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.... Summer Term(April-May 2022)



Over the next half term, we will be focusing on ensuring the children have the key maths skills that they may have missed. Here's a summary of the topics that will have greatest focus over this half term. 


  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and multiples of the same number
  • recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements

Decimals / Percentages

  • identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions (e.g. 0.71 = / 71/100)
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to “number of parts per hundred”, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100 as a decimal fraction
  • multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams solve problems involving numbers up to three decimal places
  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalence



In our writing this half term, we will be using the stimulus ‘Treasure’ to inspire a range of different writing genres. Here are the outcomes we will be covering.

Writing outcomes

  • Setting description 
  • 1st person poem
  • 1st person narrative
  • Internal monologues
  • Diary entry

During our reading lessons, we will be completing a series of reading comprehensions with a particular focus on answering test style questions, to ensure we are using all f our VIPERS skills effectively to show off our reading ability. Furthermore, we will continue to work on our grammar, ensuring we are using our ‘non-negotiables’ effectively, as well as incorporating more difficult aspects of grammar to stretch ourselves during our writing, to improve the cohesion of our writing.


  • Relative Clauses
  • Modal verbs to show degrees of possibility
  • Parenthesis
  • Adverbials to link ideas across paragraphs
  • Tenses, past simple and present perfect


Our next topic in Science is ‘Separating Mixtures’

  • Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • 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
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.



Ancient Civilisations

During this topic, we will be focusing on another Ancient Civilisation, ‘The Shang Dynasty’. Here are the objectives we will cover.

  • explain when and where the Shang dynasty was in existence and describe features of its location.
  • use archaeological evidence to draw conclusions about what life was like in the Shang dynasty and present my findings.
  • describe how the social hierarchy of the Shang dynasty was organised and what life was like for different people.
  • I can explain some of the religious beliefs and practices of the people from the Shang dynasty
  • I can explain about the discovery, purpose and significance of oracle bones.
  • I can examine a range of artefacts to find out about life in the Shang dynasty.
  • I can explain who Fu Hao was and why the discovery of her tomb was significant


Our topic for this half term is Dodgeball. This is a really fun and popular game that allows the children to learn and improve on a variety of different skills; including throwing, catching, footwork and teamwork. Here are some of the objectives we will cover

  • Understand and demonstrate the rules of dodgeball
  • Demonstrate awareness of their physical actions and responses
  • Employ various forms of throwing and movement in a competitive game
  • To play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending; To compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.    


In music, we will be focusing on music composition, learning from one of the great composers, Hanz Zimmer. This famous composer has composed more than 150 film scores, many of which everyone will be familiar with. This will provide us with a great stimulus and help inspire the children to create their own music and perform in an ensemble.

  • listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music
  • create their own piece of music using instruments and voice
  • perform as an ensemble
  • learn musical language appropriate to the task
  • play and perform in ensemble contexts, using voices and playing musical instruments
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory


RE - Exploring the lives of significant women in the Old Testament

The aim of this unit is to:

  • widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of the role and significance of women in the Bible and God’s big story.
  • to reflect upon the actions of these women and consider what we can learn from their stories.


The key questions we will be answering

  • What can I learn from this story?
  • Why is this a significant moment? Why is this woman important?
  • In which values and beliefs are the actions of the women rooted?
  • Did she do the right thing?
  • Where does this story fit into God’s big story?   

Heartsmart - 
 Fake is a mistake! This is where the children will learn and discuss the importance of telling the truth and how it is okay and important to be yourself.


Spring Term 2 NEWS!

Although a short term, the children have managed to squeeze a lot of excellent work in! During our writing, we have focused on speech writing as well as narrative writing, implementing all of our grammatical knowledge to achieve our desired goals, and encapsulate both the listener during our speech writing, and reader during our narratives/ During this half term, we have been using our VIPERS skills to answer a range of different reading comprehensions. The children have been growing in confidence and have become better at ensuring they get all available marks for a question, by giving more detailed answers.

In Maths we started our fractions topic, which can certainly provide a challenge. However, the children have rising to it and done an amazing job. We can now confidently compare and order fractions, add and subtract, as well as using mixed number fractions and improper fractions when appropriate. At the start of the summer term, we will be moving on answering complex word problems before moving onto our next topic, decimals and percentages.

The children have have really enjoyed learning about the Egyptians. The children have been fascinated by the Pyramids and how they used to look when they were covered in limestone. In particular, the children were amazed to learn about Tutankhamun, and how he became king whilst still a child, dying at the age of 18. We do have a little more to learn about the Egyptians, and the children can’t wait to finish this fascinating topic!

In Music, we finished off our topic using the Ukulele. I was really impressed with how quickly Y5 picked up this instrument, and look forward to them continuing this next year, in Y6.

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 pieces of writing depicting the last days of Jesus. The children showed a great understanding and the resulting work was of a superb standard.

