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

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.

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.

Spring 1

This half term, our school is kicking off with a Geography focus. In year 5, we will be learning the Alpine Region. We will be exploring its features, the culture and history of the area!

We will also be exploring a new Science unit – Forces. We will be investigating friction, air resistance, gravity and water resistance through experiments, enquiry and investigation.

We will also begin preparations with our choreographer for next half term’s production of Macbeth. This will be linking to our PE topic of dance.

In Maths, we will be covering the following concepts;
– multiplying by 2-digit numbers and dividing by 1-digit with and without remainders
– improper, mixed and equivalent fractions
– adding and subtracting fractions

Our topic for Computing is spreadsheets where students will be able to learn how to present different information clearly.

We are learning about the importance of liturgy to Christians and explore what it means for some people to be Christian. Children will reflect on their own beliefs of what liturgy means to them.