

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Anderson

PE / Games: Monday Morning 

PE / Games: Thursday afternoon



All Aboard the Hogwarts Express (Autumn )

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

The Year begins looking at the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’ when facing different challenges. Through our quality text,  J.K.Rowling’s 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone', we will look at a range of genres of writing and use it to support our drawing skills in art. The children will also use their iPads and atlases to learn all about where we we live in relation to the rest of the UK and the world! As scientists the children will be looking at forces in action beginning withe a visit to the Botanic Gardens.

Who Let the Gods Out (Spring )

Quality Text:  The Usborne Book of Greek Myths and 'Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans

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 influential Greeks. 

'A Cog in Time' (Summer 1)

Quality Text: 'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl

Here, the children find out everything they can about Queen Victorian and Britain 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. 

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.


An investigative approach is used in the teaching of spelling in line with the spelling objectives in the 2014 English curriculum. This is supported by the use of the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Spelling sessions take place two or three times per week to ensure children have the opportunity to practise and embed new spellings. This includes the learning of the statutory word lists in the 2014 English curriculum. Planning for Y2-Y6 follows the sequence of Revise, Teach, Practise and Apply/Assess.


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 Tuesday 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 Tables

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.

Other family learning opportunities

  • Family projects 
  • Playing board games & card games
  • Discussion and debate around topical issues and news items

Practical Maths Activities:

  • Money – counting, going shopping, and calculating the change, currency conversion.
  • Cooking- measuring and weighing, calculating cooking times, calculating total weight, using scales accurately.
  • Telling the time -  5 minute and 1 minute accuracy. 
  • Using timetables for travel. 
  • Calculating time intervals between TV programmes, bus journey’s and car journeys. 
  • Other opportunities for real life maths and applying their number and computation skills for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.