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 2017-2018


Class Information


Who's who?

Mrs Hudson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Kirkman- Part Time Teacher

Mrs Cottrell - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jones- 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.... Summer Term 2 (June -July 2018)


Over the next half term we will be starting a new Science topic 'Living Things and Their Habitiats. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants  The focus will be on how new plants are made and the life cycles of plants. They will learn about different mammals and make life cycle wheels to present their learning.  


In English, alongside Speaking and Listening assignments (in the form of Hobby Talks), we will be progressing through a unit of work on poetry. The children will study the narrative poem 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe, using it as a stimulus for a third piece of assessed writing and as a back-drop to some study on figurative language used by writers like similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration and repetition. In readiness for their transition in to Year 6, we will also concentrate on the remaining sentence styles that we need to practice in Year 5, including the use of relative clauses, prepositional phrases and subordinate clauses. Work on Non-Negotiables will also be on-going as well as essential reading skill practice, especially inferencing and the exploration of the language used by writers for effect. 


In Maths we will start the term by looking again at Geometry, more specifically Shape. Children will be learning to identify, describe and represent the position of a shape  following a reflection or translation. Children will also be learning how to measure accurately using a protractor, and will be completing various different angle problems. Time will also be spent going over those tricky maths subjects that we found difficult to grasp earlier on in the year. We really want the children to be ready and prepared for the work that they will face next year when they reach Year 6!

As always, it is very important that your child continues to regularly practise their times tables at home. You can support your child at home by going through these together and regularly reinforcing number bonds, counting forwards and backwards in a variety of multiples, practising telling the time in analogue and digital and converting a variety of measures.


RE - We will be learning about Daniel from the Bible, and be finding out more about a Non Christian faith. 


HEARTSMART- Heartsmart is a resource that helps build resilience, emotional intelligence and empathy in the hearts of children. Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.


Computing - The topic for the half term is We are game developers'. Children will be learning to design and create a programme for a computer game, which uses sequence, selection, repetition and variables.


PE - The topic for this term is Personal - There are many aspects to this topic that the children will undertake. Throughout the course of this unit of work the children will be encouraged to give and receive critical feedback and make changes, recognise strengths and weaknesses, setting appropriate targets and persevering with tasks to improve performance through regular practice. The children will also get the opportunity to get ready to perform in preparation for our school Sports Day. 



Dates for your Diary:


Sports Day: Tuesday 19th June 1.30pm

Class Photographs: Monday 25th June

Summer Fayre: Saturday 30th June 12pm

Last day of term: Thursday 19th July (finish at 3.30pm as usual)




With the dawn of a new Summer Term came the start of a new topic in English: Shakespeare! The children enjoyed learning all about life for rich and poor Elizabethans, and the work completed on The Globe Theatre in class led to some amazing 3D models for homework! And despite being spoilt for choice, we eventually decided upon 'Hamlet' as our play, and its central theme of revenge proved great to get our teeth into! Firstly Year 5 became imaginative playwrights themselves when they tackled the first of two assessed pieces of writing: writing a play script of their own with a revenge plot. Then, when it came to looking at the play 'Hamlet', we were confident enough to have a go at some acting out of Act 1 Scene 5 and even managed to work with the original Shakespearean text (no modern day translations needed for us in this class!) A second piece of assessed writing - in the form of a letter from Hamlet to Horatio - then provided an opportunity for the children to showcase their writing skills once again, and in particular to showcase how well they'd picked up the use of dashes in writing and the use of brackets for parenthesis. Finally, in the week leading up to the half-term holiday, we held another Spelling Bee competition! This time, as well as concentrating on the Year 5/6 Spelling List, we also looked back over words and spelling rules that had been covered in the first 6 modules of our spelling program. Yet another 'swarm' of talented spellers were crowned champions - and it was a great high to end a busy half-term on! 

In Maths we have been racing through our work - yet again! Children have been working hard learning all about decimal numbers this Term. Work included adding and subtracting decimals, as well as looking at decimal sequences and finally a short unit on multiplication of 10, 100 and 1000. We have been really proud with how the children have coped with the level of demand in regard to their maths work - keep it up guys! 

Number Crunchers was particularly well attended towards the end of the term, which was really pleasing to see. It was lovely to see how the children wanted to improve their own work and they were really honest in sharing the maths topics that they found particularly difficult and needed more help with. These sessions will continue into the second half of the Summer Term.

We have lots planned for the upcoming term, with plenty to cram in! 



