Our Year 5 Class

A very warm welcome to our Year 5 class page. In Year 5  we look forward to the challenges and responsibilities 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 2020-2021


Class Information


Who's who?

Mr Wilkinson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Kirkman - Teacher

Miss German - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bent - Teaching Assistant 



Homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in by Wednesday.  This will generally be Literacy and Numeracy work, and on occasions, topic work.  In addition they will also have spelling homework from their Spelling Shed group and TTRockstars. 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. 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 Tuesday afternoon. The children will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during PE.



This half term.... Summer Term (June -July 2021)



Throughout this final term in English, previously taught skills that we will continue to revisit include basic sentence punctuation (full stops, capital letters - including for proper nouns, exclamation marks, question marks, commas in a list, apostrophes for contraction and singular noun possession), the use of prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs to express time, place and cause, group related ideas into paragraphs and the use of past and present tenses correctly and consistently (including the present perfect tense). New learning will concentrate on how to choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition, the use of commas after fronted adverbials and the grammatical difference between plural and possessive ‘s’. To stimulate our young readers and writers this final half term, we will enjoy a range of different stimuli, including extracts from stories and non-fiction examples.



Over the next half term we will be continuing to focus on ensuring the children have the key maths skills that they may have missed. Here's a summary of the topics that will focus on and will continue to recap.

  • Multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100; understand this as equivalent to making a number 10 or 100 times the size, or 1 tenth or 1 hundredth times the size.
  • Find factors and multiples of positive whole numbers, including common factors and common multiples, and express a given number as a product of 2 or 3 factors.
  • Multiply any whole number with up to 4 digits by any one-digit number using a formal written method.
  • Divide a number with up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using a formal written method and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.

  • Find non-unit fractions of quantities.

  • Compare fractions decimals and percentages 

Additionally, during this last half term we will be focusing on Geometry, Properties of Shape.

  • Identify angles
  • Compare and order angles
  • Measure angles in degrees
  • Measuring with a protractor
  • Drawing lines and angles accurately
  • Calculating angles on a straight line
  • Calculating angles around a point
  • Triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Calculating lengths and angles in shapes
  • Regular and irregular polygons
  • Reasoning about 3-D shapes



This half term, we will be continuing with our topic  'Property and Changes of Materials'. 

• Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties.
• Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a
substance from a solution
• Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including
through filtering, sieving and evaporating
• Give reasons for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
• Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
• Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible



For Indoor P.E,  our topic is personal best challenges. The children will challenge themselves on a variety of different skill 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.

For Outdoor P.E, we will be looking at Invasion Games. During this topic we will be looking at a variety of different invasion games, such as Football, Hockey and Netball. The children will learn how to attack, defend, tackle, passing and dribbling and learn to incorporate all of these transferable skills together to be become excellent, invasion game specialists! 


HEARTSMART- No Way Through Isn't True

Hope is the fruit of a healthy heart, believing that there's always a way through. ‘No Way Through’ isn’t True shows that we love ourselves enough to never give up, to keep hoping and believe always. It also shows that we love others enough to look for the potential lying dormant within them.




In Music, we will be continuing our Ukulele topic! We have learned started to learn some of the basic chords and how to strum and pluck the Ukulele strings. We have started to incorporate This is fantastic because the children will take all of the skills they learn this year with them to Y6. It is a super instrument to learn and I can't wait to see Y5 in action! 


The topic for the half term is We are architects'. Throughout this unit of work the children will learn to understand the work of architects, designers and engineers working in 3D. They will also develop familiarity with a simple computer aided design tool. Children will also develop spatial awareness by exploring and experimenting with a 3D virtual environment.


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


Summer Term 1 NEWS!

We have had a super busy term in Y5! It was great to welcome everyone back to school and get back to learning in the classroom. We have been really focused on catching up as much as we possibly can in the time we have left. In Maths, the children have done a great job with their learning back in school so far. One area that we struggled with when coming back initially was reasoning, as the challenges of learning online meant the children didn't get enough practice with these questions, and instead we places more emphasis on the main methods. Since we have come back, we have placed a major focus on helping the children answer reasoning questions and pull out all of the information they need to answer the question. We have covered a lot! Although we have spent time covering all aspects of the maths curriculum, however, our main topic has been Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. This is a notoriously difficult topic, yet the children have out fantastic effort into their understanding and have got a really good understanding of each aspect of the topic and the links between them.

