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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 'Greek Myths' by Jean Menzies (illustrated by Katie Ponder). Our focus will be on perfecting our story writing skills whilst we learn all about Ancient Greek myths. 

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 second unit, we will be focusing on 'Hansel and Gretel' by Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti).

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

Recommended books:

  • Rooftoppers
  • The Explorer
  • The Girl Savage
  • The Wolf Wilder


Our current topic is ‘Materials’. We will be looking at everyday materials and classifying materials according to their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Throughout the unit, pupils will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations to discover which materials are good thermal insulators and give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. Pupils will continue to work scientifically by taking measurements using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and recording their data through the use of scientific diagrams and tables.

Materials Websites

BBC Bitesize has a great range of clips and information explaining the different types of materials there are and how they can be identified. Click here

Education quizzes provides a short set of questions to help go over key terms and clarify the meanings of some words used when describing the different properties of materials. Click here 

Everyschool offers free online educational activities and games for pupils to learn about everyday materials. This includes videos on how wool and crayons are made as well as investigations to test the strength of different materials. 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 an interactive game for pupils to discover what materials are flexible, waterproof, strong or transparent. Click here                                                                                                      

Scientist of the Month: Rosalind Franklin

Find out more about Rosalind Franklin on these websites:


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

Our current maths topic is multiplication and division.

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.

Why not practise some other mathematical topics too?

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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