Year 5 Spring Second Half Term 2020                                                                      “Vile Victorians or Industrious Inventors?”

Year Group Who’s Who (and where to find us)
5JW – Mrs J Walkom       (Head of Year)                   Come out through Y6 Door by the main gate
5CF  –Mr C Fleury                                                             Come out through Y6 Door by the main gate
5LR – Mrs L Robinson                                                     Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building
5JT – Mrs J Thompson                                                    Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building
5DS – Mr D Smale                                                            Come out through Y5 door near the Infant building

In addition Year 5 are supported by :

Mrs Beck                             Mrs Pradhan

Mrs Thompson                 Miss Sullivan

Mrs Porter                          Miss Humes-Gilmore



Through an enquiry-based curriculum we teach Maths and English daily and a range of foundation subjects such as: History, Geography, Computing, PE, Art, RE, PSHE, Music and DT.



Year 5 are grouped by ability for maths lessons, which are timetabled for the first hour and 25 minutes every morning.
They are taught in three Challenge Sets, and two Support Sets. All sets are taught the same content, but at different speeds to match the needs of their learners.

This half of term we will be covering:

  • Percentages
  • Geometry
  • Position and movement



Year 5 will be studying ‘Oliver’ by Charles Dickens and ‘The Secret Garden’ by  Frances Hodgson- Burnett and will be covering the following themes in English for this ½ of term:

  • Poetry and Drama: nonsense poetry
  • Narrative: Suspense and mystery
  • Non-fiction: Letter writing


In addition to the genres above we teach regular spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons and reading comprehension. Spelling homework is sent home weekly.



This half term the children will be developing their scientific skills through studying properties of materials and changes in state.


Our Foundation Studies will include:

  • Art – silhouettes
  • History- Reign of Queen Victoria and differences between present day and Victorian life.
  • Computing – E-Safety
  • Music – History of Victorian music, learn and perform songs
  • E- Fitness and resilience and Cricket
  • PHSE- Healthy body, healthy mind
  • E- Holy Week

Please click on the homework tab for our homework policy and suggestions for creative homework tasks for this topic


We expect all the children in this year to work hard. We have high expectations and hope you will support us, you can do this by:


Organisational aspects –

  • Ensuring that your child is at school on time and dressed appropriately;
  • Dinner money is sent into school on Monday in a labelled envelope;
  • Make sure that your child has a PE kit which is clearly labelled;
  • All children may bring a healthy snack;
  • Encourage your child to be prepared for the school day with the correct equipment.


Educational aspects –

  • Ensure your child reads every single day for at least fifteen minutes, preferably to an adult
  • Encourage your child to research other words that match the week’s spelling rules, as well as learning the words sent home
  • Mathematics, encourage your child to practise the 4 operations (+, -, ÷, x), learn tables

and use mathematical skills in everyday life, eg time and money.


Communication with your child’s class teacher can be made through the home/school diary or informally at the end of the school day. If you wish to make a longer appointment, please telephone the school office and this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.


We look forward to yet an exciting and productive half term!


Year 5 Team