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 2021-2022


Class Information


Who's who?

Mr Wilkinson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Waqar - Teaching Assistant




Homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in by Thursday. 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 PE kits. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during PE. 

Swimming takes places on a Wednesday and children should come to school in their P.E kit.



This half term.... Autumn 1 (Sept-Oct 2021)



To start off our writing this half term, the children will be completing a narrative. Our inspiration for this piece of writing is based on a short film called 'One Small Step'. This is all about a young girl who has a dream A dream to go to the moon. Over the next few weeks the children will be recreating this film in writing and will do this using a variety of different skills from the writing rainbow. Once we have completed this piece of writing, the children will then have a go at writing their own independent piece so that they can put their recently used skills to the test. 

In our reading lessons, we will be reading a book called 'Boy in the Tower. This is a fantastic book with mystery and excitement. The book is split in two. Before and after... Who knows what lies ahead? Throughout the course of reading this book, each lesson the children will complete an activity based on the chapters they have just read, all which use our VIPERS skills. These are vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising skills. These skills are crucial to being a good reader so these lessons will be supported by short focused lessons to help the children answer a range off different reading questions that they will need to have the ability to answer.



In Maths, our first topic Number and Place Value. This is the most important topic of the year as it is the foundation for everything we do in Maths. Here are all of the things that we will be covering;

  • read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
  • interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
  • round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
  • solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.



Our Science topic for this half term is Forces. Here we will be learning about all of this different forces that impact on our daily lives. Such as Gravity, Air Resistance and Water Resistance. Below are all of the objectives that the children will be covering this half term.

  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs



This half term the children will be completing the Haka dance. We will start by learning the history behind the dance before looking at how the tradition is still used today in sport. Once we have learned the history and importance of his dance, we will then start to learn the moves. After this, the children will be put in groups to create their own routine. As  extra challenge, we will try to learn the words... this is certainly ambitious but I'm sure we will be able to pull it off! This half term, the children will also be attending swimming lessons as part of their P.E lessons.


Our School Sports Games Value will be ‘Passion



Our first topic in Geography is Rainforests. Firstly, the children will learn what a rainforest is, the features of a rainforest and the different layers of a rainforest and the animals and creatures that live within them. Here is a summary of the key learning points from this unit of work.

  •  What a rainforest is.
  •  The different layers of a rainforest.
  •  The features of a rainforest.
  •  The characteristics of the Congo.
  •  The impact of deforestation.



In Music, our first topic is Bamboo Tamboo. These lessons are al based on an instrument with a great history, traditionally made from real bamboo. These lessons are perfect to help the children learn rhythm, tempo and pitch as despite looking simple, the Bamboo Tamboo's can create a variety of different sounds. There are three diffirent coloured sets of instruments, all of which have slight differences. Over the half term the children will learn to play to different parts of songs, with the most difficult challenge coming when the children have to play different parts at the same time. Super tricky but I know they will rise to the challenge! 



In Art, our first topic is drawing. The children will use their sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]. Lastly, we will consider great artists, architects and designers in history.



Our unit of work is called 'We are bloggers'. Children will be learning a range of new skills including: becoming familiar with blogs as a medium and genre of writing, creating a sequence of blogs on a theme, commenting on the posts of others and they will develop a reflective view or a range of mediaThe children will be able to do this on a topic of their choice so it is an engaging topic for them to share their interests and hopefully learn from others at the same time.



Our first topic for R.E is 'Why is the Bible Important to Christians'. We will discussing why Christians read the Bible, why the Bible is presented in many ways, how the Bible gives guidance for daily living as well as learning how to correctly reference a Bible.



'Get Heartsmart' During these lessons the children will be taught what it is to be HeartSmart and how we can 'Power ON' to love ourselves and others as well. 


Dates for your Diary:


Parents' Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October