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Year 5

Welcome to Class Five

The teacher in Class Five is Mrs Eastwood and the teaching assistant is Miss McBurney.

Please find below a brief outline of the topics to be covered this year and our daily/weekly routines which are explained in the ‘‘Welcome to Year 5 class booklet’. We follow a two-year rolling programme throughout school and we try to plan as much of our learning as possible around our current topics. This creates an immersive and exciting learning experience for your children. Here is an overview of the topics to be covered over the coming year in Class 5:

TermTopics CoveredBrief Outline
Autumn 1 and 2Superheroes/Earth and SpaceThis is a science- based topic where we will look at the sun, moon and planets of the solar system. We learn about Earth’s rotation and revolution and how these link to seasons, day/night, years and phases of the moon. We also learn that our understanding of Earth’s place in space has developed over past centuries. We then move on to learning about and investigating forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. Finally, we explore light, including how we see and how light travels. Our creativity is developed as we devise and write about our own superheroes and also explore Pop Art including the work of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. In DT, we will develop new skills as we learn to sew fabrics with different stitches and fasteners and ultimately design and create a felt pouch.
Spring 1 and 2 Skara BraeIn this term, we focus on the Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae as the basis for a study of changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We learn how the people in the Skara Brae settlement lived and how early settlers in the UK changed from being hunter-gatherers to living in groups with leaders. We will develop our geography skills as we look at maps and charts and explore elements such as locating Skara Brae on a map, plotting a journey from Stockton to Orkney and comparing physical features of Orkney to other places in UK.  In art, pupils will paint on different surfaces and with different textures to achieve a similar result to cave paintings. They will also use clay to make tools/jewellery based on looking at photographs of artefacts from Stone Age-Iron Age. In DT, we study a ‘food’ strand, particularly the seasonality and availability of food culminating in planning a meal which the dwellers of Skara Brae could have enjoyed.
In science work this term, we will look at properties of materials including solubility and conductivity. We will investigate how to separate materials and reversible/irreversible changes.  
Summer 1 and 2Kensuke's Kingdom/RainforestsThe children will be studying the novel Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. They will be listening and responding to the novel which will be read to them, as well as reading parts of it during guided reading and producing pieces of writing linked to the book. We will learn about rainforests around the world, looking at maps, climate and common features before we focus on the Amazon Rainforest. Whilst learning about classification of living things (and the work of Carl Linnaeus) we research the rich and diverse life of the Amazon. This leads us to exploring life-cycles, adaptation, evolution and inheritance. In art, we will Look at techniques to show different textures of a surface to create different images of frogs, We will also explore the art work of Japanese painter, Hokusai and South American artists Beatriz Milhazes and Leonora Carrington.  Our DT work involves exploriation of cam mechanisms and using this to design and make a  rainforest animal automaton.

Class Booklet:

Y5-booklet 2021-2022Download

Home Learning:

Children will receive new home learning tasks set on SeeSaw every Friday and they will have until the following Thursday to complete this. There will be a range of activities for your child to complete which will either reflect what your child has done previously in class or help them with their future learning. Your child will also be undertaking research projects throughout the year and, if the children are given a project to complete, they are usually given several weeks to do this as it is expected that they will undertake their own research and manage their work themselves, with just a little parental involvement. This will help them to become more independent in their learning.


Class Five will receive weekly spellings on Fridays and they will complete a spelling test on Fridays too. These words are never given out in isolation and will be studied in class so that the children are aware of particular spelling rules/patterns. The children need to practise these spellings AT LEAST TWICE in the week and on different days. They should use the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method to learn these words as well as using other techniques that they have been taught in school e.g. mnemonics.


Although most Year Five pupils are able to read quite fluently, this does not mean that they do not need parental support! Parents are advised to read regularly with their child and at least twice a week. The children would benefit from being asked different types of questions such as retrieval questions (e.g. what did the boy do when he got in from school?), inferential questions (e.g. how is the character feeling? What clues do you have?) and about the language/techniques the author uses (e.g. which words does the author use to build suspense? How effective is the author’s use of simile?).

Weekly Maths Tests:

Each week, on Friday, Class Five have a short maths test. This is based on things that they have been learning during the week and also relates to the maths targets that the children have to achieve. Examples of maths activities are: times tables and related division facts; converting decimals to fractions or percentages; dividing /multiplying by 10, 100, 1000, recalling prime numbers. The children are given examples which they write into their green test maths books so that parents can help them to learn the necessary facts.


Class Five have writing targets which are continuously evaluated and monitored. Once targets are achieved, new ones are given to the children and these are shared with parents. The children are actively involved in setting and achieving their own targets and know what they need to do in order to improve. At the front of their writing and maths books, the children have their year group objectives which they understand and can see being highlighted as they achieve them. These sheets are sent home to parents at different times throughout the year.


Class Five have PE lessons twice a week and this is usually on Thursdays and Fridays; some of the PE lessons will be taught by Mr Sheehan, a PE specialist. The pupils will undertake a range of sporting activities throughout the year, including team games, stamina-building exercises, invasive and defensive games and athletics. They will also be able to take part in gymnastics and dance activities indoors. It is a good idea to have PE kits available throughout the week just in case we need to use a different PE slot. Could I also remind you to make sure that all earrings are removed on PE days and that hair is tied back.

Our current Year 5 cohort photo gallery

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