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.... Autumn 2 (Oct-Dec 2018)


Over the next half term our topic will be Riotous Royalty! - Throughout this fascinating unit of work the children will be using a variety of different historical skills. We will learn about William the Conqueror's reign from 1066 onwards, how King John mad himself very unpopular as monarch and why King Henry VIII married so many times. The children will also learn about who Queen Anne was, what queen Victoria achieved during her reign and look at the role of the British monarchy today. There is lots of opportunity for artwork too, as the children learn more about the work of Holbein in order to create their own portrait of a chosen monarch. By the end of this unit children should be able to describe how different monarchs fought to become more powerful, show an understanding of the importance of an heir to the throne through comparing different generations of monarchy and see why these six monarchs have been identified as being significant to understanding events in British history. 


In English our work will continue to be based around our class reader 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. Still investigating Michael Morpurgo's style as a significant author, the children will also experience working with the story mountain structure to complete a story which fits the adventure genre. We will also be focusing on our grammar and sentence types, starting the new half term off by learning the 'Noun, which, who, where' sentence and progressing towards the correct use of our Non-Negotiables and correct use of direct speech. A short unit of poetry is also planned for the final few weeks of the half term, during which the children will analyse personification and other figurative language used in poetry before creating their own poems!  


In Numeracy we will continue to work on our four operations of number, particularly multiplication and division calculations. We will start the term by finishing our unit of work on statistics, which includes reading and interpreting line graphs, solving graph problems and looking at timetables. We will then move on to multiplication and division where the children will be learning about factors, square numbers and cube numbers. Children will be multiplying and dividing numbers in their head using their know facts. Finally we will be finishing the term learning all about perimeter and area. Children will be measuring and calculating the area of composite shapes, calculating and comparing the area of rectangles and using their estimating skills when looking at the area of irregular shapes. It's going to be a busy time!


In Science we will be looking at forces. Children will learn about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity and friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams. They will do a little research about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity. We will also look for patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects. Finally we will investigate air and water resistance. There will be lots of fun practical activities too, so this should be a very exciting topic!


RE - We will be learning about Christmas around the world. The children will be talking about and discussing some key questions such as, How do Christians in the UK celebrate Christmas? How is Christmas celebrated around the world? How do the celebrations reveal Christian beliefs? and Why is the celebration of Christmas different around the world? The aim of this unit is to develop the children's perceptions of Christmas beyond their experiences in Britain and to increase their understanding of Christianity as a world faith.


HEARTSMART - Don't forget to let love in! Children will be learning lots during this unit of work and will be taught the essential skills of self reflection, decision making, resilience, respect and equality.


PE - The children will be learning how to be creative in PE. There are lots of activities planned for them to use variety and creativity, and respond imaginatively to different situations. 


Computing - We are artists - fusing geometry and art. Children develop an appreciation of the links between geometry and art, becoming familiar with the tools and techniques of a graphics package. They will have opportunities to refine and develop their work as they apply their own criteria to evaluate it and receive feedback from their peers. 


Dates for your Diary:


Christmas Panto: Friday 7th December


Cinema Trip: Monday 10th December


Junior Christmas Party: Thursday 20th December


Junior Carol Service: Friday 21st December





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!