Our Year 5 Class

A very warm welcome to our Year 5 class page. In Year 5  we look forward to the challenges and responsilbilities of being in the upper juniors. During the year the children continue to develop their independent learning, research and team work skills. Children also have the opportunity to take on more responsibility by becoming playleaders and helping the younger children in school.


Our Year 5 Class 2018-2019


Class Information


Who's who?

Mr Hudson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Larner- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rowland- Teaching Assistant



Homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in by Wednesday.  There will generally be Literacy and Numeracy work, and on occasions, topic work.  In addition they will also have spelling homework from their spelling group.  Children are encouraged to ensure that their homework is completed to a high standard.



Whilst most children now are independent readers, reading at home is still crucial.  Children should read for 15 minutes each night- this can be either their home reader or a book of their own choice.  This will be more productive if it is carried out in a calm, quiet environment.  Parents / carers are encouraged to sign the planners to acknowledge this please. The children are also encouraged to use the school library and bring books home that they enjoy. regular readers will be rewarded handsomely!



PE lessons take place on a Monday and Wednesday.  All children are expected to take part in a full PE kit and trainers/pumps. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during PE.


This half term.... Spring Term 1 (January - February 2019)

There is plenty planned for the following half term, and we can't wait to get going. We are especially looking forward to continuing to work with visitors from the Halle Orchestra, and can't wait for the opportunity to perform at the Bridgewater Hall!

Over the next half term our topic will be 'Victorian Britain - A Local History'. 

Literacy - To run alongside our class book for this term (The Boy In The Tower) we will be spending the half term looking at the genre of Sci-Fi. The children will start this topic by creating a non-chronological report about the mythical planet of Pandora, and the creatures that live there. Using the context of UFOs, children will be exploring recounts, and investigating genuine documents, discussing famous sightings and researching notorious hoaxes. Children will write a diary entry and create their own hoax UFO photo and report. If there is time, we may even present our work to parents!


In Numeracy we will finish off work on area and perimeter before focusing on a unit of work on multiplication and division. Throughout this tricky subject Children will learn to multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts. They will multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or a two digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for 2 digit numbers. Children will also learn to divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the written method of short division, and work with remainders appropriately for the context. Once this is done, we will be solving problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and understanding the use of the equals sign. 


RE - We will start off the term by looking at 'Jesus the Teacher'. We will be carefully considering the messages of the parables and how they impact on the lives of practising Christians. 


HEARTSMART- Too much selfie isn't healthy! 


PE -  The ability focus for this half term is 'Social'. Children will be doing lots of different activities related to balance and movement. The class will be encouraged to motivate, give sensitive feedback and help organize roles and responsibilities. 


Computing - We are web developers - Throughout this unit of work the children will learn the relevant skills to be able to create their own website from scratch! There will be lots to consider during this process. Children will need to decide what information is appropriate, understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results, develop and refine their ideas and text collaboratively whilst also developing their understanding of e-safety and responsible use of technology. This is a really fun unit and the children will love the opportunity to create their very own web page.


Science - Forces - In this unit we will be learning about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as pulleys, levers and gears. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams. They will find out about the work of Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity. Children will also look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton metres to measure the force of gravity. The children will also work together to investigate air and water resistance, taking part in a number of different scientific investigations. A very interesting unit indeed!


DT - Linking in with our topic work the children will be learning all about the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They will design, create and evaluate a model bridge based on his designs.


Dates for your Diary:


Parents Evening: 12th and 13th February 2019


Enrichment Day: Friday 15th February 2019




What a really busy Autumn 2 term it has been! All the children have worked really hard, we especially enjoyed the build up to the Christmas celebrations and loved performing in church on the final day of term. We hope you enjoyed our performance too! 

The children have been extremely busy in their Maths lessons and worked really hard in all aspects of their work. We did lots of multiplication and division work and looked at written methods for particularly difficult questions. The children were introduced to the 'bus stop' method for division and 'column multiplication' - tricky stuff! The children continue with their Big Maths work and are understanding the importance of being able to work quickly but accurately in relation to their addition and multiplication facts. 

