Year 5

Welcome to Year 5's class page.

Beginning of Year Meeting

Maths Calculations Parents' Guidance

English Information- Year 5 and 6

Here is a summary of what we will be learning in spring term two. 


In Spring 2 we will be reading The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield.

Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first televised moon landing, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realizes that the unknown can be . . . exciting!



Each week, our reading lessons will focus in a new short reading text, covering a range of text types that link to our learning across the curriculum. We will develop the six key reading skills (VIPERS) - Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summary as well as improving fluency and prosody. 




Classify, compare and order
Measure a draw angles with
a protractor
Understand and use angle
facts to calculate missing

Fractions and Percentages

Add, subtract fractions with denominators that
are multiples of the same number
Multiply fractions (and mixed numbers) by a
whole number
Explore percentage, decimal, fractions


Coordinates in all four
Translation and reflection
Calculate intervals across
zero as a context for
negative numbers


Plant and Animal Lifecycles

Plant and animal life cycles is a Biology topic.
Children have previously learnt:
● that animals have offspring which grow into adults (Year 2 Biology – Animals, including
● that flowers play an important part in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination,
seed formation and seed dispersal (Year 3 Biology – Plants).
In this module, children will learn to:
● describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
● describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
This prepares children for later learning:
● about human growth (Year 5 Biology – Animals, including humans)
● about evolution and inheritance (Year 6 Biology – Evolution and inheritance).


Does climate affect economic activity?

• Climate zones

• Economic activity: the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water


LES ROMAINS (The Romans)

·       Understand the key facts of the history of Ancient Rome in French.

·       Say and spell the days of the week in French.

·       Name some/all of the most famous Roman inventions in French.

·        Write a diary of life as a rich and/or poor child in Roman times including the use of the negative form in French.



Online Safety

Pupils who are secure will be able to:

*Understand that passwords need to be strong and that apps require some form of password.
*Recognise some types of online communication and know who to go to if they need help with any communication matters online.
*Search for simple information about a person, such as their birthday or key life moments.
*Know what bullying is and that it can occur both online and in the real world.
*Recognise when health and well-being are being affected in either a positive or negative way through online use.
*Offer some advice and tips to combat the negative effects of online use.


My happy Mind- Celebrate

This module is focused on introducing the evidence-based theory that we all have different Character Strengths and that by understanding what they are and then using them as much as possible, we can be at our best! In this context, Character Strengths refer to those character traits that make us unique. We all have different characters, and this is something to Celebrate! This is not about what we are 'good' at e.g., Football or Maths, it is about who we are. The key concepts include the idea that character is something that comes 50% from genetics and 50% from the experiences we have. 


Christianity- Salvation

Jesus’ death and resurrection effect the rescue or salvation of humans. He opens the way back to God. Through Jesus, sin is dealt with, forgiveness offered, and the relationship between God and humans is restored.


PE will be on Fridays- Hockey Skills

Please ensure that your child brings their correct (named) P.E. kit to to change into at school. If your child wears earrings, these must be removed or provide tape to cover them.




This unit builds on the knowledge and skills in  using watercolour and powder paint effectively. This unit is an introduction to acrylic paint and the techniques associated with it.

·       The different paints you have used and know some of their particular qualities. Eg Powder paint, watercolour and acrylic etc.

·       What an abstract painting is, (Art that does not have to look “real”, but can be made of shapes, textures, colours and random objects etc)

·       Your favourite abstract artist and some of the work they were famous for( Kandinsky, Matisse).

Some of the techniques you  used with acrylic paint. Eg combing, glazing, spatters, scrumble or dry brush.

DT- Structures

Examples of frame structures include a leaf, skeleton, spider’s web, tent, slide and kite.

Triangulation is the main method of strengthening frame structures.

The square frame is unstable.

 Corners can be strengthened by the addition of diagonal gussets.  



Maths- Given out every TUESDAY  to be handed in by the following MONDAY.

Week days – Reading homework – 15 mins each day signed in the home reading record books – 20 times a month reading homework is expected in Key Stage 2. Books will be checked every THURSDAY.

Reading records must be returned to school on Tuesday morning.

If you have any questions, worries or concerns please contact me using the class email:

Thank you.

Mrs N. Clemitshaw &  Mrs H. Mumford