Year 5

Class Teacher: Mrs H Greaves

Mrs Bonney (Friday)

Learning Support Assistants:

Mrs Kime

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We are now using the ‘pathways to spell’ scheme which links in with our ‘pathways to write’ English scheme. Children have 3 guided and 3 independent sessions of spelling a week where we investigate and learn spelling rules through games and activities.

On Friday, your child will be tested on 5 words which follow the focus rule for the week. Use the week to practice the rule with a range of words. They will also be tested on 3 topic words, which are the words we will be using in our topic lessons. Children will then identify 2 spelling words that they regularly spell wrong in their writing. They must practice these words each week and will test with a partner on Friday. New spellings will then be given on a Friday, ready for the following week.

Y5 Spring Spelling Overview

 Times Tables

It is important for your child to practice their times tables as often as possible. They have been given login details to access Times Tables Rockstars, which makes this learning fun and relevant to their strengths and areas for development. This should be used frequently for 10-15 minutes sessions. At the end of each Maths Unit, children will have a times tables test.    


Your child should read at least 4 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Reading is such a vital skill and will help your child to feel more confident across all areas of the curriculum. Reading records will be collected daily to ensure your child is on track, so please write in these regularly. If your child does not read often enough, they will take part in a ‘catch up’ session on a Friday break time, where they will be given the opportunity to read to an adult or their peers. 


During this half term, as part of the Year 5 PE curriculum, children will participating in indoor and outdoor athletics activities every Tuesday afternoon. Children can come into school every Tuesday, during this half term, in their school PE tracksuits.

Mrs Bonney will cover Year 5 on a Friday and will be teaching Maths, English and Science.

Home Learning Details

In the event of school absence, your child has been provided with login details to access a range of resources online. These login details can be found in the front of their yellow reading records, so please keep these safe, If you need a copy of these details please do not hesitate to come and see me.

Purple Mash

Rising Stars (online reading books and comprehension)

Times Tables Rockstars

Developing Experts (Science)

Language Angels (Spanish)



In English, we will be exploring the story of ‘The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty. One day while playing hunters in the hot dry African bush, Jamina finds a baby elephant whimpering besides its dead mother. As Jamina bravely helps the little orphaned elephant, she vows that she will never be a real hunter . . .

Through this story, we will be learning how to use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun, use adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility, use a wider range of devices to build cohesion across paragraphs, and link ideas using tense choices.

We will apply all these skills to help us to write a narrative based on the structure of ‘The Hunter’ by changing the characters, animal and setting.


During this half term we will be covering two units; ‘Decimals’ and ‘Position and Direction’.

This block follows on from learning on decimals in the Spring term. Children will learn how to add and subtract decimals with the same and different decimal places, explore decimal sequences, and multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

In terms of position and direction, this block builds on plotting and reading coordinates in Year 4. Throughout this unit, children will describe and draw position, translate shapes, identify lines of symmetry and explore reflection with co-ordinates. 

In addition to their daily Maths lesson, children will also complete morning maths questions and will have an arithmetic text every Friday.


Living Things and their Habitats

This unit pays homage to two of the best modern-day science communicators – Sir David Attenborough and Dame Jane Goodall.  Through such inspiring explorers, we are able to understand far more about the animal kingdoms we have on Earth.  In ‘Studying Living Things’ children are encouraged to think further about life cycles, as well as different forms of reproduction in animals and plants. Opportunities arise in this unit for children to develop their research skills, as well as plenty of chance to build representative models and continue to practice drawing diagrams and graphs.

Living Things and their Habitats



Early Islamic Civilization

During this unit, Children will explore the key differences between life in Baghdad AD900 and life in Britain at the same time. Children will use maps to see where the first civilisations occurred and investigate what  influence and impact key events have had on the world.

Baghdad in 900AD




Focus Question: What can we learn from the way Jews treat their scriptures?

This unit enables childen to examine how God’s will is revealed to the Jewish people in the Torah. The content focus includes God, Torah and The Land and The People.

Opportunities are provided to explore organisation, content and practices associated with the Torah. Children are encouraged to consider that which guides their life.



Using and Applying

This units allows children to research and design a new bedroom using appropriate software to create and present the plans. Children will use the 3D modelling program called ‘Tinkercad’ to create and modify their design.




Reflect, Review and Rewind

This unit of work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.



Stuffed Toys

This unit allows children to create a 3D stuffed toy from a 2D design. Children will Measure, mark and cut fabric accurately and independently, create strong and secure blanket stitches when joining fabric and use applique to attach pieces of fabric decoration.