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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


The staff in Year 5 are:
Mrs Ali, Miss Logue, Mrs Dudzinski & Mrs Jacob


We have had a fantastic start to the Spring term in Year 5. It has been wonderful to witness how the children have matured and developed a great work ethic towards their learning. We will continue to provide an abundance of cross-curricular lessons and opportunities to immerse the children within their topics this term.


Religious Education

Our new topic of ‘Being a Sacramental People’ builds on from the incarnation celebrated at Advent to claiming that the world is a sacramental place. The central question explored within this unit is: ‘Now that Jesus is no longer part of our physical human existence, where is God now?’ The answer is simple but profound. The children will be learning that God is here, now, in our human world and existence.

The sacramental principle (or belief) begins with the view that God is in the world and able to be known and experienced there – everyday. We will explain that Christians interpret their life experiences believing that they carry God’s presence ‘wrapped’ in the actions, words, feelings, compassion and life of all of creation – including humans.

The children will consolidate their understanding by identifying and describing these words, actions and symbols in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Healing before moving onto ‘Lent to Easter’.



In English, we started the term by reading the picture book ‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner. The book takes the children on an adventure of the impossible, conveying the strange happenings one evening, when a fleet of frogs glide in on floating lily pads, alarming the natives of a quiet American suburb. Mysterious and atmospheric, Tuesday asks far more questions than it answers. The children had the opportunity to delve into their imagination by enacting the role of the detective to investigate the case, as well as write their own sequel. We will also be reading the Anglo-Saxon story of ‘Beowulf.’ The main character is a prince from Geatland and hears of the Danes' suffering and gains permission from his king to sail to their assistance. Beowulf and his men gain the respect and admiration of the Danes as they witness their strength and bravery through each quest.



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
  • Vocabulary (understanding within context)
  • Asking questions
  • Clarifying (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)
  • Summarising (put important items together)
  • Inferring using clues
  • Making connections to background knowledge

Reading skills are taught throughout the week in almost every area of the curriculum. It is taught explicitly,  in small groups, 4 mornings per week through our guided reading carousel. During these sessions, children are provided with the opportunity to explore a text that best-matches their ability level and they focus on developing one of the above key skills. 

Children are encouraged to read independently for a minimum of 20 minutes each day, having chosen a book from their recommended ZPD level, which will have been determined by a recent STAR Reading assessment. They are then encouraged to take an Accelerated Reader quiz after they have finished their chosen book.



In Maths, we will cover the following areas during the spring term: Measurement: Perimeter and Area, Number: Multiplication and Division, Number: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.

Perimeter and Area:

  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres;
  • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²), and estimate the area of irregular shapes.

Multiplication and Division:

  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers;
  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts;
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context;
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign.

Number: Fractions, Decimals & Percentages:

  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number;
  • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths;
  • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number [for example, 2/5 + 4/5 = 6/5 = 1 1/5 ];
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number;
  • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams;
  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100 ];
  • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents;
  • Round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place;
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places;
  • Solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places;
  • Recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that percent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal fraction

We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables and to practise number bonds daily; children need to develop fluency in their mental maths recall in order to reduce cognitive overload as they progress through the UKS2 curriculum.



In history, the children will focus on the Big Question: What effect have the Anglo-Saxons had on English history? Within our lessons, the children will continue to develop chronology skills by creating a timeline of the key events that took place during the Anglo-Saxon period, learning about life as an Anglo-Saxon, understanding who the Anglo-Saxon invaders were and how the Anglo-Saxons found out about Christianity.



Later in the term, we will explore Rivers and Water in detail. We will look at how a river is formed and the different stages of a river. The children will develop an understanding of how a river changes the landscape through erosion and deposition. We will look at some examples of this with rivers in the UK.



We will now be moving on to chemistry during this half term by studying the topic ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. The following areas will be covered:

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.


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. The homework tasks assigned complement

Homework includes:

  • RE
  • Spellings & Sentences
  • English – SpaG & Writing
  • Maths – Mental Arithmetic and Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Reading Comprehension

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

Every end has a new beginning’