During English, we have been focusing on key skills in a similar way to Maths in order to make sure we have the foundations to build upon for the rest of the year and moving forwards in to Y6. We have covered a wide range of skills including; basic sentence punctuation (full stops, capital letters - including for proper nouns, exclamation marks, question marks, commas in a list, apostrophes for contraction and singular noun possession), the use of prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs to express time, place and cause, group related ideas into paragraphs and the use of past and present tenses correctly and consistently (including the present perfect tense). We will continue to work hard on these skills and strive to improve the way we interweave these core foundations with new skills in order to be be the best writers that we can be.

In P.E, the children have particularly loved learning about Netball. We started off learning the basics, such as; the chest bass, overhead pass and bounce pass, along with learning the positions and key rules that are crucial to Netball. The children's favourite part of the topic however, was certainly playing the full game! The children have done a good job at all areas of the wider curriculum, but certainly the favourite for most has to be starting to learn the Ukulele! We started by learning how to hold the Uke correctly before moving on to plucking the open strings to 'My Dog has Flees'. Very quickly, we moved on to chords. Starting with the basic chord of C, and we are well on our way to learning and perfecting the Chord F. It is certainly a challenge, but the children have done a great job so far and I am in no doubt that this will continue! I look forward to an excellent and strong finish to the year. 



During Spring term we were in Lockdownso News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw

Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

What a really busy Autumn 2 term it has been! All the children have worked really hard, and have particularly enjoyed the last couple of weeks building up to Christmas.

The children have been extremely busy in their Maths lessons and worked really hard in all aspects of their work. We have done lots of work on addition and subtraction, developing mental methods as well as written methods. The children worked well and were then able to move on to applying their knowledge to word problems, which can be very tricky. They worked their socks off to use their addition and subtraction skills in real-life contexts and greatly improved their ability to check their own answers and spot their mistakes. One thing that we still need to work on further is our times tables. This is crucial to our success in Maths during the rest of the year. We have many topics over the  that rely on the children's strong knowledge of their times tables. These include short and long multiplication, division, fractions and so much more! Make sure you are taking advantage of the websites we have access to, such as TTRockstars and Maths Shed.


In our writing lessons we have been working up a sweat as we have introduced a new way of writing, inspired by Jane Considine. We started to use the 'Writing Rainbow' which is an excellent tool to help us remember what to include in our writing so that it stands out from the crowd! Another tool we have added to our arsenal has been introducing a 'writing side' and a 'thinking side' to our lessons. The 'thinking side' is where we jot down all of our ideas. These can be the things we have discussed as a class or the things the children have thought of themselves. We view this side as our plan and once we are happy with it we move on to our 'writing side'. Once here, we start to put our ideas together in a carefully considered way. Having this extra time and space has really enabled the children to feel more confident about their writing, as they have a plan ready to go and aren't writing from a blank canvas.

A lot of our writing this half term has been centred around narrative writing. Our first topic this year was based off a short film entitled 'One Small Step'. This story is about a young girl named Luna who dreams of travelling to the moon, but as she grows older she forgets her dreams and struggles to find the motivation to succeed at university. After unexpectedly loosing her father, who was her biggest inspiration, she rediscovered her passion for space and worked incredibly hard to achieve her dreams. The children retold this story working on key skills to up level their writing, such as modal verbs, alliterative dialogue and repetition for effect. Using all of these skills enabled us show to off our creativity, whilst also showing just how good writers we are.


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 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 DT, Year 5 were incredibly industrious! Having looked at what the work of a royal portrait artist entails and the traditional style of artists such as Nicola Jayne Phillips and Hans Holbein, they were entrusted with the task of drawing a portrait of a royal in a traditional style. The results were incredible, with most children learning from adjustments and changes during the drawing process. Our focus then quickly changed to Design Technology and a unit on mechanisms that saw the children initially learn about card mechanisms- cams, pulleys and other gears featured in some products that the children investigated. After product research, the children designed their own pop-up Christmas cards, making a fully-functional prototype before carefully constructing the final product itself. Evaluations and customer reviews of the finished products will be the focus of our attention in the early half of the Spring Term before we embark upon another Art and Design unit based on printing.

