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Welcome to year 5. Miss Bird, Mrs Pitchers and Mrs Baddeley

Class Saint

This year, the children have chosen Saint Luke the Evangelist as our class saint. He is the patron saint of artists and doctors and the children chose him because of his devotion to helping others. They believe that he is a great role model in demonstrating acts of kindness and somebody who they can try and follow in the footsteps of.

Our saints day is Friday 18th October.


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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...

History or Geography 

Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?
During our History unit, children will be exploring the early civilisation of the Mayans. We will be exploring the questions below to help us answer our over- arching question (above).
Who were the Mayans and where did they live?
What evidence do we have that the Mayans were an advanced civilisation?
What can we learn from the way they built pyramids?
What do we know of the rituals carried out by the Mayans?
Why was the sun important to the Mayans?
How did the Mayans use chocolate and what did they believe about it?
What caused the Mayan civilisation to disappear?

ART or D&T 

Children will be following the plan, make, and evaluate process.
They will be exploring pulleys and gears.


This half term children will be using 'Scratch' to explore questions around game design and programme.


Y5 will be learning the main features of the Christmas story and understand about its characters. Also Y5 will discuss Epiphany and Baptism and during this will learn a variety of parables such as the Good Samaritan and reflect this relevance to their own lives.

Class Texts

Autumn 1 Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Autumn 2 Varjak Paw by SF Said

Spring 1 FaRther by Grahame Baker-Smith


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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.

Particular focus this Spring term

A heavy focus of developing the children's inference skills, analysing the class text of FaRther to establish meaning and motives and emotions of the characters.

In Maths Y5 will continue their knowledge of multiplication and division and explore this with fraction, decimals and percentages. 

Children need to be able to recall number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 as well as their times tables up to 12 x 12.



PE will be taught on Monday afternoons by our specialist teacher Mr Sigley.


Children will continue to be taught by our specialist music teacher Mr Holligshurst


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Key events for this half term:

Trip to CADBURY'S WORLD for a Mayan workshop January 27th (letter to follow)



Topic Day - September

Topic Day - September 1

Recent Trips/Workshops

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