Class Teacher -Mr D. Farrell

Teaching Assistant - Mrs J. Hayward-Mitchell

Welcome to Year 5


In English students will be partaking in fiction and nonfiction comprehension texts weekly, to help them develop a betterer recall of texts and to develop skills like inference, retrieval, summarising, sequencing, explaining and predicting.

Students will be reading Tom's Midnight Garden, for a class novel.

13+ Philip Martin Clipart - Preview : Phillip Martin Cl | HDClipartAllIn writing we will be studying the book ‘The Lost Book of Adventure’ compiled by Teddy Keen. The students will be writing a survival narrative, followed by a survival guide. They will continue to build on skills they have learnt this year in English, such as the use of fronted adverbials to help continuity in their writing. Use a thesaurus with confidence Verb prefixes mis, over and de Transforming nouns and adjectives into verbs. Furthermore, indicate degrees of possibility using adverbs. Understand the difference between structures typical of informal speech and structures appropriate to formal speech in writing.

Then, we will be reading ‘King Kong’ by Anthony Browne. Students will be writing a balanced argument and a dilemma narrative. Students will be using, relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or an omitted relative pronoun. Understand the difference between structures typical of informal speech and structures appropriate to formal speech in writing.


After covering Fractions in depth, we use this knowledge as we proceed to our next topic which is decimals and percentages. We then look at decimals in more details, ordering and comparing them before moving onto the adding and subtracting of decimals before multiplication and division. Our maths journey then takes us onto shapes and we begin by looking at angles and degrees of angles. We measure using a protractor and calculate angles on a straight line. We then move on to calculating angles around a point before moving onto calculating lengths and angles in shapes. We recognise and draw parallel lines before doing the same with perpendicular lines. We explore shapes including regular and irregular polygons as well as 3D shapes. We spend a unit looking at reflection and translation before looking at metric units. Finally, we finish our Maths in Year 5 learning about comparing and estimating volume.


Transformation: This unit focuses on the belief that the spirit of God is active in each person and in a special way, within the community of believers, which is his Church. It is the work of the spirit that enables people to hear Gods message. Furthermore, we celebrate this through the feast of Pentecost, which is a celebration of Gods gift of Transformative power.

Freedom and Responsibility: Christians believe that God has given everyone the freedom and will to make their own choices. The gift of Gods Holy spirit gives people the foundation of the Christian faith in holiness of consciousness. The creative interplay of freedom and responsibility, informs the life of the community of the believers of the Church.

Stewardship: Christians believe that every Human being is created in the image of God and has the special gift of and challenge of sharing in Gods creation. As we are a part of this creation it is our role to actively care for others and to show charity.

Hinduism: As a part of being a Christian with a broad understanding of the world. We open ourselves to exploring and understanding different faiths. This term we will be exploring Hinduism, understanding their customs, beliefs, and culture.


In Geography this term, we will be revisiting our look at the worlds countries and identifying the seven continents that are home to these countries. We will also look at the major capital cities across the world such as Washington DC, USA and Brazilia, Brazil. We will also be continuing our look at the physical and human features including biomes. We look at some of the worlds most famous mountain ranges and where these are located around planet earth.

World Map Collection Clip Art by Phillip Martin, Continents


In History, we move away from the Ancient Greeks and instead we move our focus to the Maya civilisation. A society that lived approximately AD 900, they were a non-European society that provides a good contrast with British history. We explore how they lived and what influences they had on the world.

Maya Clip Art by Phillip Martin, Maya Woman


We have more musical influence in the Pentecost term of Year 5. We look at the song from the famous television show from the 90’s the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We analyse the song made famous by Will Smith, looking at key features of the song. We will explore the pitch, tempo and pulse of the song, as well as breaking the song up into an introduction, verse, bridge and chorus. The song will be performed by the children with instrumental accompaniment where necessary.


We start the first half of the Pentecost term comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. We use our knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.

In the second half of the Pentecost term we explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object. We identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces. We also look to recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Art & Design

Our final topic in Year 5 is entitled ‘Design for a purpose. Children are faced with the challenge of having to design to a specific criteria or specification, developing design ideas for a room interior, a coat of arms and product to fit a given name. Children learn to draw inspiration from different sources and use a range of techniques to experiment with their different concepts.

Design & Technology

After choosing a simple story or nursery rhyme, children create a four-page pop-up storybook design. They will also add accompanying captions, incorporating a range of mechanisms and decorative features, including: structures, levers, sliders, layers and spacers.


We ask children in Year 5 to achieve a score of 2,000 or more on a weekly basis.

Reading Plus

We have two sessions of reading plus within school. We ask children to read a further three times outside of school hours


This will be given out on a Friday, with a return date of Monday (unless stated otherwise by the teacher). This will usually be one piece of English work and one piece of Mathematics.