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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!



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The teachers in year 5 are:
Miss Murphy(5M)
Mrs Ali (5A)

Also working in year 5 is Mrs Straczek


Welcome to Year 5’s class page!


The children in Year 5 have made wonderful progress so far this term. The children are learning about many topics in history and science, such as the Anglo Saxons in history and experimenting with different forces and how soluble and insoluble different materials are.


Religious Education


The children have been learning about Easter to Pentecost. They have understood what the Pentecost is and how it is celebrated. They have looked at both Matthew’s and Luke’s account of the resurrection of Jesus and compared and contrasted these. By the end of the topic the children should understand how our religious beliefs shape the whole life of Pope Francis.




In English, we are reading ‘Tuesday’ and are learning how picture text can convey a narrative story through imagery. The children got in role as the investigators of the ‘frog incident’ and interviewed the prime witnesses. Using these interviews, the children will have the opportunity to write the sequel of what will happen next Tuesday.


Guided Reading


Incorporating our reciprocal reading skills, the children have been reading a chosen text weekly to further develop the skills below;

  • Predict

  • Ask questions

  • Clarify (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)

  • Summarise (put important items together)

  • Infer using clues

  • Make connections to background knowledge

  • Evaluate (identify important words or phrases)




In maths, we have been learning how to find equivalent fractions and convert them into decimals and percentages. The children have also learnt how to reflect and translate shapes into different quadrants. They have become secure in using mirror to help reflect their shapes. Throughout the term, children will further develop their mental arithmetic strategies and ensure they are proficient in their timestables using the timestable challenge scheme.




The children are covering many aspects of the Anglo Saxons. They have identified the timeline of The Anglo Saxons and how the settlement and invasion in Britain formed the seven kingdoms. The children were also able to compare and contrast Anglo Saxon religion with Christianity. They can identify the Anglo Saxons runes and have begun to experiment with it.




In science, Year 5 have studied the properties of materials and forces. They were able to conduct experiments to demonstrate how the gravitational force works and have a secure understanding of the difference air and water resistance. The children investigated a range of different materials, predicting which material they thought would be most soluble. They presented their results in a range of different ways and concluded their findings.




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.




Will be given out on Fridays to be returned on Mondays. It will also be given on Mondays to be returned on Wednesdays.

Homework includes:

  • RE

  • Spellings

  • English

  • Maths


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



Knowledge is power’




As Headteacher and on behalf of all the members of St Michael & St Martin School community, I would like to welcome you to our school website. Within our school, we seek to create a supportive and friendly environment, where each child has the opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually and socially.