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Year 5

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Welcome to Our Year 5 Class Page!

Teacher: Mrs Wynne
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Crozier
1:1 support: Miss Jones and  Miss Catterall

Our wonderful class are settling into new routines well and are ready for the new challenges, learning and fun that lay ahead. The adults in our class would like to wish all our Year 5 pupils a wonderful year and we look forward to spending time with you lovely bunch over the coming year.

  • At the moment, our door (the old Y5/6 door) opens at 8.50am and closes at 9am, after this time your child will receive a late mark. Children can be collected at this door between 3.10-3.15pm. Children who have a signed letter to walk home can leave at 3.05 pm. Letters are available in class.
  • Our PE day is a Tuesday. Children will come into school wearing their kit on PE days.
  • Spellings will be sent home on a Friday to be tested on the following Friday.
  • Homework will be set on a Monday to be completed by the Friday of that week. Homework may be set on Sats Companion or Times Table Rock Stars, Children have been given their personal logins for these websites (see links below).
  • We encourage water bottles, filled with water only, to be brought into class. Children can replenish their water when they need to.
  • Home readers have been sent out and we would like them to be returned at least once per week so that we can read with the children and exchange them as often as we can.
  • We have an excellent free online reading library that the children or parents can use on electronic devices

Over spring term we will be learning:

Come and see

Our class will explore Christian teachings and values within the varied topics of:

Mission, Memorial Sacrifice and Sacrifice.

In other faiths, we will be learning about Judaism and the significance of Passover.


Through our English work we will be learning about the skills needed to become an excellent reader and writer. We will do this through a core text that we will study.

We will be exploring three core texts. The first is ‘Street Child’ an unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes.

The second core text is ‘Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’. This is the breath-taking story of how two very different yet equally determined men battled frost-biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world’s highest mountain.

The final text is ‘The Viewer’. This picture book follows young Tristan, a curious boy who rescues all sorts of objects from the rubbish dump. He finds an old Viewmaster in its elaborate box, complete with a set of disks. He finds that these represent the ages of humankind, seen as a cyclical structure in which patterns of growth and decay are repeated.


There are many maths skills to master in Year 5. This term we will be learning about: multiplication and division; Fractions; decimals and percentages as well as time.

Arithmetic is an important area that we will cover daily. We will also complete a weekly arithmetic test that the children will track, focusing on beating their own score.

Times tables is a huge part of mathematics. It is important for the children to know all their times table facts by Year 5. We will regularly practise all times table facts and their links with division. To help the children succeed, our school have invested in Times Table Rock Stars ( TTRS gives children essential practise of times tables skills through enjoyable game play. We often set competitions which can be within class, against classes or even against other schools! Each of our children have their own login that have been sent home. Please feel free to contact us if there are any issues.


Our science lessons will focus on two areas, knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. Each unit will incorporate both aspects to give children a deeper understanding of the topic being learned. The topics we will learn in autumn term are:

  • Forces
  • Living Things and Their Habitats


Our history topics help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Children will develop vital skills such as: the ability to think critically; analyse evidence; ask perceptive questions and developing perspective and judgement. It will help our children to identify and understand the challenges of our time through the process of change.

Our topic this term is ‘Crime and Punishment’. Children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. Children will have the opportunity to compare modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past. This links to our core text ‘Street Child’.


Through geography we aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to equip children with geographical skills.

Our topic this term is ‘Mountains’. Children will find out about the major mountains of the world and the UK. They will find out the different ways in which mountains have been formed, and how different features of mountain ranges have been shaped over time. Children will have the opportunity to consider what the weather is like in a mountainous environment and to evaluate the impact that tourism has on a mountainous region. This links to our core text ‘Everest’.


Through our chosen topics the children will learn a range of skills such as recognising and writing musical notation, playing instruments, singing and understanding and using technical vocabulary. Our spring topic is ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’.


We will be exploring ‘winter landscapes’. Through this topic the children will be sharpening their skills using a range of media to create pieces of art of their own.


This term children will be using and refining a range of skills through different areas of Physical Education. Our topics this term are:

  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Dance Through the Ages


Our Computing topics are arranged by 4 areas of learning: Digital Literacy; Computer Science; Information Technology and Byte size and fun. Throughout the year we will cover each of these at least once. Our topics for this term are:

  • My online Life
  • YouTuber

Design Technology (DT)

Our DT topics give children the skills to study, design, develop, apply, implement and evaluate, enabling them to create a final product. Our topic this term is ‘Structures’ Linked to our core text ‘Everest’.


In PSHE we look at topics that deal with variety of issues in daily life, such as: health and wellbeing; relationships; living in the wider world and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education).

This term our topics will be:

  • How can friends communicate safely?
  • How can we help in an accident or emergency?

Modern Foreign Languages

At St Joseph the Worker we are learning Spanish! Our topics for autumn term are:

  • Recap on previous learning (I’m learning Spanish and Animals)
  • Vegetables
  • Presenting Myself


We love being in school! We have wonderful learning opportunities coming up and it would be a shame for our children to miss out on any of it. Our school target is to have classes with 100% attendance, when this happens, the children are rewarded as a class such as having a non-uniform day. If it happens more frequently, a bigger reward is needed! In class, we monitor attendance and punctuality daily and use a display to keep track of our success. In fact, in our first week back we won the attendance award for the week!


Children collect smilies for following our three school rules; to be ready, respectful and resilient. These are recorded on our class chart. There are three levels; bronze, silver and gold. When each level is achieved the children receive a certificate and a letter home to showcase their achievements. In Year 5 we also celebrate team work with table points and a reward at the end of the week.

Useful Links

Curriculum Overviews

Mathematics Overview of Learning

Multiplication and Division facts year group expectations

Wheelers ePlatform 

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