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St Thomas C.E (VA) Primary School

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Learning for life with Jesus

Year 5

Year 5

Mr Woods


Hello everybody and a big welcome from myself to Year 5's class page smiley


What a great start to the year! Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their start to the year so far, learning about the wonders of the Solar System and then exploring the unique themes and fascinating marvels of Chinese Art. The children completed a wider range of quality art pieces involving calligraphy, terracotta sculpture and created excellent character descriptions based on Chinese myths and legends, namely "Pan Gu", the Chinese creator of the world.


This term, children will learn about a range of varied topics including "How might we separate materials?" and "How might materials impact our lives?". The children will also begin to understand the more harrowing side of British History when exploring the question "Why should Britain ashamed of slavery?". Year 5 will also use the book "Wonder" written by J.R Palacio to learn about discrimination and why we should celebrate both our similarities and differences.


If you have any questions or queries, please catch me at the end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the office. Alternatively, you contact me on


Kind thanks,


Mr. Woods


What are we learning this term?





We will be focusing on the VIPERS skills to answer questions about what we have read. We will summarise the main ideas from a text, identifying key details whilst also identifying how language, structure and presentation can contribute to meaning and impact a reader, particularly through the use of figurative language. We will also prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience. In addition, the class will also read Marcus Rashford's  'Your Are A Champion', a feel-good book to inspire and motivate children to be the very best people they can be.



  • Word endings which are –tion, -sion, -ssion, -cian. 
  • Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c. (deceive, conceive, ceiling) (Y5)
  • Words with ‘silent’ letters (doubt, island, lamb, solemn) (Y5)
  • Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt –gue and the /k/ sound spelt –que (league, tongue, antique, unique) (Y4)
  • Words with the /s/ sound spelt sc (science, scene, discipline, fascinate, crescent) (Y4)
  • Word endings spelt –cious or –tious (vicious, ambitious, fictitious)
  • Adding suffixes beginning with the vowel letters to words ending in –fer (referring, referee, preferred)
  • Words with the use of the hyphen (co-ordinate, re-enter, co-own)


Tricky words to spell

Competition, conscience, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticize, curiosity, definite, desperate, determined, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equip, equipped, equipment, especially     





In the Spring term, our we will learn about a range of topics in maths: multiplication and division; fractions; and decimals and percentages.


In the multiplication and division block, we will learn to:

  • Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers
  • Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
  • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes


In the fractions block, we will learn to:

  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.
  • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths.
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number.
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams.


In the decimals and percentages block, we will learn to:

  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions.
  • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.
  • Round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place.
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places.
  • Solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places.
  • Recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal fraction.


Wider Curriculum

Throughout the spring term, year 5 will explore a range of topics across the wider curriculum, including developing their learning on “Materials and Mixtures”, producing beautiful images of based around "Landscape Art" and developing a product for a child in design and technology.


In computing, we will learn about the importance of  "Programming" whilst in RE, the children will learn about Islam, and the significance of “The Five Pillars” to daily life. In addition, the children will also learn all about "Clothes We Wear" in French


PE will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays for the rest of term where the focus will be on "Balance, co-ordination and performance" using skills within gymnastics while exploring the most important skills within racquet sports.  Please ensure that children are dressed appropriately for PE days.

Additional Information

Homework will be set daily and include a minimum:

  • Five minutes on Times Table Rockstars,
  • Five minutes on Spelling Shed,
  • Ten minutes daily reading.


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