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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


The teachers in Year 5 are:
Miss Murphy (5M)
Miss Esteban (5E)


Also working in Year 5 are:

Mrs Dudzinski

Mrs Bowman


Welcome to Year 5’s class page!

We have had a fantastic start to spring term in Year 5. The children are learning about many topics in history and science, such as the rise and fall of the Mayan civilisation in history and investigating how different materials can change state.

Religious Education

The children have been learning about Jesus at prayer. By the end of the topic they will have developed their knowledge on the story of the Passover, what it was and how it was celebrated during Jesus’ time. Along with this, the children will make links between how the Jews celebrate the Passover now with celebrations during Jesus’ time.



In English, we are reading ‘Wolf Brother’ and are learning about the main character Torak and how he has to face the journey north on his own after his beloved Fa, was slaughtered by a demon bear. We learn to empathise with Torak and how his characters persevered through difficult situations to live out his father’s wishes. The children have used role play to re-enact scenes from the book to engage with the text further. They have also retold part of the story from the perspective of the main character, Torak.

Guided Reading

We will continue to provide the children with a range of text types to apply their reading skills to. The key reading skills are as follows:

  • Predicting

  • Asking questions

  • Clarifying (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)

  • Summarising (put important items together)

  • Infering using clues

  • Making connections to background knowledge

    Reading skills will be explicitly taught to the children as well as developing inference of a carefully chosen text.



    In maths, we have been learning how to use formal methods to multiply and divide. The children have used long multiplication to multiply numbers up to four digits by a two digit number. They also have been dividing numbers with remainders. Throughout the term, we will revise the key basic skills of mathematics, including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables.


    The children are covering many aspects of the Mayan civilisation including how the civilisation started as well as comparing the similarities and differences between The Aztecs and the Mayans. The children will also learn about the Mayan number system, the food they ate and about different Mayan temples.


    In science, Year 5 are studying the properties and changes of material. The children will be testing properties of materials along with looking at mixtures and solutions. To further develop their knowledge they will have the opportunity to cclassify materials under the relevant heading and describe their properties.Our upcoming topic in science will be ‘Earth & Space’. The children will be learning about the solar system and how day and night occurs on planet Earth.


    We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.

    Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.

    Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.

    The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.

    Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.


    Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and hand it in on the due day. They have a timetable which shows the when the homeworks are due.

    Homework includes:

  • RE

  • Spellings

  • English

  • Maths

  • Reading

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to the upcoming term!

Every end has a new beginning’


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