Welcome to the Year 5 class page!


EnglishThe term will begin by using the wonderful illustrations of the (virtually) wordless text, 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner. This strange tale will provide stimulus for our writing, where we will create descriptions, battle cries and suspense! We will then move on to linking our English work with our history topic (Ancient Egypt) by mapping out the River Nile and creating non-fiction reports. Throughout all pieces, focus on accurate punctuation, varied sentence structure and cohesion will be our priority. 

Reading - Reading takes place every day in school, in a variety of ways: whole-class guided sessions, individual reading, and during the class text. Vocabulary, retrieval and improving inference are all of high priority, but ensuring your child enjoys reading is the main thing that matters!

Please encourage your child to read as often as possible outside of school. If you need any recommendations, please ask. Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency. It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! If you're not sure what your child should be reading next, please come and ask.

Maths - The focus of this term will be number, place value and calculation skills. These vital parts of the maths curriculum will be helped so much by continued learning of the multiplication tables so support with this outside of school is very much appreciated. By the end of Year 5, children should be able to recite all (and linked division facts) within 3 seconds. Times Tables Rock Stars will help with this, so ask for your child's login details if you are you do not already have them.

Science - Living Things & Their Habitats. This will include studying the parts of a flower and its reproductive cycle, classification and life cycles of mammals and birds and a short study of Jane Goodall. 

History - Ancient Egypt. This exciting topic will study the gods, the lifestyles and culture of these people, as well as learning lots about Tutankhamun and hieroglyphs. 

Geography - Our first topic of 'Rivers' will begin in Autumn 2. 

Art & Design - Linking to Ancient Greece, we will be using papier mache to create artefacts and weaponry. 

Computing - Online safety will be the main focus of Autumn, before we continue to develop our coding skills. 

P.E (with Coach Nick) is every MONDAY, so don't forget to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. Have a pair of track pants and something warmer available as we will be outside as often as possible. 

5T will be having swimming lessons each Monday afternoon for the first term and Life Skills each Friday afternoon (so PE kit is needed in at this time). 


Reading will be the children's main activity that is expected outside of the classroom. If the right book is found, this should not seem like hard work! Weekly spellings will be provided and Purple Mash will host extra weekly activities which will be marked and discussed online with the children. Of course, any additional research or work is richly encouraged and will only benefit your child's progress throughout the year.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment. 

We very much look forward to working with you and your child this year. 

Mrs Thornton, Mr Pendlebury and the Year 5 Team :)