Y5 Staff:

Miss A. Everington - 5E

Mr J. Mason - 5M

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


Teaching Assistants: Mrs B.Khan & Mrs K.Cliff 


Novel Study

What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed?

Money is worthless.

Your friends are all gone.

Armed robbers roam the streets.

No one is safe.

For Matt and his little brother, Taco, that nightmare is a reality. Their only hope of survival is to escape through the Channel Tunnel. But danger waits on the other side... Stay or go. What would you do?

During the next half term, Year 5 will be studying the novel 'After Tomorrow' by Gillian Cross. This is a futuristic novel that tells the story of Matt and his family and their journey to France to escape their life in England following a national crisis.


Have you heard of Gillian Cross or read any of her other books? Some of you may recognise her from the well known 'Demon Headmaster' series. If you want to find out more, click the picture below.

Cornerstones Topic

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

 We will become scientists as we study the many aspects of the curious natural world that we live in!

Our planet is populated with amazing places, plants and animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been perpetually surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some have only recently revealed their secrets. In this fascinating topic we will reveal the remarkable traits behind these wonders of the natural world.

This topic will see us encounter creatures and their life cycles as well as their habitats, adaptations and reproduction.

We will explore life on Earth with great knowledge and verve. Natural Curiosities is an engrossing topic that connects us with some of the most interesting animals on the planet.


What will we be learning as we explore the curious world of nature? 

As geographers, we will explore the human and physical features of the worlds biomes, climate zones and vegetation belts and compare these to our local area.

As scientists, we will describe the differences in life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds and describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

As sportspeople, we will play basketball and tag rugby and practise sports hall athletics. We will apply appropriate techniques for the games we are playing, show fair play and sportsmanship and think about ways to differentiate a game using different resources.

As linguists, we will learn French names for body parts, days of the week and animals as well as being able to ask questions such as 'how old are you?'

As artists and designers we will explore sketch mapping techniques and pencil, pen and ink sketching to create detailed observational drawings.

As musicians, we will use and understand staff and other musical notations and listen to a range of music by a range of composers with attention to detail with increasing aural memory. 

In PHSE, we will learn about political literacy and citizenship and consequences of inequality. This will involve learning about rights, rules and responsibilities, understand how the media presents information and look at inequalities across the globe.

During RE lessons, we will explore the ways Christians use the Bible to shape their values and behaviour, explore the teachings of Bible stories and look at the Bible's world-wide impact and how it influences the Christian community, family and individual life.

In computing, we will use green screening to record a weather forcast, using multimedia programs to create a piece of music and use research skills online to check and present information.


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

A visit is currently being organised for Year 5 in Spring Half Term Two. 

A letter will be sent out giving plenty of notice for dates, times and payments. Please keep a look out for this.

Thank you for all your continued support so far this year. 

See below for some photos from our visits so far.

During Autumn Term One, Year 5 have been lucky enough to participate in an Ancient Egyptian Day in school and visited Rackford Meadows for some fantastic outdoor activities. Please have a look at our photo galleries to see what we got up to! 


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. Don't forget to access Spelling Shed as well to practice (see below)!

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. 

 We would also like children to access the Bedrock Learning website once a week to complete a unit of work - see below for more detail (useful websites section). 

Children can also choose to complete homework from our 'A Child's War' 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 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!



All children have a log in for spelling shed. Every week, their assigned spelling rule and list will be put onto the website so your child can practice their allocated spellings. We encourage children to access this site at least once or twice a week, they also have an opportunity to practice on Spelling Shed once a week in school too. 



We are very lucky to be taking part in the Bedrock Vocabulary scheme this year. This aims to develop your child's use and understanding of vocabulary and what your child accesses is based on their ability from a task they completed towards the end of last year. Children's logins are in their reading diaries and we ask that they access the Bedrock site at least once a week alongside their Bedrock session in school. 


If your or your child are struggling to access any of these websites please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be able to support you.