What an impressive amount of English work we've managed to squeeze into the second half of the Spring Term! With a science fiction non chronological report to aim for, we first began looking in to the features of this genre and had a go at writing a mini-saga (which was great practice!) Using a clip called 'Pandora' taken from the movie 'Avatar' the children created their own report looking at different elements of this fictitious planet. We discussed the importance of  writing clearly and the children were encouraged to use the different aspects of this genre in their own writing. The children found this topic very really fascinating and the end results were very impressive.

In Maths we have continued to explore the topic on Fractions and towards the end of the term we looked at Decimals and Percentages. The children have been flying through different aspects of the topic, continuing to amaze us with their ability to investigate, problem solve and reason. Despite having only completed two terms of Year 5 so far, lots of children have already filled their Maths books and are moving on to starting in new ones next term...that's an indication of how much work they have been getting through! This work will continue after the holidays.

The children have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Rainforests and the people and animals that can be found there. Some really impressive art work has been created and we are looking forward to learning more about this subject when we come back into school.

Lessons in RE have been very thought provoking as we discussed the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar, and the children wrote some very emotive piece of writing depicting the last days of Jesus. The children showed a great understanding and the resulting work was of a superb standard.

Over the half term we were fortunate to welcome visitors from Wigan F.C. who came and delivered Playleading sessions with our class. The children were asked to consider key questions such as What makes a good leader, and What skills must they have? The children learnt lots and took part in lots of different activities and scenarios. After Easter the children will get the opportunity to show off their leading skills as they help organise and run lunchtime clubs for the infant children.

To complete a wonderful Spring Term together, we all came together in Church in the final week for our Easter Service. Those of you who were there to share this special time with our children will already know that Year 5 played leading roles in the performances we enjoyed!  We are so proud of all the children who took part! In the last week before the holidays our year 5 class took part in the 'Bikeability' course, and we are pleased to say that all children involved in this safer bike-riding initiative have passed the the course and proved to be model cyclists! Another proud moment for all of us!



It's been an action packed term! The children have all enjoyed their topic work on Marvelous Maps, and we will be finishing this topic off in the first part of the second spring term. The maths work has been tricky but enjoyable with the children getting to grips with fractions. We have been focusing particularly on reasoning and problem solving questions, with the children showing a really good understanding of some particularly difficult mathematical concepts. This is also a topic that we will be finishing off when we come back to school. 

The first half term of Spring 2018 saw the children embark on a unit of work entitled Myths and Legends. An alchemist who created a gold-making machine appeared in our very first legend and the children created some wonderful, rich descriptions of his machine in a piece of writing. The self-centered alchemist named Nicholas also became the focus for some powerful persuasive writing as the children went on to create a letter written on behalf of one of Nicholas' worried friends. In this letter the children were given the task of including persuasive techniques (built up to before the task) and of writing in a first person style. The finished results were truly remarkable and gave the children a second piece of writing to be proud of! An assessed piece of writing then followed based on our third and final legend called 'The Girl and the Fox'. For this the children were asked to focus and develop one area of the story: the dramatic point at which the girl comes face to face with the fox after a frantic search for him in the forest. Final drafts were the product of lots of hard work and editing by our young writers and the children really stepped up to the challenge of 'shining' in their assessments!

Before the half-term holiday we held a Spelling Bee competition! With the class split in to 'swarms', the children completed the first two rounds in their teams before each nominating their strongest speller to go face-to-face against others in round three! Results were very close, and everyone involved in the final round were a credit to their 'swarm'. Spelling took on a whole new feel in this final week, so much so that the children want to make Spelling Bee a regular feature at the end of each term!

Our RE work has been very thought provoking and the children have shown good understanding, particularly with their work on parables and attempting to suggest the meaning or message behind them.

The children really enjoyed their computing work on shape and designed their own house using the online Sketch Up app. It was really difficult but the results were amazing - we have some very talented architects! 

We are looking forward to the next term and the opportunities it will bring. 


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. 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 fro 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 finishing their topic work on the Mayans. We learnt all about Maya cities and identified countries in Mesoamerica using atlases. The children learnt about religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and found out more about the gods that they worshipped. The class also researched the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and the significance of corn and chocolate to the Maya people.

Our Science work has been fascinating! We have been learning all about the different forces and researched all about Sir Isaac Newton. The children had great fun making their own Marble Maze using their knowledge of friction, the results were amazing! The children also really enjoyed the opportunity to make their own parachutes in work based on air resistance. 

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. 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 the Mayans 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. We have even squeezed in time to look at persuasive charity posters, and created our own for the charity WWF! In our computing work we got the chance to design and create our own webpages and discussed hat we considered made a good website. 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!