Welcome to Year 5


In Year 5 our teachers are Mr Clough (Herons); Miss Hawthorne (Storks); Mr Bate and Mrs Hyland (Cranes). Mrs Hunt will be teaching maths in Year 5. We are supported by teaching assistants Mrs Hawk, Mrs Prosser and Mrs Davis-Green.


Friday 17th January 2020

This Weeks Awards go to:

Herons - Eva

Cranes - April

Storks - To be awarded next week



Please click here to view the Curriculum Overview for Year 5.



During the autumn term, we will be concentrating on poetry and narrative with a special focus on our topic about World War One.  This will include a closer look at the narrative text Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. We will be reading this in class; however, if the children would like to read the text, or other work by Michael Morpurgo, at home, then it will help to support our study of this author. Further suggested reading can be found with your child’s class teacher or through the recommended reading lists in our English section of the website.


Recommended reading 

To access the BookTrust recommended reading for 9-11 years olds click the icon. 

To access another useful Year 5 reading list click here. 



This year we will be continuing with the Read Write Inc spelling scheme, which involves the children practising a set-spelling rule across a range of activities. The children will practise these throughout the week and will be tested when they have completed a unit. Specific words will be sent home to practise in the children's reading and home learning diary. If you would like to support your child further with spelling, it is suggested that the children become confident with the words contained in the Year 3/4 word list and begin to practise the words on the Year5/6 word list.

To continue the promotion of the importance of spelling, please encourage your child to check their home learning for spelling errors before handing in any home learning tasks. 


Please click here for a copy of the Year 3/4 word list.

Please click here for a copy of the Year 5/6 word list.


Spelling competition 

In KS2 we hold a spelling competition between the classes to see who can get their hands on the spelling trophy. During certain weeks of the year, the children will be tested on words from the Year 3/4 word list. Their class teacher will then collect in the scores and work out a class percentage for the amount they get correct. The winning class will receive the spelling trophy! Please support your child by reviewing these spellings at home in time for the test. 

To see the timetable and words to learn click here. 


Autumn term spellings

During the autumn term, we will be reviewing patterns and spellings from the year 4 RWI scheme in order to recap and reconsolidate units that the children were not as confident with. In Autumn 2, we will begin to work on the Year 5 units. 




In Maths this term we will be focussing on: 

We will continue to concentrate on the children’s mental calculation agility.  We hope that you will be able to support the children in every day mathematical opportunities. In addition, it is crucial that the children continue to learn and revise their multiplication and division tables to 12 x 12.  These will be tested on a regular basis through Times Table Rockstars quizzes.

The children will continue to practise the skills required for the mental arithmetic paper in Year 6. This will require the children to have a solid understanding of the written methods for all four operations. In order to feel confident with the four formal operations, it is vital that the children are fluent with their times tables and addition and subtraction facts such as bonds to 100 and decimal complements to make one.


How you can help at home:





For the first half term, we will be looking at World War I, focusing on the key events leading to the start of the war and life in the trenches. Our WW1 learning will culminate in our remembrance exhibition. During the topic, the children will also have the opportunity to undertake a local history project whereby we will find out more about the names on the Hagley war memorial. During the term, the children will investigate the theme of conflict through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In Science, we will be investigating materials and their properties. In the second half of the term, we will begin to look at different forces in relation to flight. Throughout the term, opportunities will be provided for the children to develop their skills in art and computing linked to the concept of conflict, remembrance and WW1.

To see the Year 5 curriculum overview click here. 

To see the Year 5 Conflict overview for the autumn term click here. 



All homework is due in on a Monday - Maths and SPaG/English homework will be given out on a Tuesday.It is important that the children complete their homework and hand this in on time as they will be marking their own work in class to discuss their answers and receive verbal feedback on their work.

Spellings will be provided to the children and we ask that they practise at home in preparation for informal tests, quizzes and end of units assessments.

In addition, we ask that the children record their reading at least 3 times a week in their diary. Diaries will be checked by the teacher on a weekly basis. Reading for pleasure is a whole school focus this year as it is vitally important that the children read to improve their speed, fluency and range of vocabulary. We have regular discussions in class about reading which the children are expected to join in with. 



PE Kits

The children will have one indoor (Monday) and one outdoor (Friday) session of PE each week.  As the weather is getting colder, the children are able to wear tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt when outdoors. We ask that all of the children have suitable footwear in school for these lessons to ensure that they are able to take part safely.  For the indoor session, the children will be expected to wear their shorts and t-shirts, as usual. We do not encourage the children to wear jogging bottoms indoors, as they can be unsafe on the gym equipment.  If your child has pierced ears, we request that they have some Micropore tape to cover earrings during the lesson if they cannot be removed. 

Art Aprons

Please ensure your child has an old shirt or t-shirt in school to cover their uniform during art and DT lessons. If your child has not already done so, we politely remind you to send one in.  Thank you.

Pencil Cases

Only small pencil cases will be permitted in school. Presentation is taken very seriously in year 5 and 6 therefore the school will provide pencils and handwriting pens for use throughout the day. Children must not bring compasses or scissors into school as these are available. Any large pencil cases or items which are not required will be sent home.



Please click here for the Year 5 and 6 currriculum evening presentation.