Year 5

A warm welcome back to the Year 5 children and parents. This year the children will be encouraged to be BRAVE, STRONG and COURAGEOUS in everything they do.

KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU: Is Our World Always As It Seems?


Year 5 will deepen their understanding of mental and written methods to ensure they have a range of ways to solve problems. We will focus on: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Measurement and Statistics. Throughout these topics, we will explore contextualised problems that will encourage the children’s independence in maths so they become life-long mathematicians.


Our class texts this term will be: Journey by Aaron Becker, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Using these varied and exciting texts alongside imagination, we will create original pieces of writing and poetry. There will be lots of discussion and group writing to ensure the children can confidently use the skills when asked to independently. As always, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar to ensure Year 5 produce writing of the highest quality.

Come and See

Children will firstly begin their topic of Ourselves, where they will explore their talents and gifts and how our beliefs shape our lives.

They will also have a chance to look forward and consider their Life choices and how to make the right choices whilst spreading the Good News.

The topic of Hope, just before Christmas, will allow the children  to think about using our faith to hope and how to use our time wisely whilst waiting.

Our exploration of another World Faith– Judaism – will give us chance to consider the topic of Community and the communities we are part of.

Wider Topic

During science lessons, children will be learning the symbols of an electrical circuit, making electrical circuits and investigating how to make bulbs brighter and buzzers louder.

History will see Year 5 looking at the history of propaganda through the Tudors, Elizabethans and WW2 and how this impacted society then and now.

In Geography, we will be learning about Mountains in the UK and globally. We will be looking at the human and physical geography and our locational skills.

DT will allow us to design and create our own structures using a pulley system for our fantastic castles. In Art we will take inspiration from Marc Chagall to explore the use of colour.

In PE we will be developing our hockey skills and we also have sessions with Gordon. We also hope to spend some time at Glapton Woods to develop our confidence and respect for nature and the environment in our Forest Schools programme.

Year Five will also be studying French, building up a basic vocabulary and essential conversation skills through singing and other interactive media. Pupils will have an opportunity to practice their pronunciation through speaking and listening activities. In Computing, the children will be able to develop their coding and inventive skills, whilst working with a variety of software

Help From Home

1. Please check Homework diaries regularly for weekly information about your child’s work and progress. Diary checks will be made on a Monday.  Year 5 will be expected to have their previous week’s page filled in with their reading successes and signed by an adult.

2. Children will be given homework each week usually on a Tuesday and a Friday (English/Maths).  They will be reminded to write down their homework and its due date in their diary and, as Year 5s, they are encouraged to take responsibility for remembering to complete their homework, but they may need the odd reminder from someone at home to get it done! Homework is not something that should worry them and I will remind them that if they are ever struggling to complete a homework task, then they should come and see me.

3. It is very important that all children can recall their number facts quickly and correctly, so when possible please encourage your child to practise their multiplication, division, addition and subtraction skills. It is an essential skill.

4. “Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” ― Roald Dahl. Reading every day is essential. Please discuss characters, themes, plots and ask for your child’s opinions on the books they are reading; this will help with their success in English. Recording this information in their homework diary is extremely useful evidence of their reading.

5. Swimming will hopefully begin after October half-term Please ensure that girls are wearing one piece swimming costumes and for boys, above the knee shorts with no pockets. All jewellery must be removed. Please write a note your child’s diary if you would like them to wear goggles. Standard PE kits should be in school all week.

6. Children will be given a list of spellings each week on a Thursday These will be tested the following Thursday. Please keep a check of these regularly.  A useful way to practise spellings is to include them in interesting or funny sentences.

7. Your support this year will be crucial and I’d like to thank you in advance for your support over the coming term.

Miss Andrew


  1. But the summer term is the last term! I’ll really miss Miss Cotter! But this is the last term, we have to make the best out of it with Miss Cotter! WE CAN DO THIS!

