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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.



Spring Term


Welcome back! We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas holiday. We are very excited about getting this term started and we can't wait to learn new and fascinating topics together.  

Please see the spring 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 biomes!

We will be exploring what a biome is and identifying the location and features of different biomes .As well as learning about different biomes, we will also be looking at climate and vegetation belts. This topic will enable lots of opportunities to research the different characteristics and locations of each biome as well as providing pupils with the chance to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countires and describe features studied. 

To learn more about biomes, 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.

Biomes Padlet

Padlet password: Year5


This half term we will be reading 'The Darkest Dark' and we will be exploring space from the viewpoint of the astronaut Chris Hadfield and his experiences as a child. Children will be using real life facts, dates and thematic language specific to the topic. They will also be focusing on developing their punctuation and writing through the use of parenthesis, adverbials and tense choices. 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'. This half term we will be reading 'Exploring Space' by The Literacy Company. We will be exploring different aspects of space such as The International Space Station and various astronauts. There will be a focus on identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning, as well as learning to distinguish between fact and opinion. 

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.

Take a look at the '50 Recommended Reads for Year 5' in 'files to download' at the bottom of the page. How many have you already read? Why not set yourselves a challenge to read one new book every month? 


Author of the Month: Neil Gaiman
MasterClass | Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling

Recommended books:

  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Odd and the Frost Giants
  • Stardust
  • Coraline


Our current topic is ‘Earth and Space'. 

If you would like to learn more about 'Earth and Space', why not take a look at some of the videos below?



Scientist of the Month: Galileo Galilei

Find out more about Galileo Galilei on these websites:


In maths this term, we will be learning about perimeter and area, multiplication and division, and fractions.

Our current maths topic is area and perimeter.

  • If you would like to watch a video on calculating area and perimeter, click here
  • What is perimeter? Click here to find out.
  • How do you calculate area? Click here to find out.
  • Click here to learn more about area and perimeter. 
  • To show how area and perimeter are calculated by building squares and rectangles with blocks, click here
  • Click here or here to explore how the area and perimeter of rectangles changes as the size increases or decreases.  
  • To practise your problem solving skills, click here or here

Why not practise some other mathematical topics too?

Multiplication and Division Websites

  • Click here or here to practise factors, multiples and primes.
  • What are prime numbers? Click here to find out.
  • What are square and cube numbers? Click here to find out.
  • Want to solve some puzzles on factors and multiples? Click here to choose from a variety.
  • Fancy putting your knowledge of multiples and factors to the test? Click here to play a factors and multiples game.
  • If you want to put your understanding of multiples to the test, click here or here.
  • Want to put your understanding of factors and prime numbers to the test? Click here.

Statistics Websites

  • If you would like to practise handling data, click here.
  • If you would like to practise reading and interpreting tables, graphs and charts, click here.
  • If you would like to practise data handling and interpretation, click here.
  • If you would like to practise reading and interpreting bar charts, click here or here.
  • If you would like to practise reading and interpreting pictograms, click here or here.
  • If you would like to practise interpreting data (creating tally charts and converting them into graphs), click here.

Place Value Websites

  • If you would like to watch some videos to help with rounding numbers, click here, here or here.
  • If you would like to practise rounding numbers, click here, here, here, here or here
  • If you would like to practise negative numbers, click here, here or here
  • If you would like to practise ordering numbers, click here or here
  • If you would like to practise ordering numbers on a number line (including negative numbers), click here
  • 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'.
  • If you fancy practising your maths with interactive manipulatives (such as place value counters and cuisenaire rods), click here

Addition and Subtraction Websites

  • To practise basic addition, click here. Work your way through the levels as your confidence progresses.
  • To practise basic subtraction, click here. Work your way through the levels as your confidence progresses.
  • For a wide variety of addition and subtraction games, click here.
  • To watch a video to learn a bit more about column addition, click here.
  • To watch a video to learn a bit more about column subtraction, click here

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.
  • If you want to listen to a funky song to learn more about mental maths strategies, click here.
  • To learn more about mental strategies, click here

Mathematical Vocabulary Websites

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

Not sure what you want to practise? Click on one of the links below for a wide range of games and activities

  • For a variety of maths games, click here.
  • For a vareity of maths puzzles, click here.


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

P.E. Days

Rowan Larch
Thursday A.M. Wednesday A.M.
Friday P.M. Friday P.M.

Please see the P.E. page (click here) to see the topics we will be covering in P.E. this year (located at the bottom of the P.E. page)


Our homework is set on Google Classroom

Homework Sent Out Return Date
Maths Friday Wednesday
English Friday Wednesday
Spelling Friday Friday (test)


Growth Mindset

In Year 5, we use all of our learning muscles in different ways. We work together, showing one another new learning strategies and support each other every day. We are resilient - never giving up and ensuring that we have tried our very best in every activity. We are resourceful - using resources in and around the classroom to scaffold our learning and support us in lessons. We are reflective - we look back on our achievements and accomplishments. We ask ourselves questions in order to improve. What went well? What did I learn? What do I need to improve on? How can I be even better than what I am already?


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