Welcome to Year 5! We have a busy but exciting year ahead of us as we enter into our final years of KS2 at Holy Trinity and S. Silas. We will focus on a variety of different topics throughout the year including Anglo-Saxons and Scots, Shakespeare and also celebrating Black History Month. We will be attending class trips and performances to enhance our learning and we will continue to work with Humanutopia to develop our role as Hero Buddies.

Please look at our class blog for updates, including our autumn term assembly!

Year 5 Team

Class teacher: Miss Wainer

Teaching assistant: Mrs Hough


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading folder   Reading Folder Instrument for band Reading folder
   PE kit     Spelling test/Times tables challenge
        Homework sent out for the week ahead

Summer 2

This half term, we are diving into the world of Indonesia with our focus text, Kick by Mitch Johnson. We will be writing persuasive letters to footballing stars, encouraging them to boycott clothing made through forced child labour. We will then be comparing this text to Cloud Tea Monkeys by Elsbeth Graham and Mal Peet, which details a girl’s life in the Himalayas. This will help us in our contrasting setting descriptions and character description writing!

In maths, we are exploring position, direction and angles, whilst improving our fluency on the all-important FDP (fractions/decimals/percentages). We will be using our FDP knowledge to help us with converting measurements. 

In geography, we are learning about trade between countries. We will be exploring the key vocabulary of import and export, and understanding more about how these impact life in each country. 

In science, we are continuing with our knowledge of Life Cycles, learning about how humans change throughout their lives, and within the womb. 

This half term in RE, we will be learning about death from a Christian perspective, and what heaven means to many faiths. This unit builds on our science and SRE units about the journey of life, and the different phases that this takes. 

In addition to our D&T work this half term, upcycling clothing, we will also be exploring our cooking skills during our Geography work, making salads and smoothies!

Summer 1

This half term we are kicking off our new class text, Holes by Louis Sachar. We will be writing non-chronological reports about the infamous and venomous Yellow-Spotted Lizard, and will be evaluating the role of Camp Green Lake by creating our own Oftsed-style reports. We will also be researching the history of outlaws, inspired by Kissin’ Kate Barlow. 

In maths, we will be finishing our work on fractions, and then exploring decimals and percentages. We will recap on our understanding of repeated addition and subtraction from previous years, as well as investigating the relationship between this three visible mathematical representations. 

In history, we will be learning about the Golden Age of Islam, Baghdad c.900! We will be exploring how, when in Europe we were distracted by invasions and Viking raids, over in the east the relative peace allowed the Islamic Civilisation to prosper! This was the time of the invention of maths, sciences, philosophy, and even the world’s first camera. We will be exploring Baghdad as a trade network and it’s place in our own chronological timelines. 

This half term in RE, we will be investigating different faith groups in Camden. We will be learning about how Camden has changed over time, and what those different diverse communities bring to our local area. 

We will be focusing on design and technology this half term. We will research and create designs, following a brief; follow our design plans to construct, using a range of materials; and test and evaluate what we have created, making adaptations where necessary.

Spring 2

In Maths, we will be covering the following concepts; – adding and subtracting fractions – multiplying fractions – representing fractions as decimals and percentages

We will continue our topic for ICT on Game Creating where students will be able to learn how they can create their own online simulation game.

Our RE focus is about how Christians celebrate Easter and what services are conducted on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

Autumn 2

This half term, our Year 5 pupils are learning about our solar system, and the different planets within it. We will be reading the story Cosmic to support this learning, creating our own newspaper reports, poetry, setting descriptions and alternative chapters. In geography, we will be exploring the key changes that have happened in our local area in the last hundred years. As part of this work, we will be evaluating the impact of the Olympics on London.

In maths, we will be covering the following concepts:

  • multiplication and division
  • measurement, including perimeter and area

We are learning about the Beatitudes, and art and music within Christmas in RE. We will be learning about how the Beatitudes communicate the ideas Jesus had for how people should life their lives. We will also explore the use of art and music at Christmas, and how this conveys meaning.

Autumn 1

This half term, our Year 5 pupils are learning about Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings. We will be reading the story Beowulf to support this learning, creating our own monster narratives and monsterology reports. In history, we will be  debating the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings, and practising creating balanced arguments to support this. During our Black History Month focus in the last fortnight, we will be using our narrative unit to explore the life of Harriet Tubman.

In maths, we will be covering the following concepts:
– number and place value within 1,000,000;
– adding and subtracting whole numbers including the inverse operation;
– creating, reading and interpreting graphs and timetables.

Our science topic is materials. We will be exploring thermal conductors and insulators, evaporation, filtration and different purposes for materials.

We are learning about Sikhism in RE. We will be learning about how the first five Sikh Gurus shaped Sikhism.

Netball will be the main focus of PE, whilst in art children will be mastering their drawing and painting skills through the creation of portraits, as well as studying the work of African and Caribbean artists during Black History Month.