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Year 5 2021 - 2022

Welcome to Year 5

Rowan class Larch class
Rowan class is taught by Miss Kermode and Mrs Williams, in Miss Carpenter's absence.  Larch class is taught by Mr Bell.



Autumn Term


Autumn Term

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a brilliant summer break and that you are feeling refreshed and ready to learn. 

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 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
Ancient Greece!

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Our topic for the autumn term is ‘Ancient Greece’, which will allow children to learn more about life during this period. This will include looking at Greek achievements, the role of women, and how objects and historical sources can be used as evidence to tell us about what daily life was like. This topic will follow an enquiry based approach, which will serve as an excellent topic for children to carry out historical research into key events during this period.

To learn more about Ancient Greece, please click on the websites below. 

  • Click here to see an overview of the Ancient Greece period.
  • Click here to find out about family life.
  • Click here to learn about the Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. 
  • To explore Greek Mythology, click here.
  • To view further facts about Alexander the Great, click here.
  • To see the main geographical features of Ancient Greece, click here.
  • Click here to see who the Ancient Greeks were and how they were ruled. 
  • To learn about how the Ancient Greeks created the Olympic Games, click here.
  • To see examples of Ancient Greek art, click here
  • To find out about the Ancient Greek's architecture, click here



Text Overview - Pathways to Write and Pathways to Read

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This half term we will be reading 'Queen of the Falls' by Chris Van Allsburg. The outcome of this unit will be to write a series of diaries about significant events in Annie Edson Taylor’s life.

Children will also be focusing on developing their punctuation and writing through the use of adverbs and fronted adverbials, rhetorical questions and the progressive and perfect form. 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. words ending with '-cious, -tious and -ious', words with the short vowel sound /i/ spelt with a y and 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. This half term we will be reading ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. 

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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: Eva Ibbotson
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Recommended books:

  • Journey to the River Sea
  • The Star of Kazan
  • The Dragonfly Pool
  • The Secret of Platform 13
  • Monster Mission
  • The Great Ghost Rescue


Our current topic is ‘Forces'. 

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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.

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

  • 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: Sir Isaac Newton

Find out more about Sir Isaac Newton on these websites:


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

Our current maths topic is place value.

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  • 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.

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.

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.

Perimeter and area Websites

  • 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.

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
Monday  Tuesday
Tuesday 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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