Year 5 2021-2022

5G – Miss Garnett, Twitter: @MissGarnettGB

5L – Mrs Lee, Twitter: @MrsLeeGB

Learning Support Assistants – Mrs Woodward and Miss O’Brien


Hello and welcome to our class page. Below you will find useful information about the goings-on in Year 5.

In our English work, we develop our reading and writing skills through the use of high-quality texts, incorporating poetry, drama and grammar. Enjoyment of reading and a love of books are encouraged through individual and whole class reading activities, and the children are encouraged to read every day at home, too.

In Mathematics, we deliver a focussed curriculum building on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in all aspects of maths including number, shape, space and measure. We work practically using a variety of concrete apparatus and we practise working alone, in partners, in small groups and as a class to improve our Numeracy skills and relate them to real-life situations.

Our afternoons include: History or Geography, Design Technology or Art, ICT, Science and R.E/PSHE and these subjects are taught through an enquiry approach and a key question as a focus. More information on these can be found by clicking our Curriculum Overview button above or head to our school curriculum pages here.

As a school we use Jigsaw and P4C in our PSHE curriculum. Our aim is to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote good mental health, positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. Through this, we help our children to develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries. They will build on effective work already in place in school that pays systematic attention to the social and emotional aspects of learning through whole-school ethos, initiatives such as circle time or buddy schemes, and the taught personal, social and health education (PSHE) and Citizenship curriculum.


The children also have weekly sessions of Spanish, Music and P.E, on the following days:


5L and 5G have their P.E session on a Friday

5L and 5G have their swimming lesson on a Thursday.

Your child must come to school appropriately dressed for P.E on the right day.


Spanish lessons are on a Thursday.

Music lessons are on a Tuesday.


As well as whole class reading lessons, your child will read an individual reading book in school with an adult, and then bring it home to continue to read at home, too. This book should be brought to school every day. Your child is encouraged to read at home at least 3 times a week with an adult if possible. Talk to your child about what they have read to ensure understanding, ask them questions about what has happened so far and ask them to predict what might happen next. We also ask for your child’s reading to be logged in their yellow Reading Log, with the date and a short comment to communicate with us that your child has read. When your child has finished their book, they will bring it into school to change it for a new one. If children wish, they can choose their own book from home to read.

As a school we use the app Seesaw to help keep us connected and for home learning purposes. Please continue to use this app and check it regularly for updates. Your child’s Seesaw log-in has been sent home. Your child can respond to the tasks set in the Home-School link book and return it to school or capture the learning on Seesaw and we will respond to it there. If you need a paper copy of your child’s homework activities, please contact class teachers.


If you have any questions about Year 5, please speak to a member of our staff on the gate at home-time or contact us via Seesaw or leave a message with the school office.

Current topics

Autumn 1 – Curriculum

Mathematics Mastery –

Unit 1: Reasoning with large whole integers

Unit 2: Addition and Subtraction


Literacy – Read to Write

The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be by Joanna Gaines

Henry’s Freedom Box

Writing Outcome: Diary (fiction) and biography (non-fiction)


Science – Empiribox

Chemistry – Irreversible changes


History – The Slave Trade

How were people affected by the Transatlantic Slave Trade?


Design Technology –

Where does food come from?

Skill: Food.


R.E –

Why do some people think God exists?


Jigsaw/Philosophy 4 Children –


P.E –

Basketball and Swimming



Introduction to Spanish and Spain. Vocabulary games.


Music –

Understand and explore

Listen and evaluate

Sing and perform

Curriculum Overview