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Welcome to year 5. Miss Bird and Miss Cooper

Online Reading Library


Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!

Class Saint



Christmas: The children will learn the main features of the Christmas story and understand some of the difficulties faced by the  Characters in the story. 

Epiphany and Baptism: We will discuss how and why the Wise Men  knew that Jesus was the Saviour. The children will also learn about  the Baptism of Jesus and describe, sequence and explain many of the signs, symbols and actions of the Sacrament of Baptism.


Is travelling into space a good idea?

Y5’s new science unit is Earth and Space. By the end of the topic, the children will be able to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth. They will also be able to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.  Children will also be exploring Neil Armstrong’s travel into space and researching the pros and cons of this.


How is life in Mexico different to life in England?

Children will be studying Mexico this half term and comparing life there to life in England. Children will be exploring human and physical features such as climate, landscapes and culture. At the end of the unit, they should be able to confidently answer the question above.


Can a landscape take your breath away?

Linked to our geography unit, children will be exploring art work linked to ‘New Mexico landscapes’. They will be studying the work of artist Georgia ‘O’ Keeffe and exploring how she created art to explore her thinking and appreciation towards nature. Children will explore techniques for expressing emotion in their art linked to colour, tone and line. They will be creating their own piece in the style of ‘o’ Keeffe.

This unit introduces children to flowcharts and how they are used to program and control devices. Lessons are designed to be used with Flowol software which includes simulations of real life automatic computer systems. Children are taught to build sequences of instructions, control multiple outputs and structure algorithms with decisions and inputs. This unit is designed as an introduction to the software and the concepts of flowchart programming. Further learning can be extended by using external devices

Class Texts

Autumn 1 Varjak Paw by SF Said

Autumn 2 Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Spring 1 Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird


Spring 1 2021 Oranges in No Man’s Land tells the riveting story of ten-year-old Ayesha’s terrifying journey across no man’s land to reach a doctor in hostile territory in search of medicine for her dying grandmother. Set in Lebanon during the civil war, this story is told by award-winning author Elizabeth Laird and is based on personal, real-life events.


Homework/Reading Expectations

Children will continue to receive daily Maths and Literacy homework, which is to be completed each night.

On Thursdays, children will receive one piece of either Maths or English homework plus one piece of homework linked to a foundation subject (Art, Science, MFL, Computing, Music, Geography, History etc). 

This will be due in on the following Monday.

Reading-We strongly encourage children to read at least 3 times a week at home. Reading underpins the whole curriculum and so is vital to children’s success. We encourage children to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to encourage stamina and also reading for pleasure. It is fine for children to read about topics that they are interested in and also books from home as long as they also read their Accelerated Reading books. This is so that they can take quizzes to acquire points towards their reading targets. Children who read at least 3 times a week, every week will be rewarded at the end of term. Each class will also be selecting a ‘Reader of the Week’, which will be awarded in celebration assemblies on a Friday.

Spellings-spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the Friday. Please practice these at home.


Particular focus this Autumn term

During Spring 1 term our Literacy focus will link to our class text ‘Oranges in No Man's Land’.

Children’s Literacy work will link to our class text ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’.

The children will be using the text to explore emotive language and people’s responses to events such as war.

They will be using the text as a stimulus to write their own poems about war and will also be exploring narrative from the perspective of a refugee.



This half term, year 5 will be applying their knowledge of multiplication and division to support their learning in the unit fractions, decimals and percentages. Children will be adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying fractions and working with mixed numbers. They will need to know the place value of decimals and be able to convert fractions into decimals and percentages and vice versa. We will also continue to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills through a range of activities as this will help us to apply our knowledge and deepen our understanding further.

It is vital that Y5 can recall number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 rapidly as well as their times tables up to 12 x 12(including division facts). Please support your child in practising these at home.



Unit 8 Qu’est-ce que tu veux?

At the end of this unit, most children will be able to ask for drinks, ice-creams, bread and snacks, understand how to work out prices in Euros; sing a song or recite a poem from memory on a related topic; listen to a story and select key words and phrases; devise and perform a short sketch, in groups of two or three, using structures learnt in the unit.


Unit- Dreams and Goals

Children will have time to reflect upon their own short and long-term dreams and goals.

They will think about what they may need to do to achieve them including thinking about what skills and attributes they may need.

Children will engage in careers based learning activities.



PE will be taught on a Monday afternoon (including the first day back) by our specialist teacher Mr Sigley.

The children will also have street dance on Thursday mornings with Mr Case.

Please note Children will need to come to school in PE kit on these days.

PE kit must comply with the uniform policy.


Music continues to be taught by Mrs Amison, our specialist music teacher.

In Spring 1 term we will be learning how to play chords on the ukulele to accompany well-known songs. We will read chord boxes and we will compare the ukulele to the guitar. We will listen to music by professional artists who have played the ukulele

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Key events for this half term:

Tuesday 22nd September 3.30-6pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting 

Wednesday 23rd September 5.30-8pm – Parent/Teacher target meeting

Friday 18th September - Topic Day

New start/ finish times- 8:50am-3:20pm (KS2 side entrance).