Primary & Nursery School

Year 5

Staff: Mrs Martin and Mrs Bailey



We will be starting this half term by exploring negative numbers, including counting forwards and backwards past 0, plotting them on a number line and also interpreting them in different contexts, such as temperatures.

Following this, we will be starting a focus on multiplication and division, where we will be practising written methods to support multiplication and division and also developing our mental skills across a range of problem solving contexts. We will be continuing to reason mathematically every lesson, challenging ourselves to prove how we know an answer is correct and explain our mathematical thinking.




This half term, we will be looking at a children's version of William Shakespeare's famous play, The Tempest. We will be exploring the themes, ideas and characters in the play. We will also be developing our narrative writing through character and setting descriptions, leading up to us writing our own 'tempest' story. It also provides a great opportunity for us to become more familiar with playscripts.

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 'big' discovery learning focus for this half term is 'What are the extremes of the earth?' We will be exploring this idea through different subjects and enquiries. In Geography, we will be exploring the great mountain ranges of the world before focusing in to mountain ranges in North America and what it would be like to live there. In History, we will be finding out more about how plagues and pandemics have changed medicine and healthcare throughout history. Our Science focus is Forces and we will be carrying out a range of practical investigations to support our learning of this. 


General Notices


Our PE for this half term will all take place on a Monday afternoon, with a double session of Swimming and PE at the High School. Children will need to wear their PE kit every Monday and bring their swimming kit every Monday also.

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 Thursday. 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 that day 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).