Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

There are 31 children in the class. Mr Beavan is the class teacher and Mrs Miller, Mrs Littlefair, Mrs Carter and Mrs Ivey will be supporting us in the delivery of the curriculum.

Our Year 5 Class Timetable is below.

These resources can help your child's learning.



'What a good one looks like'. This website will give you examples of different genres of writing.

 Enter a book you like and the site will analyse a huge database of real readers' favourite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next. Parents will need to check that suggestions are suitable for their child.

 SpellFix Y3-Y6 Word Lists (£0.99) is a fun way of learning the spellings identified in the new national curriculum for England. Find the 8 spellings in each level using the clues and the available letters on screen. Use hints if you are stuck! The app is great for contextualised spelling development as the meaning of the word is taught at the same time as the spelling.

 Designed by educators, Spellodrome encourages independent learning and the development of critical spelling awareness. Your child has their password at the back of their homework book to access this site.



This 'singapore bar method' helps children to visulise a mathematical problem.

 Your child has their password at the back of their homework book to access this site. Homework will be set every week.

 A variety of online maths resources.

 This site helps with understanding the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

 An app called Tables Pro, which is available on itunes and android (£1.99), tests you on your times tables and then tests you on the ones you did not get correct.

 Steeple Morden's guide to helping your child with maths.

Aimed at parents, this site gives advice how you can help your child with their homework in all subjects.

Summer Term 2018

Year 5 are learning about an ancient Chinese society, known as the Shang Dynasty, who ruled an area of China over 3,500 years ago. We will explore how the members of this society lived throughout this term.

We have begun our BBC science investigation into growth – this is helping to develop our scientific skills, especially the need to measure accurately and our results will be shared with the University of Warwick as part of a national study.

As the weather continues to improve, we look forward to driving our electric powered racing car, which has been sponsored by local businesses involved with engineering. If we can source all the materials, we are hoping to construct a hovercraft to help us explore forces. We are still on the look-out for a battery powered leaf blower – if you know of anyone that could lend us one for a few days, that would be fantastic!

Our English lessons will be concentrating on non-fiction.  We will continue to study how grammar is used through the texts we study; we have recently been identifying the active and passive voice, the use of different type of parenthesis and creating cohesion between paragraphs.

We will focus even more this term on mathematical reasoning skills. In the first few weeks we will be gaining a deeper understanding of squared and cubed numbers, volume and properties of 3D shapes by constructing our own shapes and using the appropriate technical vocabulary.

Spring Term 2018

We are studying the Victorian era; a time of great social change and prolific innovation. We are also part-way through the creation of our entry to the art competition titled, ‘Into the Wild’, run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
The children will be building on their mathematical strengths in calculation and will be revisiting ‘word problems’. Although these ultimately need skills and accuracy in calculations to reach an answer, it is often understanding the written problem and deciding which calculations (there may be more than one) are needed that the children can find challenging. We always base these on real life scenarios so that the children will already be familiar with much of the language but they need to decide which calculations they need to use in order to solve the problem.

Example questions:

Tom has to pay for a guitar lesson that costs £15, he also has to buy a music book which costs £7.50. He has been given £30 and has been told that he can spend the change on a magazine, how much will he be able to spend on magazines?

The Smith family want to meet their friends at the cinema at 3pm. To drive to the town where the cinema is takes 25 mins and after they have parked the car they will need to walk for another 10 mins. What time do they need to leave to arrive on time?


STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) will be a focus in March; we will be learning, through hands on activities, more about what scientists are doing in the Arctic and will be finding out about their brand new research vessel called the 'Sir David Attenborough'. After the results of a public poll, one of the small submersibles on board is to be called 'Boaty Mcboatface'. 


Our Class Assembly centred on the theme of water. We explored: the issues facing those living and working in areas of flood and drought; examined the water cycle processes and how the items we send into the sewage system can result in huge 'fatbergs'.  

Autumn Term 2017

We are looking forward to our upcoming residential trip to Grafham Water, where we will be challenging ourselves in a number of adventurous outdoor activities.

As part of our topic ‘Our Precious Planet’, we will be studying how we can look after our planet and how renewable energy is playing a greater role in our lives. We will also be looking at what lies beyond our atmosphere and our visit to the National Space Centre will help us to deepen our knowledge. After twenty years in space, the Cassini probe is nearing its final days of operation before it is sent plunging into Saturn. In recent weeks, it has been diving in the space between Saturn and its rings, which have never been explored before. We will follow its final journey.  

We are looking at developing our sketching skills and will be using work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as our inspiration.

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