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Welcome to Year 5!

Blenheim Class

Teacher: Mrs Patterson
Teaching Assistants: Miss Reid & Mrs Sylvester

Windsor Class

Teacher: Miss Magog
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Nolan & Mrs Bomers

Welcome to upper school! We are looking forward to a year of excellent learning, great fun and outstanding achievement for all. In Year 5, you will embed all the knowledge you have learnt in lower Key Stage 2 and start the preparations for transition to secondary school. You will gain a greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in your learning because Year 5 is very much about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.

Topic: Amazing Amazon

Why should the rainforests be important to all of us?

In term 5, we will be exploring the geography of one of our planet’s most fascinating habitats. Teeming with wildlife and incredible ecosystems, our wild and wonderful rainforests cover about 6% of the Earth’s land surface.

Different types of rainforests can be found on all of Earth’s continents, except in Antarctica. At 5.5 million square kilometres, however, the Amazon rainforest is by far the biggest. Stretching over nine countries, the Amazon rainforest is home to the planet’s largest living collection of plants and animals.

Children will learn all about the biggest tropical rainforest in the world this term including why the Amazing Amazon is so important to our planet and how they can help save the rainforest!

Please see the Topic Web below for more information about our learning this term.

You will also find resources at the bottom of this page to support you with home learning if you have to self-isolate. In addition, please use Spelling Shed and Sumdog to keep up with your spelling and maths skills.


In Year 5, children will learn to write imaginatively and cohesively and to choose the right structure and tone for any given piece of writing. This includes:

  • identifying the audience and purpose of their writing
  • modifying their use of grammar and vocabulary depending on what they are writing
  • using a consistent tense
  • checking through their own and their peers’ writing and making constructive improvements.

Children will also learn to use more complex word forms and clauses, to use uncommon punctuation, and to build cohesion by linking ideas across a text. This includes:

  • converting nouns or adjectives into verbs using suffixes like –ate, –ise, –ify
  • using brackets, dashes, or commas to indicate parentheses
  • linking ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time, place, and number.



We would encourage all children to read widely and frequently, outside as well as in school, for pleasure and information. This does not have to be their school reading book, but anything they enjoy (eg. newspapers, TV guides, leaflets, magazines). 

It would be helpful if adults could write a comment in their Reading Contact books too.

Our daily reading lessons focus on the key areas which the children need to know and understand in order to improve their reading comprehension skills. We call these skills VIPERS and we use them everyday to help the children become confident close readers of texts, deepening their understanding and enjoyment of a range of challenging texts. We will be reading some fantastic books in class this year, all of which are linked to our topics.

About the Books

Terms 1 and 2: Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

With our first book, we will enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses from the Queen of Historical Fiction.

The book is set in London, 1922. When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story... about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.
Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse...

Term 3: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Even though he’s only 12, Liam is constantly mistaken for an adult, but he’s still a kid who loves playing computer games and riding roller-coaster. His inquisitive nature and adult appearance often get him into trouble, but his dad usually intervenes and helps him avert disaster.

When Liam wins a competition to try out the world’s greatest thrill ride, he and his friend Florida are whisked away to Infinity Park in China by the mysterious Dr Drax. The friends find themselves competing for the chance to be sent into space; soon Liam is playing a grown-up in a situation that his dad can’t save him from.

Fantasy is interspersed with reality in this funny and touching story, which ultimately celebrates parents and the love they give.

Term 4: Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find – because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.

We join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.

Terms 5 and 6: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

This satisfyingly old-fashioned story is set in the early 1900s. Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America. She cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon and is particularly looking forward to meeting her twin cousins.

When Maia arrives, however, the family is far from welcoming and she is saddened to see that they have blocked out all evidence of the rainforest from their stuffy home. Maia turns to her strict yet kindly governess, Miss Minton, for company, and strikes up some unusual and rewarding friendships.

This enchanting story has all the trademarks of Eva Ibbotson's writing. Maia is a wonderful heroine, and Ibbotson weaves a charming, compelling and warm-hearted tale of friendship, our responsibility to those around us, and the importance of the natural world. As well as being an exciting adventure story, this award-winning contemporary classic will leave readers with plenty to think about.



