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Year 5 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Year 5

Rowan class Larch class
Rowan class is taught by Miss Carpenter.  Larch class is taught by Mr Bell.



Autumn Term


Welcome back! We hope you have had an enjoyable summer holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready to start Year 5. We are excited to begin this term and can't wait to learn new and fascinating topics together.  

Please see the autumn term curriculum letter and topic web to see more information about what we will be learning (located at the bottom of this page, under 'Files to Download').

Let's Get Learning! 

Our Topic
Our new topic is Ancient Greece!

To learn more about Ancient Greece, please click on the website below.  This link will direct you to various websites which we will be using in class to support our learning.

Ancient Greece Padlet

Padlet password: Year5



Using our new 'Pathways to Write' English scheme, our lessons will cover 'Queen of the Falls' by Chris Van Allsberg. Our focus will be on perfecting our diary writing skills whilst we learn all about Annie Edson Taylor and the incredible act she performed in 1901.

With each new writing style we encounter, we will focus on: planning, drafting, writing, editing, proof-reading and publishing our work.



This term, we will learn some key spelling patterns (e.g. homophones, 'ough' words, silent letters etc.).

At the beginning of every term, children will be tested on both year 3/4 and year 5/6 statutory spellings. Please do revisit these at home to ensure no spellings are forgotten. See 'Files to Download' at the bottom of this page to download these statutory spelling lists. 

Take a look at these spelling activities:



In addition to 'Pathways to Write', we are now following 'Pathways to Read'. In our first unit, we will be focusing on 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' by Eleni Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

Within 'Pathways to Read', every lesson focuses on a specific reading skill (e.g. predicting, inferring etc.). Reading VIPERS explains the key reading skills very clearly. Click here for more information.


Author of the Month: Maz Evans

Recommended books:

  • Who Let the Gods Out?
  • Simply the Quest
  • Beyond the Odyssey
  • Against all Gods


Our current science topic is 'Forces'. We will be exploring the different forces of gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance. We will also be indentifying simple mechanisms including levers, gears and pulleys. Throughout the unit, pupils will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations and accurately record their findings in order to draw conclusions and explain their results.

Forces Websites

BBC Bitesize has a great range of clips explaining what the different forces are and how they work.  Click here   

Wow science offers interactive game, activities and videos as well as experiments for pupils to try in their own time.  Click here                                                                                                                                                         

Science Kids provides fun games, facts and quizzes for pupils to engage with. Click here                                                                                                        

Scientist of the Month: Isaac Newton

Find out more about Isaac Newton on these websites:


Our current maths topic is place value. 

In maths this term, we will be learning about place value, addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division, and area and perimeter. 

Place Value Websites

  • If you would like to practise using Dienes base ten blocks, click here.
  • If you would like to practise using place value charts, click here.
  • If you would like to practise your number skills against the clock, click here.
  • If you would like to put your place value skills to the test, click here to play 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.
  • A handy website with interactive manipulatives such as place value counters and cuisenaire rods. https://mathsbot.com/#Manipulatives

Why not practise some other mathematical topics too?

Fractions Websites

  • BBC Bitesize has some fantastic resources to support your learning. Click here for information and videos relating to fractions.
  • If you fancy some games relating to fractions, click here.
  • If you fancy solving some fraction problems, click here.

Measurement Websites

  • For excellent videos on area, perimeter and volume, click here.
  • To support your understanding of converting between mm, cm and m, click here.
  • A great game to practise taking measures is available here.
  • To practise counting cubes to calculate the volume of shapes, click here or here.
  • To practise setting an analogue clock to different times, click here.
  • If you would like to practise using the 24-hour clock, click here.

Times Tables Websites

  • If you would like to play some games to practise your times tables, click here.  
  • Become a Times Tables Rockstar by clicking here.

Mental Maths Websites


  • If you would like to play mental maths games, click here.

Mathematical Vocabulary Websites

  • A useful online tool to define those tricky maths words! Click here for a maths dictionary. 



Homework Sent Out Return Date
Maths Friday Wednesday
English Friday Wednesday
Spelling Friday Friday (test)
Times Tables Practise throughout week Tuesdays and Thursdays (tests)


Other important information...

  • PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays. Please remember to come into school wearing your PE kit. Every lesson will be taken outside so make sure you have suitable, warm clothing. 


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