Year 5

Class Teacher:

Miss H Greaves

Learning Support Assistants:

Mrs K Appleton

Thank you for visiting our page. Here you will find information on timetables, homework, general expectations and details of your child’s learning. If you have any questions, you can arrange an appointment by contacting the office.


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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 Autumn 1 Spelling Overview

 Times Tables

It is important for your child to practise their times tables as often as possible. Children will be reminded of their login details which will enable them 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. Children will receive two reading books; a levelled book and a pleasure book which will be kept in reading/homework folder. Children will be required to bring this folder into school every day. 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 catch up on the reading they have missed.


Year 5 will start their swimming lessons on Wednesday 7th September. They will take place each Wednesday morning for 6 weeks. Children can come into school in their school PE tracksuit in order to speed up the changing process. No two-piece costumes are allowed at the pool so girls should wear a one piece swimming costume. Boys should wear swimming shorts with no pockets. Children will be back at school before lunchtime so will have their lunch as normal.

During this half term, children will also have a PE session with Mr Seary on a Friday morning. School PE tracksuits can therefore be worn on a Friday too. Children will not be allowed to participate in the lesson if they are not wearing the correct kit. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why. Please note that this day could change after half term, but for the meantime, PE will be on a Friday morning.

Trips and Visits

During this academic year, children will have the opportunity to learn ‘outside’ the classroom. In January, we will be visiting the Western Approaches Museum, where children will learn about Liverpool’s role in the war, the operation of Liverpool’s underground war bunker and the stories of the people who worked there. In the Summer term, I have also arranged a visit to Allerton Synagogue to support our learning on Judaism.

Further details regarding trips will be sent out in due course.

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 ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd-Stanton.

Arthur, a small boy fascinated by the magical tales of the town’s wise woman, is out exploring one day when he’s startled by a terrible howl. Too late, he watches as a huge wolf, Fenrir, puts out the village’s great fire, meaning that the village faces being frozen solid in a week – unless a Viking god relights the fire.

Arthur decides to make the journey to the great hall and help Thor catch the wicked Fenrir. There, he is set the almost impossible task of sourcing magical elements to make a Golden Rope. In an exciting battle, it seems as if all is lost, until Arthur proves that even a small boy can be the most unlikely of heroes.

Through this story, we will be learning how to vary story openings, start with dialogue, action or description, use paragraphs and dialogue to move action forward and create a plot, characters and a magic object which may symbolise something.

We will apply all these skills to help us to write our own myth.


During this half term we will be covering two units; ‘Multiplication and Division’ and ‘Fractions’.

Multiplication and Division

In this unit, there is more explicit problem solving so children can practice their skills in practical contexts. As the formal method of division is introduced for the first time, this has been split into more steps to give time to develop understanding.


This unit, builds on the fractions unit we explored in the Autumn term.  There is more focus on finding fractions of amounts, with lessons broken down even further, to allow for more gradual learning and deeper understanding.

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


Changes of Materials

This unit builds upon exploring materials, to consider how materials can be changed and adapted. This is presented in various ways, such as chemical and physical changes. Children will discover more about the molecular structure of materials, in simple terms, and gain an understanding of changes that are reversible and irreversible.

Properties and Changes of Materials



World War 2 : A Local Study

Building on our learning from our visit to the Western Approaches Museum in Liverpool during the beginning of this half term, children will explore the roles of those who worked at the secret command centre, investigate the other roles that women undertook during the war and understand how people in Liverpool were affected by the Blitz, including evacuation, rationing, grow your own, make-do and mend, air-raid shelters and destruction of areas. We will also learn about when and why American soldiers were stationed in the local area and investigate what evidence there is of their time here, and consider what effect their arrival had on local people.

WWII HQ, Western Approaches, Liverpool  



Hinduism: Dharma

Focus Question: What might Hindu’s learn from stories about Krishna?

This unit enables children to examine how Hindu truths are transmitted using stories from revered literature.  The focus includes beliefs about Brahman, Vishnu, Avatar (especially Krishna) and Scriptures. Opportunities are provided for children to explore some forms of Hindu literature and the beliefs and practices associated with a key story. 




Internet Research and Webpage Design

This unit combines the further development of children’s skills for searching the Internet with the introduction of creating and editing a webpage using Google Sites. Children will learn how use to some of the other advanced search features in Google, such as fill in the blanks; and how to create a webpage with a layout of their choosing which includes images and links to other webpages.

Safer Internet Day during this academic year is Tuesday 14th February 2023.

KS2 E-Safety for Kids



During this half term, Spanish will be delivered by a specialist MFL teacher from Rainford High



Make You Feel My Love

All of the learning is focused around one song: Make You Feel My Love. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other Pop Ballads.



Worls War Two Art

Artist Focus: Edward Bawden

Children will be exploring the work of the English painter, illustrator and graphic artist, known for his prints, book covers, posters, and garden metalwork furniture. Children will plan and create a canvas depicting a scene from World War 2, using ideas from Edward Bawden’s work. 

Art will be taught as a blocked unit during the last week of this half term. 

Who is Edward Bawden?


Year 5 Long Term Planning Overview

 Please see ‘Curriculum – Long Term Plans’  for a more detailed breakdown of objectives

Y5&6 Word List