Year 5

Mr Farrell

Mr Jones

In Year 5 we teach in two class groups, Mr Farrell in QE2 and Mr Jones in Endeavour. We have many interesting units of work and have made a great start to the year. Below you will find information about our units of work, as well as termly updates showing examples of what the children have produced.
Important Information

Year 5’s day ends at 3:20pm, the same as the rest of Key Stage 2. The children walk out of the key stage two playground and are collected at the gate in the car park. We have outdoor PE on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor PE on a Thursday afternoon.

We have new spellings to learn every week which we hand out on a Monday in homework books. We encourage the children to keep practising their spellings at home in different ways. On Friday we test the spellings in a dictation using the words we have been focusing on that week, and more. Dictations are a part of the New Curriculum and teach the children many useful skills.

Homework is handed out on a Monday and usually consist of an activity to learn a times table, and an English and Maths activity. Often the English homework will be linked to grammar and punctuation due to the new curriculum also being heavily focused on accurate grammar. Sometimes we have longer pieces of homework which are project based. The children might be asked to research a topic and then create something linked to it, or produce something in response to their learning at school..

Below are the topics we will be learning about this year, along with exmaples of the work produced.


In English in term 1 and 2 we learn about Ancient Greek myths and focus on descriptive story writing skills. Next we enjoy reading and writing fables. Then we study and write performance poetry, developing our use of voice and eye contact. Our English then links to our Geography topic ‘Keeping Healthy in Stockwood’ and our History topic of the Olympics.

During text based week we study ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’ by Philip Pullman, where we write character and setting descriptions, playscripts and stories. A short silent film links to our World war Two project and inspires writing using imagery. After that we read, discuss and write about the famous poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Moyes and study persuasive writing.

In Terms 3 and 4 in English we will be writing mystery stories, explanation texts, news reports and will be learning about illustration books. Continuing to support our WW2 topic, we will study ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ where we write interviews, descriptions and stories. We will also read and write about ‘Offside’ by Tom Palmer and study other texts linked to our Geography topic on immigration and refugees.

In Terms 5 and 6 in English we will be inspired by a picture book by Anthony Browne, stories from other cultures and the author Michael Morpurgo.

In Term 1 and 2, we will be learning to:

  • order and round numbers to 1, 000, 000
  • use the formal written methods for all four rules of number, including long multiplication
  • order fractions, find equivalent fractions and identify fractions within a sequence
  • order and round decimals and complete a decimal sequence
  • identify squared and cubed numbers, multiples and factors
  • convert units of measurement and solve problems involving mass and time
  • translate and reflect a 2D shape in the first quadrant.

During our week of mass, we used scaling to convert a recipe for six people for four people. We made flatbreads, with a tomato, garlic, onion and bazil topping.

In Term 3 and 4, we will be learning to:

  • use negative numbers in context
  • use a protractor to measure and draw angles accurately and identify angles around a given point
  • add and subtract decimals and fractions
  • use the formal written method of division, turning remainders into a fraction and a decimal
  • find the area and perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes and irregular shapes
  • convert units of length
  • read and interpret line graphs, tables and timetables
  • write percentages to two decimal places and convert fractions to percentages.

In Terms 5 and 6, we will be learning to:

  • calculate area and perimeter using a range of methods
  • use place value for addition and subtraction of large numbers
  • use the written method for multiplication
  • use the written method for division
  • convert mixed numbers to improper fractions
  • multiply, add and subtract fractions
  • solve problems involving percentages
  • make links between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • calculate volume
  • use position and direction and understanding statistics


Starting the year we learn about the Ancient Greeks. How they started the Olympics and their unique style of architecture. We study life for the Ancient Greeks, their beliefs and festivals and sources of entertainment.

Our History topic is World War II. The ever-popular topic comprises of learning about how the war started; its effect on Britain’s people, our economy and relationships between the countries involved. The outcomes we produce will be inspired by looking at primary and secondary evidence and of course, a trip to the steam museum!

Later on our Geography topic, the world on our doorstep, introduces us to the world of fair trade food. We look at where these foods come from and the benefits of buying them. We also learn about how chocolate is produced, from bean to bar!

At the end of the year our Geography topic, Land of Contrasts, looks at the vibrant country of India and Indian culture including food, clothing and traditions. During the topic, we discuss the similarities and differences between India and the United Kingdom as well as looking closely at geographical trends across the country such as landscapes and climate.

Before that our History topic links directly with our Geography topic and focuses on one of the most famous freedom fighters in history and nationalist leader, Gandhi. We learn about how Gandhi campaigned to free India from British rule, recognising the significance of the Salt March and the influence that his faith had on his pursuit of freedom.

We began the year by looking at Life Cycles. Within this unit we looked at the differing life cycles of plants and animals as well as learning about the parts of a flower. We then moved on to Keeping Healthy whereby we investigated the ideals of a healthy diet and lifestyle. We also look at the heart and carried out a heart rate investigation!

In term 3 and 4 we are going to be looking at Changing States. Within this unit we will look at the properties of materials, different types of insulators and conductors and the water cycle. Furthermore, we will be carrying out investigations on separating materials, evaporation and dissolving.

In terms 5 and 6 we are going to be looking at Magnets, Earth Moon and Space. We investigate how magnetism is used throughout nature by creating our own compasses. We discuss how day and night is caused by the rotation of the earth and have a closer look the phases of the moon and our solar system.

How can I help my child at home?

Listening to your child read at home as often as possible continues to be essential to their progress. Children are to borrow books from the class library or from the school library. Please continue to practice spellings and times tables on a weekly basis. Please also see the website links at the top left-hand corner of this page.