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.... Spring Term 1 (January - February 2021)


Mathematics - In Maths we will be moving on to our unit of work on multiplication and division. Throughout this tricky subject Children will learn to multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts. They will multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or a two digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for 2 digit numbers. Children will also learn to divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the written method of short division, and work with remainders appropriately for the context. Once this is done, we will be solving problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and understanding the use of the equals sign.

  • Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers.
  • Know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers.
  • Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19.
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers.
  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000.
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3).
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign.
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates. 


English - In English this half term, we will start by looking at a brilliant book called Kick by Mitch Johnson. It's all about a young boy called Budi. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life. 

The focus of this piece of writing is a persuasive letter. We will start the topic by looking at what a persuasive letter is and recapping what we have learned in the past. We will research about difficult topics that arise during this book, such as child labour, in order to be able to better support our arguments and our aim of persuasion. As as class we are already quite good at trying to persuade people... so I can't wait to see the quality of persuasive writing the children are able to produce!


Science - Circle of Life -  In the ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ unit we will learn about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. Furthermore, the children will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles. Finally, the children will explore the life cycles of birds, and will write and star in their own wildlife documentary comparing the life cycles of different living things.

  • Explain the function of the parts of a flower.
  • Give two differences between sexual and asexual reproduction.
  • Identify the features of plants pollinated by insects or the wind.
  • Describe the stages of sexual reproduction.
  • Describe the differences between the three types of mammals.
  • Give four facts about Jane Goodall.
  • Describe the stages of the life cycles of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians.
  • Identify similarities and differences between the life cycles of different plants and animals.


RE - We will start off the term by looking at 'Jesus the Teacher'. We will be carefully considering the messages of the parables and how they impact on the lives of practising Christians. Some of the key questions we will be answering are:

  • Why did Jesus tell this story?
  • What can we learn from this story?
  • How does this story help us understand Christian beliefs?
  • How does the story impact on believers


Computing -  We will be starting our new topic, We are web developers. Throughout this unit of work the children will learn the relevant skills to be able to create their own website from scratch! There will be lots to consider during this process. Children will need to decide what information is appropriate, understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results, develop and refine their ideas and text collaboratively whilst also developing their understanding of e-safety and responsible use of technology. This is a really fun unit and the children will love the opportunity to create their very own web page.


HEARTSMART- Too much selfie isn't healthy! 

There are 7.6 billion other people on the earth, you might have noticed that there’s a few other people in our classrooms, houses, maybe even in our bedroom!  Often we’re encouraged to think about our needs, our rights and the things that we can have. None of which is necessarily bad but it’s just that it can squeeze others out of frame and all that’s left is us, looming large. Sometimes we need to lift our eyes from our phones and look up at the world around us which is full of different people with different values and different beliefs. It’s a vibrant and wonderful place where everyone is different. It’s not that we have to agree with everyone but everyone is worthy of our attention, love and empathy.  


Too Much Selfie isn’t Healthy is about working well with others, about being a good listener and understanding that life is more about we than me. Love without action isn’t love, it’s a thought. Love requires an out; love does. By contributing to the lives of others we find fulfilment for ourselves and learn that Too Much Selfie isn’t Healthy!

Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.


DT - This half term, 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. The children will learn how to recognise how the printed pattern has been used in cultures and times for different purposes (E.g prints from Victorian engravings as illustrations for books and periodicals). During the unit they will become familiar with Thomas Bewick and will learn more about the role and impact of William Morris in designing/ printing wallpaper and fabric (an artist they will revisit from a unit in Year 1). Ultimately, by the end of the first half of the Spring Term, the children will have learned how to create printing blocks using a relief or imprint method and will have created repeated patterns and practiced some printing techniques.


French - Autumn Term was very productive in French with lots of children gaining confidence and acquiring vocabulary that allows them to describe and add detail to who makes up their family unit. Work on hobbies, which helps them to enhance descriptions about themselves, is yet to be fully completed so Spring Term (first half) will see us finalise this topic before we launch with full steam towards a unit on ‘In the Town’ – taking a look at localities here and in France, acquiring new vocabulary (geographical features and buildings, for example) whilst broadening the children’s understanding of France and the French people.


PE - Our P.E topic this half term is Health Related Fitness. During this topic, our aims are to learn how to warm up effectively to sustain performance, compete against themselves and each other, developing their ability to sustain physical excursion over a period of time, and reflect on their success as well as success in others.

Dates for your Diary:


Parents Evening: 2nd and 3rd February 2021


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.