Primary & Nursery School

Year 5

Staff: Mrs Martin and Mrs Bailey



This half term, we will be identifying equivalent fractions before using this knowledge to add and subtract fractions with equivalent denominators.  We will also be developing our knowledge of factors, multiples and prime numbers. We will then focus on converting between units of measure. All of our Maths lessons will develop our reasoning, fluency and problem-solving skills.



We will be basing our English work on the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. We will be identifying and re-telling the main events in the story before planning and writing our own ‘Lost Thing’ story. We will be focusing on grammatical elements of subordinate and relative clauses and choosing adjectives for effect. 

Alongside our English lessons, we will be continuing to develop our reading skills through our daily Guided Reading sessions and enjoying time to read for pleasure, both independently and as a group by listening to our class reader.

Discovery Learning

Our Discovery Learning for this half term will have a large focus on the natural world. In Science, we are focusing on the life cycles of different animals and also flowering and non-flowering plants. In Geography, we will be looking at the continent of South America with a particular focus on the Amazon rainforest, its climate and conditions and how human actions have impacted it. In our Art lessons, we will be exploring the work of Brazilian Street artist Eduardo Kobra and taking inspiration from him to combine different medias and collage effects to create our own 3D rainforest dioramas. We are also looking forward to having ZooLab visiting with a range of different animals and spending the day in nature during our Beach Day.


General Notices


Our PE days this half-term will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure children come to school in their PE kit on these days and it is important that they also bring a change of shoes to wear for their PE session.

Reading Challenge

In Year 5, we are working hard to promote the importance of reading and show children how enjoyable reading can be. We promote reading for pleasure throughout the school and encourage the children to read every day. At school, we have supplied our in-class reading area with a range of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction high-quality texts for children to access. 

Outdoor Learning

Our Outdoor Learning day is a Monday. We are using our Outdoor Learning session as an extension of the classroom and using the natural resources around us to enhance our learning in different topic areas. Please could your child come to school on Mondays in appropriate woodland clothing (long sleeves and trousers), wear their school shoes and bring with them a sensible pair of shoes that they can change into for the session. We aim to be prepared for all weathers, unless of course it is deemed unsafe to be outside. 

Class Dojo

Class Dojo will continue to be used this year. It is a great space where you can view photos, videos and information about what is happening in Year 5 and across the school. If you require another invite, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Home Learning

A home learning menu will be given out at the start of each half term and is also available electronically on this page. 


Please can you ensure that all belongings and named (PE Kits – Wellies – School Uniform – Bags – Coats – Water bottles etc).