Year 5

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Mr Freeman

Class 11 Teacher


Miss Morley

Class 12 Teacher

Spring Term 2024

Welcome to Year 5

The teachers in Year 5 are Mr Adam Freeman  (Class 11) and Miss Amy Morley (Class 12). 


This term we are focussing on short story writing featuring the building up of suspense. We are using the book ‘Short’ to inspire the children’s writing. By the end of these units, the children will be able to use: adjectives and commas correctly to create their own list sentences, brackets to add in more information, use a range of sentences types and use inverted commas in their writing to give information about the character and advance the actions.

Later in the term, we will focus on letter writing which will link to the children’s experiences at Mill on the Brue.

Grammar is taught weekly focusing on sentence structure, identifying and using auxiliary and modal verbs, relative clauses and relative pronouns, parenthesis, commas to avoid ambiguity and building cohesion within and between paragraphs. 

Guided Reading is taught weekly and this term the children will study a range of text types, including fiction, non-fiction, diaries and poetry.

Regular reading at home is essential. Children who read at least four times a week make the most progress with their literacy in school - please encourage them to read and sign their logs too!


In the Autumn term, we will be learning about:

  • Number - Multiplication and Division
  • Number - Fractions - Part 2
  • Number - Decimals and Percentages
  • Measurement - Perimeter and area
  • Statistics

In Maths, we use an approach (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) to embed the children’s learning and to help them understand the learning in different ways. As part of the maths units, we will revise some of the key success criteria covered in year 4.

Quick recall of times tables is crucial to our maths work in year 5 and so the children will complete Club Times Tables in class. As they progress through the tables, the children will need to answer more questions correctly within the time before they can move up to the next level.


Our topic is ‘Ancient Greeks’. The unit looks at what life was like during Ancient Greeks. The children will explore the Greek religion and compare this to the Ancient Egyptians. In DT, the children will make pitta bread, which was a common food during this era. In addition, the children will use Paper Mache to construct their other Parthenon.


The science topic for this term is ‘Forces’. The children will learn the main forces: gravity, air resistance, friction, water resistance and buoyancy. The children will undertake experiments in this unit to see forces in action.


During these lessons we will think about our rainbow values as well as discuss and look at:

  • How can we manage our money?
  • How does our body change? (RSE)
  • What choice help us to stay healthy?


Our first topic is Sikhism - 'How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?'

Our second topic is Christianity - 'What did Jesus do to save human beings?'


For this term, we are using Purple Mash as our scheme for computing. The children will be looking at:

  • Databases
  • Game Creator
  • 3D modelling
  • Concept maps

As well as this, we complete a half termly E-Safety session.


PE is taught twice a week.

In the first half term, the children will be looking at skills of netball and play an adapted version of the game (outdoor PE) and grouped and cooperation skills (indoor PE).

In the second half term, the children will be doing striking and fielding (outdoor PE).


The children will learn the French vocabulary for:

  • Musical instruments
  • School subjects


Each week, in class, we look at a new spelling rule. The children have ten spellings to learn at home and there will be a spelling test each Monday using these words. Throughout the week at school, the children complete a SACAWAC sheet focusing on their spellings as well as tricky words that they will use throughout their writing. 


Below is a timetable of when homework is given out and expected back in. Please ensure your child has completed their homework within the given time.


- Spelling test

- Homework due back


New spelling rule taught in school & new spellings set


- New homework set

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