Year 5

Hello and welcome to Year 5

Class teacher: Mrs Potter

Teaching assistants: Mrs Young, Miss Francis and Mrs Hillson

English and maths homework will be posted on Microsoft TEAMS and weekly spelling challenges will be on Spelling Shed. Homework will be set each Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday.

This is what our learning will look like each half term…

Term 1a


  • Place Value: rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 100; comparing and ordering numbers, Roman numerals and negative numbers
  • Addition and subtraction: more than 4-digit numbers; rounding and estimating; solving problems using the inverse and multi-step problems


We will be using the  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in this unit and writing both a non-chronological report and a long story. Children will be taking it in turns to read aloud and develop their fluency skills. Children will also perform aspects of the book as they explore dialogue in more detail and use expression and actions to represent spoken aspects of the book.

Book overview: Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Topic: Alchemy Island

It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.

Term 1b


  • Multiplication and division: multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers, cube numbers, multiply and divide by 10, 100, 1000
  • Measurement: perimeter, area of rectangles, area of compound and irregular shapes


We will be exploring the book: Planetarium and writing a short story, an explanation text and a set of detailed instructions. Children will learn key vocabulary and become science spokesmen and women when reciting key facts and information to support their learning of space.

Book overview: Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore… Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Planetarium features all aspects of space, from the Sun and our Solar System, to the lives of stars, the Milky Way and the Universe beyond. With stunning artwork from Chris Wormell and informative text by Professor Raman Prinja

Topic: Stargazers

Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?

Term 2a


  • Multiplication and division: multiply and divide 2, 3 and 4-digit numbers and divide with remainders
  • Fractions: equivalent fractions, fractions greater than 1, improper fractions, mixed number fractions and compare and order fractions


We will be learning about persuasive language and features of persuasion as well as writing a long story. Our focus book is called Pepi and the Secret Names. Children will identify and understand how people lived during Egyptian times and how they communicated through hieroglyphics. We will focus on drama activities to help improve oracy skills and develop children’s language.

Book overview: When his father is commissioned to paint the Egyptian prince Dhutmose’s tomb, young Pepi is determined to help and begins a dangerous quest to find real-life models of mythological creatures.

Topic: Pharaohs

Let’s travel back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and ancient artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part. Become an apprentice and work for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt. Who knows what treasures you will find?

Term 2b


  • Fractions: add, subtract and multiply fractions; calculate a fraction of a quantity, using fractions as operators and fraction problem solving
  • Decimals and percentages: decimals to 2dp, understanding thousandths, rounding, ordering and comparing decimals, finding percentages as fractions and decimals and equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages


We will be using the book Weslandiato gain a better understanding of diversity and sustainable living through being kinder to our environment. We will create a balanced argument and use our language skills to discuss topics with opposing viewpoints. The children will participate in debates and really improve their speaking and listening skills. At the end of the unit, the children will write a short story based on the story line from our focus book.

Book overview: Wesley’s an outcast from the civilization around him – he’s not into pizza or football or haircuts. But during the summer holidays, he has a brilliant idea: he’ll found a civilization of his own – in the back garden! From this seed a whole world grows and blooms – the extraordinary, imaginative world of Weslandia! Wesley creates his own food, clothing, shelter, games, language even, and gradually wins over the other children.

Topic: Sow, grow and farm

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas

Topic: Eat the Seasons

This project teaches children about the meaning and benefits of seasonal eating, including food preparation and cooking techniques


Term 3a


  • Decimals- adding and subtracting decimals (including wholes), problem solving, decimal sequences and multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100, 1000
  • Properties of shape- identifying angles, measuring with a protractor, drawing lines and angles accurately, triangles, quadrilaterals, regular and irregular polygons and 3D shapes


We will be reading a book called The Barnabus Project which outlines acceptance and working as a team to achieve our goals.  The children will write a non-chronological report and a long story using key elements from the text along with their own ideas when producing their independent writing. This book will prompt discussions into self-reflection, being proud of who we are, acknowledging our achievements and how collaboration can support success.

Book overview: Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered “perfect” creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects. Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world with green hills and trees, and buildings that reach all the way to the sky, lit with their own stars. But Barnabus may have to reach the outside world sooner than he thought, because the Green Rubber Suits are about to recycle all Failed Projects . . . and Barnabus doesn’t want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides it’s time for he and the others to escape. With his little trunk and a lot of cooperation and courage, Barnabus sets out to find freedom – and a place where he and his friends can finally be accepted for who they are.

Topic: Ground-breaking Greeks

This project teaches children about developments and changes over six periods of ancient Greek history, focusing on the city state of Athens in the Classical age, and exploring the lasting legacy of ancient Greece.

Topic: Architecture

This project teaches children about how architectural style and technology has developed over time and then use this knowledge to design a building with specific features.

Term 3b


  • Position and direction- describe position, draw on a grid, translation (including co-ordinates), lines of symmetry and reflection (with co-ordinates)
  • Measurement- kilometres, kilograms, metric units, imperial units, converting units of time and timetables


In this half term, we will be reading a book called Wonder. Children will be researching the author of this book and creating an autobiography. The children will also have the opportunity to write a biography and a short story based on the focus text. We will be discussing differences in appearances and acceptance.

Book overview: Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Topic: Scream Machine

Roll up, roll up. You’re going on a day trip to a theme park, to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news. The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death defying new drop ride for their theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff. Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster.