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Year 5 2021 - 2022

Welcome to Year 5

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



Summer Term


Summer Term

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fantastic Spring break, and that you had plenty of rest.

We are very excited about starting the new term and we have lots of fun, exciting activities ahead. 

Don't forget to keep an eye on our School Twitter page where we upload photos of some the things we get up to in Year Five. 

Please see the Summer 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
Mexico and the Maya


Our topic for the first part of the summer term is ‘Mexico’ which will provide children with opportunities to undertake a regional study of the country and look at its geographical similarities and differences. During this topic, children will learn about key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, as well as a minor focus on volcanoes and earthquakes. We will also be exploring the human features in the locality , including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

Following this, we will be focusing on the Ancient Maya in order to give pupils the opportunity to see the stark contrast between their own history and that of the Maya. Pupils will learn about who the Maya people were and where they lived, as well as how the Maya empire grew to become so important. As part of this unit, pupils will also explore the remarkable achievements of the ancient Maya which will include looking at their writing, calendar system and perspective of time.





Text Overview - Pathways to Write and Pathways to Read



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. creating nouns using the 'ity', 'ness' and 'ship' suffixes as well as homophones and near homophones).

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 will be continuing to follow our 'Pathways to Read' scheme. 

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: Katherine Rundell
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Recommended books:

  • Rooftoppers
  • The Wolf Wilder
  • The Explorer
  • The Good Thieves


Our current topic is ‘Types of Change'. 

We will be exploring physical and chemical changes, and reversible and irreversible changes. 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.

If you would like to learn more about types of change, why not take a look at some of the websites below?

  • What are irreversible changes? Click here to find out.
  Scientist of the Term: Marie Curie

Find out more about Marie Curie on these websites:

  • Who was Marie Curie? Click here to find out.
  • For facts about Marie Curie, click here.
  • To read Marie Curie's biography, click here


In maths this term, we will be learning about fractions, decimals and percentages, volume and capacity, properties of shape (geometry and position and direction), and converting units. 

Our current maths topic is fractions, decimals and percentages.

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.

Decimals Websites

  • What are decimals? Find out here.
  • Have a look at how to convert decimals into fractions here.
  • Learn about thousandths as decimals by clicking here.
  • Compare and order decimals by clicking here.

Percentages Websites

  • What is a percentages? Find out here.
  • How do you calculate percentages? Find out here.
  • Maths of the Day: Pitch Percentages - click here.

Why not practise some other mathematical topics too?

Single-Step and Multi-Step Word Problems

  • Click here to solve word problems from the wildlife park.
  • Click here to solve word problems from the fair.
  • Click here to solve word problems from the football match.
  • To solve problems that are focused on school, click here.
  • To solve some real life word problems, click here or here.
  • If you want to tackle some tricky multi-step problems, click here.

Perimeter and Area

  • 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.

Properties of Shape

  • Click here to learn about what angles are and the different types of angles there are.
  • Click here to use an online protractor to practise making your own angles.
  • To practise your protractor skills and become confident at measuring angles, click here.
  • To see how angles in a circle total 360 degrees and how angles can be applied in real life, click here.
  • Click here to have a go at estimating different angles.
  • Click here to learn all about how angles are degrees and fractions of a full turn.
  • To learn about regular and irregular polygons, click here.

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.

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
Tuesday Tuesday
Thursday Thursday

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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