Welcome to Year 5 Learning

Key information for children parents and carers

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Year 5 Spellings Homework



Homework is given out every Thursday and expected in your class tray on Tuesday.


Big Talk

The children’s Big Talk homework is distributed by your teacher every two weeks.



Spelling words are posted on this page each week for all groups. They are tested every week.


Physical Education

Your class PE day is every Wednesday. Please remember your full Physical Education kit on this day.



Please read every day at home. Bring your completed reading record into school on Tuesday.



Please write in pencil for maths. When you have a pen licence you may write in black pen only.

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Autumn 2 Topic - Stories from other cultures

Building Learning Power:

We will be noticing newts through our work on maps and making links lions during our reading of stories from other cultures. We will also be using our reasoning muscles in order to justify our thoughts and opinions throughout all curriculum areas. Furthermore, we will be capitalising on our multiplication and division facts to help us with converting measures in maths.

Be a Collaborative Koala

Be a Capitalising Cat

Be a Reasoning Robin

Be a Reasoning Robin

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

Be a Questioning Queen Bee

What is your favourite story? This half term we will be reading Stories from Other Cultures. Within this unit, children will learn the traditions, customs and attitudes from other cultures. Furthermore, there will be close attention paid to the authors use of language and consider the impact on the reader. In addition, we will use drama techniques to empathise with characters from other cultures which will enable children to encounter different points of view. This will ultimately lead to the children writing their own narrative set in another culture, incorporating the features they have learnt.

Following this, we will be exploring Newspaper reports, which include identifying the key features, e.g. heading, subheading, byline, picture and caption. Furthermore, we will learn to write a newspaper report using planning and collaborative skills.


Mr Gohil travels 5,823m to school. Miss Atac travels 557m and Mr Pagaduan travels 2,197m. How far do they travel altogether?

In this term, the pupils will be looking at different methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide. In addition they will be looking at reading and interpreting graphs and tables. Finally, the focus will shift towards measuring and calculating the area and perimeter of shapes. There will also be a continued focus on improving their mental calculations.


This half term, we will be continuing our topic of Health and Fitness. What makes a fair test? The children will plan their own investigation based on how exercise affects the human body. In this process, we will learn to recognise and control variables which enable the investigation to be a fair test. We will also report and present the findings and suggest conclusions.

After this, we will be focusing on our ability to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported throughout our bodies. We will also move on to describe the changes humans go through as they develop into old age.


In computing this term, Year 5 will be creating their own short computer games using their knowledge of coding. They can use ideas based on existing games they know, with the opportunity to be more creative and imaginative.


In line with our work on ‘Stories from Other Cultures’, we will be looking into some of the cultural traditions that we come across in our reading and comparing these to our own experiences.


Linked to our English topic of ‘Stories from Other Cultures’, we will compose and produce protest songs. To enable children to successfully produce their compositions, they will listen and analyse well-known protest songs from the past.

Art & Design Technology

Intertwining with out Science topic, students will be designing their a healthy sports snack! Year 5 will be analysing existing products in order to help them design their own.

Religious Education

We will continue to learn more about the Islamic faith, including the pilgrimage made to Mecca by Muslims and the festival of Eid. In addition we will look at the similar and different beliefs which people hold.


This half term, we will be focusing on our map skills in Geography. We will be learning how to effectively use a compass and identify continents, countries, hemispheres and oceans. To achieve this, the pupil will be utilising atlases as well as a range of maps and online resources.

Physical Education

All classes are on a rotational schedule of the following sports: Tennis- learn forehand and backhand shots, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and movement. Gymnastics- balancing, symmetrical movement and improving their core strength. Hockey- ball control, spatial awareness, dribbling and passing.


Continuing with our theme of ‘Bon sante; bon appétit’, we will be listening to various French songs in order to notice rhymes and patterns in French phonics. They will also be focusing on their conversational French and discuss healthy and unhealthy foods.


KS2 assemblies will focus on Safety and Identity this half term. We will learn the qualities of being a good friend and particularly apply these during Anti- Bullying Week. Road Safety Week is also coming up this half term.


Health and Wellbeing – This term children will be learning what is meant by a healthy lifestyle, maintaining positive wellbeing and ways of keeping emotionally and physically safe.

We will learn about rights and responsibilities and diversity and equality.


This term, we will benefit from ‘Everyday Magic’ storytellers, who will inspire children to share stories in engaging and imaginative ways; incorporating actions and music.


We will be learning about valuing and respecting a religion by visiting a local mosque and learning more about the practices of Islam.

What is the Big Talk?

Mr Gohil

Miss Atac

Mr Pagaduan