Welcome to Year 5!


Hello and welcome to year 5! My name is Miss Shotton and I am so excited to get back to school in September and see all your smiling faces and continue to do some brilliant learning. I am lucky enough to have taught some of you in year 4, and am very much looking forward to teaching you again and see all of the amazing progress you will make this year! To those of you I haven't taught yet, I am looking forward to getting to know you all, and see you grow over the year, I hope you will enjoy being a part of my class!


Below you will see some information about each of the subjects and learning we will be doing during the Autumn term, as well as homework and spelling sheets for this half term. As it has been a while since you have been in school and we didn't have a chance for you to see your learning environment during transition, I have included some pictures of our new classroom so you can see what it will look like when you return in September. There is also a copy of the welcome book you received on transition day.



To begin our Literacy lessons this half term, we will be focussing on a picture book by Sarah Roberts called 'Somebody swallowed Stanley'. This picture book has a very important message behind it. The story follows the eventful journey of Stanley, a discarded plastic bag who is swept into the ocean. His journey involves being mistaken for a jelly fish, and being swallowed by a series of animals throughout the book. We will be using the story to inspire us to write a persuasive speech to Andy Burnham, where we will try and convince the government to reduce the use of single use plastic. We will be using a range of persuasive techniques to do this, as well as working on expanding our vocabulary. We will also be spending time recapping on techniques we learnt last year. 


During our guided reading sessions, we will be working on a range of reading skills, including introducing new vocabulary and being able to understand the meaning of words in the context of a fiction or non fiction text. We will be recapping the skills previously learnt and will be working on inferring meaning from the text, predicting what is going to happen in a text and identifying and retrieving key details from a text. We will also spend time focussing on summary style reading questions and building up our summarising skills. 


Our first unit in Maths this term will be place value. Some of the objectives we will cover are, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1 million, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and recognising Roman numerals. We will also be recapping some of the learning from previous years, including identifying the value of a digit in a number, counting in negative numbers passing through zero and continuing to work on reasoning and problem solving skills. Throughout the year, we will spending time recapping our times tables so we are able to recall them up to 12 x 12. In preparation for this, it could be useful to start practising using TT rockstars! 


Further on this term, we will also be beginning to look at statistics, recapping your learning from year 4, and beginning our addition and subtraction unit.


Our topic for this half term is 'Investigating Coasts' and so will be a geography focus. We will begin by learning some of the key vocabulary that will be used throughout the unit, before moving on to locating countries and cities of the UK, geographical regions, key topographical features including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. Later in the unit, we will begin to look at the different types of coasts and the effect erosion can have. During this topic, we will also be using what we learn about coasts and oceans to create an ocean inspired photo frame during our DT lessons, where we will be developing our skills by investigating and collecting ideas, developing one idea further and recording ideas using annotated diagrams.


Our first unit in Science will be Earth and Space, which will be packed full of fun activities and exciting learning! We will begin the unit by explaining day and night and looking at the movement of the sun across the sky. We will then moving on to describing the movement of the Earth and other planets around the sun, as well as the movement of the moon, relative to the Earth. Throughout the unit, we will be working on our investigation skills and working scientifically.



We will begin our RE learning this term with the topic of 'Ourselves'. In this topic we will begin by discussing our school mission statement, 'We Love, We Learn, We Grow' and how we can follow this at school. We will spend some time discussing our talents and qualities God has given us and how we can develop this further, as well as looking at how as God's children, we are similar to God. Towards the end of the unit, we will be focussing on the poem 'footprints' and exploring how God is always there for us and discussing a time when we have felt strength from God. Throughout this unit, we will be linking ideas to PSHE lessons and discussing our rights in school. Article 29 explains that your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities, which we will be discussing throughout this unit.

Home Learning


You will be given a learning log at the start of the year with this half term's homework sheet at the front. You can then choose which activity you wish to complete each week from your homework sheet and we ask that this is completed in your learning log and brought back to school on a Friday morning. Our class will have chance to share your home learning with the rest of the class on Friday afternoons. 


Spelling lists will be given out half termly and the children will be tested on a Friday.

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Transition to Year 5

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