Y5 Staff:

Miss A. Everington - 5E

Mr J. Mason - 5M

Mr W. Collington & Miss E. Mason - 5CM


Teaching Assistants: Miss E. Stoneman & Mrs L. Fletcher


Novel Study

One by one strange images flickered into life. First, a scene of fearful chaos. Then others, more luminous and eerie...

During the first half of the autumn term Y5 will be studying the book 'The Viewer' by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. You may recognise one of these authors from Y4! 

This book tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover a strange box at a dump site. 

What kinds of items make you curious?

What could the boy have found?

Does the front cover remind you of anything?


Click on the image below to go to Shaun Tan's website if you want to find out more about the author.


Cornerstones Topic

This half term Year 5 will be studying the topic 'Pharaohs'!




What will we be learning during our adventure to Ancient Egypt? 

As geographers, we will use maps and globes to locate Egypt, its surrounding areas and explore its geographical features.

As historians, we will study different sources of evidence to find out about life during Ancient Egypt and answer historical questions and make comparisons between different times in the past. We will sequence key events of time using historical terminology.

As scientists, we will explore the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction and recognise the effects levers, pulleys and gears have in relation to forces.

As sportspeople, we will play football, matball, hockey and gymnastics and develop skills such as defense and attack, fair play and respect, control and co-ordination skills, sequences of movements including travelling, balancing and springing.

As linguists, we will learn French numbers from 0-31 and learn a range of simple greetings to hold short conversations.

As artists and designers we will manipulate materials to create objects through designing and evaluating and create working lever and pulley systems.

As musicians, we will use and understand staff and other musical notations.

In PHSE, we will learn about how to be part of a caring school though making positive choices and relationships, showing respect for ourselves and others, caring for our environment as well as exploring bullying, pressures and risks. We will also explore e-safety work which will involve exploring how to chat safely online. 

During RE lessons, we will learn about the Five Pillars of Islam and find out about Muslim children's lives and learn to respect how their culture and beliefs may be different to our own. 

In computing, we will create an e-safety charter, learn about the world wide web and how to use it safety and accurately and use 'Scratch' to learn some computer programming. 


Below are Year 5's long term and medium term plans for the foundation subjects. These show the topics covered throughout the year and experiences we aim to provide for the children (visits subject to change depending on availability/cost).

The medium term plan for our current topic gives an overview of learning outcomes covered across the curriculum. We aim to teach as much of this as possible, however, there may be some days/weeks where time will be restricted due to other events happening in school. The activities planned aim to engage children and allow them to experience a broad and balanced curriculum alongside teaching skills linked to the foundation subjects (see wider curriculum pages for more information).

Future Visits/Activities

Before the summer holidays, Year 5 will have received a letter/text message regarding an Ancient Egyptian workshop day we are running in school on Friday 7th September. Children will not need to do or bring anything different although they can dress up as Egyptologists or Ancient Egyptians if they wish to. 

See below for the letter and information sent home.


We expect children to read at least 3x a week – please ensure your child brings their reading diary to school everyday as they will be checked each morning and any adult who reads with your child in school will record it in their reading diary. If your child has read at home and it is recorded and dated in their reading diary this will help them achieve their reading certificates - for every 15 reads that are dated and signed by an adults your child will earn a certificate, on this certificate there could be an opportunity to choose a prize!

Look out for the weekly spellings sheet on a Friday – children will practise these at school and will need to hand their practice sheet in when they complete a spell check on a Thursday.

Practise times tables - we expect the children to be learning their times tables several times each week. Children need to know all of their multiplication and the related division facts up to 12 X 12 as they help unlock a lot of other learning in maths. Check your child's reading diary for their Times Table Rock Stars Log in (see link at the bottom of the page for the website) - will you get onto the leader board? If they play the 'garage' section of TT Rockstars then the times tables are set alongside the tables they are practising in school. 


Children can also choose to complete homework from our 'Pharaohs' homework menu. This is optional however, it will be enjoyable for the children and it will allow them to take their learning further and share it with you at home. Once any tasks have been completed please bring them into school and we will do our best to display as many of them as possible.

We would love to see how creative you can be and display your hard work for all to see.


All of the Year 5 classes have PE sessions each week, one of which is likely to be with our sports coach; Mr Smith. The days which these lessons take place can change depending on the weather so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school all week. Please note that even during the winter we may deliver some PE sessions outside so it is important that children have all the kit listed below in school every day.

Indoor Kit =  plain white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable shoes (pumps or trainers). No football shirts or strips please.

Outdoor Kit = plain tracksuit bottoms and warm jacket and shoes suitable for all weathers (trainers)

Please be reminded that no jewellery should be worn and earrings MUST be removed by the child for any PE session. Long hair needs to be tied back.


All children in school will be taking part in the '1km a day' challenge. Each day, every class will run the equivalent of 1km within our school grounds - we are currently running 8.5 laps of our school playground. We aim to improve our stamina and resilience for running by timing ourselves and working on our own personal bests! Children will have the opportunity to change into their trainers to complete this, another reason to ensure your child has PE kit in school all week!

For more information on this initiative please visit the following website:





This has a good range of games which support your child’s spelling and grammar skills.



Bug Club is a fantastic website for reading – children have their own log in and their teacher will assign books or games to read and play - your child’s log in details will be in their organisers before the end of the first week back!



This is a fun and competitive way for your child to learn their times tables. Look out for new competitions and challenges! All children will have their log ins given to them before the end of the first week back, just in case any have been lost!