In our indoor P.E lessons we focused on Gymnastics, where the children were able to develop their agility, balance, coordination, and precision. The children also worked together to observe each other's performances to see what had been done well and what could be improved further. 


Here are some photos to show just what we have been up to!




Autumn Term 1 NEWS!

During Autumn 1, the children have been really busy indeed! In our English lessons we have started focussing on a story called 'One Small Step' in which we used our writing rainbow to show off all of our skills. We split the story up in to plot points and each lesson focused on certain areas of the writing rainbow to improve our writing. This included; repetition for effect, personification, adverbial phrases and much more!  In our reading lessons we have been focusing on another book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’. The children have been using their ‘VIPERS’ skills to answer questions and make predictions about the book, and are very excited to start writing lessons using this book over the next half term.

In our Maths work, we have been working incredibly hard and have been working with some very large numbers indeed. We started the term with work on place value which has provided the foundation for our work on addition and subtraction. The children have really enjoyed our addition and subtraction topic and have excelled when using abstract methods, such as the column method. The children then expanded their learning by using their knowledge to solve problems in different contexts. They were able to solve addition and subtraction word problems, where they had to think carefully about which operations they needed to use to solve the problem. Their favourite, however, was when they had to become the teacher and spot mistakes in examples of work. This really stretched their knowledge and helped consolidate what they know. 

This half term, in Science, we have been learning about Forces. The children have had some great fun as we have had quite a few practical activities. The highlight of our time was our work on gravity and gravitational pull. The children created a model to show how each planet has a different gravitational pull. We used elastic bands with different resistance to show how a human would be pulled back to the centre of a planet. We certainly had great fun creating our models! 

In Geography, this half term, we have been learning about Rainforests. We looked at where rainforests are located in the world, the different climates that are present in rainforest, the different layers of the rainforest and what animals live in each of those parts. Finally we looked at the different types of life that live in the rainforest. We managed to squeeze a lot of information in a short amount of time! 

In P.E we had a treat! We had Amy from WigLe Dance to help us be the best dancers possible! We learned all about the Haka and the history behind it before starting our journey to learn and perform it. As I'm sure you will have all seen on Seesaw, they did an absolutely brilliant job!

In Music, our topic for this half term has been ‘Tamboo Bamboo’ where we have developed our skills at keeping a steady beat, whilst expanding on this by following different rhythms at the same time. It is a really difficult skill to maintain a steady beat when there are other children following a different pattern. However, I was very impressed by the way in which we improved this. We were then able to start to use our Bamboo’s to add our take on ‘I can see clearly now’. 

Wednesday afternoons have been very busy in Year Five over the last half-term! The children began their learning journey in September by learning how to use shading techniques to give images depth. They practiced hatching, cross-hatching and stippling, and experimented with applying different amounts of pressure to pencils whilst making marks. The children also experienced arranging and creating collages. The artist Marcello Barenghi inspired them to work with snack bar wrappers to create a collage before drawing and colouring in from observation. Their finished work really does showcase the talents and enthusiasm shown by the children in this unit of work. Next half term we hope to switch to a Design Technology project on Mechanisms which requires the children to design a pop up book, following a specific design brief and for a specific target audience.


Our first unit of French, ‘Je me presente’ (Let me introduce myself) has got off to a promising start! We have spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning.  We’ve also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on how to greet each other and introduce ourselves), and hope next half-term to complete this unit with a look at how we can add detail to these introductions!) Work with possessive adjectives (mon and ma) alongside work on talking about who is in our family in French, will hopefully keep us busy and allow us to even take a look at Christmas traditions in France!

Our Computing unit on blogging has been so interesting and we will be updating our class blog regularly throughout the year. There have been blogs about a variety of different topics and it has been wonderful to see the different interests of our class and the creative ideas that some of the children have shared. Keep it up Year 5!

All in all, it has been a very busy half term indeed, with the children really settling in nicely to Year 5 life, especially with all the extra challenges we are facing at the moment. I can't wait to find out more things over the next term.