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Year 5

Year 5

Mr Woods


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


Year 5 have made a fantastic start to year, learning about the Solar System. From rockets to robots, reports to sketches, the children have engaged so much and showed wonderful enthusiasm throughout, completing some fantastic pieces of work. Thank you so much to all parents for supporting the children in the bringing in of materials and resources - as a result, we have created some magnificent displays showcasing this work (which you can see below!). The children even received a congratulations "tweet" from a space icon: Tim Peake


Our next topic is Chinese Art, and Year 5 will complete a range of art pieces involving calligraphy, terracotta sculpture and creating character descriptions based on Chinese myths and legends.


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 look at the layout and features of different fiction and non-fiction texts and explain how effective the presentation is for the reader. We will also explain how we know who the audience is and how a text could be improved to suit the needs of the audience. In addition, the class will also read Abi Epinstone's 'Sky Song', a mystical and magical adventure linked to mystery of space.



  • Words ending with the suffix –ous 
  • Word endings which are –tion, -sion, -ssion, -cian. 
  • Words with the /k/ sound spelt ch (scheme, chorus, chemist)(Y4)
  • Words spelt with the sh sound spelt ch (chef, chalet, machine, brochure)(Y4)
  • Words containing the letter string ough (rough, bought, cough) (Y5)
  • 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)


Tricky words to spell

accommodate, accompany , according, achieve, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached, available, average, awkward, bargain, bruise, category, cemetery, committee, communicate, community.





In the Autumn term, our we will learn about a range of topics in maths: number and place value; the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; statistics; and measurement (area and perimeter). 


In number and place value block, we will learn to:

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
  • Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
  • Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
  • Round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
  • Solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
  • Read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals


In the four operations block, we will learn to:

  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • 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 statistics block, we will learn to:

  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • Complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables


In the measurement block, we will learn to:

      • Convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre]
      • Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
      • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
      • Estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm³ blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
      • Solve problems involving converting between units of time


      Wider Curriculum

      Throughout the autumn term, year 5 will explore a range of topics across the wider curriculum, including developing their learning on “Space”, the tranquil styles of, "Chinese Art" and the learning how to write "Days and Months" in French


      In computing, we will learn about the importance of  "Word Processing". In RE, the children will to learn about Christianity, and “What God is like” and its impact on the wider world.


      PE will take place on Thursdays and Fridays for the rest of term where the focus will be on "Movement and receiving" using skills within netball and sessions with the fantastic dance teacher: Mr. Case.  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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