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!

Key dates:

Walsingham trip 7th – 9th June

Year 5 Team

Class teacher: Miss Wainer

Teaching assistants: Mrs Hough and Ms Gashi

Timetable

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

Spring 1

This half term, our Year 5 pupils are learning about the Alpine region, and the culture within it. We will be reading the story Clockwork, which is a suspense narrative by Philip Pullman. This will allow us to develop our work as skilled writers, creating descriptive scenes, story openings, and thriller scenes. In geography, we will be exploring the Alps, including their formation and creation, the weather and climate, tourism and culture.

In maths, we will be covering the following concepts:

  • multiplication and division
  • fractions

We are learning about the Christian liturgy in RE, unpacking the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. In art, we will be focusing on our DT skills. This will allow us to work towards our Arts Award with a project on textiles, fast fashion and upcycling.

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 Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover to support this learning, creating our own explanation reports, poetry, and setting descriptions. 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
  • fractions

We are learning about the wisdom, and art and music within Christmas in RE. We will be learning about how we can use the wisdom of the Bible to help us in our 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;
– multiplication and division

Our science topic is forces. We will be exploring air resistance, water resistance and gravity, as well as experimenting with force meters.

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.