This term we will be learning…


This term in English, we will be developing sentence structure so that we can write with purpose for a range of audiences.  In order to do this, we will be looking at varied stimuli including The Wind in the Willows, a silent movie called ‘The Piano’ and the snippets from the Disney Pixar film ‘UP’.  Within these lessons we will also be focusing on grammar in order to improve the children’s reading, writing and spoken language.

Guided Reading 

As part of the new curriculum, we will be exploring and appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage. Within this, we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that we know the children will love. This terms class reader’s are: The Wind in the Willows and Kensuke’s Kingdom.


During the children’s time in year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practise with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

This term, our learning journey will be exploring fraction, measure, and statistics.  Within this, the key fundamentals of addition and subtraction and multiplication and division will be embedded in all of their learning.

In order for the children to become fluent mathematicians, it is extremely important that they are constantly practising their time tables and the related division facts.


In Science, we will be exploring our Solar System, with a particular emphasis on our Earth, the Moon and Sun. We are extremely excited to welcome a Planetarium to our school during the first week back after half term, where the children will be able to experience space in an engaging and creative way with experts to enthuse their understanding and answer their questions! Children will be able to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system and describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. It’ll be out of this world!


We are all very excited about our current topic ‘Journey through the Orient.’  Over the course of the Spring term, we will be using our class reader, Kensuke’s Kingdom, to explore geography of the world, art and cultural influences within the Far East of Asia and the culinary experiences they have.


In outdoor PE this term, we will be developing a range of key skills used in Kabaddi as well as focussing on team work and communication skills.  In our indoor PE sessions this term, the children will have an opportunity to explore orienteering within the school environment.


Our focus for this half term is to enquire and investigate how the Jewish Torah influences the lives of Jewish people.


This term, we will be learning about song writing and how lyrics and melodies fit together. We will be using a variety of instruments and body percussion to write our own songs.


During PSHE this term, we will be learning about what it means to be a part of a community. In addition to this, we will be allowing the children the opportunity to meet some of the people we have in our local community.


Year 5 class assemblies this term are:
5KB – Thursday 21st January 2015
5BL – Thursday 3rd March 2015
5TB – Thursday 24th March 2015

PE kit

PE days are Tuesday  and Friday.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.


Every week, homework will be set that has a times table focus. The children should choose which times table they are focusing on. The aim is for them to be secure at quickly recalling the multiplication facts. Additionally, the children will be bringing home spelling homework. Alongside this, every 3 to 4 week, a project will be set. We really look forward to receiving these!

Year 5 – Homework


This term the Year 5 exception words we are learning are:











Please practise these spellings ready to be tested in class. We have also been looking at silent letters within words. When reading at home, see if these words with silent letters can be identified.

Year 5 – Homework


Keep practising your times tables including your division facts.  Make sure you can recite them quickly and fluently in and out of order! Each week, you will be tested on the times table you are practising.


Year 5 Project Homework

Set: Wednesday 13th January                            Due: Wednesday 3rd February

In Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael is washed up onto a remote island.

Your task is to replicate the island.

You could:

  • Create a detailed 2D plan
  • Produce a PowerPoint
  • Construct a 3D model
  • Descriptive writing
  • Use technology, such as Minecraft