We also spent time looking at area and perimeter, and we will continue with this work when we get back after Christmas. The children worked on measuring and calculating perimeter of composite shapes, and estimated and calculated the area of rectangles and irregular shapes. 

The second half of the Autumn Term saw the children completing a piece of narrative writing called The Ridge. After weeks spent carefully crafting and editing their stories, gaining confidence and skill as writers, the children had some truly wonderful work to be proud of! Look out for your child's story when you next see their English book! In the lead up to Christmas our attention then turned to a short story by Michael Morpurgo (the significant author we studied in the first half of this term). Coming Home was written to partner a 90 second Christmas advert for Waitrose, and both advert and short story tell the tale of a robin's return home from his migration to spend the Christmas with his 'loved one'. With focus upon the techniques used by Morpurgo in his writing (repetition, descriptive techniques and similes), the children were asked to write using this same style. The poems they created were thoughtfully and cleverly crafted... we're still waiting to hear from Morpurgo himself as to what he thinks about them, as a sample of our work was sent off to his website for his opinion! (we're sure he's as proud as we are of the children's efforts!). 

The children enjoyed their topic work on the Monarchy. They found out lots about the kings and queens of England and how their reigns shaped the country we live in today. We researched and found information on things such as: describing how how different monarchs had to fight to become powerful, understanding the importance of an heir to the throne, researching the British Empire, and showing a sound knowledge and understanding of chronological order in relation to monarchs and events.

In our RE work the children have covered a number of different units of work. There was lots of opportunity for discussion and sharing our thoughts with each other. We have been discussing the importance of the Bible for Christians and talked about how the Bible can be used to give us guidance and offer answers in difficult or challenging circumstances. We also looked at other sacred religious books, and drew comparisons with the Bible. In the build up to Christmas we looked at how other cultures celebrated the event and drew similarities with the nativity story.


During Autumn 1 the children have been extremely busy indeed! Our topic work on Marvelous Maps has been really interesting and we found out lots of fascinating facts. In our Science work we have been learning about uses of materials and carried out lots of different scientific investigations. We have been learning about thermal insulators and how to separate different materials. We even got chance to make our own egg parachutes - cracking! In our Maths work we have been working incredibly hard and we have been working with some very large numbers indeed. We have done lots of work on addition and subtraction, and have been getting to grips with some work on statistics.

Our English work has impressed so many of our adults in school! We are really getting to grips with our class book, having especially enjoyed working in teams to create our own non-chronological reports on orangutans. A lot of our writing has been centered around Michael Morpurgo's wonderful novel - Kensuke's Kingdom, with the children writing their own descriptive paragraphs, Ship's Logs and persuasive letters.

Our computing unit on blogging has been so interesting and we will be updating our class blog regularly throughout the year. It has been wonderful to see so many confident children blogging on a regular basis.

Our work in RE has brought many opportunities for reflection and discussion. We have been studying the Bible in great depth. We considered key questions such as: How and why is the Bible used? Do you need a Bible to be a Christian? Why is the Bible holy? and Why is it a best seller? The discussions that followed were really interesting, with the children showing a real depth of understanding. This unit of work also gave the children the opportunity to use their sketching and shading skills following a lesson looking at the work of William Tyndale in translating the Old Testament. It was the first time we got to use our new sketching books, and it's clear that we have some very talented artists!

Finally, as part of our British Values work the children learnt about and studied the life of Nelson Mandela. The children showed great empathy in their responses, and created their own video clips, depicting Mandela's life using software on the ipads, the results were so impressive!   

All in all it has been a very busy half term indeed, with the children really settling in nicely to Year 5 life. It has been an absolute pleasure having them in the classroom and we can't wait to find out more things over the next term, but we aren't allowed to mention the word 'Christmas' just yet!