This half term in French, we started looking at the unit on ‘In the Town’. We’ve begun by considering what features we find in Leigh and how this compares to what we might find in a similar-sized French town, so have got together a stock of phrases like ‘bakery/ la boulangerie’, ‘church / l’eglise’ and ‘library/ la bibliotheque’.

The Printing Unit in Art for the Year 5s got off to a flying start with us learning about early printing methods and Thomas Bewick. The children came to appreciate the time and effort it would have taken early Victorian printers by experiencing a form of printing for themselves – potato printing! They certainly discovered that things aren’t always as easy as they first seem, with many of them commenting about how tricky it was to carve the stamp and transfer an image evenly. The lessons that followed saw the children focusing closely on the work of William Morris, learning about pattern techniques that we can be explored in Morris’s work such as brickwork, half-drop and rotated patterns.



Spring Term 1 NEWS!

Again, another really busy half-term in Year 5, with lots of hard work completed. In our English work, we produced some wonderful writing based on the incredible story of Captain Scott. This incredible true story was all written down in a series of diary entries that we were able to read. We even got the opportunity to look at some real images that were taken by the Antarctic team. We recreated the Scott’s diary entry, including many different features from our writing rainbow. These ranges from fronted adverbials, relative clauses and even oxymoron’s!  

In Maths we started to work at a great pace, with plenty to get through. We looked closely at perfecting our written methods for multiplication and division and started a really tricky unit of work on fractions, this will continue into Spring 2.  Maths provided lots of challenges. Our topic was multiplication and division. We started off looking at short multiplication before moving onto long multiplication. It is a real challenge to remember all of the steps but the children rose to it! We then progressed to short division. Both of these areas tested our multiplication tables knowledge and showed us just how important it is to be able to recall them at speed.

In Science, our topic was 'Out of this 'World' which was all about space. We started off by being able to learn the order of the planets and created our own acronym to remember them. The children then had a competition to create the best planetary poster in which we had some great competition. It was a very hard decision to choose a winner! We then moved on to discussing the differences between the Heliocentric model and the geocentric model and learned the history of both of these systems. We finally moved onto night and day and were able to understand and explain exactly how night and day occurs, the movement of the moon relative to the Earth and to be able to explain the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

In Music, we started to learn the Ukulele and started with the basics! We first learned how to hold the Ukulele correctly, how to strum and even started fingerpick. We finished off the half term learning some basic chords and will be moving forwards to learn some more complex chords and integrating them into more songs.

Our topic in Geography was ‘The United Kingdom’. During this unit, the children learned about the many different features of the United Kingdom, with a real focus on the energy uses of the UK. We learned about renewable energy and how this was generated, as well as discussing the benefits and drawbacks of creating energy in this way.

Our RE work on Jesus the Teacher was very thought-provoking with children showing the key skills of reflecting, applying and analysing throughout their work. 

This half term in French, we started looking at the unit on ‘In the Town’. We’ve begun by considering what features we find in Leigh and how this compares to what we might find in a similar-sized French town, so have got together a stock of phrases like ‘bakery/ la boulangerie’, ‘church / l’eglise’ and ‘library/ la bibliotheque’.

The Printing Unit in Art for the Year 5s got off to a flying start with us learning about early printing methods and Thomas Bewick. The children came to appreciate the time and effort it would have taken early Victorian printers by experiencing a form of printing for themselves – potato printing! They certainly discovered that things aren’t always as easy as they first seem, with many of them commenting about how tricky it was to carve the stamp and transfer an image evenly. The lessons that followed saw the children focusing closely on the work of William Morris, learning about pattern techniques that we can be explored in Morris’s work such as brickwork, half-drop and rotated patterns.

We have certainly learned a lot in this half term and we are looking forward to the next half term and the opportunities it will bring. 


Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

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 'We Three Kings'  in church in the final week 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 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.

In our writing lessons, we have focused on Non-Chronological Reports. The children used Pandora as their stimulus, and were able to transport the reader to a magical, mysterious world beyond our wildest dream. They described Pandora in detail and created their own mystical creature that they brought to life, which their report focused on. The children then moved on to create their own independent report.

The children enjoyed their topic work on the Mayans, learning all about their fascinating history and impact on the world today. One aspect of the Mayan's that the children found interesting was their number system, in which we learned that they were the first civilisation that could represent the value of zero. The work that impressed me the most from the children was when we pretended to go back in time, where the children had to give a time travellers tour guide. The children were able to transport me back whilst being able to show off their knowledge of what life must have been like during those times.

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. Our outdoor P.E sessions focused on team building games and exercises. Working as a team is extremely important in day to day life, so it was great to see the children overcome the many different challenges they faced and learned how to better work as a team. They developed different forms of communication and developed their leadership skills.

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.

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 and this provide the foundation to our work throughout the rest of the year. The children have also been doing a good job at improving their times tables skills and it is crucial that they continue to develop these as times tables and place value are central to everything we do in Maths.

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 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 ‘Three Little Birds’. 

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. I can't wait to get started on another fantastic half term.