Year 5

Year 5 will be part of ‘Europe’ and have the following names: Czech Republic (Ms. Graham’s class), Portugal (Ms. Griffin’s class) and Iceland (Mr. Bonnar’s class).



In lessons this half term, we are writing travel guides related to our class country and then we are moving on to write non-chronological reports inspired by ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.


In maths, the children will be taught through our mastery programme which combines NCETM (National Curriculum for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and White Rose materials. This term, the children will be exploring their understanding of place value.


Our topic for the term is ‘Properties and changes of materials’, which will involve learning about comparing and grouping together everyday materials; knowing that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution; describing how to recover a substance from a solution; and using knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated (through filtering, sieving and evaporating).


This half term, the children will be learning about their class country during both English and geography lessons. We will also be studying tourism in geography and exploring carnivals as part of Black History Month in October.


We will be learning about Christianity this half term with a focus on ‘What does it mean to belong to a religion?’


We will begin by discussing our rights and responsibilities as a citizen of our country (and also as citizens of our school). We will then consider how our actions have an impact on those around us.


We will spend time building on our existing knowledge of online safety. As well as this, we will be learning about the history of computing and the effect of landmark moments in computing history on today’s world. Learning about the life and legacy of Alan Turing is an important part of this unit.


In art, we will be using pencil to explore technical drawings with one and two point perspectives.


We will be participating in swimming lessons every Tuesday and Dance lessons will take place every Thursday.


As part of the PE curriculum in Year 5, children are given the opportunity to attend swimming lessons which will be at Park Road Pool every Tuesday morning until the end of the Spring 1 term. For this they will require a swimming costume/trunks (no swimming shorts) and a towel. All children must have a swimming cap. Goggles are allowed, but are not compulsory. Please note the timings below for each of the classes and ensure children are in on time as we will be leaving promptly. This term, swimming will commence on Tuesday 12th September 2023.

Swimming Timetable


Czech Republic


Depart school at: 8:50am

Children must be in school by 8:40am.

Depart school at: 9:20am

Children must be in school by normal time (8:45am).

Depart school at: 9:50am

Children must be in school by the normal time (8.45am).

Children who are not swimming or taking part in P.E. for health reasons, require a note to this effect.

In addition, the children will have a P.E. lesson in school on Thursdays. This half term the children will be working on their dance skills (indoors). Please ensure that your child is wearing appropriate clothing on the days that they have PE lessons.

 Please note that P.E. timings are subject to change, but we will notify you in advance where possible.

Suggestions for parents

Maths – Please support your children with practising their times tables and mental maths skills, recalling facts quickly in any order. As well as set assignments, explore other areas of Mathletics too.  

English – Please read with your child as often as you can and ask them questions about the text they are reading. Share stories and poetry at home. Don’t forget to include reading non-fiction and information texts e.g. signs, maps, catalogues and cereal packets.

Computing – Discuss e-safety with your children to reinforce the safety messages we give at school.

Art – Please try and visit one of the many free art galleries in London if you can! These include: Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The National Gallery. Discuss the key vocabulary of foreground, middle ground and background when you are out and about!

PE – Discuss the musical genres that you enjoy listening to at home and enjoy dancing around to them! Before the nights draw in, get out and about to play physical games and enjoy the facilities that our local parks have to offer.  

Homework will continue to be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. Children will still be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths homework. The children will receive spellings each week which they will be tested on during the following week and an assignment will be set for them on Spelling Shed. In addition, the children will also have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week.

If your child requires any support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher. 

It is important that children continue to develop their reading skills throughout the rest of the year and we would appreciate your support in encouraging them to read for at least 15 minutes each day at home, and signing their reading record at least once a week. A reminder that children should be completing at least three entries per week. Please support your child in remembering to bring it to school every day with their reading book.

Important dates

12th September 2023 – Swimming starts for Year 5

13th September 2023 – Year 5 Parents’ Meeting 5.45pm for food tasting, 6pm presentation. (6-6.30pm)

27th September 2023 – French trip meeting (6-6.30pm)

21st September 2023 –  Individual photos

11th October 2023 – Parents’ Evening online (3.30pm-5.20pm)

12th October 2023 – Parents’ Evening online (3.30pm-6.00pm)

10th November 2023– Czech Republic class assembly (9.15am)

17th November 2023 – Portugal class assembly (9.15am)

24th November 2023 – Iceland class assembly (9.15am)

20th November 2023 – Flu vaccinations

28th November 2023 – French trip to Lille

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