    • She is the best teacher ever. She helps children if they struggle,encourages pupils to become more interactive with the world, is an inspiration to us all, can feel from the pupils’ point-of-view, sorts out any troubles, gives us prizes: I could go on forever…

      • I really do agree with you Methmi! Miss Cotter will always be PHENOMENAL! She will always be in the memory of our minds of our class!

  2. Miss Cotter, the quote you put above:”This is my year” means a lot to me. This year, in Year 5, I feel like I have accomplished more achievements than ever before. I feel like you have inspired me to make this year the best I can before going into Year 6, where I will have to work very hard.

    • So, thank you for all you have done for me, whether I liked it or not, because you did it to make good. Thank you for being a good friend and teacher.

  3. Thank you Miss Cotter for everything you have done for us. We can’t have come this far if it wasn’t for you!

  4. I am having so much fun in year 5 , I am really enjoying our science lesson : we are testing egg shells in different liquids which are coke, black current ,bitter lemon, water ,orange juice and tea. The grossest one is tea because it is mouldy a spotty .Miss Cotter is the best teacher ever!

  5. This year is going to be a year to remember. It is so much fun in year 5, I am ready for this adventure in Year 5

  6. I am thoroughly enjoying year 5. We have already learned so much, such as, how Henry VIII mastered his monarchy, we also read the book Treason which I found very interesting. I am also really enjoying our current topic about the ancient Greeks. We are learning so much about how they lived in the past.

  7. This my 3rd week of home school and I am learning new skills. Like preparing meals for my family, cleaning and keeping my room tidy, washing and ironing clothes. I start my day with a Joe Wicks workout and I do some english and maths tasks.Then after lunch, I practice my front and back flips on the trampoline. In the afternoon, I do some art work like creating different patterns. After all my work is done I keep in touch with my friends online.

    Missing my friends and teachers at school
    (Well done to the teachers who are at school we all appreciate it.)


  8. Hi 👋 everyone. Hope you are well.
    I’ve been doing lots of things like baking brownies , doing lots of art inspired by other artists, I’ve even continued doing my kilometre a day and I’ve made a schedule of what I am going to do every day. My favourite thing I have done so far is paint a picture of some tulips 🌷 and my mum has emailed it to school so you can see.

    • Hi CharChar, it’s Imogen, I have been doing lots of art too, I have also been doing lots of gardening so I really like the idea of painting tulips, I think I am going to give that a try and paint some of the flowers in my garden.

    • Cool I would love to bake brownies charlotte but I am not exactly the best baker. The tulip work sounds awesome and im glad your not painting on the tulips though! Me and my mum made a delicious lemon cake but it got a tiny bit burnt!
      Cant wait to see you again Imogen and charlotte! cassie

  9. Hi everyone, it’s Imogen, I am missing you all, I have been enjoying watching the Blessed Robert YouTube Channel, I have made an eco poster, I have done lots of gardening, I have been enjoying online dance classes, and have been doing a lot of creative drawing, I even made my very own vending machine and it works! I will try and take some photos to show you all. I can’t wait to see you all soon.

  10. Hiya everyone its Katie, i am really missing you all and when quarantine has ended then i cant wait to see you in class with all our Blessed Robert Staff! The things i have been doing is: doing home school work (for 1 hour or more), Singing to my fishes, Created an eco poster (thanks for the idea Imogen), Spent time with family, Playing with my mums key worker children (so there not bored), got the house done and decorated, Clean my room, Packed my bags for school, Learnt how to cook easy things and made lots posters for the whole class on washing our hands for 20 seconds and staying indoors! Im really missing you all! Please stay safe and remember us all! Bye xx

    • By meaning “poster for the class” i mean like one poster in the class for EVERYONE to look at (could go on the door or on a wall in our class room).

    • You have been super busy Katie at home! It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m so glad that you’ve remembered to keep the Eco message alive and strong. It’s great that you’ve continued to do work and made some time to have fun too. I’m missing you too!
      Miss Andrew 🙂

  11. Here’s my semicolon sentence.
    Mowgly loved exploring the jungle; however other members of the clan resisted and stayed in the layer.

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