In Year 5, children will learn to spell words that don’t fit easy spelling rules and will use dictionaries and thesauruses. This includes:

  • spelling words with ‘silent letters’
  • knowing the difference between uncommon homophones and other confusing words
  • using morphology and etymology in spelling
  • using a thesaurus to expand their vocabulary.

As well as practising the year 3 and 4 statutory spellings and introducing the year 5 and 6 statutory spellings, we investigate the year 5 spelling curriculum using a variety of resources and strategies including Spelling Shed, which the children can access at home. 



In Year 5, children will continue to practise mental and written calculation methods and use all the operations to solve problems. They will meet prime, square and cube numbers, and work with factors and multiples. They will calculate perimeters and areas, draw and measure angles, convert between units of time and learn some imperial measures. They will reflect and translate shapes on coordinate grids and interpret line graphs and timetables.

They’ll be taught long multiplication and multiply four-digit by two-digit numbers, then short division for dividing four-digit by one-digit numbers. They’ll begin to multiply fractions, learn more about decimals and be introduced to percentages. They will be able to count in powers of 10 and round numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000.

Term 1:

Number and Place Value: children will be expected to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1,000,000, recognising the place value of each digit. This includes:

  • counting forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers
  • rounding numbers up to one million to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • recognising Roman numerals I, V, X, L, C, D and M to read numbers and years.

Addition and Subtraction: children will be expected to be able to solve addition and subtraction problems involving numbers with more than four digits. This includes:

  • practising a range of mental calculation strategies as well as using a variety of methods to calculate including using objects, diagrams or drawings such as number lines, models such as the area/grid method and written column addition and column subtraction
  • using rounding to estimate answers and checking that their answers are sensible and accurate
  • solving multi-step word problems for which they will need to solve multiple calculations before coming to the final answer.
Term 2/3:

Multiplication and Division: children will be expected to be able to solve multiplication and division problems involving numbers up to four digits and begin to learn long multiplication. This includes:

  • multiplying four-digit numbers by two-digit numbers
  • dividing four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers and interpreting remainders
  • understanding the terms multiple, factor, common factor, prime, square and cube numbers.
Term 4:

Fractions: children will be expected to be able to find fractions of numbers and quantities including thousandths and begin to learn about percentages. This includes:

  • recognising and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • multiplying proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers
  • understanding percentages as ‘the number of parts per hundred’ and knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of \huge \frac{1}{2}\huge \frac{1}{4}\huge \frac{1}{5}\huge \frac{2}{5} and \huge \frac{4}{5}.



The principal focus of science teaching in Year 5 is to enable children to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, and carrying out comparative and fair tests. Children should also read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary correctly.

In Year 5, our science topics are as follows:

Term 1: Forces (levers, pulleys and gears)

Term 2: Forces (gravity, air resistance and water resistance)

Term 3: Earth and Space (the solar system)

Term 4: Properties of Materials (solids, liquids and gases)

Term 5: Changes of Materials (reversible and irreversible changes)

Term 6: Animals, including humans (changes in the growth and development of humans)


Physical Education

A reminder that PE is on Tuesdays. You need to be prepared for both outdoor and indoor PE. We will be going out, even when the weather turns colder.

Key points to remember:

  • no jewellery
  • PE kit to be house T-shirts, plain white T-shirts
  • dark shorts/joggers
  • appropriate footwear for playing outside


Homework is set on Edmodo (www.edmodo.com) and children have received a class code to enable them to become a member.  If they are unable to access the website or have any difficulties, please let us know.

Every Friday afternoon, homework will be posted on Edmodo class pages for children to complete and upload by the following Wednesday. ‌

  • Every day they should also aim to be reading aloud at home and reflecting on what they have read in their Reading Contact book. 
  • Regular practice of spellings (using Spelling Shed or alternatives) and times tables (using Times Tables Rock Stars) is also expected. These will be tested weekly.
  • In addition, there will be weekly tasks to be completed based on our curriculum.  Most weeks, this will be Maths and English.

Please encourage children not to leave their homework to the last minute!   

If they need any help, be sure to ask in class in plenty of time to submit by Wednesday. ‌If possible, try to get into a routine with a specific time/day/place to complete homework each week.

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