Year 5

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Year 5 Information

Autumn Term

Welcome to a new academic year.
Year 5 is a very eventful and important year, as we will be covering all writing genres and maths topics in preparation for Year 6. Not to mention our Paris trip to see our Pen-Friends in the summer term. If you would like your child to go home alone, please sign a permission form at the School Office. Please turn off all mobiles before entering the school grounds as we are a mobile free zone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Please also see the Autumn School Newsletter for school dates.
Many thanks. The Year 5 Team


This term in English we will be exploring different authors and genres in reading and writing with a focus on ‘Talk for Writing’. We will be looking at familiar stories which we will use as a stimulus for children to write their own stories. It is therefore very important for your child/children to read every day at home as this will expand their vocabulary and give them the tools to be successful writers.

Even though your child is now in Year 5, s/he will still benefit greatly from reading with and discussing texts with you. Children will take a book of their choice from the class library home to read at their leisure.

Our English programme includes: Talk for Writing, Destination Reader, weekly grammar practice and learning new spelling strategies.


Our History/Geography topic is The Vicious Vikings. We will look in particular at the Viking and Anglo-Saxons struggle for land in Britain. To further enhance the learning, we will have a Viking day at school. We will look at all aspects of “How to be a Viking”.


We will be learning about The Bible: Sacred Texts – what are the books of the Bible? We will also be covering Harvest and modern Christian Values as well as Advent.


In Maths this term we will be looking at place value, the number system, multiplication and division. We will be looking for children to develop their depth of understanding in these areas. Lessons will be very practical to embed abstract concepts.

In addition to this, children will be participating in maths fluency sessions to consolidate mental strategies and quick recall. Instant interventions to close gaps will take place in class time.


Year 5 children will also be studying Latin this term. Lesson will cover Classical culture studies, Latin language studies and a host of fun practical activities to bring the subject to life.


Our Science topic this term is Properties and the changing of materials. We will be dissolving, separating and investigating reversible and irreversible changes. Lessons will involve predicting, carrying out fair tests, recording results and drawing conclusions and modifying their experiments. There will also be a focus on how materials behave in the world around them and working scientifically.


In Latin we will build on Latin language concepts learned so far and focus on the verb ‘esse’ (to be), adjectives and prepositions. In Latin Culture we will also learn about Homer’s Epic Iliad.

General Reminders

  • Please encourage your child to read at home each day and to talk to you about what they have read.
  • My Maths homework will be set every Wednesday for completion the following Tuesday.
  • Spellings will be given out on Monday for testing on the following Friday.
  • PE kits need to be kept at school. PE is on Wednesdays



Autumn Newsletter
Topic Map
French Newsletter
PE & Sport Newsletter
Art Newsletter
English Curriculum
Maths Curriculum

Key Dates

13/09 Parent Information Evening at 5.30pm
21/09 Jeans for Genes Day wear denim for £1
26/09 Secondary Transfer Meeting
03/10 No Pens Wednesday
08/10 Black History Week
12/10 International Assembly at RG 9am
17/10 Individual Photo day
22/10 Half Term Week
29/10 TAD – school closed for children
30/10 Children return to school
02/11 Bonfire night – time TBA
12/11 Anti-Bullying week
12/11 Parent Consultation Week
07/12 Christmas Fair
14/12 Christmas Jumper Day
18/12 Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert at 2pm
20/12 Last day of Term
21/12 TAD – school closed for children
Trips – Dates to be confirmed